Thriving in Aging

Out of denial: I'm getting older, and if you are lucky, you're getting older too.

 

WHAT: A nine-week study group facilitated by Kayelily Middleton, Dona McNeill and Dave Davenport

WHEN: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Mondays - March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

WHERE: Resources for Seniors, 1110 Navaho Drive, Fourth Floor, Raleigh, NC 27609

COST$85 paid on or before March 10. $95 paid after March 10.
Includes books and administrative costs.
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The Senior Cohousing Handbook (2nd edition)
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Senior Cohousing Study Group I Workshop Participant Guide


This study group workshop offers many opportunities to learn from each other, to work together, and to put into practice new skills. We will be using the theme of aging successfully, with emphasis on cooperation to grow emotionally, socially, psychologically and physically. 

You will be introduced to the concept of cohousing, which we think is far and away the best option for many seniors.  However, we are not going to tell you what to think; there is a good chance that many of you will not feel the same way. But, whether you do or don't, you will learn most by keeping an open mind. Those who decide that aging in community is not for them will be able to use what they gain in this workshop to seek out other avenues to aging healthily and happily. 

Session Topics:
 

•        Aging in Community

•        Getting to know each other

•        What is your current situation?

•        What do you need now and in the future?

•        What are the advantages of aging in community?

•        Becoming empowered to take next steps

 

•        Cooperation & Consensus

•        The importance of effective communication skills

•        Successful meetings

•        Practice communication skills

 

•        The Realities of Getting Older

•        Successful aging – self-education & developing new strategies

•        What changes happened in your last ten years?

•        What changes will happen in the next ten years?

 

•        Co-Care and Outside Support

•        What senior housing services and possibilities are available?

•        What are conventional services and alternative services?

•        What care would you like to receive and give?

 

•        Staying Healthy Through Community

•        The benefits of social cohesion

•        The important of proximity to community

•        Community is the best insurance for getting nurturing supportive care

 

•        Economics of Getting Older

•        Where does your money go when you live in a single family home?

•        Costs of institutionalized care

•        The sharing of resources in community

 

•        Philosophy, Spirituality, & Mortality

•        What is an elder and “saging”?

•        Fears about aging and mortality

•        Spiritual and philosophical beliefs about aging

 

•        Sharing Our Wisdom

•        Being an Elder and Co-eldering

•        Participation gives purpose to our wisdom

•        Elder empowerment

•        The enriching results of living in community

 

•        Co-Development & Co-Design

•        Taking risk and taking charge

•        Group planning process

•        The risks of taking no action