The cost of living and the influence of different cultures are two of the reasons why more Australians are embracing multi-generational living.
Other benefits include the potential for younger children and teenagers to have more respect for their elders through spending more time together. And older folk often find more energy, purpose and enthusiasm by being around younger family members and kids.
This type of shared or dual living arrangement can also delay the dependence on a aged care home. Also, families can save more money by pooling their expenses together.
- Learning to live and work together with different generations creates community harmony
- By sharing living spaces, some Australian families are able to become more financially stable
- Modern dual occupancy homes are becoming more popular
“The ABC TV program was framed as an experiment, but in Japan it’s been going on since the 1970s,” she says. “They have multi-generational kindergartens with aged-care facilities integrated into each other”