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Over 60, single and without an income? How on earth do you afford rent? You have two choices: apply for the pension if you are old enough or go out and find work. They say it is so easy to find work but often people have to change to an industry which accepts older people. Security and taxi drivers are known for the older workers, and quite often a number of people in the same industry will team together to rent a house to save on costs. So how difficult is it to share accommodation over 60?

Let us look at two taxi drivers who teamed up and helped each other out on numerous occasions and then decided it was cheaper to live together and add a border. The first one was a divorcee and very keen on his 60s music, keen to party, with a gambling addiction. The second one smoked and did not drink, also keen to party, so the rock and roll music was often blasting through the doors to the outside patio. They advertised for a younger person to move into the third bedroom.

And you never know what you have got until you get to know someone  The random younger person turned out to be on drugs and was promptly turned out on the street. Then the problem came when one of the room mates noticed that the other guy had been smoking in bed and putting his cigarette ash all round the sides of the mattress. Considered as fire risk he was asked to stop this, and his other flatmate made plans to move out.

So if you are single and in your 60s, what exactly does it take to find a suitable companion to live with? Do you really have to be a couple or choose to live on your own? Is it really worth teaming up with some other random people to share a house? I have a number of friends who live on their own and they are either well adapted or very lonely. Some are still trying to find a suitable partner with very poor results, and others are happy if they never see a partner again. Personally I would be very wary of teaming up with a new partner at my ripe old age of 64, however I am happy to say it is not a needed option.

I think the perfect scenario would be to have a unit downstairs for your partner and one upstairs for yourself or to live in a situation close to other friends. Not always are we able to afford the wonderful retirement village with its locked in walls, and regulations, but even my son manages to live in an area where his friends are all within a kilometre or so.

So what are your thoughts on the subject? Who would you be prepared to live with in your older years? My ultimate dream would be to live on my own yacht in the Whitsundays… and when I fell overboard that would be considered a great way to end the story. What is your dream?

Gill Johnston

  1. If your renting and your going to share, I think it would be smarter to stick with your own age group, the young are starting to live their lives and still have lots of partying to do, while we have done it all and are happy to have quiet nights in front of the tv.

  2. It could be a good solution to people with big homes living alone. They can have company and help with bills as long as they are able to come to grips with sharing their home. Also alternative to seniors homes for those without homes. Could be good solution to many problems

  3. I could have been in that situation but at the ripe old age of 59 I found a new partner and have been married for four years. I was made redundant from my job during this time and I often wonder what would have happened if I had not met this wonderful man.

  4. Sharing accommodation proved difficult for me but mainly when I was living in someone elses home. I felt like an intruder even though I was told,’their home is my home.’ I still did things that upset them. Not intentionally of course and I never felt like I was doing enough.
    It was tough.
    Sharing my own home was easier and worked well because I was sharing with other single people who liked their own space like I do.
    Now I have my own place again and am able to afford to live alone, its the best! I love it!

  5. It’s a tough one really, I am 59 and rent, I have to rent in a small town in Tassie to be able to afford the rent yet there is no work here.. I am on Newstart which leaves me only $120 per week to do it all.. Buy groceries, pay for power, phone fuel rego’s and look after pets.. It’s tough! I often wonder if there are people like me that would like to share but don’t know where to look.. As for finding another partner.. Where on earth do you look? I don’t do online dating, I don’t drink so don’t go to pubs/clubs etc.. it is a tough one for sure…

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    • Could you place a notice in the local supermarket if they have a notice board or the local realestate office get more involved with the town. Or churches etc.

    • I met my husband through the local free paper. I went through a lot of disparate men. Some were looking for women to look after them. Some just wanted a sex partner. You find them in paper ring up and make contact. Can get expensive. You can go through $20 in no time. I persevered and got lucky.

  6. If that’s the case all the nursing homes these days are single rooms with own toilets I don’t agree there’s to much depression in single rooms at least they can talk to other people even if it’s the bloke in the bed next to him , family friends children

  7. Nursing homes breed depression I worked 29 yrs in a nursing home and that’s one of the biggest problems lonelwyness in older people some only see the visitors of other residents , never came out of their rooms I don’t want to be put in a nursing home to sit on my own and die alone to sad

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