It took a little time, but we can officially say that the baby boomers have finally reached middle-age. Some have even already retired but, it isn’t quite what they thought it would be. The generation before the boomers are living longer than any in modern history but, these long life spans require more health care. The following generations, Generation X, and the Millennials, have become boomerang kids moving back in with their parents when finished school and not leaving the nest1. The boomers are taking care of two other generations while watching their retirement money disappear. Adding to this, the job market has shifted to a more precarious and contract-based one where income is less stable and early retirement more risky2. On top of this, the boomers are starting to reach the age where their own health becomes a concern. So, this brings us to the question: how do boomers navigate and find happiness in this unsure, new world?
Fear not! The world has changed; it isn’t what we thought it would be, but that doesn’t mean it is bad, just different. Boomers need to adjust their lives and expectations, but satisfaction and security are available; you just need to know where to look. Here a few tips for boomers looking for balance:
Boomers are living longer, but not necessarily healthier lives. A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that though the death rate has dropped, cancer and heart disease are still the biggest health threats to boomers3. Diabetes is another one. It is still early enough to get ahead of the curve. Start an exercise regime; change your diet; join a gym. You will feel better and improve your health.
Boomers don’t have to do it alone. Find others to help with challenges. If your adult children are living at home, have them pitch in with money or household chores. Task other family members with errands and ease your pressure. If you are caring for an older loved one, reach out to an agency for home care assistance. Help others help you.
Go Back to Work
It doesn’t have to be full-time; more and more boomers are doing casual contract work4. Some like the extra income; others get a sense of fulfilment from a job. It isn’t for everyone, but it is something to consider.
Do Something for Yourself
It could be starting a new hobby, or maybe picking up an old one. Travel somewhere where you have never been but have always wanted to go. Track down old friends. Go back to school and learn something new. Whatever it is, do something new for you.
Being a boomer can be hard these days, but you can change that. If you are caring for an elderly relative, let First Class Home Care Inc. help out. We offer services including companionship, personal care, home care, and Alzheimer’s care. Contact us and find out how we can help make your life a little easier.