Adult Orphan, “Solo Ager,” and now Solo Senior, each of these terms can be used to describe the same thing. What does it mean? Are you prepared? How does a Solo Senior plan for the future? Here at Franklin Park, we break down all these questions and more in our guide for Solo Seniors.
Today’s Seniors Are Redefining Retirement. Our idea of retirement used to include images of late afternoon naps on the porch sitting in the rocker with little thought of the outside world. There is certainly a change in lifestyle that retirement brings to mind. Words like slower, winding down, relaxing, and disengaging were once a part of the vocabulary that we used to describe this season of life. The freedom found in retirement used to be directed towards disconnecting and unplugging.
Senior living communities, offering independent living or assisted living, or both, have become increasingly popular with aging adults. They provide a safe, active and engaging environment for those who no longer wish to be burdened with the responsibilities of maintaining a home, or for whatever reason, can no longer live on their own. For many years, a person's only option was a nursing home, but senior living communities now provide a more inviting environment.
Baby Boomers are defined as being born between the years of 1946 and 1964. This generation includes around 76 million Americans. This year, the oldest of boomers are celebrating their milestone birthday of 70; and the youngest is now 52 years old, not yet eligible to become an AARP member.
So what makes a baby boomer? After World War II ended and as America was improving from the Great Depression, people celebrated. It was a time of peace, of recovery and most of all: love. This time of celebration resulted in a sharp increase or "boom" of babies being born and marked the beginning of this generation. As these babies are now the next generation of seniors, what struggles are they facing?