Broke boomers are moving in with their millennial kids, who are seething: 'Where were they when I needed help?'


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Via:  jbb  •  one month ago  •  10 comments

By:   Yahoo Finance

Broke boomers are moving in with their millennial kids, who are seething: 'Where were they when I needed help?'
As more boomers reach retirement age, many are facing the stark reality of insufficient savings—and turning to their adult children for support.

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Jasmine Li March 7, 2024 at 10:42 AM

Get the guest room ready, because Mom and Dad are moving in. What sounds like the logline of a '90s sitcom is reality for Lars, a college instructor in her late thirties whose boomer parents didn't save enough for retirement.

"They can no longer sustain the lifestyle they've lived for 50-plus years and are being forced to move in with me across the country," Lars said in a TikTok video posted March 2, which has since amassed over 2.5 million views and tens of thousands of comments.

As more boomers reach retirement age, many are facing the stark reality of insufficient savings—and turning, oftentimes reluctantly, to their adult children for support. The median retiree has $142,000 in savings, according to a study by real estate company Clever—a far cry from the $1 million they say they'll need to retire.

Lars, who bought a house with her partner last spring, is a member of a growing segment of adults housing their "reverse boomerang" parents. In 2021, 9% of multigenerational households were headed by 25- to 34-year-olds, up from 6% in 2001, according to the Pew Research Center. And Lars' new seventysomething roommates come with extra baggage: In her early adulthood, her parents did not approve of her sexuality and gave her little financial support, she told her TikTok audience.

"I feel like I'm the only person who can help them and is going to help them," Lars, a college professor, explained in the video. "But at the same time, where were they when I needed help, when I was in college and I didn't have any money and no support through that whole process?"

How did we get here?

In a follow-up video, Lars said her parents' financial plight has been mounting for a long time—despite her sending them part of her paycheck every month. It all began 10 years ago, when the small business her father worked for shut down, leaving him out of a job.

"At that time, my partner and I decided that we should really have a hard discussion with them about downsizing and living within their means," she said. They tried to get her parents' house ready for a sale—but "they just wouldn't take the hint," she said.

The issue came to a head this year, when Lars told her parents she could no longer send them money and asked them to move in with her. "My dad…had a sigh of relief when we told them that they could move in with us for a while," she said.

The house Lars and her partner bought last year was a fixer-upper, she explained, and they are now diverting their home remodeling budget toward moving her parents in. In a separate video, she confirmed that her parents will be selling their house.

Heads of households

To be sure, doubling up on housing to save money isn't reserved for the elderly. The number of Americans who live in multigenerational households has quadrupled since 1971, thanks in part to the rising cost of living. A Credit Karma report from January revealed that almost one-third of Gen Zers over 18 live with a parent or family member because they can't afford their own place.

Saving money was the number one reason for moving home, according to a Bloomberg News and Harris Poll survey, followed by taking care of older family members or dealing with immediate financial constraints.

While young adults moving back to their parents' homes is the dominant arrangement, the "reverse boomerang" effect is on the rise as well. Pew found that in 2021, 15% of 25- to 34-year-olds in multigenerational households were living in their own home and had a parent or other older relative living with them—up from 12.7% in 2011. But for many adults, living under the same roof as their parents again has strained not only their finances—but their relationships as well.

"We made our [garage] into a room for my mother-in-law and she totally disrespected us," one comment on Lars's video read. "It lasted one year. She is not allowed back."

"Went through this myself, I now don't speak to my parents," another user wrote. "I got them situated in an affordable trailer home (house was too expensive) and said bye."

Why Boomers are reverse-boomeranging

Generational framings often paint a picture of carefree retirees sipping on rare wines in exotic locales, while their millennial counterparts shell out their life savings on avocado toast and minimalist apartments, waiting for the $90 trillion Great Wealth Transfer to make them rich.

But boomers may not be as well off as the headlines suggest. According to a Federal Reserve survey, 49% of 65- to 74-year-olds had no retirement savings at all as of 2022—even though more than three-quarters of that demographic owned their own homes.

Economists have long called aging populations a demographic "time bomb" waiting to detonate—and the children of boomer parents are beginning to see its fallout.

In a follow-up video, Lars shared that she looked under the hood of her parents' financial situation. She found that they still owed money on their mortgage and had "a ton of" credit card debt—and came to the conclusion that there was "no way" her parents would be able to keep their house for more than two months. She's now planning to move her parents into her house in May.

"I knew it was bad," Lars said of her parents' financial situation. "But I didn't know it was this bad."

This story was originally featured on Fortune.com


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Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    one month ago

Okay Boomers?

Professor Quiet
2  Ronin2    one month ago

Why not. It isn't like the basement dwellers weren't taking advantage of their parents for a long time.

Bidenomics is working in overdrive sucking down people's retirement funds and good paying jobs.

Professor Principal
2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Ronin2 @2    one month ago

It sounds like you have a terrible financial advisor.  Maybe you need to change to someone competent.  My retirement account is in fantastic shape.

Professor Expert
2.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Gsquared @2.1    one month ago

Same here.  I max out my contributions, and am getting excellent returns.  It means I have to watch my spending now, to be able to make those contributions, but I have no intention of being a financial burden to my son after I retire.

My parents are pretty frugal, but they didn't invest much for their retirements.  They thought Social Security and Dad's pension would be plenty.  And so far, it is.  They're not struggling with day-to-day expenses.  But the new roof they just put on their house put a huge dent in their nest egg.  Their siblings are in the same boat; they planned on their employers providing them with good pensions, which became a thing of the past before most Boomers retired.

Professor Principal
2.2  TᵢG  replied to  Ronin2 @2    one month ago
Bidenomics is working in overdrive sucking down people's retirement funds and good paying jobs.

Retirement funds are almost always invested in stocks and bonds.    Are you aware that we have been in a strong bull market?

The stock market is doing quite well.   Unemployment is stable.   Inflation is reducing.   Prices are lagging (as always) but are coming down. 

And Biden is just PotUS.   A PotUS does not have magical powers to substantially affect the fundamentals of our economy.  

Our economy has recently been affected by the pandemic and the supply chain issues related to same and is now starting to be again affected by technology (leading the charge is AI).    Our GDP continues to rise, our energy independence is sound.   The future, economically speaking, looks rather bright.

Crediting or blaming the sitting PotUS for the current economy is largely based on a profound lack of understanding of how the global economy (and domestic economy) works.

Do you have any fact-based logic to back up your claim?   Something more than noting that prices are still higher than they should be?

Professor Principal
2.2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  TᵢG @2.2    one month ago

Whatever you do, do not mention  Putin's War in Ukraine contributed to worldwide inflation as the cost of fuel effected the cost of all other products. Don't do it. You cannot ever go there. Don't do it, Brer...


Professor Principal
2.2.2  TᵢG  replied to  JBB @2.2.1    one month ago

Good point.   No doubt that the Ukraine war significantly affected the global economy.

Professor Principal
2.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  Ronin2 @2    one month ago

A MAGA Man...


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Senior Guide
2.3.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  JBB @2.3    one month ago


Sparty On
Professor Principal
3  Sparty On    one month ago

Stop the presses.    

You mean in 2021, 9% of multigenerational households were headed by 25- to 34-year-olds, up from 6% in 2001, according to the Pew Research Center.    Up a whole 3% to 9% in 20 years?

Someone needs to tell the other 91% about this potential boon for baby boomers …..


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