That’s our perception of the daily routine of most elders: When they get up in the morning, someone helps them to stand, walk them to the bathroom and take care of their toileting, then showering and brushing their teeth. It’s either this or some might do it themselves –at a slower rate.
It is widely believed that grannies would be sitting all day knitting their grandchildren’s sweaters, scarves and mittens while grandpas would watch some documentary or listen to some folk music. If we were living in the 90s, I couldn’t have agreed more with you, but since we are in 2022, I’d have to prove you wrong.
No One’s Retiring
In 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that around 10.6 million people age 65 and older were still working.
Earlier, people used to take their retirements because that’s what “they were supposed to do” or because “they were entitled.” Today, you might be 70 but with absolutely no intentions to retire. And, it doesn’t always have to do with money.
You love what you do, you enjoy your life and you can support yourself while balancing it with leisure.
Today’s baby boomers don’t want to sit idle at home and instead want to stay healthy, sharp, active and productive.
New Fashion Style
Shirts with magnetic closures, elastic pants, shoes with Velcro, cardigan sweaters with pockets, zip-front knit dresses… these are some examples of how we perceive the style of clothing of elderly people, right?
All these clothes form part of adaptive clothing. Now, what’s that?
As people age, it becomes more and more difficult to dress and undress. The inability to get dressed is even worse for individuals with physical limitations, such as painful joint movements. As a result, a new form of fashion was created and customized to help elders on and doff clothing.
Today, however, elders no longer want to wear drab-looking clothes.
Personally, growing older doesn’t mean you need to drop your clothing style and opt for a dull-looking one. After all, fashion isn’t just for the young.
So, if you want to rock and roll with some skinny jeans, turn heads with a miniskirt or embrace the classic look with a vibrant floral dress, go ahead, my dear friend.
We Want the Best Food
The moment you hit sixty, I bet you’ll hear “eat five-to-seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day” – often.
As a senior, life used to be pretty much filled with boiled vegetables, healthy foods and diet dos and don’ts. But, today, things have changed and seniors want to enjoy luxurious foods more than ever.
When you were a kid, you were forced by your parents to eat all the veggies in your plate. But, today, you are the owner of your life and you are at a stage where life is meant to be enjoyed –each and every moment. So, why not start with food?
The following is from a senior who shares his experience with food:
“There’s no food that I shouldn’t eat. I enjoy freshly baked pastries, Mediterranean-style cuisine and I can even go hog-wild and buy a huge assortment of dried sausages, gourmet cheeses and olives. For me, there’s no restriction.”
Living in Style
We’ve always imagined nursing homes as old brick buildings with broken elevators, monotonous interiors, small rooms, dirty floors and soiled pieces of furniture. But, if you take a look at new luxury senior living communities, I promise you’ll be more shocked than Eric Stifler’s grandma when she was hit with her grandson’s semen.
With large swimming pools, movie theaters, stylish bedrooms, wraparound terraces and gastro pubs, these luxurious assisted-living homes feel less like nursing homes and more like five-star resorts.