The Boomers Keep On Booming!

familyThis generation of Grandparents are awe inspiring.  Gone are the days of sitting at home baking and gardening.  My children’s grandparents are some of the most active grandparents I know.  Before my mother in law had cancer she was a vibrant and social grandmother.  She wasn’t one to sit around and wait to babysit my kids. We were often finding ourselves working around her busy social schedule of trips, mah jong games and dancing. This generation of seniors are “Boomers”! They don’t want anything slowing them down.  They are vibrant and energetic, matching my kid’s energy and enthusiasm for life toe to toe.

For the second year in a row, Aetna teamed up with to survey over 5500 users about different healthy living topics.  They discovered many things we already know about this generation and quite a few surprising things as well.

  • One in five live with with their children or family full-time or part-time.  Totally true in our family!  As our family expanded, it expanded exponentially as my husband’s parents moved in to help with childcare and child-rearing.
  • What makes them feel younger is spending time with their grandchildren.  Definitely true!  I love the other side that comes out when I see my in-laws playing with the kids.  It’s a playful side we don’t see often in our own interactions but we can see the sheer joy on both ends.
  • 90% of surveyers noted to use a computer on a daily basis.  I never really thought about it, but totally true!  My in laws love their iPads and my dad loves gadgets and seems to have a new computer every other week. Not only are they active, they are tech savvy too!
  • A majority of members said they were sure their families knew about their health preferences to the tune of 72.4% and that is where the awareness ends.  Not everyone is as open about it as others.  Especially in the Chinese culture. Many feel talking about it puts it forth into reality. It’s still an important conversation to have. I also realized that perhaps its not as difficult a discussion to have as I think it is.  Definitely this Boomer generation of grandparents already surprise me on so many fronts and perhaps what I assume is cultural norm, isn’t so much anymore. Especially in light of my mother in law’s recent cancer diagnosis and our whole family dealing with her treatments, it’s more important than ever to have this discussion.  

Grandma and LukieThis survey is a great conversation opener to have that discussion.  Open enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries just began and run to December 7th 2015 and the annual Open Enrollment period is just around the corner on November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2015.  The plan options are many, sometimes even very confusing and finding the right plan for the “grandparents” in your lives involves a lot of research.

  • It’s a great time to look at their current plan and evaluate what worked and what didn’t work this past year. I’ve even taken that advice to do the same for my own family plan.
  • Is there any new health developments that you may want to evaluate further or seek support for? What will happen if there is an emergency?  How does each of these plans handle those “emergencies”?
  • Consider current medications and possible medications costs that you may incur.
  • Consider preventive care options and how they might work best for your loved ones.
  • Are their programs or incentives for healthy living that they may be interested in.  Many plans offer the Silver Sneaker program which encourages exercising. or  have a wealth of information to help you learn more about plans available to you and your family so that you can make an informed decision. Here’s to a long and prosperous life!

{ disclosure: This is a sponsored post by The Motherhood and Aetna #AgingWell.  As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own! }