VIDEO – Where will I live?

Finding Mutual Benefit while Home-Sharing Late in Life

We women are social creatures. We’ll find ways to connect with others. We’re more apt to ask for help. Reaching out to engage with others creates mutually vested relationships. The alternative is to live alone.

“After rising steadily for nearly a century, the percentage of women 65 and older who live alone has fallen since 1990. Sharon had Parkinson’s disease and was looking for someone to help take care of her house. Deb was retired and looking to ‘right-size’ from a big condo downtown. See how these boommates [Baby Boomer Roommates] found each other—and real friendship.”

Innovations like these are just the beginning. Boomers are paving the path to alternative living options. When they work, they are more satisfying and lower-cost than current housing and care options.

For more information about sharing housing, and AARP’s observation that “Home sharing is emerging as a relatively low-cost and immediate way to create sustainable long-term housing for older adults” read Carmen Duarte’s recent article about two leading-edge boomers at Two Women ‘Boommates’ Educate Others about Sharing Homes Late in Life.

What is Home Sharing? Benefits and More @ National Shared Housing Resource Center FAQs

Thanks to America Society on Aging’s Generations SmartBrief Newsletter for alerting The Caregiver’s Voice about this article.


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