Dina Wilcox and Anne Fry are not just roommates, they’re best friends. A few years ago, however, they barely knew each other, reports CBS News correspondent Vinita Nair. The pair, who often finishes each other’s sentences, has lived together in a 1,200-square foot apartment in Harlem for the past two years. Wilcox was living alone after her husband’s death, having downsized from a big house in the suburbs to a two-bedroom apartment in New York. She met Fry, who was divorced and new to New York, at a learning seminar. Then Wilcox heard Fry talking about her battle with breast cancer and how she could no longer afford her rent because of her medical bills. On a whim, she asked Fry to move in.

Wilcox and Fry are part of a growing number of older Americans sharing apartments and houses. Linda Hoffman, president of the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, said applications for senior roommates in New York have tripled over the past six years.

She said sharing finances is not the only motivation for seniors. “I think it can be very lonely and it can cause depression if one is unable to get out as often as possible,” Hoffman said. “There are individuals who have no family. And this is sort of a situation where built-in friendships can occur.”

Source: CBS Morning News

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