Category Archives: Baby Boomers

Unforgettable Bike Tour Destinations

Forget about crowded tour buses, and car rental counters because discovering exciting destinations on two wheels is how active adults are seeing the world. Bike tours are gaining in popularity with boomers who crave the exhilaration of the open road, and the experience of exploring new cities in a way that car travel or walking tours can’t touch. Whether it’s a solo trip or joining a tour group, cycling is a low-impact way to sneak in some cardio and pursue your next adventure. The hardest part? Deciding which bike friendly city to explore first!

Amsterdam
Home to over 800,000 bicycles and a massive network of bike paths, the experience of cycling through Amsterdam is like the Dutch version of the Autobahn. Whether it’s riding through the tulip studded countryside, or touring the city’s iconic landmarks, most locals would agree getting around on a bike is the only way to go. With over a dozen bike tour companies, active adults can pedal their way through Amsterdam’s rich culture with a variety of options from private, and multi-day tours, to party, and even brewery tours.

Affordable Tips For a Showroom Ready Home

Whether you plan to sell in the near future or somewhere down the road, now is a great time to take inventory of the items in your home that could use a little sprucing up. Most of us have a list of fix-it projects, and maybe an overlooked cobweb here, and there, but to a potential buyer, it’s those little details that can make or break a sale. Increase your home’s value, and improve your chances of seller success, with a few updates, and finishing touches to help set the stage. Worried about a limited budget? You can easily DIY your way to a market-ready home, and the offer you deserve without breaking the bank.

Sweep On Some Color

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to update cabinetry, lighten up a dark space, or transform a stark room into a cozy retreat.  Steer clear of bold primary colors, and instead select a soothing palette to make your home feel warm, and inviting. According to Zillow dramatic color choices can actually decrease the sales price by hundreds of dollars, so choosing neutrals overstatement shades not only keeps the space timeless but most importantly appeals to buyers seeking a move-in ready home.

Home Designs That Don’t Show Their Age

Sometimes blending in with the crowd is a good thing, and when it comes to 55+ living, today’s home designs have changed the way buyers view “retirement” communities. While 55+ communities do provide aging with grace home features, they’re designed in such a seamless, and modern way that they just become part of the home, rather than a glaring reminder of getting older. A major factor when marketing to active adult homebuyers is providing the accommodations, and technology they may need down the road while offering ageless functionality.

The advantage to choosing an active lifestyle community versus embarking on a future renovation product is the builder has already done the homework. They know what boomers and retirees need now, and in the years ahead incorporating these features into the home’s framework. Outside of the cost saving aspect of purchasing a home already equipped with everything the homeowner needs, many communities also provide exterior maintenance services allowing for a carefree lifestyle without labor intensive yard-work.

The Health Trend You Won’t Find In a Bottle

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but could the key to good health be where you live? Feeling your best in everything you do extends beyond the hours you’re putting in at the gym. Longevity and vitality is a lifestyle rather than a health fad, and while juice cleanses, and superfoods are fabulous, experiencing mind-body health is one that 55+ communities have made their core focus. Anyone who’s researched this neighborhood turned “wellness retreats” has probably noticed a common thread of buzzwords like active, socially engaged, and connected. From the simplistic to the most opulent communities, most would agree that retirement isn’t being done sitting down.

Time, and time again, studies have proven the healing benefits of healthy social relationships, and how they improve everything from cardiovascular health to depression. Active adult communities are specifically designed to bring neighbors together through social clubs, events, and competitive games. The peer community atmosphere is ideal for singles to meet new people, and reduce feelings of loneliness. One resident said that since her move, life had become more socially enhanced, and she even became a cookie delivering member of the welcoming committee. These communities foster a no-pressure approach to getting out there by offering activities to suit any lifestyle.

Dive Into This Total Body Workout

Ever notice that swimming pools seem to always be on the menu of community amenities? You’ll find resort style pools with cabanas, Olympic-style pools, and heated indoor versions all designed to relax, refresh, and give you a great workout! Active adults will be glad to know there’s no need to hit the ground running to build muscle, burn calories, and squeeze in the recommended 150 minutes of weekly cardio activity. Swimming not only gets the heart pumping but also provides older adults a joint friendly, low-impact way to lose weight.

According to Active.com, 30 minutes of consistent swimming equates to 45 minutes of regular exercise with water resistance providing an additional challenge. Orthopedic physicians routinely prescribe aquatic therapy for everything from back pain to joint injuries touting the protective benefits that water has on joint mobility. At Texas Orthopedic Hospital, pool therapy is noted to reduce swelling, help with balance, and improve strength, and flexibility. 55+ communities have caught onto the healing benefits of water exercise with many offering on-site classes designed to help active adults of all fitness levels feel energized, and move with more freedom. Kings Point Suncoast Communities in Florida provide residents with invigorating water workout classes geared towards improving range of motion both gently, and effectively.

Home on the Great Plains

“Home is where your heart is,” and as many would agree, the place that defines home is in America’s Heartland. Over the years, Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln has seen an extraordinary amount of economic growth, and urban development but what folks love most about this town, is no matter how many corporate giants set up shop, it’s never strayed from being an approachable, mid-west town that tugs at the heartstrings. With its vast open skies, and rolling farmland, Lincoln tends to take a backseat to powerhouse retirement havens like California, and Florida, but what it lacks in coastal glamour, it makes up for in rich heritage, a highly educated population, and also happens to be a Forbes best cities to retire contender.

Why Boomers Are Getting On Par With Disc Golf

Why Boomers Are Getting On Par With Disc Golf

What has all the nuances of golf, plays without clubs, and has everyone getting in on the competition? What looks like your average game of frisbee is actually one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S and in Europe. If you’ve never heard of disc golf, you’ll be wanting to sign up for this new spin on the classic game. It might seem like a sport popularized by millennials who thought they were too cool for ball golf, but since the first disc course came to Pasadena, California in 1975, this all-age sport has taken tee time to a championship level.

Disc Golf 101- Like standard golf, you have your fairway, your tee pad, and if you’re lucky you’ll score a birdie, but with disc golf, the lingo is more or less the same, but the game takes a different twist. Instead of a ball, and a hole, you have a disc, and a basket, and rather than a manicured putting green, disc golf courses can be in a park, or even a (very large) backyard. As with a typical round of golf, the object is to get the disc in the basket in the fewest number of throws, and the person with the lowest score is declared the winner. In place of a ball and club, you’ll use three discs, the driver (for the greatest speed and distance), the mid-range (recommended for beginners), and the putter for short-distance shots. As an added bonus, it doesn’t take all day to play an 18 hole game!

3 Metro Hotspots For Active Living

When it comes to venturing into empty nest land or launching into retirement, the last thing the baby boomer generation has on the agenda is sitting around watching Jeopardy. This new-found freedom opens up new, and exciting opportunities particularly when it comes to deciding where to retire. According to an article by Builder, boomers are in the market for the same homes millennials are setting their sights on, and choosing hip locations from college towns, to downtown city centers. Whether it’s to be near family or begin a new career, more, and more active adults are migrating from the lull of suburban living to be near the action.

Portland, Oregon aka; the City of Roses, is diverse, culturally rich, and one of the nation’s top destinations for cyclists, and getting around on foot. Boomers make up a large part of the city’s population and for good reason. Portland is an age-friendly city with an energetic vibe, a vibrant art scene, and a health-conscious mentality from top-rated medical facilities, weekly growers markets, to the extensive infrastructure of walking, hiking, and bike trails. Exploring the city is effortless, with most neighborhoods conveniently located within walking distance of a highly efficient public transit system.