Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, defined America in the years after World War II. Coining the phrase “live fast and die young”, baby boomers were rebellious, individual and determined to show the world they were different from their parents. They single-handedly created the idea of the modern teenager and it was their way or the highway. Although many baby boomers certainly lived fast, not that many died young. In fact, after all the partying was over, millions of baby boomers embraced healthy lifestyles that partly drove the boom in personal fitness and health clubs across the United States.
From now until 2030, 10,000 Baby Boomers each day will hit retirement age. Millions will begin to officially retire, collect social security checks and go on Medicare. Other Boomers will keep on working either out of financial necessity or out of some less tangible need like identity and self-worth.
There are many differences in Baby Boomers and the world around them, but one thing is clear, this large generation will tax the health care system like never before. While their sheer number will play an important role in that, they will also have different views on what type of care is acceptable to them and for their needs.
For example, many Baby Boomers want to live at home or remain in a residential setting. They do not want to be in nursing homes like their parents. And, this will require more locations for independent and assisted living to become available. This generation is also living longer and, with that, comes the need for improved health care. They also need more long-term support after retirement. Many in this generation are happy to seek out more advanced and cutting-edge medical technology. Overall, Baby Boomers will help to modernize the healthcare industry through their growing needs.
As Baby Boomers begin to reach into their older years, it is time for them to find out what senior living options are available. The good news is there are many options to fill just about any need.
- Senior living communities allow those over the age of 55 to buy their home or condo within a private, amenity-filled community.
- Assisted living communities allow seniors to access some of the help they need as they get older while still allowing them to live on their own.
- Nursing homes are another solution, ideally suited to those who need more help and ongoing medical care.