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21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Monday, February 27, 2006

Let's Grow Old Together

This article in the New York Times just rings my bell. To think that in my dotage I could return to my hippie roots and finally join a commune.

Communes for the Elderly
DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 23 — They are unlikely revolutionaries. Bearing walkers and canes, a veritable Merck Manual of ailments among them, the 12 old friends — average age 80 — looked as though they should have been sitting down to a game of Scrabble, not pioneering a new kind of commune.

Opting for old age on their own terms, they were starting a new chapter in their lives as residents of Glacier Circle, the country's first self-planned housing development for the elderly — a community they had conceived and designed themselves, right down to its purple gutters.

Over the past five years, the residents of Glacier Circle have found and bought land together, hired an architect together, ironed out insurance together, lobbied for a zoning change together and existentially probed togetherness together.

It certainly does beat the idea of a nursing home or a residential facility. I'll bet they even allow people to have sex in the commune. The only fly in the ointment is the nurse that they want to have living on the grounds. Long term care nurses are notorious for not wanting residents to have sex. They'll have to find some old nun who's about 70 for that job.

Good luck is all I can say. It could be the wave of the future.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

hmmmm... pictures an elderly dyke community...

um, what happens if the nurse lives in the community??? Does this mean the usual standards don't apply, and it's one wild and ca-wayzee place? ;-)

4:36 PM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

If it's this nurse, it would definitely be one wild and crazy place. I'd be handing out dental dams by the boatload. And instead of candy bars, we would be selling toys at the gift shop ;^)

7:33 PM PST  
Blogger krazyrabbit said...

I'm thinking about interviewing for a job in Davis - this article helps puts the town in the "plus" column, (as long as I could fly my Rainbow flag!)

9:52 PM PST  
Blogger Andy B said...

I had a friend several years ago who said that gay retirement communities were the wave of the future. We were both in healthcare and talking about something we could do that would actually make a difference in people's lives.

If it's just women, how much fun would that be? I'm for integration. I'm a gay guy who needs women in my life.

5:59 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

I'm with you Andy. I like having the guys around. Who else will give me fashion advice and attend high tea with me while the other women are working on their Harleys?

6:54 PM PST  
Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Count me as one not on a Harley... now an ATV, maybe.

7:40 PM PST  

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