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Boomers Fall 2019
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Home sharing also mitigates loneliness.

“There is someone to talk to or to compliment you on your sweater, for instance,” Abrahms said. It can also be a way to get closer to a long-time friend or sibling and lets a person move to a new area if desired, she said.

“There is an AARP statistic that states that prolonged social isolation has the same detrimental health impact as smoking 15 cigarettes a day,” Hickey said. “That alone should be motivation for all of us to find a housemate as we age.”

Is it right for you? Abrahms says to ask these questions:

•First, think about your house. Is it conducive to sharing? Is there enough common space for both sides? Is it compatible to aging in place (too many steps, narrow doorways, geographically isolated, not near transportation or amenities)?

•Do you like having other people around?

•What are your expectations? Reducing expenses is a good choice. Finding a new best friend is not a good expectation. Do you want someone to eat dinner with or help with chores? That can be part of the deal.

•Be sure to have a contract for payment and rules such as noise levels, kitchen times and what a housemate can and cannot do, such as have overnight houseguests.

•Do a background check, check references and do a Google search on applicants.

•If you are a renter or owner, have an exit plan in case it does not work out.