"Baby Boomers Standing at the Creative Edge of Time"
You may have noticed that stories about "boomers" are being "ripped from the headlines" frequently these days. But there is more to it than numbers and generational complaints, for ALL stakeholders. Regardless of age, reports the news, we all can engage in a creative life! So, as we like the couple in the photo, stand at the edge of time what does this mean in terms of quality of life as the decades unfold? Here is a jumping off point from which to explore into the future to discover if life truly can be an art form when it is approached from the creative edge of time.
what's on YOUR horizon?
FICTION . FACT . TRENDS
"Ripped from the Headlines": CULTURAL CREATIVES applaud sustainable excellence- a quality of life plan. Interestingly, this plan over-arches the decades reaching what matters to all concerned, on many levels. But, is quality of life- regardless of age or physical ability - really possible? Here are the first three questions from a popular "boomer" opinion survey. Intrigued? Take the survey yourself
and see the results (so far) when you scroll down the page. (The survey continues below)
THE CREATIVE EDGE OF TIME SURVEY
"Ripped from the Headlines"
TOP 5 RESULTS
1. Over 70% of responders said that POST-50 people seem to actively interested in staying engaged in life .
Over 50% of the people who responded to the survey said they understood
the potential of the "boomer effect" (CLOUT )- especially marketing influence.
3. Many responders call themselves "cultural creatives" and envision a society where the idea of positive futures for all- regardless of age or physical ability.
4. Many responders noted that the Post-50 Group is powerful and can influence a shift in perspectives about aging to dismiss outmoded stereotypes and expectations that existed in past generations.
5. In general there seems to be a desire to make way for a new vision of aging NOW, and for generations to come.
"Ripped from the Headlines"
SURPRISING FINDINGS ON
WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO "BOOMERS" AND YOU
A new vision of QUALITY OF LIFE that is independent of age is on the forefront.
It even seems possible that this is happening more rapidly than expected.
On the surface, this may appear to some to be a "radical".
It can impact how and where people choose to live.
A New Vision of How & Where to Live "Ripped from the Headlines"
POPULAR CHOICE- AGING-IN-PALACE
"This eBooklet contains helpful starting points for talking about and designing a functional and BEAUTIFUL lifelong home."
AGING-IN-PLACE is a catch phrase used to describe "The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level."
It refers to a CHOICE by Post 50 People to remain in their lifelong home, and create a feathered nest for AGING-IN-PALACE.
A good place to begin making that choice is with by asking, finding answers to, and talking about relevant options with a good action plan.
TOP 10 AGING-IN-PLACE eBOOKLET
A New Vision of HAPPINESS "Ripped from the Headlines"
Happiness at all phases of life matters.
Life holds many, many challenges. Some are pleasant. Others are heart-wrenching— the loss of a lifelong partner, the pain of betrayal, the death of a parent or child.
This small but substantial eBooklet offers a self-guided experience into transforming heartache into peaceful presence.
In a simple seven-step process you can “re-wire” your “circuitry” to create or re-energize that very peaceful presence— on many levels .
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baby boomers ~ cultural creatives
MORE SURPRISING FINDINGS
From the perspective of the radical 60s - as Sage Colleague, CURMUDGEON recalls in her article: “... it's really not new. I was hosed during the Democratic Convention in 1968 in Chicago because I believed in the United States Constitution” - "Radical?” or simply a continuation of something started decades ago? However, the power of a large "boomer consumer" group (especially women's buying choices and CLOUT) to influence the market and its direction can accelerate positive futures for Post-50 People now and for generations to come.
baby boomers & cultural creatives
1: Do you predict that Post-50 people will opt for
more entrepreneurial adventures and
accelerate the movement toward creative UN-retirement
than did older adults in previous generations?
2: Do you predict that a trend toward "Designed for ALL" dwellings
will surge in the next five years?
3: With sustainable innovation as the objective,
do you predict that Cultural Creatives will step up
to influence sustainable excellence?
baby boomers and all stakeholders
FOR baby boomers and ALL STAKEHOLDERS
at the very creative
YOU CAN CREATE
a new vision - CULTURAL CREATIVES - ON PUTTING A PLAN IN PLACE
Cultural Creatives (and YOU?) often are attracted to the work of architect Ross Chapin. Take a look at the
photos here for a clue of his inspired design. NOTE: Photo Credits Ross
Chapin of Pocket Neighborhoods.
Creative planning, a reasonable amount of due diligence and and
discovery can open the way to many positive aging experiences and
With "radical" options like these - the idea of sustainable excellence can be add-ordable, attractive and affordable.
Photo Credits- Ross Chapin , Architect- Pocket Neighborhoods
Pocket neighborhoods “Clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around a shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. They can be in urban, suburban or rural areas."
Upsides: financial feasibility, aging-in-place with grace, environmental pluses, un-stuffing (living simply) and a sense of belonging in a caring community.
Baby Boomers & ALL STAKEHOLDERS
TODAY and/or in the future,
would living where nearby neighbors can easily know one another
be attractive you?
Do you believe that it makes sense for Post-50 People
with far-flung families to look for friendship or a helping hand
closer to home?
Does it make sense to you to provide an environment
where children can have
"shirttail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate”?
YOU predicted that the "boomers" and ALL STAKEHOLDERS will blast right into that "New Vision of Aging"...and new perspectives. For example- while many will go the traditional route and into geographical areas that offer an attractive quality of life and a relatively low cost of living, many others will opt for the "aging-in-place" choice. Some will live, at least part of each year, in more than one place.
What does this mean and how does it look in terms of where we live and how we live? The Sage Companion readers tell us you expect to engage life! In another recent survey they reported, " We look to live healthy lives in homes that last and work for all- regardless of age or physical ability. We look forward to conversations with individuals - the sharing of life stories waiting to be told. We expect to discover and use age-friendly products- home automation, innovative technologies, assistive techniques and ways to work with challenges."
And the Congressional Budget Office reports that boomers and older adults "... typically have higher income. . .and have accumulated . .. private wealth. "At The Sage Companion we research and report on lifestyles, home designs (universal design) that reflect this.
Bring your wisdom to the community, and all can have the opportunity to learn, grow and prosper as a result. Opt for influencing change with compassion- especially in terms of our dwelling places and continued independence expressed as sustainable excellence. Create inter-generational feathered nests- lifelong homes- that are barrier -free and accessible for all who live there.
a new vision - A "For Ever" Dwelling - No-Step Entry
Architect, Daryl Rantis designed this home using universal design principles.
-where function, comfort, and beauty coexist-
TODAY and into the future, you can spearhead positive outcomes for all stakeholders - a Culture of New Perspectives and Expectations of Quality of Life regardless of age or physical ability. There may be some interesting choices on the horizon...
Will You Decide to Move or Stay ?-Seek second/vacation homes with main floor living convenience? Where will older adults choose to live? Given that this group of pro-agers advocates an active lifestyle and has tremendous buying power, we expect the unfolding of creative pursuits.
Stakeholders hold positive outlooks. This is seen in life-affirming trends, research, memoirs, comments and conversations. Leading edge boomers celebrate connections- to photo boards and music, to iPads, and on-going conversations and actions around changing outmoded stereotypes -redefining aging and prospects for positive futures 365 days a year.
baby boomers & ALL
ONWARD TO THE NEXT SEGMENT