OWCH: retiring to the city with your #squadLoneliness is a growing problem among the elderly – so wouldn’t living with friends make old age more enjoyable? OWCH – the Older Women’s Co-Housing group – is the first female-only scheme for over-50s in the UK, aiming to provide companionship and support for girls in their golden years.
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Despite the growing demands presented by Britain’s ageing population – with the number of over-65s increasing by 11% between 2001 and 2011 – just 3.2% of elderly people live in a care home. [1] Dissatisfied with the lack of appealing options, the Older Women’s Co-Housing (OWCH) group has pioneered a scheme to develop community housing for female over-50s, addressing one of main issues of old age – loneliness. What better way to spend your later years than surrounded by friends?