This article comes to us from Huffington Post. With increasing use of wearable technologies, robotic assistants, home automation, and a whole range of welfare technologies to support independent living, safety, and health, this generation of retirees are doing it differently than we have seen before!
Baby Boomers Are The First Tech-Savvy Retirees — And Have The Home Renovations To Prove It
08/11/2015 9:36 am EDT by Buck Wargo Sr. Editor | NowItCounts.com
Newest retirees want state-of-the-art technologies in homes and home offices for consulting work.
Time to throw out the notion of the “stuffy” grandparents houses like we used to visit in our childhoods.
Who doesn’t remember as kids going to visit the grandparents, and how the house seemed to us more like a museum than a place to live?
Nothing had changed in years.
You couldn’t touch anything.
Plastic covered the sofa so you couldn’t sweat or spill anything on it — even though you weren’t allowed to have a drink in what grandma called her parlor anyway.
As for shoes, you’d better take them off before you go into to the house.
These days, however, Baby Boomer retirees are leading the way with large-scale home renovations. And they’re not scared of new, state-of-the-art technologies either.
Some 80 percent are interested in innovative ways of reducing their home expenses, such as using smart thermostats or apps to control appliances. Another 58 percent are interested in technologies to help maintain their home, such as cleaning robots or heated driveways, says David Baxter, a senior vice president with Age Wave, a research and consulting company that teamed with Merrill Lynch to gauge what retirees are doing with their living arrangements.
“This idea that people are renovating and innovating in their home in retirement is such a cool thing, and it’s contrary to what people expect and is portrayed in the media,” Baxter says. There’s a lot of action here.”
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