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Book Teaches Baby Boomers How to Start a Golden Girls Home

2nd Edition Offers Primer on Living with Roommates Later in Life

CONTACT: Robyn Miller-Tarnoff, 703-405-8355

Have you ever thought about living with roommates? If so, you are in step with a growing cadre of baby boomers who are turning to shared living as a fun, affordable housing option as they age.

But many people don’t know where to start when it comes to shared living. Enter the new edition of How to Start a Golden Girls Home. This primer offers guidance on how to make your home attractive to roommates, questions to ask in an interview, how to handle pets, boyfriends, and other tricky situations, as well as hundreds of other tips about seniors sharing homes.

The book draws on the real world experience of author Bonnie Moore—both in her own shared home and as founder of Golden Girls Network, a website that helps adults ages 50 and above find roommates. Informed by Moore’s law degree, the book includes sample applications, leases, and other practical resources for home owners and potential roommates.

“If you are considering sharing your home with roommates, you simply must read this book,” said Josephine Brown, a Maryland homeowner and Golden Girls Network member. “As someone who has lived with roommates successfully for nearly eight years, Moore is well equipped to guide other women on the ins and outs of sharing a home.”

Demographic trends indicate that conditions are ripe for continued growth of shared living, particularly among women. According to statistics compiled by AARP, one out of three baby boomers will face old age without a spouse. Women, on average, live about five years longer than men. Adult children are often far away. And since 1990, the overall divorce rate for the 50-plus demographic has doubled.

“Shared Living for mature adults is a critical addition to aging-in-place efforts,” said Dr. Patrick Roden, creator of AginginPlace.com. “Golden Girls Network is making it happen.”

“Shared Living is an important new possibility for mature women,” added Marianne Kilkenny, author of Your Quest for Home: A Guidebook to Find the Ideal Community for Your Later Years. ”The Golden Girls Network book contains many practical ideas and is a must read.”

How to Start a Golden Girls Home is available on Amazon.com for $14.99 (paperback) or $9.99 Kindle formats.


Golden Girls Network is the only nationwide network that helps adults ages 50+ find roommates and access the resources they need to make shared living work. More information is available at GoldenGirlsNetwork.com