Skip to comments.'Peter Pan' boomers warned
Posted on 03/04/2006 3:02:34 AM PST by Aussie Dasher
BABY boomers need to shrug off their "Peter Pan" mentality and prepare their homes for wheelchairs and lifting equipment, an aged care conference in Mildura has been told.
While improvements in health care meant people were able to live at home longer, house designs were not always supportive, according to strategic planner and social commentator Dr Keith Suter.
He said there had been a growth of Peter Pan-style developments.
"These are areas developed by baby boomers who think they will never grow old, and which will be unsuitable for them when they have problems later with hips etcetera."
Instead of looking at where to put the latest entertainment system or gym equipment, baby boomers should be looking for homes with fewer steps, bedrooms large enough for lifting equipment, hallways wide enough for wheel chairs and reinforced walls that could be fitted with grab rails.
"Homes that are obviously built for older people are harder to sell to boomers, but retro-fitting homes in Peter Pan precincts later will be expensive," Dr Suter said.
He said boomers should also look for safer environs with less hedge to discourage potential robberies, and streets with safe pedestrian crossings.
I was search Yahoo autos yesterday. I liked this 2006 Morgan Aero 8 ... but at $106,000 I'll continue looking.
Yep! "Peter Pans" will always depend on somebody else to take care of them--from Pampers to Depends!
Yup, and when that time comes, I will take care of it.
However, don't discount "Moore's Law" for computational aids and bioengineering for locomotion aids.
IMHO, Growing old in 2025 years will be far different that 2005. I predict (and yes most predictions have fallen far SHORT of the mark) that by the time I am 75, hips, knees (possibly entire limbs and spine) etc. will be fully functional artificial constructs. We well on our way in that regard already.
FR has lots of boomer bashers.
Ah, but you can't even guarantee that though, can you? After all, I live in one of America's largest cities. Fast freeways, lots of Katrina transplants...
Oh, and I work in a war zone...
You just never know.
One thing I believe that hastens old age is worrying about stuff too much.
Big time. Ever get one one of those threads? If they could, I think they would even blame us for the "Black Plague". LOL!
And thank you for your service.
That's why I got in on post # 2 to set the tone. If the Gen X-Ys get here to start the bashing first then it's all over.
I thought this was a conservative site. We're all voting conservative, right? :)
Must be getting old!!! hehehe
And dooooom and gloooooomers.
"I'm miserable about my life so I'm going to try to make everyone else miserable about theirs."
You know what really chaps those people? Laugh at 'em. They hate laughter and humor, unless it's macabre.
Especially the way I drive the Vette! (just kidding :-))
I'm with ya. :-)
Nice bio, Allegra! Yes, a positive attitude overcomes much.
LOL - DIG at 'em! Get those doom and gloomers!
Hey, what happened to the guy who posted the thread?! :)
Boomer bashers love to hate Rush Limbaugh, Bill Gates and G.W. Bush -- to name a few. Just don't call them hypocrites.
Cool beans on the Morgan!
I used to own a 1971 sky blue Pantera (damn thing overheated if I sat at a light too long), 1983 black RX-7, 1969 black AMX (whish I had kept this one darnit), and one muscle car - a 1971 limited edition Plymouth Roadrunner.
I have driven both a Ferrari and Maserati. I can say this; I have never enjoyed a car as much as this Vette. :-)
Hey, yeah...what's up with that? ;-)
That's good advice. :-)
You be safe over there! k?
- I have a few of my coworkers there now as well.