June 01, 2014

A Guide to Shared and Communal Housing for the Elderly

By John K. Larson, Elizabeth A. McGarry

The article was originally published in GPSolo, Vol. 30 No. 4 (July/Aug. 2013). © 2013 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.


Imagine the situation of a 65-year-old woman—let’s call her Doris—who now lives alone after her husband passed away a year ago. Her children—let’s call them Eric and Diane—are both married and live out of state. They visit her occasionally, but with their respective families’ responsibilities and their lives becoming more hectic, they do not have as much time to spend with their mother as they once did. With her husband’s death, her income and retirement needs have changed. While Doris is fully independent, she is at a stage in her life where she is looking at various living alternatives that suit her new circumstances.

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