Senior Cohousing

The Canadian Senior Cohousing Society (CSCS) was formed in 2011. The founders were a handful of volunteers committed to the model outlined in Charles Durrett’s Senior Cohousing Handbook. Registered in BC, the society’s scope was national. The aim was to provide mutual support to flourish, living in an optimal range of human functioning for the rest of our lives. Canadian Senior Cohousing combined the well-established international model of senior cohousing with new ideas for active aging here in Canada.

The social innovation that CSCS promoted was radical: to reframe societal expectations that aging means increasing passivity, social isolation, and dependency. Instead, CSCS envisioned an elderhood rich in social connection where Canadians could flourish through mutual support while reducing the burden on health care systems and families. CSCS brought an energy and urgency to this vision similar to the 1960’s reframing of what it meant to be young, no longer going passively from childhood to adulthood but celebrating a new age of adolescence. CSCS sought to transform the norm of going passively from adulthood to old age and celebrate a new age of flourishing as elders.

The society dissolved in 2022 after supporting two senior cohousing communities through move-in (Harbourside and West Wind Harbour).

CSCS moved some content from its former website (seniorcohousing.ca) to the Canadian Cohousing Network. The society’s accomplishments are listed here.

Although the society has dissolved, support for aging well in community continues. For information about available workshops, etc., please email: seniorcohousing@gmail.com

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