Does CoHousing help solve problems?
Against social isolation
The article claims that the number of socially isolated Americans has doubled since the 1980s, from 20-40%. A recent AARP study furthermore estimates that 42.6 million US adults over age 45 suffer from chronic loneliness. In comparison to that, a 2011 study conducted by the Cohousing Research Network, found that 96% of residents said their quality of life improved after they began living this way: 75% said their physical health fared better. If done right, cohousing could really help solve a lot of the world’s most pressing problems, such as how to provide affordable housing, how to help people find work-life balance, how to regain the loss of community and connectedness we once had, and how to adopt sustainable living practices!