Coyle & Wytychak News
December 2018, Volume 2, Issue 12
What is going on?
Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law will be closed on December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019 for the Christmas and New Year Holidays.
The Alzheimer’s Association will present Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 2 to 3:30 at the Area Agency on Aging, 2120 N. Lakewood Drive, CDA. Call (800) 272-3900 for reservations. This program is free and open to the public!
On January 8, 2019, the Alzheimer’s Association will present Health Living for your Brain and Body at the Hayden Public Library at 2 pm. This educational program is free and open to the public!
The Lake City Senior Center is now offering smartphone classes! For more information, visit .
The Alzheimer’s Association and the Kroc Center host the Memory Café on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Kroc Center Café. It’s a safe place for those with memory loss and their friends and family to enjoy a favorite drink with others. Contact PJ Christo at (208) 666-2996 for more information.
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The Real Life “Golden Girls” and new developments in senior housing- by rebecca eyman
We all hope that our “golden years” are filled with peace and contentment. Unfortunately, many seniors find themselves in housing options that are less than ideal. After losing a spouse, older persons often find themselves living alone for the first time in their lives. While many seniors would prefer to “age in place” and remain at home rather than moving to an assisted living facility, a new lack of companionship can lead to depression, anxiety, and isolation. It can also be more difficult for an older person to afford household expenses, physically navigate a house, and keep up with maintenance and household chores.
By the 2030’s, for the first time ever, there will be more people in the population who are over the age of 65 than under the age of 18. Rodney Harrell, the Director of Livable Communities at the AARP Policy Institute, notes that currently our homes and communities are not particularly well designed for aging. Suburban neighborhoods frequently do not have transportation options for people who do not drive. Certain types of housing with multiple flights of stairs present physical challenges, and an older person living alone for the first time faces financial strain.
For this reason, more and more seniors are choosing to live with roommates to alleviate these issues. These real-life “Golden Girls” are becoming a trend, and some organizations are stepping up to help. Wendi Burkhardt is the co-founder and CEO of Silvernest, an organization that pairs Baby Boomers, empty nesters, and other aging adults with compatible long-term housemates. Burkhardt was inspired to start her own business after her personal experience of watching her mother adjust to living alone after becoming a widow. Silvernest helps seniors with a variety of housing tools, including finding roommates, conducting background checks, and setting up auto-payments for rent.
Ann Glass, a gerontologist and professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, categorizes senior housing options as “shared housing” and “co-housing,” which she notes are frequently mixed up. Shared housing is when you rent a room in someone else’s house, or rent out your own spare room. This can be a great option for empty nesters looking for extra income and help with household chores.
Co-housing, on the other hand, refers to a community or neighborhood of seniors each with their own home but sharing a common space. It’s frequent in these situations for the community to come together several times a week for shared meals or events. Co-housing arrangements are a far cry from assisted living, however, because people living in co-housing are typically completely independent. Glass has found that having the support of co-housing neighbors substantially improves quality of life, and allows seniors to comfortably age in place.
If you think that you or a loved one could benefit from a shared housing or co-housing arrangement, you can visit to learn more.