Creating Community as we Grow Older

by Karen on February 9, 2015

We are constantly reading up on our “industry” – lucky for us, our “industry” is some of our favorite people!  Seniors, special needs families, caregivers, along with other support folks like us.  Karen is especially fond of the book With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older.

With a Little Help from Our Friends

Senior Community through building villages.The author considers many creative ways seniors have chosen to age – in place, in groups, on the run.  Whatever they want and need to do to fulfill their golden years.  A Second Me does its part in helping our seniors age the way they want to – to the extent that we can.  We work with them on their terms – when, where and how is all us to them.  We don’t have minimum hours, restrictions on what we can and can’t do (other than safety and legal mind you).

If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your or your loved ones’ “retirement”, this book is a definite must read.  And a good read to boot!  We’ve included the Amazon summary below if you want a better idea of what the author has in mind when she thinks retirement.

Seniors outing - shopping farmers marketExcerpted from the Amazon write up:  In this book, an award-winning journalist tells the story of people devising innovative ways to live as they approach retirement, options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors. Based on visits and interviews at many communities around the country, Beth Baker weaves a rich tapestry of grassroots alternatives, some of them surprisingly affordable


— an affordable mobile home cooperative in small-town Oregon

— a senior artists colony in Los Angeles

— neighbors helping neighbors in “Villages” or “naturally occurring retirement communities”

— intentional cohousing communities

— best friends moving in together

— multigenerational families that balance togetherness and privacy

— niche communities including such diverse groups as retired postal workers, gays and lesbians, and Zen Buddhists.

Drawing on new research showing the importance of social support to healthy aging and the risks associated with loneliness and isolation, the author encourages the reader to plan for a future with strong connections. Baker explores whether individuals in declining health can really stay rooted in their communities through the end of life and concludes by examining the challenge of expanding the home-care workforce and the potential of new technologies like webcams and assistive robots.

This book is the recipient of the annual Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best project in the area of medicine.

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