Meet Alexandra and Florence – the housemates with a 68 year age difference.
95 year old Florence admits to being lonely after her husband passed away and so, when she saw a homesharing initiative in a local newspaper, aiming to tackle loneliness by matching older people looking for companionship with a younger person in need of somewhere to live, she decided to investigate.
What’s in it for the housemates?
It’s a simple transaction based on needs, really. The older person gets to have some company, someone to talk to and some help around the house, while the younger person gets a reduced rate of rent,in return; often meaning they can afford to live in an area or home that would otherwise be out of reach to them; like Alexandra who is originally from Newcastle but needs to study in London.
Florence has had a number of different flatmates over the course of the pat 10 years, and she and Alexandra class themselves as friends.
Listen to them talk about how the arrangement works, in the video below.
Not only is this a great practical idea, it also bridges barriers between old and young, and can lead to some unexpected friendships and helps to keep the past alive.
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