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By David Erickson
Missoulian 

A home of their own

How cohousing communities can help seniors sustain quality of life

 

August 6, 2020

Margaret Roesch/Village Hearth

The newly built Village Hearth Cohousing community in Durham, North Carolina. The 28-house community is for people age 55 and over and welcomes LGBT residents as well as allies.

Could senior cooperative housing, a model gaining popularity in states with aging populations, be the solution to alleviating social isolation and population loss in Montana's rural small towns?

In Montana's rural counties, where demographic trends show large numbers of young people leaving for the state's fast-growing urban areas, the need for elderly housing solutions is going to become increasingly important.

These communities are losing population and growing older. But many seniors in these communities don't want to leave because they know their neighbors and have spent decades as lead...



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