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5 Lifestyle Options for Seniors
The boomer generation steps into older adulthood with significantly different lifestyle demands. They have higher expectations of the stage. They will approach retirement and aging with flair and enthusiasm. Boomers want to live differently than their parents’ generation. They will stay active and strive for good health, and remain connected socially. It’s the boomer generation who will change aging for the others who follow behind.
Most have the urge to “keep on, keeping on,” and to probe and examine what’s working and what’s not in their lives. Here is a list of the trends that embrace a boomer’s successful existence.
Where to Live
Nursing homes is not their first choice. Put simply, they prefer nursing homes taken out of the equation. As we all know from a study by AARP, close to 90% of aging boomers want to age in place.
Since many prefer connection; the emerging innovations like wellness and cultural centers, intergenerational programs and hospitality influences are top of mind. These trends infiltrate assisted living communities today offering cutting edge technology, social environments, lifelong learning, and community engagement.
Health and Wellness
Since most older adults live with at least one chronic condition, boomers know they will face more health challenges down the road. This need will drive for more development of wellness services and products. A survey by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), National Council on Aging (NCOA), UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY shows a greater number of boomers set goals for health and exercise. More so than in the years before 2015, boomers feel motivated and driven.
They workout consistently
They make deliberate choice
They set goals to live more independently
The Pew Research Center reveal the growing statistics of boomers who go online for social connections, health research, family communications, and learning activities. Here’s a list of technologies they want:
Tablets and iPads
Video and computer games
Health tracking software
Wireless home monitoring
Home assistive devices
Boomers are active and prefer community involvement like college classes, and volunteering at favorite charities. Making a difference remains a top priority. Other ways they want to connect:
Involvement at libraries
Attending activity programs at senior centers
Staying fit at the YMCA
Entertaining at home, in restaurants, going to theaters
Attending lifelong learning classes
Engage and Evolve
Seniors know that exploring new ways to be vital and healthy is the only secret to aging gracefully. Boomers set new trends by going beyond traditional programs and gravitate to purposeful activities that enhance quality of life and support lifestyle choices.
Multidimensional wellness programs
Chronic health conditions
Cultural diversity and bilingual learning
Emphasis on lifestyle choices and quality of life
Nontraditional exercise options, yoga, tai chi, and meditation
Wellness centers rather than fitness centers
Co-housing and 55+ communities partnering with hospitals, therapy companies, and wellness consultants on space planning, staffing, and programming
Social networking and Facebook
Volunteer in the community
Traveling the world
(Courtesy of Science Care...)