• There’s a growing trend among boomer women – joining households and living together as roommates – yet many still consider themselves exempt from the very idea. Privacy, financial independence, and a sense of being queen of one’s own domain have been ingrained in us as absolute necessities. Anything else – particularly living with roommates in later years, speaks of failure, right?  Roommates4Boomers.com finds a different and happy solution.

    Hardly. The idea of staying alone in one’s own home if one was widowed – or perhaps with offspring, was the expectation in years past. This worked for many, until it didn’t – and when those options went by the wayside, assisted living facilities or nursing homes were the alternative – something that frankly no one wants.

    These days, the numbers make for a different picture. For one thing, one third of women over 50 are single, because of divorce, widowhood, or often by choice. One sixth do not have offspring. We as a generation are living longer than generations who went before us. There are a lot of single boomer women out there with a long and productive life stretching ahead of them.

    Studies have documented the fact that women who have close girlfriends live longer than those who are more solitary. Whatever it is that we women do when we’re together, our presence in each other’s lives benefits our health and extends our years on this planet. Maybe it’s just that we stay better connected to the people in our universe, and we have more fun in our lives. Or maybe it’s something more subtle.

    Of course, many of the benefits of having a roommate are obvious – they’re there to share the chores and the expenses, to give support if some help is needed, and to provide us the comfort of their presence and bring extra social interactions into our lives. While you may not be queen of your own domain when you share housing, you will certainly be master of your own fate, with more financial freedom, more housing options, and when it gets right down to it, more fun in your life. The trend toward shared housing among boomer women is rising, and for good reason – in fact, for lots of good reasons.

    Women used to expect the after-50 years to stretch to 10 or 15 years, kind of a de facto temporary situation. A less than satisfactory fix for housing during those years might be seen as acceptable. And in past generations, women tended to regard those years after 50 as truly “after” – after their child rearing was done, when they would be, essentially, retired from their life’s work and dependent upon a fixed income. Now, the boomer generation of women can expect another 20 years or more before real old age sets in – and thanks to advances in women’s rights and career options and our acceptance into any number of areas of life previously available only to men, we see ourselves as very much still in our prime after we turn 50. We have plans looking ahead – perhaps the launch of a new business, or a creative endeavor we’ve always wanted to pursue, or philanthropic work. We’re looking to maintain a vital, self sustaining, self-directed life for a very long time. Which brings us to the question of our living situations. What will feed these needs best? Probably not living alone. And what other options do we have?

    Living with children is a nonexistent option for those without children, and an unsatisfactory option for many of those who do. But living alone – for what amounts to a full second adulthood – is often not the best alternative option financially, socially, or even medically.

    Of course, many of the benefits of having a roommate are obvious – they’re there to share the chores and the expenses, to give support if some help is needed, and to provide us the comfort of their presence and bring extra social interactions into our lives. While you may not be queen of your own domain when you share housing, you will certainly be master of your own fate, with more financial freedom, more housing options, and when it gets right down to it, more fun in your life. The trend toward shared housing among boomer women is rising, and for good reason – in fact, for lots of good reasons. Roommates4Boomers.com is a good choice to investigate.

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    Article by: Karen Venable

    Karen Venable is the founder of http://www.roommates4boomers.com/the  roommate-matching website exclusively for women over 50. Roommates4Boomers matches compatible roommates using detailed profiles and a sophisticated sorting algorithm, very similar to dating websites. Says Karen, “I want to help women find their perfect roommate matches who will not only share finances and chores but add friendship and fun to their lives.”

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