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As loved ones start to get older, we start to wonder: how long will they be able to live alone? Will they need someone there to help them with daily life? There’s a reason to ask those questions now more than ever, as the average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78 years old! As a result, 41% of Americans in the market are searching for a home that can accommodate a multigenerational family. Us personally, have several families that are looking for a home that will accommodate mom and dad.

An increasing number of studies affirm the benefits of being part of a multigenerational household. These benefits aren’t just for the grandchildren, but for the grandparents as well. According to these two resources:

The University of Oxford

“Children who are close to their grandparents have fewer emotional and behavioral problems and are better able to cope with traumatic life events, like a divorce or bullying at school”.

Boston College

“Researchers found that emotionally close ties between grandparents and adult grandchildren reduced depressive symptoms in both groups”.

This research gives helpful insight into why 41% of Americans are in the market to buy a multigenerational home.

Families have different needs. Some multigenerational homes have a separate unit for Grandma and Grandpa. Sometimes the need is for them to have a space attached to the main house. We may call these units Granny Units or the new buzz phrase is to call them ADU’s (accessory dwelling unit). If Grandma and Grandpa are able to care for themselves, there may be a separate kitchen for them. Maybe even there own backyard so they can have a garden space.

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Thanks to Keeping Current Matters, Inc for being a generous resource