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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
6 Ways to Make New Friends as an Older Adult by Talking to Strangers
3 months ago

6 Ways to Make New Friends as an Older Adult by Talking to Strangers

At the risk of sounding like I’m advocating that you become one of those unaware old folks who try to engage strangers – inappropriately, in extended conversations – I’m going to say this anyway: “DO talk to strangers.” Read More

Finding Friends in Your 60s is Magical… Here’s How to Do it!
5 months ago

Finding Friends in Your 60s is Magical… Here’s How to Do it!

In the book about downsizing called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it’s suggested that you discard items in your home that don’t bring you joy. The same could be said about friends, I suppose. Read More

The Unexpected Benefits of Downsizing: Clear Your Clutter and Your Outlook on Life
6 months ago

The Unexpected Benefits of Downsizing: Clear Your Clutter and Your Outlook on Life

Maybe you’re still living in the house where you raised the children: Bedrooms remain unused. Closets are full of things accumulated over decades. Memories are in every corner. The garage is stuffed with who knows what. Read More

4 Positive Ways to Deal with Loneliness Over the Holidays
7 months ago

4 Positive Ways to Deal with Loneliness Over the Holidays

We can be sailing along just fine – independent, self-contained, pursuing our own interests, plenty of friends, regular contact with family members, and then boom! – the holidays come upon us and we feel like our ship starts to sink. Read More

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