Baby Boomers are shaping and changing the way seniors live – everywhere. We know what we want, and how we want to retire. Because we have our own unique ideas about retirement, the senior living industry is rapidly changing to meet up to our expectations and preferences. Baby Boomers are a force to be reckoned with! Retirement today is nothing like our grandmother’s retirement of yesterday.
Here are the top 10 housing trends for seniors thanks to us, the Baby Boomer Generation.
Technology has made the aging process less challenging for us. Wearable devices that automatically alert caregivers, large-screen cell phones and remotes and more have given us high-quality care options like never before. For example, caregivers now have geo-fencing options to keep those with Alzheimer’s and dementia safe. What took them so long? Ingenious, right?
Aging in Place and In-Home Care
Aging in place is a trend we Baby Boomers find attractive. Many of us want to live in our own homes for as long as we are able. The senior living industry and technology have made in-home care both affordable and viable. This will allow us to age in place for as long as possible.
Senior Planning Services is a tri-state area Medicaid planning firm. It cited a recent AARP study estimating that almost 90 percent of Baby Boomers who are over 65 years of age want the option to live in their home for as long as they able.
Senior Care Providers
Our generation is giving senior providers increased impact as we hit our Golden Years because there are so many of us. Physicians, hospitals, insurance companies and other organizations in the health care system are working together to create comprehensive care that will meet the needs of seniors today.
What is person-centered care? Person-centered care is treating an aging senior as an individual instead of treating them for the abilities they no longer have. This isn’t a new trend, but it is gaining ground. Person-centered care from nursing homes, doctors, and other health care organizations are assuring people that they will be cared for with dignity and as a whole person.
Life Plan Communities
Life plan communities are based on living in the moment. They encourage young Baby Boomers to live a full and active life right now while we are healthy, helping us get the most out of every moment for as long as we can.
Memory Care Units and Reminiscent Therapy
Memory care units are embracing the theory behind reminiscence therapy. They stimulate sight, sound, smell and touch. Doing this creates communities that help many seniors retrieve long-term memories reminiscent of the world in which they grew up.
Single-family dwelling, reduced costs and a sense of companionship are offered to Baby Boomers in senior co-housing. Here seniors share responsibilities and access to communal caregivers. The caregivers assist seniors with daily tasks. This is ideal for seniors who need the support of institutionalized living balanced with remaining at home.
Embracing the Green Movement
Many assisted living facilities are going green to entice earth-conscious Baby Boomers, cut heating and cooling costs, conserve water and meet Energy Star standards.
Location of Senior Living Communities
Senior living facilities are looking for ways to engage seniors with senior-friendly activities for Baby Boomers who are just starting to retire. They are learning to look for area amenities that will make a retirement destination great.
Independent Living for Baby Boomers Instead of Assisted Living
We know that we can live comfortably on our own for a long time now. More and more senior living facilities are designing their facilities to provide independent living and celebrate independence. Those of us who are under 80 years old, who wish to live independently and without assistance find this trend quite appealing.
Developers and providers are creating environments around what we Baby Boomers want and need. They are considering where we want to live and where we need to live. They know they need to enhance senior living environments in a rapidly shifting market, because we won’t settle for anything less!
Follow today’s housing trends for Baby Boomers. Contact Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9700 ext. 206 or email [email protected] for a FREE consultation today. We have so many senior housing options available to us, Baby Boomers.
This article originally appeared on RISMedia.com.