THIS RADIO PROGRAM ran on NPR on May 22, 2013.
It addresses an important looming issue: how do we create mutual support communities for single men and women who are growing older?
Today more than 1 in every 3 baby boomers — that huge glut of people born between 1948 and 1964 — is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women. As this vast generation rushes into retirement, there’s a growing concern among experts on aging: Who will take care of all these people when they’re too old to care for themselves?
Shared housing, whether in individual homes or apartments as well as co-housing developments, is paving the way towards creating intentional communities. Already, there’s a small but apparently growing movement of boomer women forming group houses with their single peers.
So if you’re a boomer and you liked that group house you shared in college or just after, good for you. The United States is one of the few developed nations that have no organized public policy for providing long-term care — so group living may be in your future as well as your past.
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