New generation of older people embraces ‘Golden Girls’ communal living

Beth Hogan and Debbie Aschemeier are both in their early 60s, divorced and working in the medical field. They both love gardening. And they love living in the small town of Mableton.

Strangers until recently, they’re now roommates and close friends — for reasons both social and financial.

“From the moment we met, we hit it off,” said Hogan. “We’ve never had a fight. I can’t think of ever having a disagreement.”

Hogan and Aschemeier are part of a growing number of baby boomers becoming roommates to cut costs, and also for companionship — just like “The Golden Girls” in the old television show. In metro Atlanta, the number of unmarried-partner households of people over 60 years old rose to 6,412 last year, up by 65 percent from a decade earlier, according to the Census Bureau.

Full story here: Source Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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