Baby boomers are adopting a unique strategy for addressing the cost of living and need for community. Baby boomers have developed much more independence, but rather than living alone or joining a senior community, many of these adults have sought out other seniors to share housing costs and responsibilities. These roommates, or “boommates” maintain their independence while also creating a support community that they can depend on. Residential assisted living can help address these same issues. Not all RAL homes are for those who need 24 hour caregivers present. Many RAL owners are already adopting this “Golden Girls” model and are providing a safe and affordable home for seniors to thrive that embraces their desire for independence while also supporting their need for community.