My wife and I have had some discussions recently about the aging process and how we would like to spend the next few decades of our 3rd stage of life. With a house having more space than we need and requiring more maintenance and repair than our bodies or bank account need, we have been feeling that it's time for a change. Leaving Port Townsend is not for us, so we would have to find some answers and options within our community. At this past Rhody Parade, former mayor John Clise, was riding by in a convertible preceded by a sign for Quimper Village. We were curious about the group, so we contacted them. A local group of folks were planning to build a community geared towards the desires and needs of those 55 years of age and older whose principle residence was in the state of Washington. We were loaned a book and workshop guides, Senior CoHousing by Charles Durrett. He is an architect, author and advocate for CoHousing. The book outlined why there are people all over the United States who are choosing to live this way. Here is our amended excerpt from one of Chuck's workshop books:
Quote from William Thomas M.D.,
" The three plagues of Loneliness, Helplessness, and Boredom are plagues of the human spirit, not the human body, but they can be just as debilitating and just as deadly as any disease of the body."
After reading these books we wanted to learn more. We engaged with the group by attending their meetings and picnics to find out more about these individuals who had stepped up and decided to create this life for themselves. They were not only social pioneers but also welcoming, capable, intelligent, dynamic, let's make-it-happen people. They were fun to be with and were awesome cooks! So we have become members ourselves and are helping to make the dream a reality. As we move forward and welcome in other new members, one thing remains forefront in our minds - this community doesn't just fulfill our own desires to age gracefully with good and caring friends. It also provides a possible blueprint for our society for a better and more fulfilling way to live for aging generations of the future.
Bill and Kay Darlington
Port Townsend, WA