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The health benefits of shared living


Harvard Medical School publication refers Nesterly as a resource for shared living.

Living with others offers a way to stay independent and avoid a cascade of mental, emotional and physical health problems.

Some of the benefits the article lists include:

Living with others can help you stay independent, depending on the situation. For instance:

  • It could lead you to cook and eat healthier food. “If you live by yourself, you might not have the money, ability, or motivation to prepare food. Living with someone else can change that.”
  • You might have someone to assist you with personal care. “An adult child or friend may be able to help you dress, assist with your medicine, or encourage you to exercise and socialize,” Dr. Stevens says.
  • It can reduce your workload. You can share chores, making it easier on you if you’re fatigued or limited by physical challenges like arthritis.
  • You may gain a means of transportation. If you aren’t able to drive anymore, someone else in the home may be able to take you to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment.
  • You have someone there for you in case of an emergency, like a stroke.

Read the full story: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-shared-living

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