Just as they did

in the '60s, boomers are once again challenging the status quo by reinventing how, where, and with whom they choose to spend the rest of their lives. Join us for a monthly lecture/discussion series that explores innovations in housing that support an emerging new paradigm, aging in community.

The series kicks off Tuesday, September 17 with The Not So Big Community, a talk by acclaimed author, architect, and visionary Sarah Susanka. Shared housing is the focus of the October 15 program. The fall's concluding program on November 19 looks at Elder Cohousing. After a break during the holidays, the monthly series will resume in January.

Hosted through a partnership of

Orange County
Dept. on Aging



Support for the series is provided by
Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows Retirement Communities

Venue moved
to Hillsborough

These third Tuesday public programs will be held at the Central
Orange Senior Center
in Hillsborough; the programs begin at 6:30 PM.

All presentations will include facilitated discussions that will spark new ideas and allow those with similar interests to connect.

The Central Orange Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive ~ (919) 245-2015. Google Maps



Tuesday, September 17

The “Not So Big” message of architect and visionary Sarah Susanka has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding — not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives. A community is not just a place. It is also a process. The typical homogeneity of our sprawling suburbs doesnít have to be the way we continue to build in this country. The more engaged and present people are in the process of making a community, the more alive, regenerative and sustainable that community will be. The development of a collective vision for a type of community thatís beautiful, inspiring, and vital is the first step toward the realization of this new way of living.

Karen RidoutSusanka is the author of nine books that collectively weave together home and life design, revealing that a “Not So Big” attitude serves not only architectural aims, but life goals as well. Her books have sold well over 1.5 million copies. Following the presentation, Orange County residents are invited to stay for an interactive discussion exploring the types of housing options they would like to see developed within the county. Karen Ridout (left) of Global Learning Partners will facilitate the conversation.

Tuesday, October 15

The '80s TV sitcom The Golden Girls offered viewers witty dialogue and laugh tracks, but it popularized a concept of housing — shared housing or the collaborative home — whose time may have just arrived. Kilkenny (right) and Williams (below)Karen Ridout are colleagues, friends, and housemates in Asheville who share a missionary passion for promoting community and alternative housing choices through their speaking engagements and workshops. Their combined experiences, stories, and exercises will foster questions, insights, and aha's.

Kilkenny founded Women for Living in Community and has been interviewed about the financial, safety, and social benefits of the shared home model on NBC Nightly News, CBS Early Show, ABC News, and NPR. Williams is Communications Director of the Living in Community Network in Sarasota, FL.


Your Quest for Home: A Guidebook to Find the Ideal Community for Your Later Years by Marianne Kilkenny will be released later this fall.

Tuesday, November 19

In a country where aging can mean isolation — or self-centeredness — or institutionalization — Dene Peterson has helped create a different model. The residents of this elder cohousing development in Abingdon, VA, own or rent their own homes; share common spaces to eat, meet, and meditate; and engage in outward service and inward contemplation. They live together, age together, and maintain that support through illness, disability, and death. Come hear the inspiring story of an “accidental developer."

Dene Peterson, a former Glenmary nun, has won national honors for her work; she was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures in 2006 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Cohousing Association of the U.S. in 2011. Bolton Anthony, Second Journey founder, will facilitate the follow-up discussion.

Cohousing is... a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhood...  More

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You may register (1) by phone by calling the Seymour Center at (919) 968-2070 or (2) by completing the form an online registration form on the Charles House Web site. Please register early; space is limited! Click here to access the form.


Though the series is free and open to the public, we welcome contributions to help us cover costs and continue this important initiative. Donations are tax deductible and may be made through Charles House.

Thank you for your support and interest!



Second Journey, Inc.
4 Wellesley Place, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 403-0432

SecondJourney [at] frontier [dot] com

Second Journey, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation