Monday, May 18, 2009

Hippies redux


What goes around…well, you know the rest

Co-housing is the new buzzword for seniors, meaning those boomers who used to munch sprouts and play guitars in communes.

Your humble here even was active in a yoga ashram for 10 yrs.

Silver Sage is is one such compound-like deal. Elderspirit Community at Trailview in Virginia is another. But the US only has three—Denmark has 250.

The big three things residents avoid—isolation, boredom and helplessness.

They give each other permission to get info from the hospital. They cook for each other if one is sick.

My female friends and I have thought of this—combine our meager funds, live someplace. We would require a pool and a very cute pool man, naturally. And a bartender. Like the Love Boat on land.

But for now, I am busy taking care of my mother. I live my life and hers.

At least it’s not lonely.

2 comments:

DaddysDarlin said...

Good for you, I only wish my dear mother were still here for me to take care of. Daddy isn't here either, they both passed too young, an orphan at 51.
It is a blessing to spend time with your parents in their old age, yes it can be hard, but the memories you have and the closeness you have with her are something your siblings will never have, you are blessed.
As far as the elderly communes, I think it's a great idea. I plan on staying single for the rest of my life, and am extremely happy with that choice, but some want that company, actually need company and to have that community that is based around caring for each other, well how can that be bad?

Star Lawrence said...

It's not bad...