Denise Lohnn Posted about 1 year ago Proposing elderly communal housing; i.e. private residence with central/shared kitchen and living rooms with private bed and bathrooms. My friends and I used to always joke about what we'd do once our kids were grown. I've been separated from my husband for years, and I just turned 60. My daughter is 18 and was going off to college, but she will defer because she has terrible neuro-lyme, that must be dealt with. She worries that if she goes to college, I will be alone. I was hoping that I could return to the work force, as money is a real issue. My idea with friends was to rent/buy a big home with enough rooms for each of us, and common areas we could share (since we know each other well) and try to stay as youthful as possible. We used to have really fun theme parties when we were young and working together, and we thought why not as we get old. Who wants to sit around and think about dying. No fun there. It's a bit harder to live with strangers (kind of like kids have to do in college!), but if enough people, who have common interests, can share a home and always have interesting things planned, it could be fun. And one is never too old to do that!