Maybe you identify as a Baby Boomer. You might have kids in Gen X. That young person at the coffee shop is Gen Y. Don’t you sometimes think all of these generational labels just serve to keep people apart?
In the latest installment of our Experts in Aging interview series, we spoke with Annamarie Pluhar, author of Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates. For over 20 years, Pluhar has focused her career on providing tips, resources, tools and guidance to people considering bringing someone into their home or renting a space in someone else’s. We spoke about the financial impacts of aging, how increased life expectancy is changing our culture and how homeowners are finding the right housemate.
According to Out & Visible, a 2017 study from SAGE, the number of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders in America is growing rapidly. By 2030, there will be roughly 7 million LGBTQ+ adults over 50 nationwide, more than double the current estimate.
We all need a safe and affordable place to live, with friends and neighbors to share our lives. These are universal human concerns. However, the LGBTQ+ community faces unique housing issues and a greater risk of isolation and loneliness as they age.
Homesharing is increasingly popular among aging adults looking for some help around the house as well as extra income. Many seniors find that this new way of living also includes a wonderful new friendship. But first you may be wondering how to prepare your house for homesharing—where to start, how to really make space for another person, etc.
Friend of Silvernest Annamarie Pluhar has been homesharing for twenty years and now helps housemates with expert tips and advice through her website, www.sharinghousing.com. Below are her tips for determining what you want in a housemate and identifying the characteristics that will make or break the relationship.
Whether it's because of financial pressure or desire for social connection, millions of Boomers across the US are turning to homesharing. This TODAY Show segment with NBC's Geoff Bennett shows two real Silvernest housemates enjoying their shared living space and talking about why they made the decision to homeshare.
While renting out space in your home might get you into a lease, homesharing can give you a new lease on life. Denver residents Eileen and Jeanne discovered many unexpected benefits of co-housing when they signed up for Silvernest and found each other. “I’ve never lived with someone so interested in my life,” says Eileen. “It’s lovely to have a friend in the home. I’d be happy if Jeanne stayed indefinitely.”