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Where to Next? Creating Home Sweet Home

The housing forum on October 31 is at capacity. Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you at a future event!

A forum on housing and community alternatives as we age

  • Saturday, October 31, 2015
  • PCC CLIMB Center
  • 8am – 12:30pm

Are you planning for how you want to live 10 or 20 years from now? How would an impairment or issues of affordability impact your choices? Meet experts and residents from 15+ housing communities. Learn from their experiences. Network with like-minded folks. This event is for individuals age 50+, older adults and their children, single Boomer women, “Sandwich Generation.”

Questions? Contact D.Durham, Life by Design NW, 971-722-6634, deborah.durham1@pcc.edu


8:00-8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40 am
8:40-9:00 am
Opening Exercise: Making It Personal
9:10-10:10 am
Breakout Session I (See below for a list of breakout sessions)
10:20-11:20 am
Breakout Session II (See below for a list of breakout sessions)
Closing Exercise: Next Steps
12:00-12:30 pm
Breakout session leaders will each have a table in the lobby on the first floor for Q&A plus sign-up sheets for Take Action! events.


PCC CLIMB Center, 1626 SE Water Ave., Portland, 97214 (Free parking in PCC CLIMB lot, adjacent to building.)
Orange MAX Line: OMSI SE Water Station (PCC CLIMB is north of the station)


Admission includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Opening and closing gatherings
  • Attendance at two Breakout sessions (See Concurrent Breakout Sessions below)
  • Take Action! post forum: sign up for free tours, orientation, open house, or launch party
  • Copy of Beth Baker’s Questions to Help Guide Our Choices as a guide


  • $20 Early Bird (through Sept. 30)
  • $25 General Admission (Oct. 1-30)
  • $60 Pay It Forward=1 General Admission + $35-$40 tax-deductible donation to support future workshops

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Choose from the 6 Breakout Sessions below to attend. Each session will be offered at 9:10 am and 10:20 am.

Note: Our forum is not intended as a marketing expo, however, guests and affiliates of Life by Design NW participating in the break- out sessions will have materials and sign-up sheets in the lobby.

  1. Cohousing: A Neighborhood by Design

    Is cohousing for you? Staff and residents will share their stories. Hear from:

      • Sage Cohousing Advocates
      • Siskiyou Householder Refuge Cohousing associated with Dharma Rain Zen Center
      • Columbia Ecovillage
    • Take Action! activity: Tours of cohousing communities – sign up in lobby
  2. Independent Living Facilities: Understanding Differences and Options

    What is the current profile of residents in these communities?

    • Facilitator Rachel H. Mohlere, Senior Specific Consulting, talks with residents and staff from:
      • The Springs Retirement
      • Berry Park, Avamere
      • Hazelwood Retirement Living
      • Willamette View, CCRC
    • Take Action! activity: Tour of facilities – sign up in lobby
  3. Intentional Communities (LGBT | Manufactured Homes 55+ | Accessory Dwelling Units/ADUs)

    How do these niche communities operate? Find out more from residents and colleagues at:

      • SAGE Friendly House
      • SE Portland owners of ADUs
    • Take Action! activity: Build Small, Live Large ADU Tour, November 7
  4. Selling Your Home and Downsizing: Tips for Simplifying Your Transition

    What are the many Lessons Learned from the robust housing market in the Portland area?

      • Renita Gerard, Real Estate Broker with Windermere Stellar specializes in seniors and new buyer sales.
    • Take Action! activity: Contact info and instructions available in lobby
  5. Shared Housing: Living with Roommates after 50

    How does shared housing work? Learn from the experts!

      • Bonnie Moore, Founder, Golden Girls Network
      • Michele Fiasca, Let’s Share Housing
      • Residents currently living in shared housing
    • Take Action! activity: Reception: Golden Girls Network – sign up in lobby
  6. Villages: New Opportunities for Aging in Place

    Moderator CB Wright from the Villages NW Network brings us up to date on this movement with coordinators from:

      • Eastside Village (East Portland)
      • Village without Walls (Aloha to Forest Grove)
    • Take Action! activity: Villages 101 informational meeting for forum attendees – sign up in lobby


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Glossary of Terms

From With a Little Help from Our Friends - Creating Community as We Grow Older, by Beth Baker (Vanderbilt University Press 2014). Reprinted with permission from the author, www.bethbaker.com

Aging in place:
remaining in your own home throughout your life, even if you have physical or cognitive challenges.
an intentional community, architecturally designed to include a private apartment or house owned by each resident, with shared common spaces to accommodate group meals and gatherings. Usually governed by consensus. Most units are purchased, but some co- housing communities include rental units.
Community Without Walls:
a network of older people dedicated to creating friendship and social opportunities for members, who pay modest dues. Volunteer-run, and organized in chapters known as Houses. To date there is one Community Without Walls, in Princeton, New Jersey.
in some ways similar to a Housing Cooperative (below), but legal and financial arrangements are different. Residents own their apartment or townhouse, rather than a share of the whole, and generally do not have as strong a sense of community as co-ops, especially those that are limited-equity. That said, most cohousing communities are set up legally as condominiums.
Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC):
a retirement community owned and operated by a private or nonprofit corporation that includes all levels of care, from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Payment options vary, but typically a large initial payment includes care for life, in addition to monthly payments.
Housing Cooperative:
A jointly owned nonprofit entity. Cooperative member-owners buy a share in the housing cooperative which gives them full rights to their own apartment or house. Cooperatives are democratically run. Some are called “limited equity” to maintain affordability, and others are “market rate” and fluctuate with the market.
Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC):
any neighborhood or locale with a significant portion of older people who have aged in place. Those that have created supportive service programs are called NORC-SSPs, or NORCs for short. NORCs are not membership-based but instead serve all older people in the given area who request help. Supportive services are paid for by a municipal or county government, housing cooperative, grants, and/or modest fees.
Niche retirement community/ Affinity group:
an apartment or housing development created on behalf of a constituency who share a common identity, such as sexual orientation, labor union membership, artistic, or religious faith. A niche community may be built by a developer, an entrepreneur, or a nonprofit organization, and houses or apartments may be offered for rent or for sale.
Retirement Community:
age-restricted community, typically for those 55 and older. Usually privately owned and operated, with planned activities, public dining areas, and amenities such as fitness rooms, golf courses, or pools. Also known as active adult communities. (See also Continuing Care Retirement Community.)
Village model:
an organized way to help people age in place in a particular locale, through support from volunteers and/or paid staff. Most Villages are membership organizations, offering members a central contact point for non-medical assistance, such as transportation and home maintenance, as well as friendship and social activities. Members typically pay dues to cover staff and office expenses, in addition to raising money from grants and special events.