Is Senior Co-Housing a Good Option?

The Baby Boomer generation, 73 million strong, is entering the 65+ age group at a rate of 10,000 per day in the United States. By the year 2030, all Baby Boomers will have joined the 65+ club placing a lot of stress on the senior housing industry. So what does senior housing of the future look like and what changes are coming to accommodate the rapidly growing need? A 30-minute podcast episode isn’t nearly enough time to tackle that question entirely, but today we are going to talk about a lesser-known option called cohousing. Cohousing communities bring together the value of private homes and the advantages of shared public space.  Is senior cohousing a good option?

My guest on this episode is Gail Bagley. A retiree living in Lakeland, FL Gail has dreamed of living in a cooperative, communal-type arrangement for decades and is the founding member of Friends and Neighbors Cohousing LLC, a cohousing community in the planning stages in Lakeland, FL.

Here is what we talked about:

  • What is cohousing? Description and brief history
  • Why is senior cohousing relevant now?
  • What cohousing is not
  • Why Senior Cohousing/Who is a good candidate 
  • The process: how is a cohousing community created?  
  • Examples of existing senior cohousing communities 
  • Benefits of senior cohousing (to the individual and to the wider community)
  • Where to get more info and learn about cohousing in my area

About Gail Bagley

“I am a senior citizen.  I have been a Florida resident since 1970, before Disney World opened, and a Lakeland resident since 2002.  I have had a 34 year career in high tech industrial distribution management, followed by 10 years in marketing, education and consulting for local organizations serving seniors.
I have dreamed of living in a cooperative, communal-type arrangement for decades. I am the founding member of Friends and Neighbors Cohousing LLC, president of non-profit SAGE Senior Coho Advocates and an Executive board member of non-profit Rath Senior ConNEXTions.  I am also involved in the SAGEing Wisdom Circle in Winter Haven.”

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Liz Craven
Author: Liz Craven

Liz Craven, co-publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide with her husband Wes, combines personal experience and heartfelt dedication in her work. Their journey in eldercare began with a personal story—caring for Wes' grandmother, Mabel, who lived with Alzheimer's. This chapter in their lives not only highlighted the complexities of eldercare but also kindled a deep-seated passion to support others facing similar challenges. Since then, Liz and Wes have navigated caregiving three more times. These experiences have added layers of depth to their insights, allowing them to offer a blend of empathetic understanding and practical advice through the Sage Aging ElderCare Guide. Liz’s commitment to making eldercare more approachable and less daunting shines through in every piece of advice she offers, aiming to ease the caregiving journey for others.