Baby Boomers aren't content to settle into traditional retirement
communities for the second half of their lives. Today, ecovillages,
communal living and intentional communities offer appealing
its successful 2006 national intentional communities conference, the
North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement will offer a two-day
workshop on "Women Living in Community,” focusing on creative
solutions for housing and community in the second half of life. The
conference will be held at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center July 28-29.
conference is open to women and men of all ages," said Ron Manheimer,
director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. "It
will also be helpful to builders and developers who wish to better
understand how women think about their lives and their housing needs
as they grow older."
will feature a number of acclaimed, nationally known speakers,
Christian, editor of Communities magazine -- Christian is author
of "Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages
and Intentional Communities" and "Finding Community: How to Join an
Ecovillage or Intentional Community." She lives at Earthaven
Ecovillage near Black Mountain, N.C.
McCarthy, international management consultant – McCarthy is the
co-creator of "The State of Grace Document" which details an
alternative way to build relationships that can be applied to
innovative housing situations.
Medlicott, author of the popular "Ladies of Covington" novel
series -- Medlicott's books portray three older, single women who
find a co-housing alternative, which leads to a renewed sense of
confidence, competence and creativity. Medlicott came to writing at
age 64, after careers in horticulture and as coordinator of a
lifelong learning program for retirees.
Peterson, creator of ElderSpirit Community in Abingdon, Va. --
ElderSpirit is a collaborative co-housing model of 29 moderate and
low income residences with a common house and prayer room. The
community focuses on developing late-life spirituality. An
ElderSpirit Outreach Extension Program is helping to plan similar
communities in other states.
developer of the RainbowVision Communities for the Second Fifty
Years in Santa Fe and Palm Springs -- Silver was a member of the
SAGE Sub-Committee for Senior Housing in Society for Aging and is
currently a member of LGAIN (Lesbian Gay Aging Issues Network) of
the American Society for Aging.
is $179 and includes conference materials and some meals. For more
information and to register, call the North Carolina Center for
Creative Retirement at 828/251-6140 or click on
in Community" is sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Creative
Retirement with the North Carolina AARP, UNC Institute on Aging,
Mountain Area Health Education Center, Land-of-Sky Regional Council
Area Agency on Aging, Elder Cohousing Network, Sage-ing Guild and