For years, I’ve been encouraging people to consider sharing a place with a roommate. Not only does one get half the rent paid, but also the roommate may know how to do something you do not, such as cook, fix a computer, or something wild like run a hot air balloon. A roommate will watch the place when you’re not home and you two may be able to afford something nicer than you could on your own. Even the arguments roommates have are practices in social skills. Another benefit of roommates is the ability to keep one from feeling lonely. When a person does not have many connections or the resources to stay connected with people all the time, a roommate can assist with that connectedness with other people.
A recent study out about loneliness illustrates the health issues that are associated with loneliness. Here are a couple of links to these articles:
Loneliness is killing us
Rewarding relationships important for healthy aging
While this research focused on the health effects of loneliness on older adults, same effects would be seen in other populations such as those with disabilities. This is one more great reason we should promote roommates when possible.