s the sharing economy part of your retirement plan? Maybe it should be, suggests a new video from … none other than George Takei!
The latest episode of the AARP web series, Takei’s Take, is a hilarious and smart introduction to how sharing can bring income, mobility, and more into our golden years:
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Internet Celebrity Michael Buckley joins Takei to explain sharing platforms (Leftover Swap and Peers partners Airbnb and Lyft get shout-outs), as well as the trust that underpins the peer-to-peer movement.
We’re so thrilled about this video! The old stereotype of the sharing economy as a “young person’s thing” is long disproven. Seniors all over the world are finding that sharing cars, homes, skills, and time can bring value and companionship into their lives.
For example, the city of Seoul is reportedly launching a platform to connect seniors with students looking to rent a room. In Holland, the Dutch Review recently suggested that sharing could decrease the isolation that many seniors feel:
“Aren’t there more creative ways of defining home? Of creating more connections? Can we find ways to share [seniors’] homes instead of creating twilight zones where time does not pass?”
Which is all to say, we are thrilled that the AARP is spreading the word about sharing to more people.
Peers members are currently gearing up for a campaign that will be relevant for seniors living in cohousing communities. We’re eager to share more - stay tuned for details!
In the meantime, we want to hear from you! What would it take to make sharing a part of your retirement plan? Tell us on Twitter!