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Briefly Noted: Sagehill Cohousing

By Sophie Silverstone

Sagehill Cohousing: a new vision of aging


Longevity research confirms that being well connected to a supportive and caring community is the key to a long and healthy life economically, emotionally, physically and environmentally. To that end, Cindy Turnquist is creating a new model for what she calls “aging in place” in Salt Lake City.

Turnquist became interested in this concept after spending over two years as a caregiver for a relative in a home that wasn’t well equipped. She went back to school and got degrees in architectural technologies and construction management, then studied under Chuck Durrett, whom she calls the “father of senior cohousing.”

She envisions this project as a community of small, privately owned houses built around a shared common house with facilities conducive to a cooperative atmosphere. It includes resident involvement in the planning process, collaborative community management and a physical layout that provides privacy while encouraging interaction. Senior cohousing creates physical and social environments in which individuals and couples can flourish as they get older.

Right now they are looking for land in the Murray area. The ideal would be a land owner (three to five acres) who would like to be a partner in the project.


This article was originally published on July 23, 2015.