My Aging But Dangerous interview explored why shared living is trending

It’s always great to talk with other women who share my passion for living active, engaged lives as we get older. I recently did a live-streamed interview with Jean Ketcham, CEO of Aging But Dangerous, an organization with the goal of helping older women live with spirit and style. Aging But Dangerous creates events for women who know their next big adventure is just around the corner. This is in line with why I created Vibrante Living. Aging doesn’t have to mean it’s time to slow down.

I was thrilled to learn that Ketcham has always wanted to create something like Vibrante. She sees a great need for this kind of shared living in our community and all over the country. Viewers watching our live interview wrote in to ask how they could start a similar home in their part of the country.

Ketcham asked what prompted me to start Vibrante Living. We agreed there are many baby boomers out there who want to live vibrant lives, in smaller communities where they can make real connections with others. I saw that Vibrante could fill a housing gap that exists for women who live independently but feel that life at home, alone, is isolating. There are many large complexes for 55+ adults, but as a social worker, I know that you can feel lonely even if you are surrounded by hundreds of other tenants.

Quality of relationships is so important. My love of the show Golden Girls helped drive my vision. At Vibrante, four women live together in a home with lots of beautiful, shared living space. Each woman also has their own suite with en suite bath and plenty of private space. It’s perfect for women who value building strong friendships. This kind of companionship keeps us healthy as we age. And it’s just a more fun way to spend our later years! You’ll come home to the lights on, and possibly a friend to share a story and a cup of coffee. 

Ketcham was interested to hear if Vibrante would be expanding beyond our first house. Once the word gets out about all the benefits to this kind of community – companionship and shared living truly keep us healthy and happy – I hope to add more homes. I see this as my contribution to older women in my community. Regardless of age, we should be able to live interesting, active lives in loving, caring environments.

If you share my vision for how your later years should look, give me a call at 612-816-6940. I would love to meet you and give you a tour of Vibrante.