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Goodbye Nursing Homes! The New Trend is Cohousing With Friends

cohousing with friends

Last week I got punched by the guy who came to fix my internet. And I was happy about it. You see I was blaming my age for NOT being confident in technology – like the “younger generation.”

The technician told me I looked young – and asked me my age.  When I told him I was almost 60, he punched me in the arm – Elaine-from-Seinfeld style. He claimed he didn’t believe me.

Note: If you don’t know who Elaine is from Seinfeld – then I am old enough to be your mother – or even grandmother.

Karen Salmansohn, 58 years young

It’s not by accident that I’m (perhaps) a younger-looking and (definitely) younger-feeling almost 60 year old. 

I’m proactively taking care of my health and longevity.

My father passed away about ten years ago – in a challenging way – so I’m highly aware of my mortality.

For many reasons, I’ve been researching longevity – for a while now – and even wrote a book with the cutting edge knowledge I learned called  Life Is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever” (an Amazon bestseller – published by Random House).

In my research I discovered that “Senior Cohousing” is trending right now – which I’m very excited about.

“Senior Cohousing” is when you live in an “intentional neighborhood” – surrounded by your friends – and you share in things like the same dining area, library, fitness center, garden, TV room etc.

Longevity research states that staying social with friends and family helps to keep you living longer.

It’s thereby no surprise to read that seniors who cohouse live at least ten years longer than they might otherwise live in traditional senior housing (Note: According to the Canadian Cohousing Network).

“Senior Cohousing” is a great concept for older people like myself, who are part of what I call the “Wellderly.”

“Wellderly” means that we’re older, but don’t feel old or act our age! 

In my longevity book Life Is Long I mention how important it is for good health to stay actively social – which is why when I saw that cohousing was trending I perked up.

Cohousing sounds like a blast. Plus cohousing with fellow Wellderly friends is more affordable than nursing homes and/or living alone. After all, sharing resources saves money. When you’re a group paying for community meals it costs less than paying for groceries for one.

Plus it’s cheaper to maintain a yard, garden,  library, fitness center when you’re sharing in the costs with your friends.

It is estimated that by 2050, the number of people over 60 years old will triple from what it is now. 

I will soon be one of those people in that huge group – who’s looking for the most comfortable and enjoyable way to spend their senior years!

I love the idea of living in cohousing surrounded by friends – where I only need to walk a few feet to meet up with a someone for coffee or enjoy a walk in a shared garden.

Who’s with me?

Do YOU hope to sloooow down the aging process and protect yourself against age-related diseases and dementia? If so, check out my longevity book, “Life is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever”!

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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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