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Loneliness and High Rent Prompt California Seniors To Look for Roommates

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At 95, Eleanor Stone has outlived her siblings, her husband and her three children.

“I’m all alone,” Stone said. “I don’t have anybody.”

That reality prompted the retired school cafeteria worker to move a roommate into her San Diego home in 2013.

No hard figures exist but she’s part of a growing number of California seniors opting to live with other seniors for companionship and to reduce their expenses. 

“Living alone puts people at higher risk of depression,” said Caroline Cicero, University of Southern California gerontology professor. “If you fall, if you live alone, you’re more likely to be injured. If you live alone, you’re more likely to be a victim of a fraud or a scam. You’re also more likely to have poor nutrition and poor health outcomes.”

And living alone in California can sap a senior’s finances.

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A growing number of California seniors are moving in together to deal with the state’s affordability crisis and the solitude that comes with the death of a spouse.

 

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