Over 50 and Need a Roommate? A New Site Has You Covered

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On average, 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day (according to the AARP). And true to form, they are creating new pathways through retirement's tricky waters. With longer — and healthier — life expectancies, boomers are seeking unique ways of spending their advanced years that fit with their values.

Housing is one of the many areas where boomers are looking for something different, with plenty of divorced boomers (as well as some who have become widowed) seeking out roommates rather than wanting to live alone or with family. They're looking for roommates for similar reasons anyone does: to have company and someone to chat with at the end of the day; to share living costs; to share chores; and for emotional support. But up until now, they didn't have a place to go to find someone compatible — and someone of their generation.

Site founder Sarah Venable, a boomer herself, says, "I went online to find a service that helps women over 50 find roommates, and found to my dismay that there were plenty of sites for finding roommates in their 20s and 30s, but nothing for boomer women." So she decided to create one, and hence, Roommates for Boomers (which is only for women) was born.

It's not just a Craigslist for 50-plus women though.

Roommates for Boomers "uses a detailed algorithm to match women not only by location, but by interests, tastes, lifestyles, education, personal preferences and a host of other factors — much like eHarmony does for dating," according to the site.

The site is free to join and search, but if you want to contact someone as a potential roomie, there's a $29.99 fee.