Senior Sisterhood

New Options for Independent Co-Housing




Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.”

She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton.

New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.


This article appears in the December 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Creating Community at The Inner-Connection

One of the latest ways The Inner-Connection serves the community is by expanding their retail store into a holistic and wellness center.

Frankincense Provides Support for the Season and Throughout the Year

Frankincense, used as a perfume, in skin salves and for sacred practices in ancient times, is highly versatile in uses and benefits.

Resolving Our Inner Conflicts

To begin permanent change, we must change our beliefs. We change our beliefs by implementing a simple, powerful and consistent process.

Music Can Be Healing for Pets

For animals that are sick and recovering, quiet or soft music has a calming effect.

Dialogue Creates a Tapestry of Peace

Dialogue not only helps us practice healthy relationships, it also contributes to our own well-being.

Add your comment: