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Staying put: Over 80% of seniors do not intend to sell their homes

September 30, 2021

For older Americans, a home signifies much more than just a place to live. New data from American Advisors Group (AAG), a provider of home equity solutions, shows that seniors’ homes not only have a great deal of monetary worth, but also significant sentimental value.

To find out more, AAG recently conducted the Importance of Home Survey among over 1,500 participants ages 60-75.

“Our studies have shown that seniors in this country have a strong attachment to their home[s] and the pandemic only strengthened that bond,” said AAG Chief Marketing Officer Martin Lenoir. “It’s no secret that many seniors have built substantial equity in their homes after years of ownership, but what is interesting is that very few want to sell their house to obtain that money. For seniors, the comfort, safety and independence of their home outweighs the desire to move and that’s why we’re seeing so many older Americans interested in reverse mortgages.”

Among the key findings of the survey are the following:

  • The majority of America’s seniors do not intend to sell their homes and have no plans of ever moving. Fully 82% of seniors say they want to live in their homes for the rest of their lives.
  • Seniors indicated that they want to remain in the comfort of their own home, with 92% saying they would prefer to live their later years in their current home instead of moving to an assisted living facility.
  • The desire to live in one’s home ties closely to a feeling of safety. More than four in five seniors (83%) say they feel safer at home than anywhere else.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic strengthened how seniors feel about living at home. Half of America’s seniors (50%) say that the pandemic made their desire to live at home stronger.
  • America’s seniors see value in their homes that goes beyond finances. Nearly two in three (62%) seniors say they have an emotional attachment to their home.
  • For many of America’s seniors, owning a home signifies more than just having ownership of a property. More than one-third (40%) of older Americans said their “independence” is the most important benefit of living in their home.
  • Family life is another substantial reason that seniors have an emotional attachment to their home. Over half of seniors (56%) say their home reminds them of their family.
  • Seniors are communicating their desire to stay at home to their children and close relatives. More than two in three seniors (68%) have told their families where they would like to live for the rest of their life.

To read the full results of AAG’s Importance of Home Survey, visit the link below:

Research contact: @aagreverse

Survey: 1 in 7 people have ended friendships over COVID-19 vaccine stance

September 23, 2021

A survey of 1,000 Americans conducted in September found that 1 out of 7 respondents had ended a friendship over COVID-19 vaccination status. The survey, which was conducted by OnePoll Research, a market research company, looked at the reasons why people have broken up with friends during the pandemic.

When it came to disputes over vaccination, the survey found that 66% of those who lost a friend over the shot had been vaccinated, while 17% do not ever plan to get the shot. Of the vaccinated respondents, 14% said that they had ended a relationship with a friend who did not want to get the shot, reports the Today Show.

Fully 97% of vaccinated people who ended a friendship said that they considered their former friends to be “full-blown anti-vaxxers” who would never understand the importance of the vaccine, which has been proven to be safe and effective.

The survey also asked unvaccinated people why they wouldn’t be vaccinated. “Many” said that it was a personal choice, while others expressed distrust about the vaccine or its potential side effects. The study did not include percentages or other statistics about why people were not getting the vaccine.

Respondents also had other reasons for ending friendships: 16% said that they had lost a friend because of having different political views, while 15% said they ended a relationship because their former friend was dating or sleeping with an ex-partner. Yet another 12% of respondents ended a friendship because the other party was “making up rumors about them,” and 7% broke it off because the other person was a liar.

The phenomenon of ending friendships due to the vaccine took the national spotlight when actor Jennifer Aniston told InStyle that she was distancing herself from friends who wouldn’t be vaccinated.

“There’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts. It’s a real shame,” Aniston said. “I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose (whether or not they had been vaccinated), and it was unfortunate.”

Marriage and family therapist Racine Henry told Today in August that it’s not surprising that the pandemic has had an impact on friendships and other important relationships. “People are second-guessing some of their friendships and relationships based on how people behaved during the pandemic,” Henry said. “A lot of questions were called up around what your belief system is, how much of a conspiracy theorist a person might be or how someone can use critical thinking skills.”

However, it’s not all bad news for friendships: Shasta Nelson, friendship expert and author of “Frientimacy,” told TMRW in August that she believed the pandemic had actually changed some relationships for the better.  “Many of us got closer to fewer people, which is interesting because when we’re lonely, it’s not that we need to meet more people, we need to go deeper with a few and feel more seen,” she said.

“… If I had to choose one over the other, I’d choose for people to have fewer closer friends where they feel supported, witnessed, loved and accepted,” Nelson added.

Even if you did lose a friendship during the pandemic, Henry expressed some tentative hope that those bridges can be fixed in some situations. “Some relationships can be worked on. Some can be massaged and reconciled. And there’s a way in which you can respectfully disagree,” Henry said.

“But if your opinion or stance on something threatens me or my physical safety, that can’t be repaired.”

Research contact: @TODAYshow

Bundle of joy: Babies start laughing before they can speak

February 11, 2021

There are few sweeter sounds in this world than a baby’s sweet chortles. Indeed, psychologists believe that a baby’s smiles and laughs—which typically begin at the age of three months and precede his or her first words by about six months—can promote bonding between parents and their new bundle of joy.

Indeed, laughter may be one of the earliest clues as to how we humans experience the world. This is what first interested Dr. Casper Addyman, a lecturer in developmental psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London; and director of the Goldsmiths InfantLab. He wanted to study how babies learn, but, unlike a scientist working with adult subjects, “You can’t ask babies questions or get them to press buttons,” he says.

Eventually, what he learned became the topic of a talk at TEDx Bratislava on “Life Lessons from Laughing Babies.” TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

But, as a first step into this field, Addyman—who is not a father, himself—collected parents’ observations of their babies’ laughter (in his research, he classifies babies as children up to 30 months).

From September 2012 through November 2013, about 1,500 mothers and fathers from 62 countries across the globe—including the Philippines, Zambia, Uruguay, and Australia — responded to Addyman’s questions; and some sent in short videos. When did their babies first laugh? What situations do they find the funniest? What toys and games made them laugh the most?

Based on this research, Addyman reached the following conclusions, which also became the foundation of his TEDx talk:

There is one game that babies all around the world find a laugh riot. Contenders for most hilarious game included such heavyweights as making silly noises or playing with puppets. The hands-down winner, however—even across different countries—was … peekaboo. Addyman was intrigued. He didn’t think its power was just its ability to surprise. Because while young babies may think the other person actually disappears when they hide behind their hands and get shocked into giggles when the hider reappears, older babies, such as two-year-olds, aren’t fooled — and yet they still find it absolutely hilarious.

A key ingredient that fuels early laughter: Sharing For the experiment, Addyman observed how children between  the ages of 2-and-one-half years old and 4 years old reacted to a funny cartoon when they watched it alone, with one other child, and in a group. Children laughed eight times as much when they were with another child than when they watched the cartoon on their own — even though they reported that the cartoon was just as funny in both situations.

And interestingly enough, the children didn’t laugh any more in a big group than they laughed with just one other person. This suggested to him that laughter is more than a contagious reaction; instead, it’s “a signal to someone else that’s there,” he says. “The main reason they’re laughing is to communicate that they find this funny.” For example, when preschoolers watched the cartoon alone, they sometimes looked around and tried to catch the researcher’s eye during funny moments.

The need to communicate with laughter may have deep roots in our development as a species, speculates Addyman. Evolutionary biology suggests it’s a way for humans to share with other humans — and thus, to belong. While he is still teasing out why children needed to signal their enjoyment of the cartoon to whoever was there, he thinks it has to do with the idea, raised by Oxford University anthropologist and primatologist Robin Dunbar, that laughter could be a replacement for the earlier primate behavior of grooming. “Grooming was a one-on-one, unfakeable investment of time in somebody else,” explains Addyman, and it created trust among group members as well as a sense of community.

If peekaboo fails, try tickling — but please limit it to the babies you know. The importance of a sense of belonging explains another result from Addyman’s original survey. In it, tickling was the most popular answer to the question: “What is the one thing sure to make your baby laugh?” But if a stranger did the tickling, the baby became scared.

So, what really makes babies laugh?My one-word answer is ‘people,’” Addyman says. “If you want to make it two words, it’s ‘adult attention.’ Or, ‘human connection.’” Take peekaboo, for instance: Compared to other games, such as making funny noises or using puppets, it is, he explains, “pure social interaction—it really is about the eye contact and the connection with the baby.” As anyone who’s played peekaboo knows, the key moment is when, as Addyman puts it, “you come back into eye contact with them, and the fact you’re keeping the game going is delightful and causes them to laugh.” The baby’s laughter is their way of sharing and rewarding you for this prolonged attention. “They’re having a conversation with you,” he says.

But we’re still very much on the frontier when it comes to the science of baby laughter, says Addyman Among the broader questions that he hopes to explore someday is: How does a baby’s laughter play a role in their learning process?

He thinks laughter could be an expression of what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “flow,” a joyful state that involves alert engagement with a task and a feeling of control.

Babies “seem like they’re being made happy when they get something new,” Addyman says. Given laughter’s social power, it could be that babies laugh to reward other people for staying engaged in the learning game and for helping them forward. Their delight, and the help they continue receiving because of it, are, he adds, “part of what drives them forward to master the next thing, gradually achieving greater and greater mastery over the world.”

Research contact: @TEDx

Move it or lose it? One-quarter of Americans consider pulling up stakes due to COVID-19

June 23, 2020

Is there an escape strategy for COVID-19, other than sheltering in place and using personal protective equipment? According to a survey conducted on May 13 by FinanceBuzz, fully 26% of Americans actually are considering relocating permanently as a result of coronavirus.

Others have cancelled their home moves and are settling in for the long haul, Real Simple magazine reports.

From home buying, to renting, to temporary moves back home with parents, here’s a look at how the pandemic has influenced housing trends in the short- and long- term:

  • 26% are considering a permanent move: As millions of Americans lost their jobs or were furloughed during the past few months, finances became a major factor influencing housing plans. Of those who plan to move permanently, a “lower cost of living” (41%) and the wish “to be in a less populated area” (29%) were the top two motivating factors. After months spent cooped up in city apartments, many urban dwellers want to relocate to the spacious and generally more affordable suburbs. Plus, as many companies transition to remote work, those who lived in cities for their jobs are now free to move without the lengthy commute.

Indeed, Real Simple reports, with a viable coronavirus vaccine still may many months away—but states across the country reopening rapidly, enabling house tours—Americans are becoming ever-more anxious to pick up and move to the suburbs.

  • 75% of potential home buyers and renters are delaying their moves: The survey found that three-quarters of prospective home buyers and renters had opted to put off their intended moves between March and June of this year—but that doesn’t mean that the moves are off the table forever: Of the 1,500 respondents over the age of 18, 58% say they still intend to move at some point; while 17% have canceled their moves entirely.

The most common reason for the postponed moves? Most cited the inability to tour new places in person and stay-at-home orders. What’s more, Real Simple notes, 25% said they are waiting for the market to improve.

So how long will the home buying delays last? Over 60% of those surveyed reported that they wouldn’t feel comfortable buying a new home until 2021.

  • Many have moved back home with their parents: Finally, 26% of Gen-Zers and 9% of Millennials have temporarily moved back in with their parents during the pandemic. With most colleges closed now, Gen Zers’ moves back home come as no surprise. When surveyed in mid-May, more than 35% who had moved back home with their parents said they weren’t certain when they would return to their primary residences.

Research contact: @RealSimple

A missile silo to call home: Converted luxury condos in Kansas attract millionaires seeking safety

January 27, 2020

It’s not just the survivalists anymore. People of means are spending big bucks on bunkers and fortified homes that can protect their families from the arctic blasts, heat waves, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes that are striking with ever-greater regularity.

Indeed, according to a report by Fox Business News, millionaires concerned about the end of the world are buying modern-looking, luxury versions of bomb shelters for over $1.5 million each. And they will even leave the East and West coasts to live in a “flyover state,” if that’s the key to their peace of mind.

The latest in luxury shelters are opulent doomsday condos  converted that are being converted within an Atlas Missile Silo in rural Kansas—and Larry Hall, the owner and project manager at Survival Condo, told Fox Business that, while most are buying the “highly engineered” facilities “just in case,” some people are using the souped-up pads to live out their golden years.

The facility offers a range of amenities, including a movie theater, indoor shooting range, arcade, dog park, library, and an indoor pool; as well as a medical center, a communications complex; aquaponics farmd for fish and plants; redundant electricity, air, and water sources; and a digital weather station.

Each unit omes with a five-year food reserve, a wash and dryer, biometric keyless access, a 50-inch LED TV and home automation system, full kitchens with high-end appliances, and fully decoration done by professionals.

Hall told Fox Business that it’s also a licensed condominium with “well-thought-out” bylaws. They even hired psychologists to “refine” procedures to ensure that the condos are “sustainable in the long run,” he added.

Although the bunkers are “definitely” part of a very narrow market, according to Hall, they are multigenerational.

“These are thousand-year structures that will outlast great castles of Europe,” he said and he added that “it’s a great investment long-term and it gives you that peace of mind.”

Several full-floor condos already have been sold.

Research contact: @FoxBusiness