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Readers Respond to Elderly Housing Series

October 14, 1990

"Having It All" by David W. Myers on elderly housing (Sept. 23) proves that it pays to read the Real Estate section. The article not only covers senior living possibilities, but the statistics explain attitudes toward seniors, particularly women.

Recently retired, 60-plus and widowed since age 49, I've sensed hostility against independence in older women from both male and female peers.

In the travel realm, (including Elderhostel), brochures make it patently clear that accommodations are on a Noah's Ark basis. Many of us single women are perfectly willing to pay double if only we could be roommate-less. Although the tour/conference/ whatever would lose not a cent, it insists on pairing us up.

I assume this true in some retirement communities. Could this attitude be because so few middle-class women have either education or recent work experience? Although I've never been a women's righter, I'm beginning to wonder.

MARY MEYER

Pasadena

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