The Elders are All Right

Don’t believe all the hype that only cohousing is the way to not be lonely as you age. In fact, being among younger generations can be quite a challenge as their social and emotional skills vary.

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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2 Responses to The Elders are All Right

  1. Flower says:

    The NYT has a paywall so I can’t read this. I would tend to think that as you get older that some people would sharpen their avoidance skills thereby hopefully reducing risks and the number of stressful situations they may face, with the exception of health issues. People can take steps towards better health as well.

    There are plenty of great books that talk about these types of situations that are pertinent to emotional health and well being.

    I also enjoyed being around older people more than my contemporaries. I noticed that some seemed better adjusted and not as insensitive, shallow, selfish and competitive as my peer group. Of course that is a generality, but I did find that people in my age category seemed to exhibit far more rigid thinking and they embodied all the negative characteristics and traits that they projected and attributed to older people.

    “…younger generations can be quite a challenge as their social and emotional skills vary.”

    I can see how problematic that could be in living situations that focus on “community”. I’ve also read quite a bit of studies about social media use and I think it has a lot to do with loss of connection. There are a lot of studies that link the rise of narcissism to internet use as well.

  2. CJ says:

    So true for me also, I always gravitated towards people older than myself (after college at least). My best friend on the reservation was 99 when I met her. Her first language was Lakota, then Ojibwe, then French, then English.

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