Baby boomers, those aged from their early 50’s to 70’s, can find themselves in a season of transition which can be challenging to navigate. One of the things that can happen after people retire is that they lose the structure and social life that kept them busy and involved.
Many now find themselves living alone for a variety of reasons. Children have grown up and left the nest. Silver divorces are on the rise as many re-evaluate their relationships. Some have lost partners who have already passed away. Then there are those who have never married who may be keenly feeling the lack of family support that others experience. As I mentioned in my previous blog ‘Depression and loneliness,’ we all want to be alone from time to time, but living in isolation can actually be harmful to us – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
It’s important that people take action to prevent isolation, because according to a recent Gallup Poll, more baby boomers than any other generation are being treated for depression. Being active in your older years can improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and also helps maintain and build new friendships through being an active part of a community.
Organisations such as https://www.qld.gov.au/seniors/recreation-staying-connected/social-activities or http://www.risenetwork.com.au/our-services/aged-care encourage participation in group settings, which connect people with their local community and broadens their social networks, thus reducing isolation. In addition, organisations that utilise the services of volunteers, such as Meals on Wheels, provide an opportunity for retirees, who find they have more time available to volunteer and help others, giving them both a sense of purpose, as well as fulfilling their own need for connection. Volunteering to serve in children’s sport or other youth activities also helps bridge the gap between generations by bringing people of all ages together.
With the rise in popularity of Over 55’s Lifestyle Villages, Baby Boomers no longer need to continue living alone. Depending on their age and particular needs, there are also retirement homes and aged care facilities which should be considered. Living in a senior community tends to reduce isolation, with many offering a wide variety of social activities and lifestyle services.
However, as with all major financial transactions, it is extremely important to seek reputable legal and financial advice before signing any contracts, to ensure the inclusions and conditions fully meet your needs, and that you are not going to be financially compromised.
As a Senior’s Real Estate Specialist, I have many years of experience and expertise to help Baby Boomers make the transition from living alone to finding the place that best suits their needs. Contact me today to arrange an obligation-free appraisal of your home, and discuss how I can help you achieve a successful sale for your home and establish a path forward for the future. Phone Heather Abbot, ph. 0417 001 186