Baby boomers and trends in retirements

Baby boomers and trends in retirements

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Generation Name Births
Start
Births
End
Youngest
Age Today*
Oldest Age
Today*
The Lost Generation – The Generation of 1914 1890 1915 102 127
The Interbellum Generation 1901 1913 104 116
The Greatest Generation 1910 1924 93 107
The Silent Generation 1925 1945 72 92
Baby Boomer Generation 1946 1964 53 71
Generation X (Baby Bust) 1965 1979 38 52
Xennials  1975 1985 32 42
Generation Y – The Millennials – Gen Next 1980 1994 23 37
iGen / Gen Z 1995 2012 5 22
Gen Alpha 2013 2025 1 4

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Breaking the retirement mould

It is not surprising therefore that the Baby Boomers are set to break the retirement mould.

Baby Boomers reported having the highest average income range. More Baby Boomers reported a R70 000+ monthly income than any other generation and 77% own their own home and tend to try and stay healthy and live much longer than their forbearers.   They are seemingly determined to enjoy a much more active lifestyle and become ‘re-fired’ rather than retired after 60 or 65.  Only 11% of Baby Boomers are not working and 25% work in the professional technical industry!  32% of Millennials are not working, as are 17% of Gen X unemployed.

Only 40% of Millennials own their own home.  24% of the Silent Generation live alone while Millennials are least likely to live alone. The majority of Generation Z live in a house of 6+ people while 39% of Baby Boomers live with just one other person.

Although the oldest of the ‘Boomers’ are in their 70s in 2017, they generally won’t be found pruning roses, baking cookies or rocking the days away on the verandah.  Most will still be running businesses or starting new ones, taking classes or setting out on a ‘second career’ as a consultant, freelancer or teleworker.

41% of Generation X are the main decision makers in the home while 54% of Baby Boomers are joint decision makers.

Savings

As mentioned in our previous article – many of the Baby Boomer generation need to keep working and earning an income for as long as they can, as they might not have enough saved to live on for the next 20, 30 or even 40 years.

The Insured Retirement Institute of America (IRI) released their latest statistics that show that even in an affluent country like the US, 45% of Boomers actually have no specific retirement savings, and that more than 25% plan to retire “sometime after 70”, compared to 17% just 5 years ago.

A recent Urban Institute study also found that 56% of men aged 62 – 64 are working or looking for work, which is an increase of 11% from 23 years ago (1994). The statistics for women has increased to from 33% to 45%.

Downsizing

Many Baby Boomers are remaining longer in cities and big towns where it is easier to find employment.  The trend over recent years though has been to downsize the family home to a smaller home, and this is driving up demand for well-located apartments and townhouses in secure complexes. Retirement villages are in increasing demand for those that can afford to invest in them, especially if they have on-site healthcare.

On the other hand, some Boomers are keeping the family home as their working children move back in with them and they now help raise the grandchildren!

This trend is being fueled by the soaring cost of child-care, as well as the high incidence of divorce and single-parenthood.  An increasing number of grandparents are now also living in a cottage on the same property, or even in the same house as their children and grandchildren, in a return to the extended family lifestyle that was commonplace before the 1940s. This in turn is beneficial to everyone in terms of shared expenses, better security and additional social and emotional support.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Update on Phase 1 and 2[/fusion_title][fusion_text]Construction with Orixs Contractors continues on Phase 2 – finishing off interiors in Blocks 5, 6 and 8.[/fusion_text][fusion_images picture_size=”fixed” hover_type=”none” autoplay=”yes” columns=”4″ column_spacing=”13″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”yes” lightbox=”yes” class=”” id=””][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-1.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-7.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-2.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-3.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-7.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-8.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-4.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-10.jpg” alt=”Carports and Duct covers in Phase 1″/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-12.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-11.jpg” alt=””/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”https://heritage-estate.co.za/wp-content/uploads/Phase-2-13.jpg” alt=””/][/fusion_images][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” class=”” id=””]Lifestyle report for South Africa[/fusion_title][fusion_text]The Generational Lifestyles research report in South Africa 2017 released by Effective Measure, looked at internet use, mobile habits, household composition and financial trends of major age groups within South Africa.  The report was conducted by means of an online survey, with 8751 respondents between July and August 2017.

Shopping trends

46% of the respondents had bought something online with 57% being male and 45% over the age of 50 years old.   26% of Baby Boomers and 32% of the Silent Generation buy travel and accommodation online.  Software and electronics purchases are made by Generation Z (26%), Millennials (23%), Generation X (19%) and Baby Boomers (18%).

Generation Z respondents report that they love shopping more than any other generation, but they also save money more than others. Generation X report feeling more stressed when thinking about managing their money.

Work and Education

51% of the Silent Generation have a university education compared with 13% of Millennials and 11% of Generation Z.

74% of Generation X are full-time or self-employed while at 36%, Generation Z reports the highest level of unemployment followed by Millennials at 32%.

Media and Technology

30% of all generations have a television in their household. At least 23% of all generations source their news from television, followed by radio and online news sources.

Print magazines are only ready by 8% of all generations, and 20% of Generation Z get their news off social media.

Generation X and Baby Boomers report feeling most at ease with computers, phones and new technology. 27% of Generation Z use their phones hourly.

The Internet

The Silent Generation reported the highest percentage of internet usage at 89%; 23% of Generation X respondents go online for 5+ hours per day.

17% of all generations accessed the Effective Measure survey from their mobile phones; (out of 2914 respondents) 84% of Millennials accessed the mobile survey using mobile data, while 60% of Baby Boomers accessed the desktop survey using an ADSL connection.

Life and Leisure

On average all generations spent more time with family than browsing the internet. The importance of time spent with family and friends increased with the age of the respondents.

23% of Generation Z reports that currently learning new skills and furthering their education is most important, while 24% of Millennials report that making money is their highest priority.

The Silent Generation report their highest priority is being fit and healthy, followed by Baby Boomers.

Both these generations reported travelling and wine as a online purchase priority![/fusion_text][fusion_text]References:

  1. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/South-Coast-Fever/boomers-return-to-extended-family-living-20170208
  2. http://themediaonline.co.za/2017/08/insights-into-south-africas-generational-lifestyles/
  3. http://www.continentaloutdoor.com/20-product-range/84-baby-boomers-network
  4. http://www.smesouthafrica.co.za/17484/Internet-And-Lifestyle-Habits-Of-South-Africans/

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