Baby boomers aren’t buying senior housing | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Baby boomers aren’t ready for retirement homes- yet. Almost 20 years ago, Canadian demographer David Foot wrote “Boom, Bust and Echo,” in which he claimed that “demographics explains two-thirds of everything — whether the subject is business planning, marketing, human resources, career planning, corporate organization, the stock market, housing, education, health, recreation, leisure, and social…

Older pedestrians are dying on our roads

‘Shared responsibility’ is code for it’s always the pedestrian’s fault — but that doesn’t work when you’re talking about aging boomers. Driving a car is so difficult these days; it seems that whenever you get behind the wheel, someone leaps in front of you. That’s why so many safety campaigns these days are pushing the…

Why I said goodbye to my Miata

After 22 years, the world has changed — and so have I. Driving is also like everything else in life; you need to practice to stay good at it. I bike everywhere in the city; My wife Kelly does all the long-distance driving now in our Subaru. I prefer to look at the surroundings and my…

​Is nostalgia stealing our kids’ future? 

Sure we were eating spam and dad had Black Lung Disease but we were happy. Where I live, in Toronto, Canada, a “right wing populist” has just been elected the premier of the second largest government in the country with an economy as big as Switzerland’s. Two of the key items in his platform are…

The new Apple Watch 4 is a boon for boomers 

It’s a wellness device that could well replace your phone. I never wanted an Apple Watch in the first place. I hadn’t worn a watch in years, when Dave from Starkey showed me how it could operate my new hearables. So I bought it, the original model, and it grew on me. I liked running…

This plan proves the open kitchen should die

Tell me again why anyone being stuck in the kitchen all day is a good thing? You’ve probably seen this image before; it has been doing the rounds on the internet, usually presented as proof that big, open kitchens are wonderful and dining rooms are vestigial and useless. But in fact it is from a…

How older Americans got stuck in the suburbs 

If you’re stuck in the suburbs without a car, consider yourself collateral damage from the Cold War. “It is wrong to believe that postwar American suburbanization prevailed because the public chose it and will continue to prevail until the public changes its preferences. … Suburbanization prevailed because of the decisions of large operators and powerful…

Why aging boomers need walkable cities more than convenient parking

The Guardian has been running a fascinating series called Walking the City, and North American cities don’t come off looking very good. In Denver, people ask “What’s wrong with the sidewalks? Why is it so hard to walk here?” In San Francisco, an artist installs much-needed benches and they “attract homeless people, and criticism.” I…

What makes a city a good place to get old? 

We really can build better communities for an aging population. After reading The issue for boomers won’t be aging in place, planner Tim Evans sent me a note about a report he had written that looked at the issue from the other side: How do we design places to age? Source: What makes a city…

Why are older voters more conservative?

Poor people die earlier, leaving the old rich white dudes to skew the vote. The poor in the U.S. may die young and skew the vote a bit to the older and richer, but there are so many other factors. But the big one is self-interest, looking out for number one, me and my own.…