Aging “With Purpose”

With Purpose begins with the author’s eight page Introduction letting the reader know about his long history and lifetime study of aging, beginning in his early twenties at a time when not much attention was paid to the older folks. With the demographic Age Wave finally here, the author’s insights are indeed interesting and exciting I found. Some of the interesting items in the book deal with:

I have been reading With Purpose (Going from Success to Significance in Work and Play) a book by Ken Dychtwald, PH.D.   This author specializes in the study of aging, maturity and retirement.   A few months ago I read his book The Power Years and thought is was one of the better shall we say, Baby Boomer books that I have read.   I kept that book for future reference and here is my digest of the book. Continue reading “Aging “With Purpose””

Energy Drinks and Caffeine For Baby Boomers

Seniors have always had some magic tonic to boost energy levels.  I know of one senior lady a couple of decades ago who just loved her “jogging in a jug” she called it.

From the times of the traveling medicine shows until today there has been something to boost energy and spirits.

For many to get going and keep going it’s a few cups of coffee during the day. Cans of Coke or sipping iced tea to keeps others going.  Then there are native herbal remedies and Chinese tonics.

These days, there are options in how baby boomers get their caffeine so take a look at these. Continue reading “Energy Drinks and Caffeine For Baby Boomers”

More Boomers Renting Meets Needs

The business magazine Forbes, says more baby boomers are renting to be closer to their children who have jobs in the city and because they want more amenities and even concierge services.

They continue that boomers want a unit maintained for them while they travel, they want their groceries delivered, they want their pets watched.

The author of the article sold the big home in the suburbs and moved to an apartment in the city, giving a reference to his article. He says traveling is easier with city retirement because of the transits offerings.  Also  apartments in the city tend to be closer to restaurants and shopping, allowing us baby boomers to stay close  to home while getting our essentials.

The author says apartment developers should focus on baby boomers because we are high earners resulting in low rent burdened renters. Also once we move, we stay put.

What Do Boomers Really Want And Need?

So my take is the author has it right about what baby boomers want, but I don’t necessarily agree that apartments are the answer,although it could be in a temporary situation.

So what do boomers need?

1. Move close to children. I agree, seeing that many of my neighbors in my 55+ community moved for exactly that reason.

2. Want less home maintenance. Yes.

3. Want to be close to restaurants and shopping.  Yes.

4.Want some concierge services. Yes, some do.

Another way to get all boomer needs taken care of is to move to a 55+ community.

As I mentioned, many of my neighbors here in a Del Webb 55+ Community, did move to be closer to their children.

Also there is less home maintenance with landscaping taken care of, a newer one level ranch home and plenty of vendors that are knowledgeable about our community and ready to take care of any problem.

Some 55+ communities have restaurants that you can drive to in your golf cart and some even walk to. Most have many restaurants close by serving the larger 55+ communities. As far as shopping, one word: Amazon.  Well also there is usually a regional mall within 6 miles. The 55+ community developers do a great job on site selection and that is considered in planning.

Concierge services are available in our 55+ retirement community via several vendors. Available services include home health care, pet sitting, plant watering, handy man services,ride sharing and really whatever you need. You don’t have to live in a downtown apartment to have concierge services.

In conclusion, I agree with the boomers needs presented by the author. I also agree senior apartments could be the answer for some folks, but 55+ retirement communities offer as much and more.

Robert Fowler

Boomers Find A Perfect Way To Relocate

Us Baby Boomers in retirement are finding moving to a new location is in our retirement plans. We entertain moving for  different reasons.  A main reason is  to get closer our children and especially the grandchild. Another is we prefer to live in an area with less traffic and more natural amenities.

Many  are moving to 55+ Active Adult Communities and find them the perfect way to relocate. Moving to a large 55+ Active Adult Community,  like offered by Del Webb, Cresswind or several others, has immediate benefits, several of which I will outline here.

Why Relocate to a 55+ Active Adult Community

A ready group of new friends awaits you. Everyone is very friendly at 55+ Active Adult Communities and by sharing some activities and social events,  you will find new friends very easily.

The location is great for retirees. The developers have already scouted out the location to be desirable to retirees before building the community. There are community supports already in place, like a hospital, medical specialist, natural beauty.

Many fellow residents will be in the same boat as you, having relocated to the area. I shouldn’t say many, almost all have relocated there. There is a feeling of we are all in this together and that encourages supporting each other.

There is plenty to do right in the community. You will not miss a beat finding something interesting to do. There will be quite a selection of activities and clubhouse events to get you out of the house and doing something fun with people you will like.  Plus being active is healthy.

Your new community will provide you with a base camp from which to explore the area. Moving to a new area can be fun and interesting. The Residents community web site will list suggestions for things to do outside the community and there are organized day trips from the clubhouse as well.

In no time, you will have new friends that enjoy the activities you do. This will turn into social friendships as well.  This may be the biggest benefit of all.

Find 55+ Active Adult Communities.

Robert Fowler