06/17/2014 10:42 am ET Updated Jun 17, 2014

A New Generation Of 'Golden Girls' Embrace Communal Living As They Get Older

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Bonnie Moore knew it wasn’t going to work out when her new housemate started reorganizing the drawers in Moore’s lovingly remodeled kitchen as though it were her own home.

“If I left something on the counter, it was like I had left something on her counter,” and the housemate got rid of utensils she thought were unnecessary, said Moore, 69, who has rented out rooms in her five-bedroom house in Bowie, Md., for about five years. “She threw out things that she thought were trash but to me were important.”

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