empty nesters

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Posted on 04/9/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: AARP research consistently finds that older adults (for the purposes of the survey that’s age 45-plus) want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. >> Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter That can be done by staying put and “aging in place,” which may require making some design or decorating adjustments to your home, and by living in an “age-friendly community,” which is a city, town or neighborhood …

Future Housing Market Depending on Boomers

Posted on 01/24/2013 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Money & SavingsLAS VEGAS – The National Association of Home Builders says the future housing market will depend heavily on baby boomers. Paul Emrath, vice president of survey and housing policy research for NAHB, expects the number of single-family housing starts in 55+ communities to increase 22 percent this year and an additional 20 percent in 2014. This demographic will also contribute to 50 percent of all multi-family housing starts in 2014. “We expect to see an increased demand for 55+ housing as …

“Empty Nest” can just mean a “New Nest”

Posted on 04/20/2010 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyEveryone knows about “empty nest syndrome.” People warn those whose children quickly grow up and head out on their own that there will be a feeling of loneliness around the nest – and that may very well be true for some, but this great article in the Chicago Tribune takes a different look at the empty nest – and I like this point of view! The article profiles a couple who took the opportunity to redesign their home when their …

"Empty Nest" can just mean a "New Nest"

Posted on 04/20/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Home & FamilyEveryone knows about “empty nest syndrome.” People warn those whose children quickly grow up and head out on their own that there will be a feeling of loneliness around the nest – and that may very well be true for some, but this great article in the Chicago Tribune takes a different look at the empty nest – and I like this point of view! The article profiles a couple who took the opportunity to redesign their home when their …

Dog People

Posted on 12/2/2009 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

EntertainmentThere is a story from the New York Times today on an interesting trend: “empty nesters” who are getting dogs (or “fur babies”) when their children are grown and on their own, but no grandchildren are in sight. It’s proof that being empty nesters can be lonely – one might think that once a couple has the freedom to come and go as they please, they wouldn’t want to tie themselves down with a dog who needs walking and trained. …