When to Start Home Sharing:  Are You Riding the Wave?  Or Wiping Out?

When to Start Home Sharing: Are You Riding the Wave? Or Wiping Out?

You may wonder what surfing has to do with home-sharing.  I never connected the two myself until I received a phone call from a woman who was looking for a home-share for her parents, who are in their 80s.  Whenever I get a call from a family member on behalf of a...

Home-Sharing and COVID-19

Home-Sharing and COVID-19

A recent survey taken by the Angus Reid Institute reported that more than 50% of Canadians surveyed said that their mental health was worse now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.  On the other hand, 25% of those living with home-mates said that their relationship with...

A Real Life Home-Sharing Story

A Real Life Home-Sharing Story

Dorothy Mazeau, founder of Golden Girls Canada, shares this story:  "Shortly after meeting Annamarie Pluhar, a fellow home-sharing advocate in Vermont, I was tickled to find this blog post on her website.  As it happens, Norma was a dear friend of my mother, a...

Re-invent Your Home for Fun & Income

Re-invent Your Home for Fun & Income

Are you living alone in your family home, the home which you lovingly created with your spouse and where you raised your children?  Your home may be filled with happy memories – but are they enough to keep you happy? Perhaps your spouse has passed away, and your...

How do YOU like to live?!

How do YOU like to live?!

Are you feeling pressured to move from a home you love, a neighbourhood where everyone knows you, due to the fact that you are getting older and your family is worried about you?  Maybe you are on your own now and finding that you have more house than you need, and...

Christmas in Community

Christmas in Community

Now that the pre-Christmas rush is behind us and we are in the lull between Christmas and the New Year, I find myself reflecting on memories of many Christmases shared with my housemates over my years in shared housing.  Some of the most memorable experiences cause...

Homesharing and “Aging In Place”

Homesharing and “Aging In Place”

There are plenty of “buzzwords” buzzing about when it comes to addressing senior issues and/or talking about an aging population. The “Silver Tsunami,” “Boomers,” “Seniors,” “Mature adults,” “Older adults” and yes, we’ve even heard and read the term “Perennials.” The...

Share Your Space!

Share Your Space!

Homesharing is in the news again and it makes total sense to us. With a rapidly aging population and no real conclusive housing strategy in place for assisting seniors with downsizing, the concept of homesharing is gaining more and more traction and that’s making...

Challenges to Air BNBs Are Good News for Homesharing!

Challenges to Air BNBs Are Good News for Homesharing!

Bylaw changes are potentially coming to the City of Toronto. These no doubt will be followed not long after by changes to the bylaws of municipalities near you. These changes have to do with regulations around the rental of both homes, and individual rooms within...

Sssshhhh – It’s a Secret!

Sssshhhh – It’s a Secret!

Recently, we sat down to ponder topics for upcoming blogs and to make a list of what the Golden Girls audience might be interested in learning more about. As we did so, we realized that ironically, perhaps the first thing we need to discuss – is “Why aren’t we, as...