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Housing options for Seniors: What can happen in Solano County? (Benicia)

The Benicia-Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women will host an informational meeting about housing options for senior women and men and their families to consider in the coming decades. 

AAUW’s program speaker will be Cohousing Coach and author Raines Cohen, a Certified Senior Advisor, Certified Green Building Professional and Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator. Cohen helps people create new choices for retirement, and is a member of the National Aging In Place Council and founding member of The Elders Guild and Cohousing California, website: .

Cohen’s presentation will discuss the concept of "aging in place," adapting homes to support people being able to stay there as they age. Cohen commented, “We think aging in place is great, but not nearly enough.” Cohen’s work helps individuals develop a vision of community connections including intergenerational and age-specific options.

His presentation will broaden the concept to the power of "aging in community." This concept looks at a variety of ways communities and seniors within them can make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. Audience participants can consider the pros and cons of shared housing – renters sharing a single-family dwelling (as in the 1980s TV series, The Golden Girls).  They can consider the advantages of cooperative housing where all residents share in the ownership and responsibilities for living in a multi-family facility.  Finally, they can consider co-housing where residents own their own condominium-like property as well as share ownership in a common house and other property on the same lot.  This broad overview will give a good start to planning which of the options you might want to research further.

Cohen will share a general Aging-In-Community Resource List to help people find examples and historical precedents. He can provide a list Senior Cohousing and other intergenerational cohousing neighborhoods, EcoVillages, and intentional communities, in partnership with nonprofit groups in the Bay Area.

There may be an opportunity to discuss what collaborative senior housing options exist in Solano County which might spark the start of new senior housing possibilities.  Members of religious and other non-profit groups serving the interests of seniors are encouraged to attend.  Realtors and investors who may want to invest in offering these housing options are also invited.

Whether you attend the program to learn of housing options for yourself, your relatives or your neighbors, there will be lots to learn

AAUW puts its mission – to support equity and education for all women and girls – into action. To learn more about joining the American Association of University Women, please contact

or call Suzanne Antone at[masked]-5341. Tax deductible donations may be made to AAUW California’s Special Program Fund at CA – AAUW SPF, and sent to: AAUW, P.O. Box 1876, Benicia, CA 94510.

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  • Raines C. +20
    Audacious Aging co-author and Cohousing Coach, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

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