- April 1, 2013
-- Dummerston, Vermont—The recently released study “Social Isolation, Loneliness, And All-Cause Mortality In Older Men And Women” concluded that the condition of being socially isolated is a cause of death. Headlines for the past week have trumpeted this study, for instance “Social Isolation Can kill Seniors” (UPI.com), “Study Ties Social Isolation to Increased Risk of Death” VOA, “Maybe Isolation, Not Loneliness, Shortens Life” (NPR) but aside from the tepid advice to “have lunch with someone” or “give a friend a phone call” no one has suggested a solution. Sharing housing is a fabulous option for the millions of people who live alone and are at risk for both social isolation and loneliness.
Annamarie Pluhar is on a mission to help those who are struggling with living alone, or are suddenly alone, discover that having a “homemate”
is an excellent option. On Thursday April 11th from 9-12 she is offering a half-day workshop, “The Sharing Housing Option: A Practical Program for Helping Your Clients, Friends and Family Save Money, Overcome Isolation, and Live Fully” at the Marlboro Graduate School, 28 Vernon St. in Brattleboro Vermont. By engaging participants in interactive exercises that teach she will equip attendees to coach and counsel others to consider this possibility. Topics for the workshop and for an interview include:
• How a “homemate”
is different from a “housemate.”
In Vermont 34% of the population over 50 lives alone. 27% of households in the United States are single occupancy. 10% of those are people over 65.
two reasons to share housing.
• Selecting your homemate carefully is absolutely critical: knowing how to screen candidates is essential.
• Four principles for living well with another person
• Six-step process to find a homemate safely.
Annamarie Pluhar is the author “Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.”
She has been heard on Word of Mouth, Nightside with Dan Rea, Books Over Breakfast on WCAX-TV and WGBY’s The Connecting Point.
Your state, nationwide by arrangement, and via telephone
CONTACT: Annamarie Pluhar, (802) 451-1941 (Vermont);