Where do we find community and retain our independence as we grow old? Now that the loving multi-generational family home lives on mainly in nostalgic commercials, where can older folks find community and retain their independence?
Two examples are shown here: a landscaped gated community mostly for well-to-do retired couples, and an "Abbeyfield Society" home where up to twelve people share a home, each with their own bed-sitting room with a private bathroom and shower.
Other titles in the series are:
Community Animals - Leading thinkers explore community, work, time, values, and change.
Virtually Intentional - Finding community in the cloister, a commune, and in cyberspace.
Community by Design - Good design of houses and neighborhoods builds community.
Making Shelter - My Home with Others - Co-ops and co-housing provide new models for building community.
Reclaiming Community - Communities in Toronto and Oakland take back and revitalize public spaces.
The Boundaries of Change - Cities cope with changing demographics.
Finding Us and Them - Physically and mentally challenged people find community.
On the Road - RV owners leave their home towns and build their own communities.
Maps with Teeth - Bioregional mapping by locals communicates a sense of place and regional identity.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-505-9
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-696-8
"You can't keep community down. Give people a little encouragement and a few tools, and they'll recreate the sense of community spirit in any available cracks and crannies in our otherwise alienated culture...These stories...are upbeat, encouraging - and replicable."
"This is not an indulgent journey into nostalgia, but an exploration of the people we have become, touching on our diversity as well as our similarities."