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About Karen Venable

Karen Venable is founder of Roommates4Boomers, a service for women over 50 that matches roommates using an algorithm similar to what dating sites use. Several years ago when Karen was going through a divorce, she realized how helpful it would be if there were a service that matched compatible over-50 women. Her research turned up none. She knew a huge void needed to be filled, so launched Roommates4Boomers - please check it out at http://www.roommates4boomers.com
Latest Posts | By Karen Venable
Think You Could Never Live with a Roommate After 60? Think Again!
6 months ago

Think You Could Never Live with a Roommate After 60? Think Again!

Sometimes the hardest hurdles we face are the ones we create ourselves. Meaning that they’re not really there – they’re only in our minds. Read More

How Clearing Clutter Can Help You Find Freedom and Happiness After 60
7 months ago

How Clearing Clutter Can Help You Find Freedom and Happiness After 60

I came across this quote about clearing clutter on – of all places – a medical website, and it struck me as the perfect way to look at the “too much stuff” conundrum I’m still struggling with. Read More

Looking for a Roommate After 60? Don’t Forget to Talk About Money!
8 months ago

Looking for a Roommate After 60? Don’t Forget to Talk About Money!

We all know that money is that last taboo topic, causing more embarrassment, secrecy and shame than even conversations about sex.

So, if you’re making plans to live with a roommate, it’s a good idea to acknowledge that fact up front and make a commitment to tackle the subject openly. Read More

Designing for Longevity: 9 Creative Solutions for Healthy, Independent Living
9 months ago

Designing for Longevity: 9 Creative Solutions for Healthy, Independent Living

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel of judges for the fourth Design Challenge sponsored by the Stanford Center on Longevity. I reviewed several innovative ideas that encourage active and independent living as we age. Read More

Why Sharing a Home is Often an Excellent Downsizing Strategy for Seniors
10 months ago

Why Sharing a Home is Often an Excellent Downsizing Strategy for Seniors

Who doesn’t remember the “bigger is better” philosophy of the 70s and 80s? These days it seems America’s gotten wise, or at least more conservative when it comes to financial and resource waste – hence our shrinking cars and soda pop cans.
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6 Things to Check Before Choosing a Roommate After 60
10 months ago

6 Things to Check Before Choosing a Roommate After 60

It’s easy to concentrate on the upside when you make the big decision to share housing and start looking for a roommate. And it’s perhaps even easier to fantasize about all the benefits of living with a roommate and gloss over the possible pitfalls.
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Financially, Millennials Have More in Common with Their Grandparents Than Us!
1 year ago

Financially, Millennials Have More in Common with Their Grandparents Than Us!

Our attitudes toward the important things in life – relationships, money, and careers – are shaped by the experiences we have in our youth. The Millennial generation – our kids, in other words – are demonstrating this in their attitudes toward saving, investing and real estate.

Check out this interesting article in The Motley Fool on the financial habits of Boomers versus those of their children. It gives us a whole new take on the term “sandwich generation.” Read More

5 Tips to Help You Find a Roommate After 60
1 year ago

5 Tips to Help You Find a Roommate After 60

One of the most important steps in finding a roommate is deciding that you’re ready to do so. This step, however, often gets trampled over in the decision-making process. So, I advise women who are contemplating the roommate option to take careful steps and consider the following five tips. Read More

3 Simply Fantastic Websites to Help You Embrace a Minimalist Lifestyle
1 year ago

3 Simply Fantastic Websites to Help You Embrace a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is a cool trend. I truly believe that minimalist living is something that Boomer women, especially, should look into. After years of home making, traveling, careers, and maybe children and grandchildren, chances are we’ve accumulated a lot of things. Read More

Retirement Living Beyond Florida: Here’s How Boomer Women Are Really Retiring!
1 year ago

Retirement Living Beyond Florida: Here’s How Boomer Women Are Really Retiring!

In retirement, as in almost all things, we’re doing things differently than generations previous. Always-sunny, closed-in, air-conditioned, cookie-cutter communities in Florida are no longer the default destination. Like seriously, NO. But what is the plan? Read More