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Speaking Out For Essential Workers

By Reese Fayde / May 22, 2023 /

At some point in our lives, most Baby Boomers will need some sort of additional help, often in the form of personal or essential care. The problem is that right now, there is a shortage of essential care workers due to circumstances that are solvable. So today’s blog is about advocacy — specifically, using our…

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Artificial Intelligence: Not Just Sci-Fi Anymore

By Reese Fayde / April 6, 2023 /

We baby boomers often have a fixed notion of artificial intelligence (AI), thanks to Hal, the deranged AI computer from 2001 A Space Odyssey. But AI isn’t a science fiction nightmare. Instead, it’s a useful tool. And AI applications built for Baby Boomers can help us thrive in our Third Chapter lives. It’s Already Here…

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You Can’t Put a Price on Family Caregivers

By Reese Fayde / March 27, 2023 /

A few weeks ago, I discussed the shrinking pool of home health care workers, caused by decreasing numbers of births in coming generations, and how to advocate for better support for paid caregivers. An intriguing report crossed my desk this week, which prompts me to add to that information — the invaluable work done by…

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Self Storage Units: A Help And A Hindrance

By Reese Fayde / March 20, 2023 /

Last November, I discussed decluttering as a pathway to downsizing and living your best Third Chapter life. In order to successfully downsize, many Baby Boomers turn to storage unit rentals, especially when they have a small window during which they are expected to move or finish decluttering their homes. Such units can cost anywhere from…

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Safe At Home: It’s About A Community Network

By Reese Fayde / March 7, 2023 /

Due to the lack of age-friendly homes in most towns and cities — those without steps, with doorways and hallways and lighting built to accommodate people with various abilities — most Baby Boomers who want to remain at home face modifications, ranging from simple changes like a taller toilet and a few grab bars to…

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A Deeper Dive Into Aging In Place

By Reese Fayde / February 28, 2023 /

It’s a phrase in danger of becoming a superficial buzzword from overuse. But “aging in place” is an important concept for Baby Boomers and those who follow us into our Third Chapters. This week, I take a closer look at aging in place — what it means, what to do to accomplish it, and the…

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There’s Nothing ‘Blue’ About ‘Bluezones’

By Reese Fayde / February 20, 2023 /

There’s a concept I’ve seen tossed about in various articles lately called “blue zones,” or “blue zones living.” It’s an idea first examined by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer, who with a team of demographers, scientists, and anthropologists, identified five areas of the world where people live the longest and healthiest. These “blue zones”…

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A Whole New Take on Village People

By Reese Fayde / February 13, 2023 /

If there’s one unifying factor among Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers, it’s the desire to age in place — around 80 percent of us, according to AARP. The problem is that the number of people aged 65 and over will have more than doubled from 35 million in 2000 to 72 million in 2030. That’s…

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Multigenerational Living: We Meant to Do That

By Reese Fayde / February 7, 2023 /

Multigenerational living is becoming a business model. The creativity and range of approaches is fascinating, using terms like “intentional” and “curated” to describe the planning and marketing efforts. While the demand for housing from people desiring to age in place grows, the industry of senior residences has not been able to keep up with the…

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Living in the Age of Grandmas

By Reese Fayde / February 1, 2023 /

 “It takes a village to raise a child,” is the African proverb that today seems more aspirational than experiential. The pace of life, the ease and frequency of relocation have many of us actually searching for the village, the community that knows and supports our family. Recent research from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic…

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