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tiny houses from a communityWelcome to “Bestie” Row: Lifelong Friends Build Row of Tiny Houses in the Middle of Nowhere Four couples who had been best friends for 20 years decided they were going to trump living in the same town. No way were they going to let the business of life keep them from enjoying that special connection that they’d grown to love. So they decided to literally create their own “Bestie Row.” They all were fans of the tiny house movement, and decided to build their own little compound based around that idea. Because when you can say, “We’re going to be grey-haired friends,” you know you’ve found a bond that can only strengthen. – LighterSide of real

Golden Girls TV Show group shotSenior Care: Golden Girl Homes – A New Lifestyle —Sequoia Senior Solutions Home Care Information Louise Machinist, a clinical psychologist, was ready to move out of her house now that her children were grown. Jean McQuillin, a case management nurse, had just moved into a rental apartment from the home she had shared with her then-husband. Karen Bush’s job as a corporate consultant required her to travel often, which meant making arrangements for her cat and fish — and returning to an empty house. For the women, buying a home to share made sense. — Mill Valley, CA Patch

image of baba jaga witchBaba Yaga House, The Sequel Named for the fiery witch of Slavic folk tales, the six-story building was set to be a women’s only seniors’ home. It was the brainchild of 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who along with a group of aging feminist activists, convinced the local Green government to spend six million dollars putting it up. The Baba Yagas – as they call themselves – fought for change all their lives and for the right to make their own decisions. Now in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, they weren’t about to give that up. – CBC Radio

Boomer Housemates Have More Fun living togetherBoomer Housemates Have More Fun 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? It’s a question many of the experts take personally.— NPR

Bonnie Moore head shotRoommate wanted: Must be clean, courteous and over 65 Six years ago, Bonnie Moore and her husband built the kitchen of their dreams. They designed it to be bright and big enough to host dinner parties but also intimate enough to be able to pick a corner — preferably one near the windows overlooking the garden — to relax in with a glass of wine. It was the perfect addition to their home in the leafy bedroom community about half an hour outside of Washington, D.C. But things didn’t work out for the couple, and after a five-year marriage, they divorced. – PBS News Hour

Marianne KilkennyLooking for a Housemate, Not a Mate, in Later Life Ms. Kilkenny, now 64, moved to Asheville a year later with a plan to create communities like the fictional one that had captured her attention: three women in their 60s living together in a farmhouse in North Carolina. Today, not only has she succeeded in living that very life, she is also determined to help other women (and men) arrange shared housing as they grow older while avoiding some of the potential downsides of such a move.— NPR

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