Why Active Aging is the New Norm Among Boomers
Posted on February 11, 2014 by Katy Miller
The term “retirement” will certainly take on a new meaning over the next couple of decades. Active aging is fast becoming the norm among baby boomers as they seek to continue living engaged and fulfilling lives, even as they age. Whereas past generations wanted to transition from a life of work to a life of leisure, today’s older adults look for a good balance of activity and rest. And they want to try new things, just as they have their whole lives. In short, they want retirement to be as active, engaging and enthralling as their pre-retirement lives. As the meaning of retirement is changing, so must the experience senior living providers create. We’ve found that older adults seek many different things when they are looking for a new home. Among them are access to technology, a sense of normalcy, and opportunities to be active.
The baby boom generation is significantly more tech-savvy than its predecessors. Boomers use technology for everything from keeping in touch with their families using Skype and FaceTime, to managing their homes with "smart home" solutions. Internet access allows seniors to embrace online education opportunities. Senior and assisted living communities must stay ahead of these trends to ensure they have solutions for aging adults who want to maintain this sort of access to technology and the benefits itaffords.
When an older adult moves from a place where they have lived for decades, adjustment can be difficult, even in the best circumstances. Regardless of the type of care someone needs (independent living, assisted living or memory care), establishing a sense of normalcy quickly can lead to a much happier transition for both the resident and his or her family. This may include establishing a set time for activities each day, a dining routine and daily visits from their caregiver.
3. Opportunitiesto be active
Education, gardening, sports, and aquatics are just a few examples of the activities that boomers want access to when they retire. Active aging doesn't just mean continuing old hobbies; it also means trying new things and developing new talents. Thus, senior and assisted living options will need to form connections with a wider variety of services in the community. This will also help seniors play a more influential role in their communities.
As more and more retirees adopt the active aging attitude, the reality of long-term care will change. Continuing care solutions and senior living communities will adapt to help every senior embrace a fuller, more active lifestyle that helps boost achievement and individuality.