Some Boomers Trading Peace Signs for Dollar Signs, Living Communally

From ‘groovy’ to ‘granny,’ some baby boomers are opting to revisit living accommodations made popular in the 60s by creating or moving into communal housing, reports the South Florida Times

A generation of Americans who embraced communal living in the 1960s is again considering that concept and other ways to coexist as they near retirement.

This time, they’ve traded peace signs for dollar signs.


Even now, seniors are redefining their living arrangements through cohousing communities, cooperative households and niche communities, experts said.

Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, might be more open to such ideas, having tried similar arrangements when they were younger, said Robert Schulz, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research.

And there’s a practical side.


“As baby boomers age, getting appropriate support will be a challenge,” Schulz said. “Traditionally, children supply that support for their parents, but baby boomers had few children, so group housing has the potential for people to provide for and support each other.”

Boomers who do move won’t go quietly to retirement homes like those that housed their parents. They’ve built more than 100 cohousing communities across the country and are exploring options such as university-based retirement communities.

Whether they’re hippies or people who need hip replacements, the 78-million-strong cohort of boomers are branching out in their golden years and exploring a lot of different options, including niche communities that cater to specialized interests, the article says.

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Written by Alyssa Gerace