SAGE Senior Cohousing Advocates is a 501c3 non-profit that promotes cohousing for people 50+ years of age.
Our Core Principles
We believe that vibrant communities of people result in increased pleasure in life, vitality and life-long learning.
We believe that a space is defined by dimensions other than mere physical measurements like height, width and depth. A well-designed community and interior create an atmosphere that expresses your values, views and life philosophy.
We bring a combination of ingenuity, curiosity and on-demand creativity to our work with communities and leaders – all focused on delivering clarity from the inside out.
Alexandria Levitt is a gerontologist, specializing in Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships around Senior Housing and Aging Care Services. She is interested in developing housing for older people that doesn’t just show off a “lifestyle” imagined by corporate developers but one that reinforces the qualities that help us most as we get older – friendship, community and purpose.
As a gerontologist, Alexandria is very familiar with the many challenges facing older adults and the remarkable connection between health (both mental and physical) and social engagement. Alexandria is a member of the Senior Citizen Commission of South Pasadena, California and leads SG1 Courses and other aging-oriented workshops in the area. Her goal is to move the needle in the creation of cost effective, appealing, environmentally friendly housing that can be home for older adults, intergenerational communities, veterans, and the physically and mentally challenged.
Alexandria is the Manager of Grants and Proposals at MPTF, a 96-year old organization, that supports the men and women of the entertainment industry who are in need of a safety net.
Charles Durrett, with Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook.
Charles has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. He has also consulted on many more around the world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.
Charles’ career as an architect has led him into the areas of urban design, town planning, and community development. He says, “Beauty is a key part of our job. People preserve, protect, maintain, and revitalize what they love. They love what is beautiful.”
Carolyn is a resident of Quimper Village Senior Cohousing in Port Townsend, WA. She is a Board Member and President of League of Women Voters (two chapters in two states). She is also very active in her UU church, ACLU communities.
Carolyn is convinced that cohousing offers individuals and families the kind of life community that supports and strengthens long happy lives in a fast changing world. All ages thrive in an environment where they have easily accessible friends, mentors, and supporters. Carolyn’s experience in the development of Quimper Village has give her insight into the processes of community building and construction development for building such communities. Her long experience in organization development, volunteer management, and financial management makes her an ideal mentor and educator, helping fledgling cohousing groups.
Gail Bagley is a consultant for a non-profit providing referral services and classes to older adults. Previously she was the Director of Educational Programs for a home care agency. She lives in Lakeland, FL.
As a Master Food and Nutrition Program volunteer, Gail enjoys teaching healthy eating classes to older adults. She is also an Outing Leader for her local Sierra Club group, and is pleased to have (finally) led her first backpack trip at age 60!
While working for the home care agency, Gail saw the results of lack of planning for many older adults. She decided the time was right to begin promoting senior cohousing in her area.
Gail has since formed Friends and Neighbors Senior Cohousing, which is currently in the process of creating a core group.
Kristopher is an experienced consultant, advisor and catalytic leader in the field of economic, social and ecological value creation with more than 15 years experience on four continents in commercial, public, indigenous and community partnership building, sustainable energy, strategic planning, impact investment, communications, stakeholder engagement and policy and regulatory change.
Kristopher is currently facilitating the formation of intergenerational and adult cohousing projects in Eastern Canada while working to advance sustainability and innovation in businesses and the labour movement. In this capacity he serves as the Managing Director of CoLiving Canada cohousing consultants, the President of Centre of a Circle sustainability consultants and the Sustainability and Innovation Advisor to the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers.
Prior to his current work Kristopher served seven years as the Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and was the founding Chair of the alliance that successful secured Ontario’s Green Energy and Economy Act making Community Power, manufacturing, community planning, conservation and renewables a priority. Other highlights from his career include recruiting executives for Fortune 500 multinationals in Asia, hosting a popular South Korean radio program and researching economic reform in Africa and the sensitive topic of social friction in Ontario's electricity sector.
Dyan is a founding member of Pioneer Valley Cohousing and served on that community’s Development Team. Over the years Dyan has informally advised several cohousing start-ups and led a variety of skills building workshops at national cohousing conferences. She is very enthusiastic about senior and senior-focused multi-generational cohousing as a vibrant element of resilient communities. She trained with Chuck Durrett as a Study Group I facilitator and has led two “Aging Successfully” groups of interested households.
Dyan works full time at Mount Holyoke College as Assistant Director of Foundation Relations to develop and steward institutional campus initiatives. When not doing her day job, she offers training, consulting, and coaching to cohousing communities in their early development and those recently established. Her support focuses helping to attract and engage new member households; develop effective group process practices; understand and practice cooperative decision making (whether consensus or sociocratic); and navigate development and adoption of community policies, agreements, management structures and norms. Most recently she worked with Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage in Maine with training members in facilitation and cooperative decision making skills; developing several community policies including their land use master plan; and making the change to a sociocratic system of decision-making. In her free time, Dyan loves kayaking and exploring new places with her partner Tor. They both also volunteer to accompany immigrant individuals and families to their ICE check-ins and court hearings.
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