Living with a roommate isn’t just good for your wallet. It can also help prevent loneliness, a growing problem long before the COVID-19 pandemic. And, because of social distancing and stay-at-home orders it only got worse.
With the decline in affordable housing and a rapidly aging population, homesharing offers a convenient and cost-effective solution to building a sustainable future.
Both Older and Younger Populations Benefit from Intergenerational Living
Shared housing gives older homeowners the freedom to live independently and make some extra money. For their younger housemates, it provides a safe and comfortable place to live at a price they can afford.
Beyond the financial benefits, however, homesharing also has the potential to reduce feelings of loneliness, which recent research suggests can be harmful to physical and mental health.
In fact, according to Pew Research Center, nearly one-third of older Americans are living alone — more than anywhere else in the world.
Additionally, a growing body of evidence has found a connection between loneliness and several health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. One recent study even reported that severely isolated people had at 32 percent higher risk of premature death.
Of course, not everyone who lives alone is lonely. But older people who do live alone may find it challenging to stay connected to family and friends. Luckily, homesharing can help satisfy the need we all have for meaningful connections.
By bringing generations together, you have the opportunity to:
- Receive mutual support and companionship
- Break down generational barriers and stereotypes
- Renew a sense of compassion, generosity, and service to others
- Form stronger social bonds through shared activities like cooking, listening to music, watching movies or playing games
I really like having the sounds of someone else’s footsteps in the home…I just find it comforting. — Betsy, Homeowner
Odd Couples Housing Is Here to Help
Our mission is to connect generations, giving older and younger adults the opportunity to make a mark in their communities while enhancing their own lives. Whether you want to share your space or find an affordable place to live, we’ve got your back.