Here are some trends happening with us of the baby boomer generation. If you are a boomer, can you relate to any of these?
Buying a New Car
Boomers have been buying new cars, even though many of us are driving less. The catalyst for baby boomers to buy a new car is the safety equipment in new cars these days. My wife Mary Ann picked up her new Honda yesterday with Navigational system and Sensing, replacing her 2009 model car. It is amazing what cars can do these days. Boomers feel these items make today’s cars safer and easier to drive. One day when self driving cars become available, there may be another boomer car buying spree.
Being More Active
Boomers are becoming more active and getting out for walks and playing pickleball and other sports. I joined 10,500 boomers at the National Senior Games a couple of months ago and witnessed the passion first hand.
Attend to Our Health
All boomers’ lives are affected by their health and that is becoming more clear by the day. The Medicare nurse comes to our homes each year to check up on us (if you have an Advantage Plan). Many of us do annual physicals and preventative dental work. We visit health fairs and do Health Screenings which are medical tests that doctors use to check for diseases and health conditions before there are any signs or symptoms. Screenings help find problems early, when they may be easier to treat. Many of us are dealing with chronic health conditions that alter our lifestyle.
Downsizing and Moving
Almost every boomer I talk with has downsized or is downsizing, getting rid of stuff they no longer need. Many times this is in preparation for a future move to a home more suitable to their needs, like a retirement home in a 55+ active adult community or small town.
Travel while you can is our motto. Traveling is our new purpose it seems. I am astounded at the amount of travel quite a few of my friends are doing. Back to back major trips that would have been considered “trips of a lifetime” are taken in a year.
That’s the way I see it from here.
Village at Deaton Creek, a 55+ Del Webb Community