New books feature GHDC and Hope Meadows
Brenda Krause Eheart
June 11, 2014
Educator, child psychologist, and writer of numerous books and articles about fathers and families, Ross D. Parke, PhD, in his most recent book, Future families: Diverse forms, rich possibilities, cited Hope Meadows as an example of a co-housing-type community that provides evidence of the positive effects of intergenerational communities organized to address an intractable social challenge. He suggests that the community functions as a “surrogate extended family” to the benefit of individuals across several generations.
Just published is Second wind: Navigating the passage to a slower, deeper, and more connected life by one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine and an adviser to GHDC’s board of directors, Dr. Bill Thomas. In this book which has been called a tour de force, Dr. Thomas writes that “the genius of the Generations of Hope model lies in the way it endows members of each generation with opportunities to give and receive care” — to stay connected.
Beth Baker, author of the just-published With a little help from our friends: Creating community as we grow older, writes about nine ways to think about community building as Boomers think about future living arrangements. She describes the Generations of Hope model as “Living Well by Doing Good,” and has been quoted in Forbes and Marketwatch.com as saying that Generations of Hope was the most inspiring community she encountered while doing research for this new book. Quite an endorsement from this well-respected writer!