Archive: September 2009
As the crisp autumn air takes on the chill of winter, their thoughts turn to warmer climates and plans to flee the approaching gray and dreary snow-filled days. Like their avian counterparts, snowbird retirees migrate with the seasons and live their lives in the best of weather. In the United States, snowbirds migrate from snowy Northeast and Midwest. Some Canadians cross the border to escape their blustery winter climate as well. Popular destinations for snowbirds are southern coastal states, such as Florida, South Texas or South Carolina, and arid desert regions, such as those in Arizona or New Mexico. Some snowbirds even opt to migrate further south to places such as Baja, Mexico.
In February and March of 2009, baby boomers were the fastest growing demographic among Facebook users. A few short months later the activity for Facebook users in this age group dramatically declined. Speculation has been rampant over both the 55 and older Facebook boom and its subsequent rapid decline. When baby boomers began flocking to the popular social networking site reporters asked, “Will this kill Facebook?” Many speculated that the younger generations would be unhappy to share a social networking site with their parents and grandparents. It was suggested that teens and young adults would leave in droves.
Baby Boomers have long shaped the consumer landscape. As this dynamic generation heads into retirement, their demands for both style and function continue to be a positive influence on the interior design world. In planning what is likely to be their last homes, Baby Boomer retirees are clamoring for affordable furnishings and design plans that meet their changing needs. There are many qualities that Baby Boomers look for in their interior design plans. The following six style trends are currently on the rise:
Baby Boomers are now all grown up, and so are the retirement options. Active adult communities have become very popular, but what are they - and how do you know if they are right for you? Active adult communities consist of individual or attached residential houses in a contained, planned area. Unlike single building or small complex retirement homes, active adult communities feature many common areas and extensive amenities to promote active lifestyles. There are age restrictions: at least one family member residing in the home has to be over 55, although some communities allow a small percentage of residents to be under the age minimum.
The lure of a hot climate and sandy beaches leads many Americans from northern climes to retire in semi-tropical locations such as Florida or Southern California, or in the arid deserts of Arizona or New Mexico. Yet many of these retirees later opt for a second relocation to areas slightly more north. These retirees are often called “halfbacks” or “halfback retirees” as their new homes are “halfway back” to their original home states.
Florida, the fourth most populous state in the country is losing people and popularity, as is shown by its recent year-long decline in population. The New York Times reported some interesting statistics on August 30, 2009 in its article about the shrinking of the Sunshine State. Florida has mostly relied on the concept if we build it, they will come. Why not? Florida, after all, has the largest coastline in the United States, plenty of sunshine, and no state income tax. Many came and the population indeed grew steadily since the 1920s, while builders were happily constructing in anticipation rather than actual demand. This all came to a screeching halt in 2006.