Community can be balm for the discomforts of aging, just as elders’ wisdom and caring can soothe the growing pains of youth.
After confronting an identity crisis worthy of adolescence, a 65-year-old finds a new home in community and discovers that elderhood is a blessing, not a curse.
A disenchanted community founder leaves her group, and finds that her rural hometown farming community and international travel and service better match her vision of honorable elderhood.
For many baby boomers, taking on the mantle of eldership means transforming the sometimes rambunctious, in-your-face, empowerment-obsessed energy they worked so hard to sustain.
Howling, shouting, cries of despair, and The Pierced One greet a parent on her first visit to her daughter’s adopted community. Luckily, through lots of talking and listening, things improve.
In reviving and restoring the site of two historical intentional communities, a town’s benefactor revitalized its sense of present-day community as she continued to dream, create, grow, and give.
Also in This Issue (Print Version Only)
· GENERATIONAL CROSSROADS
· SNAPSHOTS OF ELDERS: The Beauty and Bounty of Aging Within Community
Niánn Emerson Chase
In a community in Arizona, several dozen valued and active elders enrich the lives of others and are themselves enriched.
· THE ELDER AND THE COMMUNITY: Perspectives from São Paulo
Beatriz Vera Pozzi Redko
A Brazilian elder challenges prejudice as she commits herself to education, service, sustainability, and community.
· FOUR STEPS TO AN ELDER’S THRONE
A Native American and intentional community elder celebrates her role and shares some tips.
· KRONUS AND CRONE
Embodying the third and final stages of the God and Goddess Trinity, Elders are the caretakers of invaluable wisdom.
· AGING IN COMMUNITY
From senior cohousing and village networks to elders’ guilds and more, a broad movement offers alternatives to the aging-industrial complex.
· DEFINITION OF AN ELDER; ELDERS’ GUILD
· THE MAKING OF SENIOR COHOUSING: The Story of Wolf Creek Lodge
A senior cohousing group progresses from idea to reality, with a full range of setbacks, successes, and lessons along the way.
· REINVENTING RETIREMENT AND ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES
Jennifer Munns Burnham (JaFoo)
For many aging baby boomers seeking alternatives to living alone or in quasi-institutional residences, cooperative culture will be an imperative.
· GREEN HOUSES: Providing Humane Care for Elders
An alternative to conventional nursing facilities offers personalized schedules, a home-like environment, and a holistic approach to aging.
· REMEMBRANCES: REMEMBERING FRED LANPHEAR; REMEMBERING MARGO ADAIR
· PUBLISHER'S NOTE: THE PASSING OF A GENTLE WARRIOR FOR PEACE
· COOPERATIVE GROUP SOLUTIONS: EGGSHELLS AND STONE WALLS
· COMMUNITY LIVING WORLDWIDE: MISH’OL: An Urban Kibbutz
· REVIEWS: THE VIEW FROM #410; DAYS OF FIRE AND GLORY; AN UNCONVENTIONAL JOURNEY
· GROUP PROCESS: SIX TRAPS: How Good Meetings Go Bad
· CREATING COOPERATIVE CULTURE: TAMAR FRIEDNER: Leaving a Legacy of Beauty