May 8, 2008 |
Whether you're moving, remodeling or staying put, planning a retirement home is an opportunity to create a personal environment that takes into account your future accessibility, safety and financial needs. And, experts say, there is no reason to forget style. Accessibility concerns - whether because of aging or physical limitations - are part of Valarie Costanzo's practice as a real estate agent for Prudential Fox & Roach in Rittenhouse Square and Haddonfield. Costanzo, 57, began concentrating on the accessibility niche after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago. She began helping MS Society clients in search of affordable handicapped-modified housing.
May 25, 2005 |
Sixty years ago, when World War II ended, veterans were welcomed home with open arms by their parents and grandparents. In the early 1950s, the nation began the serious business of building homes, schools, roads, and water and sewer systems to serve them and their young families. The baby boomers, the children of the veterans, were the beneficiaries of their investments in the future. Yet 50 years later, we, the boomers, seem unwilling to continue their commitment to a better tomorrow.
April 28, 1986
We respond to "Baby-boom retirement crisis feared" (April 11) by John McGregor of The Inquirer's Washington Bureau. In the year 2025, when half of the baby boomers have retired, the children of these 60-year-olds will be members of the Supreme Court. Keep in mind now that these justices will have grown up in an era when abortion was acceptable for financial reasons, or simply because it is a free choice. We are sure that one of those fine justices will declare euthanasia constitutional.
January 8, 1988 |
After the 1984 election, it became a cliche among political experts to say that baby boomers - Americans who are now 23 to 41 years old - were conservative on economic issues and liberal on social issues. Thus both parties would face the challenge of appealing to a large group of voters who were not receptive to the traditional liberalism of the Democrats or the conservatism of the Republicans. More recently, a revisionist view has arisen. Many political observers say that the boomers aren't so different after all and that they don't seem to be voting as a bloc or gravitating to a particular candidate.
November 28, 1992
There it was, in the New York Times, a photograph to bring a shiver to the bravest of the brave. Assembled for some do of the rich and worthless were Sean Ono Lennon, looking geeky; his mother, the dread Yoko; Jann Wenner, terrible-tempered publisher of Rolling Stone, the irrelevant but very profitable magazine; and Tina Brown, editor of the New Yorker and friend to Eurotrash and American Eurotrash wannabes. It was illustrating a think piece about baby boomers' reactions to the news that a baby boomer had been elected president.
January 8, 1992 |
If you're a senior citizen, you can expect discounts at movie theaters, restaurants or even some retail stores. But if you're a middle-aged person with a mortgage and a child in college and another one in braces, you get zilch out of the discount department. That's among the beefs of a national organization recently formed to help promote the interests of baby boomers. Yes, that's right, that trend-setting group of Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964 have formed their own advocacy group - the American Association of Boomers.
March 26, 1996 |
In this, the first year that baby boomers will turn 50, it is not too soon to think about yet another major adjustment in the U.S. economy. Having spawned Dr. Spock, the construction of thousands of schools, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans and now stomach-acid inhibitors, the boomers will soon lift and enrich another industry: retirement communities in Florida. People don't just retire to neighborhoods down there, they retire to "adult communities," self-contained developments enclosed by walls with some common characteristics: Little guardhouses, minibuses to take the residents shopping and a few clubhouses; walls that, like much of the clothing people wear, come in pastel shades; a generic name, usually made up of three geographical elements, one of which is generally Florida-related, like "sand" or "coral" or "palm," and the others of more generic features, like "lake" or "ridge.
July 15, 1993 |
Remember the first time bell-bottoms were "in," when Mick Jagger - now a grandpa - was a young hellion, and dating wasn't dangerous? If so, you likely have little patience for smoky clubs and bars with paint- peeling music that cater to rowdy 21-year-olds. You're not alone. As the population gets older, club owners realize they need to provide alternative forms of entertainment in an effort to appeal to aging - but still hip (of course) - baby boomers. One place that has long attracted that crowd is the Dead Dog Saloon (39th Street and Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City; 609-263-1500)
February 2, 1990 |
The onset of the new decade marks a significant, but easily overlooked, milestone for the youngest members of the best-known generation in history. Beginning last month, the baby boomers who were born during the turbulent '60s - the decade in which the youth culture regarded those over 30 with suspicion - began turning 30 themselves. Those of us at the tail end of the baby boom, born between 1960 and 1964, true children of the '60s, will, at last, grow into full-fledged adults. We have often heard that older boomers found reaching the age of 30 to be profoundly traumatic - the end of a youth that they thought would last forever.