Today’s Boomers Bust Myths About Senior Lifestyles: Full of Life, Well-Connected Online, Looking to Reinvent Themselves, According to Survey From Trilogy By Shea Homes

Scottsdale, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB) December 16, 2010

Challenging myths about senior lifestyles, today’s baby boomers are full of life and say retirement is a time to reinvent and discover themselves, according to findings from a survey conducted by Trilogy by Shea Homes, a leading developer of high-end resort communities, offering a new choice in active living to the baby boomer generation. Data collected from Trilogy’s survey indicates that today, boomers are not only focused on connecting with others and staying near loved ones, but also on making a difference.

For instance, social media is not just solely a “Millennial” phenomenon; “boomers” say they prefer collecting friends on social networks just as much as they do recipes – and even rank it slightly higher (37.28%) than collecting pictures of the grandkids (33.64%). In fact, over 85% of 55+ adults came to the survey from Trilogy’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. And boomers are especially committed to their loved ones. When deciding where to live next, they ranked being within driving distance of family and friends as the most important factor, followed closely by desires to create a balanced lifestyle and being more active.

These are just a few of the findings from over 2,000 boomers who took Trilogy’s interactive retirement survey. The survey, found at, gives 55+ adults an opportunity to learn more about themselves with retirement in mind–with questions on priorities, surroundings and personal goals–while also offering a deeper, more accurate, glimpse into the lives of the boomer generation today.

The survey collected interesting findings on several facets of boomer retirement:

The majority of boomers say retirement is not an end phase, but rather, a new and exciting chapter of life. 51.37% say it’s a time for re-invention and self-discovery, followed by different than it used to be (15.14%), playtime (8.12%), over-rated (5.77%), an opportunity to give-back (5.77%), over-due (5.38%), obsolete (4.32%), and a chance to work from home (3.08%).

Boomers are out to make a difference. 23.93% say their church, synagogue or place of worship is their favorite cause, followed closely by environmental and animal causes with 23.59%.

When asked what they collect, they weren’t thinking of trinkets. 53.58% say it’s family memories, followed by recipes (38.68%), Facebook friends (37.39%) and pictures of their grandkids (33.73%).

Boomers look forward to traveling (58.82%), having a balanced lifestyle (50.89%), being more active (46.18%), and having more “me” time (45.94%) in retirement – in that order. Pursuing new interests and hobbies (42.82%), living near people with similar interests (35.94%), having lots of activities to choose from (35.08%), and spending less time spent in rush hour (27.34%) ranked next.

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a mind-body balance, engaging in healthy relationships and continually learning were ranked most important.

“Today’s boomers are still very active, adventurous and connected, as our survey suggests. They want to travel and enjoy family and friends and are a vibrant part of the community,” said Hal Looney, area president of Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities. “Understanding and addressing the needs and desires of boomers has been integral to our offerings since Shea Active Lifestyle Communities began 11 years ago, with a vision of creating a new active lifestyle environment for a generation of people looking to redefine this stage in life. This survey confirms that boomers are still making a big impact today.”

Trilogy’s active lifestyle communities in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Washington offer quality designed homes in forward-thinking, master-planned communities amid stunning architecture meant to help Baby Boomers truly experience the best in life. Complete with diverse amenities like world-class resort clubs, distinctive restaurants, pools, athletic clubs, day spas, business centers, championship golf courses, tennis courts, scheduled events and more, the lifestyle at Trilogy is made for the dynamic, well-balanced boomer.

Those considering this new breed of retirement living can take a test drive with up to four days and three nights’ accommodations, championship golf or relaxation at a luxurious spa, unlimited access to five-star resort clubs, pools, athletic clubs and the ability to dine at fabulous on-site cafes, bistros and restaurants.

For more information on Shea Homes active lifestyle communities visit or call (800) 685-6494. For more details on the survey, please visit

About Trilogy by Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities

Trilogy communities are high-end resort communities offering a new choice in active living to those looking for an exciting lifestyle that revolves around wellness, exploration, freedom, and close personal connections. Architectural product design and amenities reflect the changing needs of the baby boom generation, including lifestyle-inspired floor plans, world-class clubs and a diverse range of recreation options. Today, Shea Active Lifestyle Communities has 11 communities actively selling including the just recently opened Shea Homes at Ardiente in North Las Vegas, Shea Homes at Jubilee in Lacey, Washington on the Puget Sound, and Trilogy in Groveland, near Orlando. More information is available by visiting or calling (800) 685-6494.

About J.F. Shea Company

For more than 125 years, members of the Shea family and their companies have accomplished many extraordinary milestones including work on the foundation of the landmark Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay Area’s Rapid Transit System (BART) and managing the construction of the Hoover Dam. Shea Homes introduced its Trilogy brand to the market in 1999 as the centerpiece of its Active Lifestyle Communities division. More information is available by visiting