(NewsUSA) - Four years after the first set of baby boomers hit the retirement age of 65, this segment of America continues to grow at record numbers. In fact, over the next 18 years, boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 a day.
As this important pocket of America's population grows older, it is redefining the institutions of aging in a number of ways. For starters, the once-traditional retirement age of 65 doesn't necessarily mean retirement anymore.
Adjusting aging attitudes notwithstanding, one fact remains: Father Time, will take its toll on the health of this aging populace. For many, that might mean more minor aches and pains that come with growing older. For others, it means more serious matters.
That's why millions of baby boomers have traditionally moved to warmer Sun Belt locations where sunshine and active lifestyles prolong one's health and outlook on life. Interestingly, while many northern snowbirds are still making the traditional migratory retirement path to places like Florida, a number of retirees are reluctant to abandon their roots, and remaining in their lifelong homes year-round.
Whatever the case might be, aging Americans are downsizing toward more convenient and maintenance-free homes. And one of the most visible trends being adopted are modifications being made to a home's troubling set of stairs.
Whether it's gimpy ankles, worn-out knees or just the simple fragility of getting older, walking up and down a set of stairs has never been more dangerous. Sure, one can be vigilant in always holding onto the railings when going up and down a flight of stairs, or taking slow, measured steps.
The reality is, however, even young, healthy people frequently trip. When this happens to our aging loved ones, these accidents can be catastrophic.
That's why installing motorized stairlifts are increasingly becoming popular, allowing people to comfortably navigate their tiresome steps. One of the largest providers of these life-saving items is Florida-based Acorn Stairlifts.
Founded in 1992, Acorn Stairlifts features contemporary and innovative stairlift technology and is recognized by the Arthritis Foundation as the only manufacturer to earn their prestigious Ease-of-Use Commendation. This means that Acorn Stairlifts have been independently tested with real-world arthritis sufferers to determine that they are safe, comfortable and easy to use.
Other common safety features are sensors on the foot platform that will stop the lift when triggered, light-touch controls designed for individuals with limited manual dexterity and remote control options so other family members can help when needed.