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Senior Scene® | March Issue
Matilda Charles
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Ever Thought About Having a
So many seniors live alone, and the last thing you want is to move just because the house becomes too much to handle on your own. Or maybe your property taxes went up and your $3 Social Security increase won’t cover it.
What if you had a roommate? The  rst instinct might be to say no to that
idea. You don’t want a stranger sharing your space.
But think about that. What if you had someone to help shovel the walk the next time it snows? Or someone whose rent payment means you can stay in your home? Or even, on a more friendly level, someone to play chess
or cards with?
Start by calling the senior center,
Council on Aging or local social services of ce to ask if they know of
a roommate matching service. Once you locate one, be prepared to be extremely honest in what you’re looking for. If you can’t stand to be around people drinking alcohol, say so. If you go to bed early and need the house quiet by a certain time at night, say that, too. The more honest you are, the more likely you are to  nd a roommate who is compatible. Be sure to have credit and background checks done.
The best possible situation
might be if there’s a college near
you. A student who’s old enough not to be required to live in the dorm (sophomore or older), who is tired
of the noise of a dorm, who needs peace and quiet to study, who’s tired of cafeteria food, who is struggling
on a budget ... that kind of roommate might be perfect.
Don’t say no until you’ve given it some thought!
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areas where you’re  anked by gopher tortoise holes, sink- holes, and lakes, but since it parallels US 41 heading north from Inverness you are intermittently spilled into towns
like Hernando, Holder, and Citrus Springs, where you will encounter Mom and Pop stores with names like Burger Ranch, Chicken King, and Ferris Groves. Also contributing to the homey atmosphere are the motorists, because every time I encountered a busy cross street the drivers slowed down or stopped, obviously used to the abundance of cyclists. This made me glad I stayed at a locally-owned ho- tel instead of a chain (speaking of that, the Central Motel actually had a normal coffee maker instead of those that make individual cups. Hallelujah).
There are also benches approximately every mile-- some of them shaded--and during the 20 mile journey north from Inverness to the trails end in Citrus Springs we encountered seven trailheads, most of them with drinking water. There are also countless paths venturing from the asphalt, some connecting to neighborhoods and some going into the wilderness, so if you have tire treads at least 1.95” wide you can check them out, which I plan to on my next trip.
Also, next time I go plan to head south on the trail to Brooksville. You know why there? It’s the home of Weeki Wachee.
For my information about visiting the Withlachoochee State Trail and the area go to: http://www.discovercrystal- river .com/ SS
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