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Aging Well in Community Workshop

Getting out of denial about aging can be a positive, energizing, and enjoyable process. Learn about Senior Cohousing, a model tried and tested in Europe and the US but new to Canada. Move beyond financial planning and learn how to build a social portfolio for thriving in community while aging in place. The course is largely experiential encouraging participants to help each other explore different scenarios for aging: in their current homes, retirement communities, institutions, and alternatives that foster community and privacy, mutual support and co-caring while living in a more sustainable way. One of these is Senior Cohousing – intentional neighbourhoods of accessibly designed, privately owned, smaller dwellings with shared common facilities. The course is designed to shift the whole concept of aging from one of languishing to one of flourishing to the end of one’s days.

• How to get your head out of the sand and enjoy the second half of life.
• Where is your place? Where are your people? What is your Aging scenario?
• Improving communication skills in community. How to reach consensus quickly and effectively.
• Getting real about getting old. How to thrive and be truly alive.
• Caring for ourselves and our neighbours: mutual support to encourage independent living.
• Staying healthy through community. The search for quality longevity.
• Green living to save money as well as the planet as we age.
• More quality of life, less stuff: economies of scale in community living.
• Elder wisdom: Live your vision. It’s not too late to be the change.
• Transforming your housing options in community to flourish for the rest of your life.
Learning Outcomes:
• Become aware of current scenarios of aging including senior cohousing.
• Develop skills to choose and implement one’s own scenario of aging.
• Prioritize mutual support as an effective strategy for independent living.
• Understand how to live more sustainably, both personally and collectively
• Be able to flourish to the end of one’s life.

Textbook: Recommended but not required: Senior Cohousing Handbook by Charles Durrett (2009). New Society Publishers.

Facilitator: Margaret Critchlow was Professor of Social Anthropology at York University in Toronto for 25 years. Fieldwork took her to the SW Pacific islands of Vanuatu. She lived in a bamboo house with her family in a rural village, developed deep local friendships, and came to understand that “it takes a village” to be fully human. She is the author of seven academic books and more than 50 articles; she now enjoys writing about life on a sailboat for Pacific Yachting. She is a founding director of the Canadian Senior Cohousing Society and a founding member of Harbourside, a senior cohousing community forming in Sooke, BC.

Andrew Moore is an Architect who specialises in Community Development. He has worked with all levels of government, private sector clients and grass roots communities in UK, South Africa and Canada. For the last six years he has been working for T’Sou-ke Nation planning and implementing a vision to become autonomous in energy, self-sufficient in food, to bring about a renaissance of traditional values and culture and to become economically independent. Andrew has been a music performer, manager and producer working with many groups in UK, Africa and Canada He is a founding director of the Canadian Senior Cohousing Society and a founding member of Harbourside.

This course is being held at the Fort Langley Lions Seniors Hall at[masked]th Ave in Fort Langley, BC. The workshop goes from 9:30 to 4:30 on October 5th and 6th, so is a full weekend event. If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Yonas Jongkind at[masked]

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