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As seniors near retirement, many are choosing the increasingly popular living arrangement of home sharing to meet a variety of needs that come with old age.

What is home sharing? Home sharing is when a homeowner offers living accommodations to a home sharer in exchange for rent and/or household assistance.

Why are so many choosing home sharing? The homeowner gets money to help pay for rent, utilities, or other expenses while the home sharer is provided with affordable housing. Other benefits to home sharing for both parties include companionship, a sense of security, and mutual support.

There are many regional agencies that can help match homeowners with home sharers based on location, physical needs, and similar interests.

You can find more information about home sharing at:http://nationalsharedhousing.org/

PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum penned a letter to the editor of the Washington Examiner where he addressed retirement security and the desire of many Americans to keep both their jobs and their pensions.

Read the full letter to the editor.

Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and enjoying more years of retirement. That's a very good thing. But it means people will need enough money to pay for those extra years.

How much is enough for you? With so many factors to think about–health, housing, hobbies, to name a few–figuring it out can be a real challenge.

There are many tools on the internet that can help.  A good place to start is the Ballpark Estimate calculator, created by the respected nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute. It's easy to use, and gives you a quick estimate of how much you'll need to save for those retirement years.

EBRI' s calculator is part of its Choose to Save program, which offers many useful tips for future retirees.  Check it out at www.choosetosave.org.

Most people won't have enough to live the life they want when they retire. And they know it, too. But what will they do about it?

PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum spoke this morning at the National Press Club in Washington about today's retirement realities. More...

As Josh Gotbaum pointed out in a recent Newsday op-ed, Americans are living longer and need to prepare for longer retirements.

Social Security also has to get ready.

As reported by US News, here are some data points relevant to Social Security’s finances: More...

Retirement Realities, 2012

  |   March 14, 2012

Each year the folks at the Employee Benefit Research Institute gather data on retirement across the whole country. EBRI’s 2012 Retirement Confidence Survey tells the story of retirement security today.

For instance, only 14 percent of Americans feel “very confident” they will have enough money to live comfortably in retirement. Sixty percent of households have less than $25,000 in savings.

The survey also shows more people expect to work longer: 37 percent expect to retire after age 65, up from 11 percent in 1991. But those plans don’t always work out: Half the retirees surveyed had to leave work earlier than expected due to health problems or downsizing.

For the complete survey, and a lot more information on retirement issues, go to www.ebri.org.