More Older and Happier Ideas

I have been reading a good book titled “Older And Happier!” by Dag Sebastian Ahlander.  He has 109 handy ideas for living life to the fullest. It’s about living the good retirement life from his perspective as a happy old man.

In my previous post, Baby Boomers Get Older and Happier, I covered some of these from the book that I really related to, so I will now share a few more.

More Older and Happier Ideas

1. Resolve Your Feelings of Guilt and Bitterness

Mend your relationships or forget and move on is the idea. Many times there is nothing that can be done. Let it go.

2. Now is the Time to Do All The Things You Have Always Wanted To Do.

As this sign I saw in a window last week says: this is not your practice life. Focus on the possibilities not the challenges. Travel, write a book, start a business, learn something new, the possibilities are endless. Only you can stop you.  Stay engaged and have some fun!

3. Tell Your Life Stories

Write a book, tell your friends, start a blog are all ways to get your Boomer Stories out there. It will be rewarding and fun for you and others also enjoy hearing them. I will always remember Ann and I telling our boomer stories right here on Boomer Places. My walking buddies and I share stories from our lives.

4. Grow Your Garden

There is something very therapeutic and rewarding about growing a garden. When I retired I started two simple 4X4 feet square gardens and grew tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and lettuce. Gives you something to look forward everyday and gets you outside plus rewards you with the bounty!

5. Stops Acting Too Rationally

Not everything needs to be planned out. Be spontaneous once in a while. Do stuff you can do now, before it’s too late. No regrets.

If you are retired like me you probably can relate to each of these. It’s nice to see a few more ideas for positive changes as we age.

Originally posted 2015-02-15 16:47:00.

Where Will The Baby Boomers Live?

An update on where will the baby boomer live in retirement. This is being answered everyday right now. Here is our take.

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.

Originally posted 2013-10-23 22:41:58.

Facing Life With A Little Boomer Humor

Some boomer humor can help you deal with life’s ups and downs. Working Boomer shares a little humor from her life today.

As some of you know, I use humor to deal with some of life’s little irritations.  It works for me!  Today thus far was no exception.  I woke up at 4 a.m. today full of things to get done prior to my work night tonight.  I wanted to write a blog about city retirement and things to do in St. Louis, Missouri.  Obviously that has changed due to my mind going in too many other directions using humor.  I am determined to write though because one of the first things on my mind today was a song from the past, “You Are On My Mind.”  Yes, computer friends, I mean you, so I am going to share a little boomer humor.  This is how I used humor to change negative thought to positives in just a few hours.

  1. I bought a new hair color product to cover my gray roots.  Since I have a cosmetology license, I did not see a problem with this.  It was!  The new product had totally different ways to color white and gray.  I read the directions.  I followed them.  The results was dark brown.  The box said light vibrant red brown.  I wanted what the box said.  Well, I will be trying to enjoy my new look of dark brown.  Lesson learned, I say!  It will grow out.  If necessary, I will wear a cap or hat for six weeks.  There is no use to sweat the small stuff.
  2. I look forward to the Retirement Media Daily News Paper that comes out in the evening.  There was no paper last evening due to some problem on the computer.  You got it!  There was no paper this morning either.  No problem, I will have double to read when it does appear.
  3. I wanted to air out the apartment today with the fresh spring air.  I opened the patio doors.  There was no sunshine but a nice rain with chilly air.  Instantly my head started to pound because I have allergies.  The lawn folks cut the grass yesterday.  Again, no problem.  The patio doors are closed and my head ache is easing down underneath my dark brown hair.   It will make a great day to sleep before my midnight work shift tonight.
  4. Then I remembered there were a few things that I still needed from the store.  With umbrella in hand, I proceeded out the door to my car.  Now, I am here to let you know that traffic in the early a.m. should be avoided whenever possible.  Even more so on a rainy day at the end of a week when day folks are trying to get to work.  That is another lesson I learned this morning.  The lady saved the day that horned her truck horn at me when she almost hit my car.  Need I mention that I was sitting still and she was the one moving.  No auto repairs or injuries and that is good!
  5. Sweetie, my dog, was a wee bit disappointed about the rain too.  She wanted to chase rabbits but she does not like her feet wet.  All the better for me because I don’t like my head wet waiting for her to do her number in the early morning hours.  Yep, that was another positive turned to a negative.
  6. I saw that the gasoline prices went up again overnight.  One more penny and it will be at $4.oo a gallon.  Lucky me!  I didn’t need gas today.  Maybe it will go down again before my tank is empty.
  7. The clothes that I picked up at the laundry mat are in good shape, even though I managed to drop them in the wet grass. They were nicely hung on hangers in strong clear plastic.  Whoops!  That was close!  I am so glad that I don’t have to go back to laundry mat and do them all over again.  Now how is that for turning a negative drop to a positive thought.

I have had a lot of fun writing this blog even though it is light and a little off beat but so is life at times.  Remember as I always say; This too shall pass.  Life is getting too short to waste on the small things that we can not control.  Try and find something that you can laugh about each day!  Have you had a good BELLY LAUGH today?  Just try it because it feels good!

You have a choice, laugh or cry.  I hope that you share your laugh with us so that we all can laugh with each other. Need some more boomer humor.

Originally posted 2012-03-24 14:08:00.

Boomers Not Buying Sports Cars

There is a Bloomberg article that says Baby Boomers are getting too old for Sports Cars.

My first reaction is to disagree. I live in a Del Webb Active Adult Community and see plenty of sports cars coming down my street; my neighbor a few doors down has a shiny new blue corvette. It sure seems like a joy to drive and I love the sound it makes as he turns the corner in front of my house and accelerates.

However, the author makes a point that as age 70 comes into view, “folding up like an accordion to get into the front seat of a speedy roadster is hardly the prescription for an aching back”.

I agree that getting into and out of a low seat and sitting in seats that don’t support your back, is a problem. It’s not that sports cars suddenly loose their appeal to boomers. Maybe they need to design chair lifts for sport cars. 🙂

The sports cars expected to loose demand are the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche Panamera.

Instead, Baby Boomers are opting for Mercedes GLE Coupe, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Porsche Macan.  With luxury brands like Porsche and Mercedes selling sporty SUVs, the baby boomers can make a more practical purchase and still have some fun behind the wheel.

Mercedes GLE Coupe

This article was about new cars of course, but I know that many baby boomers still love the classics cars from the 1970s, the golden age of muscle cars.  Restoring old cars and just owning old classic cars brings back memories for many boomers.  I would love to have my 1968 Camera Z28 back.  But in reality it is probably not very practical to have and operate. Maybe I will just go to a car show instead.

1968 Camero

I just went to the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta this month and there were plenty of baby boomers there.  Boomers still like sporty cars, that’s for sure.

I also went to the Classic Motorsports Mitty car show and races and really was amazing at how many baby boomers collected and even raced these historic automobiles. There are definitely some major dollars invested in cars, tailors, RVs and car shows.

Classic cars

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Originally posted 2016-10-21 22:52:14.

Subtraction Improving Boomers Lives

Subtraction Improving Boomer Lives

Subtraction means removing things and in this context means removing things from your life to improve it. What you remove from your life can be just as meaningful as what you add.

Most of our lives we were are adding things to improve our lives and happiness. We added cars, houses, boats, concerts, jewelry and all kinds of stuff. We also wanted to see and do as much as we could. For so long the more we added the more we thought it added to our happiness.

However after a lifetime of adding many baby boomers are now finding out how to improve their lives by subtraction, removing things.

Examples of Improving Their Lives by Subtraction

For example, Jim says he doesn’t like to watch TV anymore more. He doesn’t need those lights flickering in his face and the loud commercials and besides there is very little content of value to him anyway.

Ann is cleaning house and getting rid of a lifetime of stuff that was just sitting around. I don’t want my kids to have to go through all this stuff. With every load I take out I am feeling lighter and better.

John and Marie are selling their large home and downsizing to a moderate size ranch with basement. We don’t need or want a large home anymore. This will reduce the time and money needed for upkeep plus give them more livable housing that meets their needs better.

Tony has been a political junkie for a while and used to get real passionate about it. He has gotten out of that. He says “You are not going to change anyone’s mind. Besides both sides may be corrupt so what’s the use. I don’t think I want to change the world anymore. There are more positive and better things to do with my time.”

James says he quit following any sports teams. When the baseball players went on strike years ago that was the beginning of the end for him. I don’t need the hype before and during the games. Besides it’s hard seeing the huge salaries being paid these days to guys with awful attitudes getting into trouble all the time. I can do without professional sports.

Fred has his main house and two second home condos. The upkeep is expensive both time and money wise. He is thinking of selling them.

So rather than adding the above are some ways boomers are subtracting and improving their lives by doing so. These are just examples. Your subtraction will be different than mine. The important point to be aware of is that for many boomers removing is becoming more important than adding.

Examples of subtraction used to improve your life by reducing or avoiding risks are given in my post: Aging Boomers: Avoid These Downside Risks

In general subtraction can improve your life by: simplifies your live. Less to keep up with. Less risks. By removing things you can better focus on a meaningful life. Maybe you want to focus on enjoying nature, friends, family, travel, gardening, trips, museums, getting outdoors, volunteering, learning, and healthcare or whatever floats your boat. Removing things can let you focus on what you want to do today. That will improve your happiness for sure.

I think this concept is important so I am making the by line of this blog “Less work and things, more people and activities”.

Originally posted 2014-04-20 09:44:14.

Baby Boomer’s Housing Trends

We have observed these 10 Baby Boomer housing trends. Boomers are not doing as some expected in regards to their housing. Links in the items listed go to more details.

1. Many Baby Boomers love seasonal homes in resort locations. Living in a seasonal home for two to six months then returning to their primary home. Some seasonal homes are owned but many are short term rentals. Most seasonal homes are in warmer locations. Most are in resort locations including active adult communities.

2. One level living is a must because of potential mobility issues and safety concerns. This style is referred to as “ranch style” homes. Continue reading “Baby Boomer’s Housing Trends”

Originally posted 2018-10-01 13:41:51.