The job hunt looks different than it did 40 years ago. Kurt Lemons found that out the hard way after dusting off his resume to send to big-box retailers and car dealer- ships. “I didn’t need the money, just something to keep me busy and off my butt,” says Lemons, who is 75 and lives in Placer County. “I sent out resumes, but all I got was crickets.”
It took a protruding tree branch this summer to finally sideline Potato Richardson, the legendary 76-year-old endurance horse rider.
As the baby boomer population ages, more services are being developed to suit their lifestyles. For older adults who don’t yet need assisted-living housing, there are active-adult communities. Some are age-restricted, with homes required to have one resident 55 or older. Others are age-targeted, marketing to those older than 55, but don’t restrict residents by age.
The baby boom is now the silver tsunami.
By 2030, the state’s over-65 population will almost double from 4.6 million to 8.6 million, according to state figures. For companies that innovate better ways to serve them, that means opportunities — apps to help loved ones coordinate care, products to help older people get around and remote tech support to help with computer challenges.
“No estate plan is bulletproof,” says Michael Hackard, founder of the Mather- based firm Hackard Law, which specializes in estate, trust and probate litigation. In more than 40 years of practice, he’s seen the gamut of gaps in plans: Some are big enough for self-servers to worm through, while others let assets bleed out.