Co-housing is a care concept in which housing units are built around a common area with a social compact that in agreed to by all residents.   It has been going on in Denmark for decades but it is just coming of age in the USA.    And they are gaining popularity because it allows residents to have control over where and how they live.

A recent article in USA Today describes life in Silver Sage Village in Boulder, Colorado.   Many residents at Silver Sage see this lifestyle as a viable alternative to institutional care as they age.    As noted by Jim Leach, president of Wonderland Hill Development, the company behind Silver Sage, “If you house people that way and let them age together, they not only live longer, they live healthier and cost a lot less”.

This is not for everyone but communal living can create a family like atmosphere, especially welcome for those who don’t have close relatives.