The Modern Golden Girls.

October 12, 2023

The Modern Golden Girls.

May 29, 2023

Ever since I wrote this post last month, “Older Single Women of the World, Unite,” (meawisdom.com/wisdom-well/post/older-single-women-of-the-world-unite) I’ve been in a series of separate email conversations with more than a dozen single female MEA alums who are curious about their definition of family as they age.

So, I appreciated that I was introduced to this Guardian article entitled “We have brothers, sons, lovers – but they can’t live here!’ The happy home shared by 26 women.” 

I’ll give you the quick summary for those who don’t have time to read the article:

  • With 26 residents aged 58 to 94, New Ground is the UK’s first cohousing community exclusively for older women, sort of a feminist utopia. Ironically, it was a former girls’ school bordered by a convent. 

  • Homes overlook a garden blooming with wildflowers, berries, and an orchard. The common meeting room is used for weekly dinners and yoga classes.

  • In 2021, 3.64 million people over 65 lived alone in the UK, 70% of whom were women. A growing number of organizations are dedicated to creating cohousing opportunities for older women. 

  • This communal living is a great way to reduce the societal costs of caregiving. These women have set up a “health buddy” system where each person has a circle of two or three buddies who will check in on her regularly, offering extra help such as shopping or cooking if she has had a knee replacement or wasn’t feeling great. This was quite a relief during the pandemic as there was no loneliness at New Ground. 

  • With so many people living communally, there’s less need for everyone to have a car, so they can share a few urban cars, which reduces everyone’s monthly expenses.
     

As we start to conceptualize more MEA regenerative communities—both in Baja and Santa Fe—based upon the remarkable model my co-founder Jeff Hamaoui created (co-created by MEA alum Peter Arbuckle) with the 26-home Baja Sage, built around a regenerative farm near the MEA campus, you’ll be hearing more about cohousing as a possibility for those who want to join a community like this.

- Chip

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Navegando las Transiciones de la Vida con Carl Honoré

April 7, 2024
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April 13, 2024
Baja, Mexico
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Navigating Transitions with Jeff Hamaoui & Barbara Tint

April 15, 2024
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April 20, 2024
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Life Begins at 50: Embracing Your Second Adulthood with Jeff Hamaoui

April 29, 2024
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May 4, 2024
Baja, Mexico

Love's Journey: Transforming Our Relationships with Dené Logan

March 4, 2024
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March 9, 2024
Baja, Mexico

Learning to Love Midlife with Chip Conley

Mar 12, 2024
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Mar 17, 2024
Baja, Mexico
Mar 12, 2024
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Mar 17, 2024
Baja, Mexico

Learning to Love Midlife with Chip Conley

March 12, 2024
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March 17, 2024
Baja, Mexico
Mar 12, 2024
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Mar 17, 2024
Baja, Mexico

Coming Into Your Own: Reconnecting with Who You Are and What You Want with Christine Carter

March 18, 2024
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March 23, 2024
Baja, Mexico