Thursday, March 14, 2019

SUITABLE PLACES FOR AILING BABY BOOMERS TO LIVE

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BLOG #76
SUITABLE PLACES FOR AILING BABY BOOMERS TO LIVE

Needless to say, Baby Boomers with serious medical ailments have limited choices in places to live. Accommodations must be equipped to provide treatment and specialized care. Thus, there are only two feasible options.

One option for ailing boomers is to stay at home with the help of family members and/or hired caregivers.
The other option is moving to assisted-living facilities that are staffed with health-care professionals.

NOTE
As with everything else, finances determine options for ailing Baby Boomers. One of life's perpetual realities: The more money we are able to spend, the higher the quality of care we receive.

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Health Is Boomers Most Important Asset ...

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO OVER-55 COMMUNITIES?

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BLOG #75
SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO OVER-55 COMMUNITIES?

Is an Over-55 Community the 'perfect place' for retired Baby Boomers to live?

These communities vary in size, from dozens to hundreds of residents. A well-known one in Florida has a population of thousands. All offer group activities and other opportunities to socialize with fellow boomers. Many provide access to health services; some provide medical care.

A huge plus is facilities, amenities, and services are geared to our generation. Of course, the more money we are able to spend, the more luxurious the accommodations and features.

A huge negative, according to disgruntled boomers, is the extensive range of rules, Rules, and RULES!

NOTE
Apparently, Over-55 Communities are largely inhabited by married Baby Boomers, which may dissuade singles from moving in. Then again, marital status changes as we get older.
The grim reality is many marrieds, sooner or later, become widowed singles. On the other hand, quite a few singles meet new mates and become one of the marrieds.

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Suitable Places For Ailing Boomers To Live ...

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO RURAL LOCATIONS?

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BLOG #74
SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO RURAL LOCATIONS?

Should retired Baby Boomers live in rural locations? Yes, if we want a slower-paced lifestyle in a low-key environment.

A huge plus is that costs-of-living are typically lower than most cities. Housing is comparatively affordable for retirees who rely on limited fixed incomes.

But ... a huge negative is potential loneliness. Rural homes tend to be somewhat secluded and isolated. Will it be too much seclusion and isolation?

And ... are boomers willing to cope with scarce or non-existent public transportation? To get basic essentials, medical care, et al., we must own a car and be able to drive it - no matter the weather conditions, e.g. heavy snow, bitter cold. Otherwise, we are dependent on others for transportation.

NOTE
So, where should Baby Boomers live as we journey into old age?
Some of us are choosing small cities or suburban areas as compromises between urban and rural living. These locations are fairly serene and relatively affordable, yet provide adequate access to necessities, entertainment, and activities.

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Boomers Move To Over-55 Communities ...

Thursday, February 21, 2019

SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO BIG CITIES?

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BLOG #73
SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO BIG CITIES?

Retired Baby Boomers are searching for the 'perfect place' to live as we journey into old age.

Should boomers move to big cities? Yes, if we want an action-packed environment and appreciate countless entertainment and dining options.

A huge plus for boomers who do not own cars or drive is that nearly every food we crave and item we need is reached by walking or public transportation. Nearby stores provide (mostly) prompt front-door deliveries of groceries, medications, laundry, et cetera.

But ... are retirees able to afford city-life? A huge negative is the expense, especially housing costs. Homes in desirable neighborhoods are absurdly over-priced and unaffordable for retirees who rely on limited fixed incomes.

And ... are we willing to cope with crowded streets crammed full of nonstop traffic, phone-zombie pedestrians, and reckless bike riders, accompanied by constant noise?

NOTE
Disturbing reality hits when older Baby Boomers notice we've slowed down a step-or-two. We are no longer nimble enough, speedy enough, or attentive enough to always keep up with the fast-pace of city living. Disturbing indeed!

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Boomers Move To Rural Locations ...

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES ARE LEAVING HOME

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BLOG #72
AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES ARE LEAVING HOME

Are you leaving home? Lots of Baby Boomers are doing it.

Why?
Most retired boomers are on the move because what we once considered forever homes, towns, and cities no longer fit our present needs or future plans.

Where?
Some of us have definite destinations. The rest of us are searching for the 'perfect place' to live. Is there such a place? 

Outcome?
No matter where we land, we're going to feel a bit disoriented and dislocated, probably for a while. Obviously, those feelings will be stronger and last longer if boomers are living alone for the first time in our adult lives, either due to deaths of spouses, divorces, and/or grown-up children emptying our nests.

NOTE
Once Baby Boomer widows and divorcees adjust to the disconcerting changes in living conditions, the majority does quite well. Over time, most new singles wind up enjoying our privacy and treasuring independence. It is refreshing to do what we want, when we want.

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Is A Big City 'Perfect' For Boomers ... 

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

AGING BABY BOOMERS ARE ON THE MOVE - OR NOT

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BLOG #71
AGING BABY BOOMERS ARE ON THE MOVE - OR NOT

Once the retirement decision is settled, Baby Boomers turn our attention to current places of residence.

Should we stay put or move somewhere else?
And: Where is the best place to go? Who will accompany us? What will we do when we get there ... wherever there is?

On one hand, some boomers believe fresh starts are liberating. New surroundings, new people, and new opportunities perk up our lives.
On the other hand, some of us are hesitant to move away from family, friends, neighbors, and all that is familiar.

It's natural to have moments of doubt and anxiety, even when we move with a spouse or a friend.
What about doing it alone? Would you? Could you?

NOTE
The growing trend among retired Baby Boomers is testing out various types of residences in a wide array of locales, on a temporary basis, before planting roots and making permanent moves.

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Boomers Live The Solo Life ...

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

MARRIED AGING BABY BOOMERS RETIRE TOGETHER OR SEPARATELY

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BLOG #70
MARRIED AGING BABY BOOMERS RETIRE TOGETHER OR SEPARATELY

As we all know (and may secretly envy), single Baby Boomers are free to choose post-retirement goals and future plans, independent of anyone else's preferences.

Conversely, married boomers need to make joint decisions and reach consensus. Spouses with in-synch retirement plans and goals enter post-working lives in harmony - more or less.

In contrast, out-of-synch couples struggle to find common ground. Ideally, differences are resolved with a bit (a lot) of give-and-take.
Not always.

If spouses do not settle differences, retirement-related conflicts may escalate to the point of breaking-up marriages.
Again, not always.

Some out-of-synch, financially secure boomers are experimenting with part-time, long-distance, dual-household marriages.

NOTE
An example of a Baby Boomer part-time marriage:
One spouse retires and moves to a distant location. The other spouse stays put and chooses to keep working. 
Both agree to connect with frequent phone calls and video chats, in-between regular visits to each other's residences.
Time will tell whether these marriages survive.
Do we need time to tell?

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Boomer Retirees Are On The Move ...

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