Senior Cohousing—History and Theory

  • Sherry CummingsEmail author
  • Nancy P. Kropf
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)


The first modern cohousing community was developed in Denmark just outside of Copenhagen in 1972. Twenty-seven families who desired a greater sense of community and collaboration than found in typical neighborhoods of the time came together to develop a fresh approach to housing (McCamant & Durrett, 1988). With the guiding principles of community and cooperation in mind these families developed the physical characteristics and the governing structure for their new community that have now become hallmarks of the modern cohousing movement. Architectural features such as community kitchens, communal play areas for children, and common gardens and courtyards served to heighten residents’ natural interactions with one another.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Social WorkUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Social Work, Perimeter CollegeGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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