Where Will The Baby Boomers Live?

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So where will be baby boomers live as they retire? That is the question that is being answered right now as 10,000 boomers a day turn age 65 like I did this year.

I spend a lot of time reading everything I can about the very same thing.  Plus I am living this myself and see my friends moving for retirement. Here is my take.

Where Will The Boomers Live in Retirement?

The options are several but let’s just consider these:

1. move to an active adult community in another state
2. move to an active adult community in your own state
3. move to suitable home in another state
4. move to a suitable home in your state
5. stay where you are living now

From the way it looks now, the majority will stay in their own homes for many reasons, not the least of which is affordability. They make make some changing to their homes to make them more liveable as they ended up aging in place.  This is option 5 above.

The next sizable tier, those who can afford it, may just move in a more suitable home in their own state. This is option 4. They may move from a large home to a ranch with a basement or a townhouse with master on the main and same level living areas. This may be to a location right in their current neighborhood because they like living there but just want a more suitable home for their retirement living. They may move a little closer to their children (grandchildren) and I see this happening quite a bit.

Some but a smaller group will elect to move to one of the 55+ places in their current neighborhood or one of the active adult communities on the edge of their metro area.  This is option 2.  I am seeing more of these 55+ communities being build in the suburbs where people are living now and I think this will become more popular as time goes on. These boomer communities will be smaller because of the land acquisition cost than those large Del Webb type active adult communities on the outer edges of metros.

A very few will move retire to the exciting city living and even fewer currently are moving to a true small town for retirement unless it is in one of the  active adult communities.

Some will relocate to other states especially Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas and other 55+ places.

Very few will move overseas for affordable retirement living, places like Costa Rica or South America.  Some will move into their second homes which may be vacation or seasonal homes, but not many.

So as I see it this is what is happening right now answering the question where will the baby boomers live in retirement.

Boomer Review: Common Sense 101

Today’s times have gotten a bit hectic. Common sense use to be something that my parents encouraged me to use at all times. According to encyclopedia.com, common sense knowledge is defined as the routine knowledge we have of our everyday world and activities.  To me that just means, get back to the basics people.  We boomers have a tenacity to complicate things.

I am going to list a few common sense basics just for review purposes for all of us.  These are not listed in any special order  of importance but I am sure that you probably can relate to all of these.  Heck, a few of these even gave me a chuckle, maybe it will give you a smile too.

COMMON SENSE

  1. It is not necessary to use the computer to look up a definition to common sense.  If you do, with all the long reads, it will only complicate things more.  I know.  I just did it!
  2. It is OK to trust yourself.  People have been doing it from the beginning of time.  We boomers are of age now and we don’t need the permission of others to be happy!
  3. Remember, when using a credit card that the bill will be due.  If the house payment is not paid or the rent then don’t buy a 60 inch television with a credit card.  After all, who needs an electric television if one has no electricity.
  4. When grocery shopping, make sure you eat and DO NOT go to the store hungry.  A hungry person tends to grab more than necessary off those nice snack shelves.
  5. If you drink alcoholic beverages, to avoid a headache, consider drinking only a couple.  Learn to practice saying, “No thank you.”  Even better, maybe just sip on some healthy water.
  6. If you have been using the old standard land line phone and get in the mood to buy a new improved cell phone then be prepared for a learning experience.  I bought one 4 months ago and I am still on step one.
  7. Do not get so busy that you forget to have the oil changed in your vehicle.  Use common sense and put the minor things up front to prevent major crisis.
  8. If your underwear drawers are getting too full then you might want to consider throwing away the ones that have not been worn in a year or so.
  9. If you are buying a new house, do not assume all of it is in good condition just because it has beautiful curb appeal.
  10. If your boss asks you to do something within your job description then do it.  Know when to say yes and know when to say no.
  11. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it.  After all someone just might want to help.  The worst that can happen is being rejected.  We are grown, we can deal with that!
  12. Make sure the lid is screwed tight on the mustard and pickle jars before you put them back in the refrigerator.  Cleaning up the mess from a spill is NOT FUN.
  13. No matter how busy you get, remember to take the time for a toilet break when needed.  I will not go into the details on this one because I am sure that you have my visual.
  14. If your lawn needs cutting then cut it.  After all the city inspector has more to do than send you a notice.
  15. When eating chocolate ice cream stop when you are full.  I know it is delicious but there are consequences to over indulging to include bulging.

Most important, remember to laugh at yourself because we ALL make mistakes sometimes!  Use common sense and loosen up because you baby boomers have earned it!  Use common sense and make sure you take time to play no matter how old you are!

Boomers Remember When

Remember when a soda was called pop and came in a small bottle called cocoa cola for only a dime.  Then there was the fountain drink that came in the paper cone sitting in a tin container as we drank it and listened to the jukebox at the corner drug store.  Today that coke cost a dollar, comes in a can from a machine as we listen to music on our I pods.

Remember the 55 Chevy that we loaded our families in to take that much needed vacation 250 miles away.  We packed a cooler, made sandwiches and stopped at a picnic table on the side of the road to eat.  Today we pack the mini van or catch a jet to fly to interesting places.  We eat at the finest restaurants and stay at beautiful hotels by the beach.

Remember when television had shows like Gun Smoke, I Love Lucy, and no remote control.  Now we have Who’s the Biggest Loser, Law and Order, Dancing With the Stars and a remote that we are constantly trying to figure out, that is if we can find it.

Remember when we went to drive in movies, rolled the windows down in our cars and sat the lawn chairs out.  Today we watch movies on our computers or go to the big cinema’s and wait for hours just to get a ticket to get in.

Remember when going fishing meant picking up a cane pole and digging up a few worms for bait and heading to the nearest water hold.  Today we shop at the Bass Pro shop for the best, the finest and travel far to find a lake that just might have some fish still in it.  Then of course there is deep sea fishing that takes a large crew on board with fine dining, nice bathroom facilities, and someone to bait your hook.  No longer do we have to be lazy sitting under a shade tree, listening to the birds, and taking a little nap waiting for a fish to bite our hook and take the bobble down.  That was disturbing since it sometimes messed up a good lazy dream.

Remember when we played marbles, checkers, horse shoes and monopoly.  Now we find the greatest games on our I phones, walk miles to play golf and ski from the top of the highest mountains to entertain ourselves.

Remember when there was a party line on the old land line telephone.  Now there is social media.  You can just sign in and read a long instead of ease dropping on a conversation of your neighbors down the street.

Yes, we boomers remember.  Was it more simple?  That is a good question for at the time we did not think so.  In 60 years I won’t be around but I just wonder about some things.  What will the youth of today remember?  What will their story be?  What mark will they leave on the world?  Will their grandchildren be fishing at all?  Will they travel on a road or highway?  Will there even be a thing called a television?  What kind of a container will hold a soda or will there be soda?  Will there still be a place called a movie theater?  Will there be a clean beach to play in the sand?

Yes, I wonder.  What will be the stories?  What will be the memories of tomorrow in our ever changing world?  Let us not forget!  Let us remember when.

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