There are many lessons from the timeless television show "The Golden Girls" that older women can appreciate. The show features four senior women living together in one household, bonding over experiences, memories and shared issues that arise as the ladies continue to age.
Study finds older women prefer roommates
While not all senior women live in similar situations, many have expressed their desire to live among friends and roommates of the same age, according to an article from The New York Times. The source noted that women over the age of 65 are more likely to prefer a community or shared household as opposed to living alone - but the majority of older women do not desire living with a romantic partner. By sharing a home with people who have the same interests and similar life experiences, older women can not only cut costs, but also remain constantly immersed in a supportive and caring environment.
Marianne Kilkenny, a 64-year-old woman who founded an organization to connect seniors to other older adults looking for housing, explained to the source that she enjoys sharing a house with other people her age because it allows her the chance to just talk with friends after a long day.
"We became fairly independent," Kilkenny told the Times. "Then, at the end of the day, you're sitting in front of the TV eating your little ol' dinner and you realize you would like to have someone to say, 'How was your day?' I am no longer fiercely independent. I now can be interdependent and this is by choice."
Kilkenny added that many divorced women or those whose children live in different areas frequently desire to live among peers, as they can easily connect to and talk with these individuals.
Senior living communities provide common space for older adults
Although some older women opt for living in shared households, many choose to move to retirement communities, which can not only provide opportunities for seniors to meet and hang out with new people, but also allow them the chance to participate in a variety of engaging activities to further connect older adults to the community. The AARP reported that the majority of older adults prefer to live in communities where they feel close to their peers - feelings that are generally built and cemented in senior communities across the U.S.
Seniors account for a significant portion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population, but older adults in this demographic searching for senior communities frequently face challenges associated with their sexual orientations. However, as the realm of senior care continues to shift, communities across the U.S. have begun to adopt measures to ensure LGBT older adults are welcomed, happy and safe while living in retirement.
Like any age group, seniors are diverse and impossible to fit into one category. While it's only too common for the media to portray older adults as homogenous, the desires and behaviors of those over 65 are just are variable as they are in anyone else. A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau identifies some key trends in how and where elders age, using data from a number of population and health surveys.
There are a variety of factors that affect a person's happiness levels, ranging from the number of hobbies in which they regularly participate to the amount of pressure they feel on a daily basis stemming from stressful environments. However, researchers have pinpointed one factor that may have a significant impact on whether a person believes him or herself to be happy: age.
A new study has shown that senior living communities hoping to retain residents may want to invest in their social lives. As Senior Housing News reported, seniors are more likely to stay where they live when they have the support of their community and plenty of opportunities to interact with others.