Tue, Feb 14 10am Dr. Bill Thomas on intergenerational housing
From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 09:16:58 -0800 (PST)
Jan Hively mentioned this at the Folk School in early Jan at Danebod:

Free public forum from 10 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Minnesota Masonic Manor in Bloomington, Minn.
about new intergenerational housing concept, Eldershire,

Who:    Thomas is a national expert on innovative housing options for
 older adults

Contact:        Sue Diekman, Vital Aging Network, (612) 625-1218 or
sdiekman [at] cce.umn.edu

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (1/31/2006) -- Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard Medical
School alumnus, author, and nationally recognized innovator who has
created several alternative housing options for older adults, will preview
his new intergenerational housing concept, Eldershire, at a University of
Minnesota Vital Aging Network (VAN) free public forum from 10 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Minnesota Masonic Manor in Bloomington, Minn.

Eldershire is an alternative to the traditional gated or continuing care
retirement model. It is an intergenerational housing option that empowers
residents to collaborate in the design and ongoing development and
management of their communities. The first Eldershire community, called
Avalon, is currently under development in Sherburne, N.Y. All Eldershire
communities will consist of private homes grouped together with common
indoor and outdoor spaces, such as walking trails, gardens and a central
house that will offer shared meals, meeting spaces, recreational
activities, and basic services. But what will truly set Eldershire
communities apart will be their shared values, including respect for the
contributions made by elders, accessible housing design, economic and
environmental sustainability, commitment to lifelong learning, diversity
and self-governance.

"The time is right for Eldershire," said Jan Hively, founder of VAN
and an Eldershire advisory board member. "Older adults need more housing
options that foster independence and community engagement, because those
factors result in better health and well-being for elders and tangible
benefits for communities."
The above excerpt is from:

For more about Eldershire, see

article from newsletter of Chapel Hill, NC organization, Second Journey:


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