Betty White and Bea Arthur made it look like fun on the popular sitcom The Golden Girls, but what’s it really like to share a house with others in your senior years? Well, Louise Bardswich has been sharing a 4,000-sq-foot home with three other women in Port Perry, Ontario, since 2015. The four of them, Louise, Martha Casson, Beverly Brown, and Sandy McCully, where recently featured in a BBC Canada article.
While it’s not unusual for relatives or close friends to move in with each other as they age, Canada’s Golden Girls, as they’ve come to be known, believe their situation – where all four women were relative strangers – is the start of a new trend. The house they live in is co-owned. Each person owns 25% of the property, and it’s designed to allow each woman as much independence as possible.
In addition, they each pay $1,500 a month towards living expenses, which includes a weekly house cleaner, landscaping, food and wine. They all have their own large bedroom, with a TV and seating area and a bathroom. They share a living room and dining room and large kitchen, complete with two dishwashers, which helps them avoid kitchen squabbles.
Each woman has brought a unique set of life experiences to the group, which they say makes the living situation even more fulfilling. Between the four of them there are 13 grandchildren, who all come by to visit. They say their best advice is not to wait, but to plan for your future before others have to plan it for you. Louise Bardswich likes to advise people to find housemates with common values.
Read the full article here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48765641