The following answers to this question have been provided by members of the Great Oak, Sunward, and Touchstone cohousing communities.

– Seniors have more time to give to community (if healthy).

– Accumulated experience can be useful to younger residents (life lessons).

– Provide grandparent role and understanding of aging to young children – continuum of life.

– Can share hobbies, skills, travel, historical perspective through stories.

– Have lived longer in groups – have ideas for getting along in close quarters.

– Time flexibility during day.

– Different knowledge.

– Conscientious about jobs and committees.  Work ethic built in.

– Grandparent figures.

– Value independence.

– Homes more available for meetings.

– Seniors bring to cohousing a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with all other community members.

– Have a strong work ethic and a keen sense of responsibility, and are more likely to fulfill their obligations and perform assigned duties.

– Seniors are usually no strangers to adversity and struggle and will not run at the first sign of trouble, but will be persistent and stay with a situation until it is resolved.

– Seniors know what it is to be committed to a cause or a purpose, and will find ways to be productive and useful to that cause.

– In general, people are happier when they are needed, no matter what the age.  For Seniors, it gives them a new lease on life, and keeps them active and involved in things going on around them.

– We have time to spend on projects, committees, and work.  We have experience in life and work to contribute when issues arise.

– We lend stability to the community.

– It is good for the community is so far as keeping our world big and preventing age segregation as it can naturally occur – just as other types of segregation can occur.

– It allows us the opportunity to naturally and easily come into contact with, and develop meaningful relationships with Seniors.  It allows us to lend a hand to Seniors which can help them age in place – at their home – for much longer periods of time.

– It gives us the wonderful, enriching opportunity to learn about a world we/our children never experienced – hearing stories, anecdotes, recipes, etc., of days gone by.

– Seniors have both wisdom and the time to share with us.  What a wonderful gift!

– Seniors have more time to do longer-term tasks.

– Work ethic built in (follow thru).  Experience in life.

– Often available during the day.

– Seniors bring life experiences to the community.

– Seniors are more responsible about getting jobs done.

– We can offer child care to young families.

– Seniors, having lived longer, have a certain amount of wisdom to offer younger members.

– Seniors tend to be conscientious in regard to doing their assigned jobs and always present at committee meetings.

– Seniors can be grandparent figures to children.

– Others may need our help.  For example, letting the utility person in your unit, sign for a package, jump start your car, and many other small jobs where you need another person’s help.

– Having somebody there most of the time to help when needed or just to keep an eye on the community.

– We have had experience with some of the challenges that come with living.

– Seniors have a chance of being around during the day to help in an emergency, receive packages, notice/help visitors, etc.

-Seniors often have more time flexibility than those who are working on a regular schedule and/or who are raising children.

– Seniors have time to help others.

– Many Seniors are experienced parents who recognize that everything does not need to be a federal case.

– It is important for kids to be around all generations.  For example, my kids are not afraid to be around all ages, and around death and dying.

– It is important for kids to see you can be a vital member of the community, no matter what age.  Also, children can experience how to treat people of different ages.

– Seniors have diverse experience and backgrounds.

– Great Oak Seniors play a grandparent role for me.

– Seniors are often available during the day – often are the people who respond to requests for help at this time of day.

– I like stories and remembrances.  I like sitting around the table at dinner and hearing people’s stories.

– Most of the Seniors have owned property before, and have an understanding of the practicalities involved.

– Most joyful “from the gut” comments about my kids have come from the Seniors.

– I am a Senior – I would like help getting to know the families in the community.

– I appreciate adult interactions with my child – particularly adults who are not currently parenting.

– Intergenerational interaction is nourishing to the spirit.