San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Events
Exploring Housing OptionsSaturday, September 29, 2012
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm (1 pm Reception, 1:30-4 pm Program)
Location: Ed Roberts Campus, Koret Boardroom, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA
Contact: Arlene Reiff
Exploring Housing Options
Saturday, September 29
* Have you been thinking about moving but are unsure what kind of living situation you want for these next years of your life?
* Are you aware of the variety of living situations that are available in the Bay Area?
* Would you like to talk with other women who are also trying to figure out how and where they want to live in the coming years?
* Are you curious about what it would be like to live differently than your current housing situation now?
Where and how do you WANT to live now, or in the near future? Right where you are? Somewhere completely different? With family? With friends? Alone? With others in a community?
Like many of us, you may be thinking it is time to give serious thought to what your living options might be and how you will decide which one will work best for you. This decision involves not only knowing your options but it begins by taking a deeper look at yourself. Where will you be the happiest? Given who you are and your current circumstances, what will work best for you? Have you always lived alone and can't imagine any other lifestyle? Or have you never lived alone and can't imagine living outside a community?
This program will focus on exploring various housing options and how they fit with our personal needs and desires. It's an opportunity to meet and talk with others who have made a transition to a different life style, or are in this exploratory stage to find the best situation for our later years.
As the percentage of U.S. population age 65 and older continues to grow, shared housing models - affording a higher standard of living and companionship while aging in place - are gaining steam. Learn what's happening, who has tried what, and what new ideas are taking off.
Chris Kennedy, a nationally recognized thought leader in positive aging, innovative models of housing and services for aging-in-place, will provide an overview of emerging trends in "community style" housing, including Co-housing, the "Golden Girls" Model and "Quint Homes"(where 5 low income seniors share one remodeled home) and other innovative aging-in-place models.
Among the panelists, we will hear from:
* a realtor who specializes in housing for older adults, who will highlight alternative housing options available, such as tiny houses, multi-generational Accessible Dwelling Units, picket neighborhoods and Condo/Coops.
* women who live in various housing options, who will share their experience with us, why they chose the options they did, the pros, the challenges, the impact on the quality of their lives
There will be ample time for small group discussions, so women can connect with other like-minded women to explore their questions and share their experiences. We will wrap up the day with group suggestions as to how TTN can continue to help women explore more in depth their next steps in considering their housing choices.
Chris Kennedy manages Age2Age, a consulting practice that is accelerating age-friendly projects and practices through innovation, collaboration and technology. Chris also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Age-Friendly Housing, an educational non-profit focused on socially and economically sustainable housing in livable communities for all ages. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning/Social Ecology from the University of California , Irvine ; her 30-year multidisciplinary career includes planning, lobbying and business development in the fields of aging, transportation, telecommunications, and high technology.
Joann Sullivan is a realtor at Thornwall Properties, Inc. in Berkeley where she specializes in working with seniors. Prior to becoming a realtor, she worked for many years in health care, including as Clinic Director at the Over 60 Health Center. For the past decade she has helped older adults downsize to condos and retirement communities. More recently, she has been exploring creative housing options to encourage community among like-minded women.
Lynn Richards was a long-term homeowner in the Berkeley Hills, who one year ago made the decision to move to a rental in the Berkeley flats. To help her think through all the possibilities of where and what kind of housing to look for, she started a "housing support group" for women through the Bay Area Brain Exchange.
Penny Bartlett, a long-term resident of Berkeley Co-housing, will share her experiences of living in a co-housing community, why she chose to live in a community, the challenges, the rewards.
This is going to be a very popular program, so don't delay and register early!
Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Reception
1:30 - 4:00 Program
Where: Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street
Cost: $15:00 for members;
$20 for Guests
Click HERE for car and BART directions.
RSVP: Arlene Reiff at
If you would like to request a reduction in the cost of the program you may contact Arlene Reiff at the above email.
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