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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
2 Simply Fantastic Websites to Help You Embrace a Minimalist Lifestyle
2 weeks ago

2 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…
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Financially, Millennials Have More in Common with Their Grandparents Than Us!
4 months 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…
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5 Tips to Help You Find a Roommate After 60
6 months 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…
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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

4 Positive Ways to Deal with Loneliness Over the Holidays
1 year 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…
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The Unexpected Benefits of Downsizing: Clear Your Clutter and Your Outlook on Life
2 years 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

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

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

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