Shacking Up ~ Yay or Nay!


 By:  aG | Spunky Seniors Club® | January 2017

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Is house sharing becoming the new trend in 2017? According to AARP, online home-sharing websites, workshops and meetings for prospective housemates are booming.  Especially women who would rather not live alone.  Also, according to AARP, since 1990, the overall divorce rate for the 50-plus demographic has doubled.  And as for the men, Sarah Wilson’s blog says it best.

Not only are millennial sharing rooms and apartments, but YouthGenarians (the 50+ generation) are also making choices to age with the help of house sharing.  In reading about how many 50+ boomers and seniors want to live in different States, we find that they are taking to house sharing because they don’t want to live along in the 21st Century.

Is this a good thing? YouthGenarians are seeking legitimate companions through reputable agencies who does a thorough background check on everyone – to either share their house or someone’s else house.  Now if you’re a male/female looking to shack up, beware.  Some things to read first.  

Outside of Background Checks:

  • Are they able to pay their share of rent etc?
  • Personality, does it click with yours?
  • Is the person a party animal?
  • Does the person drink too much?
  • Does the person keep the TV and lights on all night?
  • Is the person tidy?
  • Does this person have health problems?

So as we age, and where we are in life now, we still find that we need love, attention, respect, dignity and most of all, a companion.  Giving in to a few faults we have lived with all of our lives, could be one way to iron out someone who otherwise would make a good roommate.   So don’t think of having cabin fever from living alone, find a buddy to shack up with because your reason for living alone may not justify living with another person –  but it will take a lot of guts to ramp up to shacking.

Reasons to Having a Roommate

According to, there are many reasons to share your home. And, home sharing is an alternative long-term living arrangement where two unrelated people choose to live for the mutual benefits of:

  • Saving money

The homeowner can charge a low rent in exchange for household help. The person moving in benefits from the low rent, while the homeowner has some income to offset the costs of the house and doesn’t have to pay professionals to do those tasks. Alternatively, a homeowner can charge a near market rate and realize additional income. A $500 a month rent is $6,000 a year. A person living on Social Security alone can find housing that is affordable. 


  • Companionship

It’s too easy to become socially isolated. With a housemate, there’s someone to talk to, to ask, “How was your day?” to say “Good morning” and “Good night.” Housemates might choose to share meals. They might go on outings together. They might share interests. 


  • Independence

Many older people find that the tasks required to maintain their home are more than they can do alone. A housemate can take on tasks that would otherwise require professionals, such as yard work, cleaning, transportation, shopping, and cooking.


  • Security

There is a comfort in having another person around. It can lessen anxiety and keep things in perspective. No more worries about falling and not being found or other mishaps.


  • Help in emergencies 

Most importantly for elderly people, should there be a medical emergency a housemate will be aware and can seek help. 


  • Living sustainably

Sharing a home means that less stuff is required and less fossil fuels used.


The Drawbacks:

  • Your health ~ Stress and anxiety is the number one culprit that will cause you more fever.
  • Debt ~ You have a lot of credit card bills. 
  • Privacy ~ how much do you need.
  • Freedom ~  to do what you want, when you want and however you want.
  • Climate
  • The house ~ is it accessible for older people.
  • Compromise
  • Dealing with someone else’s habits.
  • Conflicts with household chores, pets, noise, etc. that was not addressed before move in.

Having a roommate might not be the best option for some ~ but for others, it works out well – especially when you are lonely and need a level of communication – someone to talk with.  

If you do opt for finding a roommate, you might prefer to live with someone you care about and could share expenses.




They have an all-electric home. Everything in it has been charged.




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