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La Maison des Babayagas

La Maison de Babayagas is a communal house for senior French women due for completion in 2012 where inhabitants can 'age and stay ourselves.’

Location France

La Maison de Babayagas is a community of older French women (aged 60-80) founded by two friends who didn’t want to live on their own after retirement, rely on their families for support, or go into an old people’s home. Their motto is ‘to age and stay ourselves’. So far 15 women have signed up to the scheme; the only provisos for membership are that you live in the Ile-de-France region (Paris and suburbs), you’re completely independent and you’re willing to fully engage in all aspects of community life.