“Aging Gratefully” is a documentary series about moving through life in community. It doesn’t matter a person’s age, the fact is we’re all getting older.
It doesn’t matter what community, either. We all participate in a variety of communities be they for common interests, or living in a community.
Executive Director and Producer Alan O’Hashi lives at the Silver Sage Village senior cohousing neighborhood in Boulder, CO. He brings his insights based on seven years living in community – the good, bad and the ugly.
The first project “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community” is about his death bed story about how living in an intentional cohousing community was important to his recovery.
That experience led him to make “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Good Health and Good Neighbors” which is about his participation in research study at the University of Colorado.
What if a senior citizen exercising 30 minutes three times a week for 16 weeks improved brain health and relationship building skills? Alan was selected to be a part of the study and wondered if living in cohousing would have any bearing on the outcomes.
Empirically, the preliminary results say it does. He wanted to find out if there was anything anecdotally that would back up the date from residents living in an intentional neighborhood.
His travels took him to Music City – Nashville, Tennessee and visited a cohousing community there called Germantown Commons. It opened its doors in 2015. The movie includes initial impressions from folks who are relatively new to community living.
The documentary about “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community” (Run Time 51minutes) provides insights from six residents of the Silver Sage Village senior cohousing community about their experiences of growing old together.
Cohousing is a collaborative living arrangement. Residents own their own homes, live private lives but share in the ownership and upkeep of common spaces such the garden and common house.
It’s a challenging way to live, but living together more intentionally is a hedge against being alone and isolated through the twilight years of life.
A third project that is still in development is one about “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Culture and Traditions. His neighbor and fellow cohouser, Bryan Bowen is an architect working with a nonprofit in South Africa. They are advocating an intentional community in post Apartheid rural South Africa. A 30minute pilot was produced with Alan’s initial impressions, flavored with his previous work with Native Americans and reverse assimilation.
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