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(NPR)   Great, now Baby Boomers want to pretend they're 20-somethings living in group houses again   (npr.org) divider line 19
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2013-05-22 10:54:37 AM
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I am co-housing with another single parent.  We're of opposite sex but it has been working so far.  It's nice because I'm a poor graduate student who needed a place to live and he's a wealthy professor type with a house too big. My son gets along really well with his youngest daughter.  And our dogs seem to really enjoy each others company.  Honestly, a year ago I couldn't imagine being happy sharing a house with someone but it's affordable and nice to have people around.
2013-05-22 09:55:13 AM
2 votes:

Tarl3k: Haven't the farking baby boomers all died off yet?  We will all be better off when they finally do...


Brace yourself for the housing glut, which is coming well before they die.

Then when they die, brace yourself for the glut of "assisted living communities".

And you thought the post-apocalyptic wastelands depicted in the dystopian sci-fi films of the 80s were the result of nuclear war.
2013-05-22 11:41:03 AM
1 votes:
This isn't that bad.

At least they have someone home to call a friend to help Ethel up when she falls, since Ethel can't afford an ambulance after she fell earlier in the month and none of the girls have the strength to lift her.

The above is a sad but true story about a senior citizen that lives in a 55+ community next to my son's elementary school.  Old lady fell down in the bathroom, none of the neighbors could lift her, she refused to let anyone call an ambulance, and one of the other residents instead called his son to help.

And that's not even scratching the surface about what we allow to happen to our elderly.  My sister used to be a nurse at a nursing home.  Boy, did she have stories.

//So much wrong with our health care system.
2013-05-22 11:11:42 AM
1 votes:

To The Escape Zeppelin!: mdeesnuts: The_Time_Master: Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.

Home ownership sucks unless you have enough money to pay someone else for the upkeep.

Yea, I just don't understand some people's obsession with owning a house. It's a lot of work and money to keep it up and mortgages aren't something that you can walk away from if your plans change (well you can but it's going to ruin your finances). I could see it as a place to park your money rather than paying rent but that's about it. Especially for people in my generation who are going to move every couple of years anyway.


That's because you didn't grow up in a tenement apartment in the 30s with no air conditioning.  With the foul garbage smell from the neighborhood butcher wafting up to your windows every day.

If we'd developed practical, affordable air conditioning before we had practical, affordable cars, I doubt we'd have suburban sprawl.
2013-05-22 10:57:55 AM
1 votes:

mdeesnuts: The_Time_Master: Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.

Home ownership sucks unless you have enough money to pay someone else for the upkeep.


Yea, I just don't understand some people's obsession with owning a house. It's a lot of work and money to keep it up and mortgages aren't something that you can walk away from if your plans change (well you can but it's going to ruin your finances). I could see it as a place to park your money rather than paying rent but that's about it. Especially for people in my generation who are going to move every couple of years anyway.
2013-05-22 10:35:13 AM
1 votes:

The_Time_Master: Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.


Home ownership sucks unless you have enough money to pay someone else for the upkeep.

/then it's great
2013-05-22 10:10:34 AM
1 votes:
Gotta kill the american dream of owning your own home to kill the middle class.
2013-05-22 10:05:38 AM
1 votes:
Sounds like a good idea to me. If you're wealthy it would be cheaper than a retirement community, at least while you're still reasonably healthy. If you aren't it would be far less humiliating than moving into your son's or daughter's spare room (assuming your daughter-in-law or son-in-law will even acquiesce to having you).

Safer than living alone in an empty house, too, especially as you start to slow down (and the boomers will).

Though to be sure the thought of wine-tasting nights are what sold me on the concept. WhippingBoy, you're a genius!

/37
//Old enough to "remember my creator while I'm still young," though
2013-05-22 09:56:00 AM
1 votes:
For an alternative, they could just move to India and live in a run down hotel.
2013-05-22 09:44:26 AM
1 votes:
Housing Co-ops, like food co-ops, electric co-op, farm co-ops, aren't new, and many have students, boomers, and disabled people. Group home sounds so sterile.

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2013-05-22 09:43:18 AM
1 votes:
This was actually a thing in the late Roman Empire. A wealthy widower, or more often, widow, would get a group of their friends in the same situation together and set up their house as a monastery where they could all live together. They'd write their own rules (really lax ones), take in some orphans to do the heavy lifting around the house, and live a nice, comfortable retirement with their friends.

It was considering cheating at monasticism.
2013-05-22 09:42:47 AM
1 votes:
Why is this scary? A bunch of 50-65 year old women living together? Who knows what kinds of pies or fresh breads they might try to concoct!
2013-05-22 09:39:13 AM
1 votes:

To The Escape Zeppelin!: "Today more than 1 in 3 baby boomers is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women."

So a huge percentage of baby boomer men are either dead, gay married, or have wives much younger than themselves.


Men live shorter lives and tend to be older than the woman they marry. They're mostly dead.
2013-05-22 09:37:20 AM
1 votes:
I believe movies have given us many workable solutions:

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2013-05-22 09:33:58 AM
1 votes:
Haven't the farking baby boomers all died off yet?  We will all be better off when they finally do...
2013-05-22 09:33:16 AM
1 votes:
We should set up all-boomer nursing homes.  Then slip something into their pot so they all shuffle off this mortal coil at the age of 72 or so.  That would do wonders for our culture and the Social Security funding situation.
2013-05-22 09:26:23 AM
1 votes:
"Today more than 1 in 3 baby boomers is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women."

So a huge percentage of baby boomer men are either dead, gay married, or have wives much younger than themselves.
2013-05-22 09:21:27 AM
1 votes:
I wonder if the mature ladies hot flashes sinc up and happen at the same time after a bit of time?
2013-05-22 09:19:34 AM
1 votes:
This is basically what I imagine Hell must be like.

"What wine shall we 'taste' ['clever' knowing wink as they know they're to drink a couple bottles] tonight?"
 
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