Roommate Bliss


By:  aG | Spunky Seniors Club® | May 2014

Roommate Seniors


Boomers and active seniors are joining forces to become roommates in the 21st Century.  They are all over the Internet seeking places that offer roommate services.  Though one would have to go through rigorous screening — and rightfully so.  Forging roommate relationships based on their common ground and similar interests, seniors and baby boomers are now following the model of the popular 90’s show “Golden Girls,” and sharing private living spaces — with private homes, condos and townhouses.  When I was younger, I used to watch the show and laugh.  Now, I am nearing the age of many of those familiar characters.  I also have friends in the age bracket shown on the program.  Why not give it a try?

With economy sharing, some of my golden-aged friends are using their limited income to get into a range of living arrangements that seem less than traditional.  While nursing homes are still an option for those who are declining with age, an article by ABCNews — details how many; such as those in my age group, is finding ways to opt out of nursing homes.

With senior co-habitation, aging boomers like myself are taking back some of the control related to how they finish out their lives. In the case of those moving on without a spouse, a life of living alone becomes only one possible option. I know I don’t want to live alone.

As the referenced article details, many seniors are seeking someone to share their homes; thus keeping the homestead affordable and retaining the family legacy.  I didn’t want to pay for a house for years, only to have it taken from under me due to not having the funds for upkeep or taxes.  I also didn’t want to pull on my children for help with such costs.  After all, they have their lives, mortgages, and expenses.

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