The older empty nesters
WE’RE waiting longer to achieve life’s milestones like getting married or starting a family. First time buyers are in their mid 30s and rents are spiralling. Parents have long been primed for that bittersweet eventual moment when offspring leave home, but this last decade has seen a huge up-tick in adult children remaining living with Mum and Dad. This has resulted in the dreaded ‘empty nest syndrome’ hitting much later in life with a greater impact when they do finally leave. But there are ways to flourish during this unsettling time. Adjusting to a new way of living takes time so ensure you have plans in place. Enlist friends to help establish a new routine, such as lunch dates, exercise classes or theatre trips.
If you’re with a partner, why not concentrate on rekindling interests (maybe even passions!) that have taken a back seat over the years. Date nights and trips away can be back on the menu; a world of mini breaks and country pub lunches await. We’ve found the best antidote to that empty nest is a home makeover. A lick of paint and some new soft furnishings can do wonders for your mood. It’s also worth looking at your home in the long-term, future-proofing it for coming years, especially as we age. A Stiltz Homelift is just what is needed for added peace of mind, confidence, and continuing independence. And when the children return for visits, full of stories about their new lives, you can reveal your new lifestyle addition. It’s not just a new beginning for them; it’s a whole new adventure for you too.