The Science Behind Cohousing

Our blogs to date have looked at the emotional and psychological benefits of cohousing.  These intangibles are very important aspects of daily life.  In this blog, we will explore some of the tangible benefits of living at Silver Birch Village.  What are the links between science and cohousing?  There are many. 

In 1938 Harvard University undertook a study whose goal was to delve into the factors that contribute to happiness as we age.  This 75 year study followed 268 male graduates from Harvard and 456 men from lower income socio economic groups.  The findings of this study are based on brain scans, blood samples and self-reported surveys. 

The study concluded that the quality of our relationships as we age is one of the determining factors of good health.  How does this relate to Silver Birch Village?  The goal of Silver Birch Village is to create a cohousing community.  A community built on relationships. 

“The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”

It is a known scientific fact that proper nutrition is important in maintaining good health.  How will cohousing affect your nutrition as you age? The community will come together from some common meals.  Some senior cohousing groups have a soup freezer where people can help themselves when needed.  When your neighbor is there to pick up a few groceries there is better chance of eating a healthy meal rather than making do with tea and toast.    

Scientific research has shown that exercise is another important determinant of good physical and mental health. As we age, we are more likely to continue physical activity if we are surrounded by others who are choosing to be active. For example, you are more likely to continue walking daily if your neighbors are heading out every day and you can easily join them. 

And finally, there is the science of economics.  Sharing resources and dividing tasks within a group makes economic sense.  Owning your own home rather than renting or living in a retirement residence is a wise financial choice.    

Silver Birch Village senior cohousing just makes good sense when you look at the facts and figures as well as the warm fuzzies.

If you are interested in finding our more, contact Anne at to register for a one hour Introduction to Cohousing Workshop.

Date :  Wednesday, June 2nd

Times :  11:00 am with Janet and Carmen

                7:00 pm with Peter and Ann

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