It used to be a generally agreed upon concept that once a senior (75 and older) decides it's time to move, they want to stay within 10-15 miles of their current home. Let's face it, change gets harder as we get older. If we don't have to find a new hairdresser, new post office, new pharmacist, why would we? In Minnesota we have such a large array of senior housing, that we were generally able to accommodate a senior who wanted to stay close to home. Along with this stereotype there exists one that says all older boomers will be buying vacation homes or moving to Florida or Arizona. Well, the Census Bureau Survey is going to debunk our stereotypes about seniors.
A few months ago I was talking with the property manager at The Crossings, a senior community in Brooklyn Park. He shared with me that more and more of his referrals were coming from seniors who were relocating to come back home. Professionals in the senior communities in Minnesota already knew what the survey was going to tell us-- older seniors are moving back home- even if home is Minnesota (brrr). what the survey was going to tell us. Older Seniors are moving back home, yes even to Minnesota, to be with their families.
Here are some interesting statistics from the survey:
- For the first time since the depression, there are more Americans over 75 leaving Florida, than moving there.
- From 2001 to 2005, 121,000 Seniors over 75 left Florida, and 87,000 arrived
What a nice gain this was for retirement states like Florida. Have young healthy retirees with disposable income come visit your state for 15 years, then when they've lost a spouse, or it's become too difficult to "summer" with their families they move back home, where they will likely need to access more health care resources. I wonder what impact this will have on the nurse shortage in Minnesota and on the types of housing available. Builders, are you paying attention?
I'm sure there are lots of reasons for this new change. I suppose it doesn't matter. It's nice to be with your family.