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Why Older Women are Coupling Up with Their BFfs

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  • Photo Courtesy of Anja Woltman and Tricia Hoffman

    Tricia Hoffman and Anja Woltman, both aged 64, knew from the moment they met—on a women's camping trip in Sedona—that they would be friends. What they didn't know is that they would eventually be roommates.

    At the time, both women had been divorced for a number of years and were living in the same Northern California town, about an hour from San Francisco. Hoffman, who has seven grandchildren, had recently settled there after selling her house in the country. Woltman was born in Holland and had raised her family in Vermont, but she'd moved to California to be closer to her now-grown children.

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    Although they loved their respective homes, they were approaching retirement age and had some anxiety about being alone later in life. "When you get older, your life gets smaller," says Woltman. "It's harder to get around. Tricia and I began talking about what it would be like if we could just walk to each other's houses."

    The casual talks led to more earnest discussions about sharing a living space. At first, the idea was more fantasy than reality, a series of what ifs, until Hoffman looked out her condo window and saw that the duplex next door was for sale. She called Woltman, who immediately came over. Within a few hours, they had placed a bid on the lot.

    "It was exactly what we wanted," says Hoffman.

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