Active Adults, a new generation starting fresh at age 55.
Active Adults, grownups age 55 and older, like to think of themselves is entering a point in life where there will be more active time for “me”. They are coming to a point in their lives where they are considering how they want to live and how they can finally take hold of their life with both hands.
There are 78 million adults over 65, nearly a quarter of America’s population, baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65.
Adults 55 and over; whatever an active retirement means to you…
- Live like you’re on vacation 24/7 in a luxurious welcoming community
- Live the good life with fun parties, great restaurants and bars, plus golf and day spas
- Meet other 55+ active adults who share your interests, make connections, have fun
- Relax at concerts, community events, and happy hours
- Explore health and wellness activities
- Be yourself–live the life you want, everyday
- Food and wine plus cooking classes
- Stay well and keep busy with like−minded friends and activities to keep you feeling great
- Hike, walk and just take time to smell the roses
- Travel and leisure or be a homebody with great clubs for book lovers and dog lovers
The good life. It’s your turn… now the fun begins!
The Active Adult vigorous life if you can handle it.
Then there arrives an interesting focus to your life where some of the most fun choices you thought of before entering this period begin to fade.
Active Adults are a new generation. Many will live another 30 years, the same productive 30 years, in calendar years, they lived between their ages 20 and 50. It’s longer in real and emotional years than most of their marriages lasted.
That’s a lot of golf. You’ll have more time to spend doing the things you love! You’ll enjoy more carefree time with family, you’ll meet new friends who share your interests, and you’ll take part in activities that broaden your horizons.
A cloud intrudes.
Truth be told our active adult community is made up of people in various stages of their lives: happy, unhappy, fraught with concerns, some good, some not so, personal relationships, family relationships, children relationships, grandchildren relationships, sibling relationships, divorce, single, dating, fitness, and…
Lots of emotion after they thought they might be free and easy. Just need a clear head to think through some decisions that they didn’t have to consider early in their lives.
It’s about seeing through the cloud and making the right decisions for them on how to spend the rest of their lives.
Real life begins to get in the way.
Active Adults didn’t get where they are without some challenges.
To work or not: financially not enough of us are prepared to retire. Many are making decisions to continue to work full or part time, although it might not be for financial reasons. Some will stay on at an existing job or business to keep themselves engaged simply because they like it. Many of us have long buried ideas that are bubbling up on starting new business.
Taking charge of your life to extend your healthy and productive years. Looking and feeling old for your age? Adults physically active are healthier and less likely to develop chronic diseases than inactive adults.
They took care of you. Now you are trying to figure out how to care for their elderly parents.
Got to change them. Quiet urgency.
They are enjoying the rewards of watching the children of their first family give them grandchildren.
Some started again with new families in their 40s and 50s are now enjoying a second round of rewards of nurturing those children through school and into young adults.
Some enjoying planning to be empty nesters. Some not so empty anymore with kids still with them or returning.
Reignite the spark in their marriage
Some looking for help for saving their marriage or even trying to figure out if it is worth saving.
Some are single either again or never have left. Relationship problems.
Some happy as a lark.
Some overwhelmed and need help.
Sharing your life
You’ve handled everything life has thrown at you. You’ve done well. It’s time to focus on your own happiness. That means finding someone special to share your life’s remaining journey with. Where do you begin?
Facing the reality of inadequate retirement savings, says Time Magazine. “Many older Americans so frustrated that they are basically giving up on their dreams.” Says the industry paper Benefit News, “Out of about 76 million baby boomers in the United States, approximately 35 million of them lack any retirement savings and that statistic appears to be getting worse.”
Need to get a good smile to finish the day.
Can you really get there through arts and crafts and social pastimes, scrapbooking, painting, ceramics, mahjongg, bridge, movie nights, afternoon tea, and holiday cookouts and gatherings, continuing education classes with bird-watching, history and genealogy, academic classes and cultural events.
One thing all Active Adults share is the need for good laugh and some reflection that’s outside of our normal a life, some information that maybe we can use to start a conversation with our neighbors or our children, and an easy to use resource of different ways of looking at the things going on in our world.
We are all looking for positive thinking and good endings.
Through it all, we just want to feel good and move forward.