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Are you a babyboomer

Do You Belong to the Baby Boom Generation?

The Baby Boomers Are Now Hitting Retirement Age

We all talk about the baby boomer generation and associate 55+ adults with this term. Yet most of us may not be sure how this generation came to be known by this label. The baby boom generation is a term applicable to a period of the great increase in the number of births in America that occurred from 1946 to 1964. During this period, in the United States alone, there were approximately 79 million births. This generation has experienced some of the iconic eras in history including the end of World War II, Woodstock, John F Kennedy, John Lennon, Flower Power and, of course, the Vietnam War.

seniors walking

The Importance of Proper Walking Shoes for Seniors

Very few of us consider the importance of proper exercise gear.  Proper exercise gear is necessary to ensure a safe and effective routine.  Most often, many people assume that since walking is a low-impact exercise, they do not need to pay attention to their shoes as a runner would but this can be a disastrous move.  Therefore, if you are an active adult who likes to keep physically fit by walking daily, you should invest in a proper pair of walking shoes.

The Benefits of Fishing

Are You Hooked on Casting That Rod?

The world these days is a busy place.  We are constantly running here and there, trying to get an extra hour into the already full-up 24.  This lifestyle makes us forget the importance of sitting back and relaxing; relaxing with a book, relaxing with a hot cup of coffee or tea, or relaxing with a fishing rod in the middle of a lake.  Many adults over the age of 50 are almost addicted to fishing.  What is so special about sitting in the middle of a lake and hoping the fish will bite?

Coffee health benefits and risks

Is Coffee Healthy or Not for the Over 55 Active Adults?

We Americans are known for guzzling down at least 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day. This is apart from the cappuccinos, espressos, and the coffee lattes. There are varied views about the health benefits of coffee. Some may proclaim that coffee is bad for your heart while others say it is good. If you are an avid coffee drinker over the age of 55 and are worrying about your coffee consumption – handling all these positive and negative comments can be extremely confusing. Let’s take a look at some of the coffee’s health benefits and its health risks.

Coffee is a stimulant and falls into the same category as chocolates. Firstly, it should be noted that excessive consumption of anything can be harmful to your health. Having said that, getting a basic idea of what is good and bad about coffee will be beneficial in helping you make your mind up about whether to forego that morning pick-me-up with a strong cup of black coffee.

Focus on North Carolina

Retiring to North Carolina? Do you know enough about the State? You do not want to appear “green” about the Old North State when you get there… If you were wondering, and a little doubtfully at that, about moving to North Carolina, rest assured that it is an extremely good idea. Let us tell you why and provide you with some useful information about the State.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania skyline

Active Adult Retirement Communities in Pennsylvania

Looking for retirement communities within proximity to New York City or New Jersey?  Do you wish to enjoy your retirement years in a state where peace and tranquility are combined with entertainment and excitement?  You may not have to look far…  Pennsylvania is one of the hot spots where most retirees are considering moving and resettling in.  This is without a doubt a classy, laid back, yet exciting state that can offer a lot to the active adults.  Why?  Well, let’s take a closer look at this state, shall we?

About Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the 6th most populated state in the US.  It is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Pennsylvania borders six states and is full of natural resources and varying landscapes, such as the mountain ranges of Appalachia, the Allegheny and the Poconos.  This state has its roots in manufacturing and is famous for iron and steel, as well as wholesale and service trades.  Pittsburgh is the leading steel producer of Pennsylvania.  If you are into football, and if you live in Pittsburgh, you could surely root for and cheer on their football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pennsylvania is a state with a rich history and many attractions.  Venture into Lancaster County and you see the Amish people drive by in their horse-drawn carriages.  Visit Valley Forge where you will be awed by the place where Baron Von Steuben trained General Washington’s soldiers.  Visit historic Gettysburg where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.  You should also not miss the world’s largest chocolate factory, at Hershey Park.  Here, you can watch how chocolate is made and even sample these sinful treats.  The King of Prussia Shopping Mall is where you will find hundreds of shops that cater to all your needs, wants and desires.  You can spend hours here and still not cover the entire Mall.  The historic district of Pennsylvania ranges from Liberty Bell to Independence Hall.  You can spend many enjoyable days visiting museums, historic sites and tours.

Retirement Communities

As you can now know there is much to see and do in the state of Pennsylvania.  You will be amazed at the way the day goes.  If you are considering moving to a retirement community within the state of Pennsylvania, there are plenty of excellent communities for you to choose.

Life is sure to be exciting and entertaining if you consider a move to one of these adult communities.  What’s more, there are many (in fact, hundreds) more senior living community options in the state of Pennsylvania.  Visit the Pennsylvania state directory page of the ActiveAdultLiving.com directory for more details on all of these communities. Below are few that we have randomly chosen ones for your review:

These are just some of the communities available in Pennsylvania.  For more information on communities all across the US, you can visit ActiveAdultLiving.com.  This website will provide you information on more than 5,800 senior home communities that are age-targeted or age-restricted, making them ideal for 55+ people looking to relocate and turn a new chapter in life.  Our Active Living Newsletter brings you exciting news each month and is e-circulated to over 34,000 subscribers.  Subscribe for your own copy and all the latest news on new communities, launches, promotions, etc. will arrive at your inbox, absolutely free.

Yoga for Active Adults has Numerous Health Benefits

Keeping healthy becomes a major priority for seniors once they reach a certain age. This is something that everyone should take seriously.   Keeping fit and healthy enables you to enjoy life to its fullest.  Good health does not come without effort. It requires the relieving of stress, keeping active, hydrating your body sufficiently and eating the proper foods.  When it comes to keeping active and relieving stress, yoga is considered extremely beneficial. It is an active exercise that is almost always recommended for people of all ages, by various healthcare practitioners – because there are numerous health benefits.

Baby Boomers Know What They Want in a Home

Baby boomers at present do not want to “settle” for ANY retirement home.  55+-year-olds of today know what they are looking for in a retirement home and will not rest until they have it.  Today’s empty nesters represent the Baby boomer generation and they have exacting standards and their own idealistic views of life.  They are not a generation that will settle for less than what they deem as their due.  This is a good thing!  They have done their part for society and the world and would like to retire in peace and relax in a bit of luxury.  Seniors of yesteryear did not have the choices which active adults of the present day.  Therefore, they had no choice but to settle for what was offered.  Now, however, because there are so many active adult communities that are especially dedicated to catering to the 55+ age group, choosing an awesome community to settle down in will be much easier.

What do Active Adults Want in a Home?

Successful builders and developers of active adult communities consider this question very seriously.  They build the homes within these communities based on the data they gather.  Most active adults, according to them, wish for smaller homes.  This is because they do not want to be plagued with repairs and upkeep of a large home.  However, although they want smaller homes, they do not wish to compromise on the amenities or spaciousness of rooms.  These needs and desires are directly catered to by the homes built within most active adults communities.  Boomers, empty nesters, and active seniors want open floor plans that enable them the space to move freely throughout the home and also to entertain their friends and family.  They want an outdoor living area, such as a courtyard or a patio, high ceilings, studies, breakfast bars in the kitchen as well as all of the modern touches and conveniences that come with today’s homes.  They also want items within easy reach so that they do not have to bend too much to reach them.

Most 55+ adults are saying “no” to bathtubs, probably because they are dangerous, and saying “yes” to shower stalls.  They may otherwise request for walk-in bathtubs that are specially created for active adults who value their independence as well as a luxurious soak in their tub.  They also focus on one-story homes so that they do not have to climb stairs every two minutes.  However, if they do wish for two-story homes, they want the master bedroom and the study on the first floor.  Seniors today also demand energy-efficient homes with low gas and electricity bills – and of course, high-speed internet capabilities – preferably fiber optic!  Mostly, active adults see this as their last home and they want this home to reflect their personalities.

55+ adults of the present day do not wish to just sit and while the day away.  They wish to be active and therefore, seek vibrant communities with active lifestyles.  They want activities that keep them occupied and they want to be physically fit.  Amenities such as fitness centers, yoga studios, golf courses, swimming pools, walking trails, and tennis courts are much in demand by active adults.

Active adults also wish for homes they can lock and leave whenever they want without having to worry about security issues.  They also want to settle down in communities where there is out-door maintenance and upkeep because they do not want to mow their own lawns or shovel snow in the wintertime which can be extremely stressful on the joints.

As you can see, these empty nesters are a demanding pack and catering to their housing needs calls for special expertise. There are over 8,400 such active living communities listed in the ActiveAdultLiving.com web site.  A few randomly chosen ones are mentioned below:

If you need further information on active adult communities, you can visit ActiveAdultLiving.com, a comprehensive national directory of more than 5,800 communities where you are sure to find the one you wish to spend your retirement years.