About the Idea

I have been in the aging field since 2006.  I am the owner of a non- medical home care agency in Dallas, Texas.  We employ caregivers to assist seniors with personal care, companionship and other tasks that allow seniors to age in place successfully. I have watched countless people decline in health due to their isolation and solitude.  I have witnessed clients who have been talked into selling their beloved home by well meaning family members. The family assumes that by moving into a retirement community, their parent will instantly become active and engaged, and save money.  The reality is that most of the time the parent becomes more isolated, withdrawn and depressed. Often times, their
physical health declines as their mental health declines.  Our company has been hired on many occasions to be a companion for seniors who reside in a facility because they are so lonely.  It is not easy to grow older, especially if one has lost a spouse.  It is not easy to move from a home someone has known for years to a new and unknown space.  It is not easy to change routines after many years of doing the same thing.  It is not easy to begin to lose control of the many phases of one’s life.  We are social creatures and it feels good and safe to be around other people, though not necessarily in a facility.

I am also a Baby Boomer. I am part of a generation that is seeing increasing numbers of divorce as we get older.  Our generation has had less children than our preceding generations.  Our generation is also living longer than ever before.  The Boomer generation is concerned with healthy and successful aging, brain health and satisfaction...just like Mick said.

We are  a “silver tsunami” approaching our golden years with less people around to care for us and a decrease in community assistance.  I see the need for Boomers to take control of our own lives and create solutions for our aging needs BEFORE we need them.  We will not be happy in traditional senior housing settings.  We will not be happy with conforming to what others tell us.  We need to do things OUR way.

Enter CoLodging Club.
We already have an inventory of homes with either empty nesters or singles living in them.  We have plenty of Boomers who are in transition in their lives: work, marriage, etc.  Sharing your home with another person creates an easy and passive social setting.  It can be a temporary stop gap situation while deciding where to live, where to work, and what to do.  It can be a long term housing solution (Golden Girls).

I can envision that people who share their space with one another will age in a more healthy way, will have less depression, will have more satisfaction with their life and will reap the cost savings of shared expenses.  A win-win for everyone involved!