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Elder Care Workshop to be held in Kimberton July 10-11

Altair Cohousing, in conjunction with local nurses in the Phoenixville–Kimberton area of Chester County, presents a forum to explore community initiatives where elders and others dependent on care can live a meaningful life.

Public Lecture: 8pm, Friday, July 10th
"Exploring New Forms of Living in Old Age – A Cultural Task for our Community" - with Armgard Brunotte and Petra Wandelt from southern Germany.

The phrase "a home for the meaningful ordering of life in old age" is not only a beautiful one, but it also presents a great challenge: to find meaning – and also hope. Armgard and Petra will introduce the current state of elder living and the cultural challenge it presents to our community. They will describe an assisted living community which they founded several years ago near Bodensee , Germany , for elder- and hospice-care using an innovative and successful financial model. This lecture is open to the public. Donations are welcome.


Workshop: 8:30 am – 5 pm, Saturday, July 11th
Guided by a panel of experts from elder care communities in the United States and Europe , we will explore the difficult questions that aging poses to our communities.
  • How can we keep our independence and self-determination as we become older or need support in our daily lives?
  • What do we seek to accomplish during this later phase of the life cycle?
  • What amenities would be useful in the later stages of life?
  • What financial models would best support the desired community?

The panel will also present a variety of options to address these questions, Senior Cohousing among them.

Armgard Brunotte is currently working as a nurse in palliative care in Germany . Petra Wandelt is a consultant in organizational development and works with housing projects for the elderly. Armgard and Petra are co-founders of Wohnstaette Haus Rengold, an assisted living home for the elderly in southern Germany .

The registration fee of $55 (if paid by July 3rd / $65 thereafter) includes refreshments, lunch, and dinner at the close of the workshop. (Scholarships available.)


Both events are being held at at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills – Rose Hall, 1601 Pughtown Rd , Kimberton , PA

Contact Margo Ketchum at mketchum@verizon.net or 610-608-9281 for more information.

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