Baby Boomers & Seniors
Every day, since 1/1/11, more than 10,000 people in the world turn 65.
 
The world’s population is aging.  People are living longer. This phenomenon strains our healthcare systems and the families caring for aging and/or disabled relatives.  It’s called the Silver Tsunami and it’s creating some incredible family paradigm shifts, especially and including what defines someone’s “house”, what they keep in it and where.
 
Living alone is being replaced by living in a multigenerational “household”.  “Aging in Place” (living in your house) is a viable new alternative.  Nursing “homes” are last options.   There are over 7 million households in the US, with more than two adult generations!

This shift is causing people to keep more things.  Hide more things.  Lose more things.  Forget more things.  And to be able to reduce the stress in our lives, enjoy life and live more meaningfully, one needs to understand the very essence of what is happening. 
 
People are not getting organized.  Actually, they’re getting more disorganized.  “Stuff” is now kept in their heads, in piles, in files...all over the place...making it too overwhelming and sometimes even paralyzing to retrieve important information when it’s needed.   A Boston marketing firm’s study showed that we spend, on average, 55 minutes/day looking for things we know we have but can’t find.   That means that, by the time we’re 50, we’ve spent about two years of our lives looking for things!
 
We can’t stop this “Silver Tsumani.  However, we can prepare for it, by creating a Life Inventory™, consolidating important information about family and business from the family’s “memory” banks, file cabinets and sticky notes, aggregating it into one safe, secure place where their legacy is at their fingertips:  A place where everything can be preserved, easily found, utilized in the present and seamlessly transferred to the next generation.
 
Perhaps no single statistic hammers home the need for organizing more than this:  U.S. state governments have escheated (confiscated) up to $400 BILLION of assets because people don’t know their loved one possess them.  Or, if they do know, they don’t know where those assets are. 

Martin M. Shenkman, a Paramus, NJ estate planner., states “Lack of finanical data, information on medical status and wishes, missing, inadequate or outdated legal documents like wills and trusts, cost families fortunes in lost assets, unnecessary professional fees and taxes.”
 
Everyone is vulnerable;  more natural disasters are occuring;  earthquakes, tornados, fires, floods, Katrina, most recently, Sandy, and with people living longer, they collect more things;  more cars, more documents, more data, requiring more things to consider, given the physical and emotional distance between  family members.

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