Thanks to the growing phenomenon of home sharing, Boomers may do what the Golden Girls did years ago. That is to establish new relationships with friends, create new "extended" families, collectively share a home and all live together like in Blanches house in Miami.
“Golden Girls” references aside, home sharing is becoming more of a viable option for those entering retirement or leaving an empty nest, and is often more appealing to widowed or single female Boomers. According to an AARP analysis, there were approximately 480,000 female Boomers cohabiting with at least one non-related female roommate back in 2010 alone.
Recent statistics show that only 34% of over-65s say they live alone, and that figure jumps to 45% of women (who live an average of five years longer than men). Granted, it’s not a completely new phenomenon. Back in the pre-Social Security days, large numbers of older persons (particularly widows) combined households for companionship and to share expenses.
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Here is what Blanche's Miami Beach home looked like for those that can't recall.