Aging? Then this story’s for you. And, guess what? We’re all aging.
In just 12 years, one in four of us will be 60 or older in metro Atlanta. And as our demographics change, we need to change how we think about building communities that work for everyone.
In this episode, we visit Beth Hogan and Debbie Aschemeier, a pair of women in their 60s who became roommates to save money. But they’ve enjoyed the experience so much that now they want to expand their household. And it turns out this is happening around the country. It’s a national trend, called “Golden Girls” housing—like the old TV show.
More than half of all metro Atlantans aged 65 or older struggle with housing affordability. That means they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. That doesn’t leave much for expenses like transportation—important in metro Atlanta—or medical care – often important to older individuals. This episode unpacks all of that.
Resources for this episode
- Metro Atlanta’s Senior Housing Shortage -A policy briefing from ARC
- Cohousing: A Growing Concept in Communal Living -AARP
- Fact Sheet: Cohousing for Older Adults -AARP
- Empowerline – Free, unbiased 24/7 support from the Area Agency on Aging for older and disabled individuals for issues ranging from housing, to health, to community
- Aging in Cohousing (including a list of Senior Cohousing Communities Completed and in-process as of August 2017) -The Cohousing Association of the United States
- The Cohousing Association of the United States
- No Cats, No Sleepovers: Boomers Become Housemates -Wall Street Journal
- Getting a Roommate in Your Golden Years -New York Times
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