|Tue, Feb 14 10am Dr. Bill Thomas on intergenerational housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|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: http://www.ur.umn.edu/unsreleases/find.php?ID=2715&from=umnnews For more about Eldershire, see http://www.eldershire.net/index.php article from newsletter of Chapel Hill, NC organization, Second Journey: http://www.secondjourney.org/newsltr/05.06/05.06_NY_Thomas.htm Fred -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Communications for Justice - My new listserv org. UU, Linux My Link Page: http://fholson.cohousing.org Ham radio:WB0YQM fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 (7am-10pm Central time)
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