Baby Boomer Generation The New Senior Citizens

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Jul 27, 2015


Connecticut - Southern Connecticut

The feisty generation of the 50s and 60s is now carrying AARP Creds. They have raised children and taken care of their moms and dads. Many of these new seniors have one thing in common with the greatest generation before them; they want to remain independent and living safely in their own homes. More open minded than earlier generations, they are exploring todays technologies to help them age comfortably in the homes they have enjoyed for so many years. This group has the internet at their fingertips to search for the latest products and ideas. No longer do they adapt to their homes, this group is adapting their home to them. It is no surprise that marketing has caught up to these seniors, with the size of the boomer generation, it was only a matter of time. Modifications can range from color coordinated grab bars to European style walk in showers. Ramps no longer have to have the bare wood look, they can be incorporated into the landscape. Not every modification needs to be large or expensive. A level door handle can work for anyone, but it is also a valuable aid to the arthritic hand. The choices are becoming endless to assist specific needs.
Help and advice for current or future needs are also available now more than ever in the past. Many businesses and agencies offer help to seniors trying to remain at home. Solving a current situation or planning for the future can be done with the help of Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists, also known as CAPS. This certification is a cooperative effort by the AARP and National Association of Home Builders to certify specialists in the area of home modifications to help seniors make informed decisions. These people have the expertise to help seniors adapt their homes to meet their specific needs with design and build ideas. Creating a first floor living environment in your existing home or building an addition to include a bedroom and bathroom before you retire is forward thinking. Perhaps you already have a first floor bathroom but want a larger, barrier free one to make life easier as you age. Moving a laundry room from the basement to the first floor is always a great idea. Whatever you needs will be, it is not a bad time to become a senior.
This article was submitted by Bruce Lawler, Lawler & Sons Design & Construction for Independent Living; a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. 203-985-8121

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