The estimated 10,000 baby boomers who reach retirement age every day are changing the way retirement homes look at assisted living arrangements. Senior living experts are noticing that many assisted living centers have been making radical changes in the past several years as more and more baby boomers choose retirement centers and 50+ communities as their residence.
Many baby boomers, for example, feel very comfortable using modern technology. Retirement centers are rushing to integrate wi-fi networks, Nintendo Wii fitness areas, and other high-tech accommodations to fit boomer desires.
Along with their technology, an increasing number of baby boomers are also bringing their pets with them to the retirement centers. Amenities such as dog walking parks, pet friendly public areas, and pet washing stations are becoming more and more common. Retirement communities are even offering ready access to veterinary services.
For many baby boomers, maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is essential, and a facility that has a wide range of activities available is an absolute requirement when they choose a retirement center. Golf courses are no longer enough, and more and more boomers are expecting resort like activities and amenities such as access to water sports and personal trainers. Other boomers expect to be able to bring their hobbies with them and are demanding gardening facilities, art studios, or workshops where they can pursue their passions.