Think you must be in your 20s to have a roommate? Think again! As a growing number of seniors and baby boomers are looking for someone to live with as they age, “boom”-mates are becoming quite popular. It’s no wonder, of course, there are several financial and emotional reasons to live with a roommate as you age.
Thinking of getting a roommate as a senior? Here are some great reasons!
The Rise of “Boom” Mates
Believe it or not, the number of adults over age 50 who are living with roommates is growing almost twice as fast as the younger age groups. Often, seniors move in with a roommate due to life-changing circumstances such as a divorce, empty nest, or downsizing. But the most important aspect to note is that many seniors are looking at having roommates for financial reasons—especially aging seniors who want to stay in their homes during their golden years.
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Benefits of Senior Roommates
Here are some great reasons to move in with a friend or roommate as you age:
Shared Cost of Living
When you live on your own, you will have to deal with all the expenses that come with owning or renting a home, such as maintenance, yard work, utilities, food, and rent or mortgage payments. This can become particularly challenging in areas of the country where the cost of living is at an all-time high.
On top of that, many baby boomers feel unprepared for retirement, so finding ways to save money as they age makes good financial sense. By sharing the costs of living with a roommate, aging adults can live more comfortably and have less anxiety about outliving their retirement savings.
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According to the CDC, a third of aging Americans over the age of 45 are lonely and a quarter of those over age 65 are socially isolated.
Loneliness and isolation can negatively impact physical health and have been linked to a higher risk of dementia, heart attack, stroke, and higher rates of depression, suicide, and anxiety in our older generations.
Many baby boomer women who are choosing to live with roommates are widowed, divorced, or have never been married. Having the option to share day-to-day life with a friend or roommate has the benefit of social engagement and friendship—helping to combat loneliness!
Appetite naturally declines as we age and with the added aspect of loneliness, seniors are often undernourished. Eating well-balanced meals is a crucial part of healthy aging and can be easier to do with a roommate or friend.
Cooking healthy meals at home can help reduce stress and increase happiness while nourishing the body. And sharing meals fosters connection which can help prevent age-related cognitive decline.
Improved Overall Health
When living alone, health can often be overlooked. Having an exercise or travel buddy can encourage better health and help you remain more active.
Some seniors are also moving in with younger roommates (instead of kids or caregivers) which can also foster a more active lifestyle and bridge the generational gap that is widening in our society today.
How to Find a “Boom” Mate
While you could find a roommate online, most baby boomers find roommates through their network, either through friends, family, or people in their neighborhood.
To help you find a roommate, try this:
- Reach out to your Facebook network
- Talk to friends and family
- Tell trusted neighbors that you are looking for a roommate and what age you’d prefer
- Post a roommate wanted notice at your church or community center
- Talk to your church’s leader to see if they have any recommendations
- Reach out to contacts on LinkedIn
Deciding to get a roommate in your golden years is a big decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Having a roommate can help enrich your life as you age and give you the peace of mind that comes with having a friend around.
Moving in Your Golden Years
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