Advice from Senior Cohousers
The purpose of our visiting senior cohousing communities and interviewing residents was to learn about their authentic lived experiences. After listening to residents’ stories concerning what they loved and struggled with in their communities, we wanted to hear what recommendations they would offer to others who were considering a move to senior cohousing. Residents eagerly provided heart-felt advice, born of their desire to help guide other older adults who are looking for community and, also, to help ensure that potential new residents are those who can contribute to the life and well-being of a community. The advice given falls into three board categories—do adequate research, engage in honest self-reflection, and be courageous.