housing issues affecting the baby boomer generation

‘Pocket Neighborhoods’: Weaving a Community Together

By Reese Fayde / December 6, 2023 /

Last week, I introduced Dr. Bill Thomas’ Minka house concept that became part of his larger vision of creating communities comprised of smaller “pocket neighborhoods.” This week, I want to explore how pocket neighborhoods differ from standard living options. What are the upsides and downsides? And are pocket neighborhoods an answer for Baby Boomers who…

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Affordable, Age-Ready Homes Can Be MAGIC!

By Reese Fayde / November 28, 2023 /

In 2017, geriatrician-housebuilder Dr. Bill Thomas hit upon an idea to challenge the “big-box” style of senior living communities: modular, affordable small homes that reduced financial burdens and increased an older adult’s ability to stay involved in the local community. The houses, named Minka after a traditional Japanese concept meaning a modest rural house, were…

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Small is Big for Affordable Third Chapter Living

By Reese Fayde / November 14, 2023 /

In recent blogs, I’ve discussed the problem of housing shortages and the impact on Baby Boomers looking to rightsize. In light of the current housing market, this week’s blog returns to familiar territory but with a twist. Some of my early columns looked at ADUs and other tiny house solutions, which are largely individual responses…

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Starter Cars and Starter Homes — Future Extinct Species?

By Reese Fayde / October 30, 2023 /

An article from Discourse Magazine this month has given me pause. The article, “Starter Cars go the Way of Starter Homes,” discusses the reasons why both affordable options are fading commodities. The article made me realize just how important our voices — our Baby Boomer, Third Chapter Living voices — are right now. Only through…

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Homeowners Recognized as Part of the Solution

By Reese Fayde / October 24, 2023 /

There’s some good news on the horizon for affordable housing in markets currently bereft of such opportunities. In mid-October, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a change in housing finance policy that will make it easier for people to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The new policy allows homeowners, for the first time, to list…

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Our Own Paths, Without Apology!

By Reese Fayde / October 13, 2023 /

For this week’s blog, I’m going to take a detour from housing issues to discuss a widespread problem that impacts the lives not only of older adults, but of those around them. Ageism. Not only is ageist behavior annoying, but it also severely impacts our health and well-being, and even our opportunities to become who…

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When Supply Doesn’t Meet Demand

By Reese Fayde / October 2, 2023 /

I’ve spent a lot of time in this blog discussing housing options for Third Chapter Living, including various ways to age in place through ADUs (or “granny flats”), cohousing, tiny houses, and adapting a family homestead to be aging ready. But with the housing shortage I discussed last week, options can seem limited. Currently, the…

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Family-Friendly Homes: Where is the Inventory?

By Reese Fayde / September 19, 2023 /

For years, younger adults would buy their first “starter” home of less than 1800 square feet in their late 20s, then graduate sometime in their 30s to a larger, family-friendly “dream home.” At retirement age, they would sell their dream home, downsizing as they moved into a smaller, more manageable home that would free them…

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When ‘It’s Just Old Age’ Isn’t …

By Reese Fayde / June 13, 2023 /

Have you been feeling particularly tired lately? Maybe you find walking just a few blocks too exhausting to contemplate. A persistent cough? Joint paint and weakness? Dizziness or vertigo? Brain fog?  Such symptoms are often dismissed — by friends, family members and even members of the medical profession — as “just the effects of old…

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Local Public Programs Increase Success, Protection of Gig Workers

By Reese Fayde / June 6, 2023 /

There’s no doubt that the gig economy and gig workers are now an integral part of how society functions. As a result of gig workers playing vital roles, many advocacy groups, along with labor and union movements, are pushing for expanded rights for the independently-contracted gig workers. To date, not many states have responded, but…

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