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Hi Josh
Congratulations on your book.
I'm wondering how you see 'elders' ( 50+) fitting into your type of community? A shorter required work week? A measurement of 'soft-skill' contribution?
Money contribution vs time?
And, I guess just not elders,for the concept of less physical work time balanced with growth time ( being and doing),is perhaps a road to a healthier life. Like Helen and Scott Nearing chose.
Your input is greatly appreciated.
All the best
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yes there are age and interest distinctions that must be made as we move forward...there have been several over 50 residents and volunteers here throughout the years...in addition to the work, housing is also something that older folks need different opportunities...older folks are less inclined to sleep in treehouses, caravans and bunkrooms

we have proven to be flexible by adapting and offering allowances for elders to be included in residential programs for shorter durations. much like internationals we have made a point of welcoming elders for the benefit of the diversity to all residents. in general the allowances have been not costly and consequential to the organizations and elders have typically pulled more than their own weight in "soft" labors.

that said i have little experience beyond my family with dealing with the transition from elder functional to elder infirm and in need of care and assistance onsite...while we do care for infirm in the larger community we have had only one onsite end of life care experience with my aunt

with our economic model elders can still participate in the model economically without the field and forest work though forms of manual labor such as cooking cleaning participation would be always be appreciated...

to me this is part of the ongoing negotiations of community...as life and death proceed the community must evolve and adapt

i like the nearing concept though i have not seen it replicated...
Kate Nudd
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Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your input.
I won the draw for your book and look forward to learning more from you.
Thanks again
Best wishes
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