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Living with the older generation is the suggestion of millions as a way to save money. Generally, having roommates will inevitably save money, but when living with the older generations in one’s family, there are a number of questions to be asked. Is there consistently tension that would be defused if such relatives lived apart? Are both parties agreeing to the arrangement because of family pressure or because of mutual benefits? There are any number of reasons why it might not be a good idea to live with one’s own older generation, but some people in older generations are recognizing the expense of living alone when life has moved people out of one’s home.
When one officially takes on roommates, there is little opportunity to gain the upper hand because there are contracts and mutual expectations. Also, the emotional challenges may or may not exist, based on how intimate a relationship the parties wish to pursue. Additionally, such arrangements may allow members of the older generation to change their lifestyle choices, such as retiring from unsatisfying jobs instead of working to preserve property. Many older generations are opting to travel to see their actual families with the satisfaction of knowing that their home is being watched. Because certain problems no longer directly affect older generations, taking on roommates can allow them to remain part of the active communities because of the presence of someone dealing with younger generation issues. Finally, there is the general accountability that someone has by living with someone so that if something happens, help can be available.
As the cost of living rises, people are tackling the costs using various methods. No idea is foolproof, but everyone can learn from each other. If housing and food prices are no longer going to correct themselves based on the wages of the general populace, it helps to know that society will find ways to take care of itself.

Featured Image: Youth Aliya members from Germany dancing the hora at Kibbutz ein Harod. A kibbutz is a collective community in Israel. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities that combined socialism and Zionism.

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