Baby Boomers Want To Age With Dignity

By Kerry Knight
UK Baby Boom and Bust by David Willetts
UK Baby Boom and Bust by David Willetts (Photo credit: dullhunk)

A modern day catch phrase, baby boomers, represents  a market of individuals who were born just after the Second World War.  Some have broadly outlined the years as 1946 to 1964.  When American troops returned home in victory after  the war,  there was a an unprecedented explosion in the birthrate. They were a proud and independent group, who passed this spirit on to their children.

Boomers represent the fastest growing  group of consumers.  Within the next decade the number of people age 60 and older will reach 1 billion.  With life expectancy also growing, there is and will be certain demands on the market place.

Aging with Dignity

One such area is that of aging with dignity.  Certain physical and mental changes take place as we age.  We tend to slow down.  We can't get around like we once could.  

Even simple tasks like opening a door, standing for any length of time, or remembering a sequence of steps, become difficult.  When you add to that, certain ailments and illnesses that come with aging such as arthritis, diabetes, and dementia, even taking a bath becomes a real  burden.  Unfortunately, many seniors require assistance in bathing.  Not only getting into and out of a bathtub, but with the actual bathing itself.

The Walk In Bathtub

That loss of dignity is disheartening for our senior population. 
One new innovation in the market place that has brought back independence and dignity for our seniors is the Walk In Bathtub. It typically will replace the traditional bathtub and fits in the same location. This free standing bathtub comes with a seat and a door.  The tub can be entered easily and once seated, one can close the door  and lock it.   The rubber seal around the door  makes it  water tight, and the tub can then be filled with water.  In most cases the water will rise and cover the back for a relaxing soak.  The hand held shower can then be used for rinsing.

Hydrotherapy can Help

Other features that can be added to the walk in tub are hydrotherapy jets, whirlpool  jets and the inline heater.  This enables one to enjoy water therapy while bathing.  The heater maintains the temperature so that the water doesn't cool prematurely.

Walk in Tubs come in a number of different sizes to fit the customer's needs.  The tubs should come with all the plumbing fixtures: faucet, controls, drain with overflow protector, 
hand held shower sprayer, interior grab bar, and jetted systems if needed.

This new innovation can go a long way in creating a feeling of independence for our senior population, allowing them to do things for themselves.  Restoring a sense of dignity will allow them to have peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment in their golden years.

In this article, I have discussed how Baby Boomers are now becoming a larger part of our senior population. Baby Boomers are looking for way that they can age with dignity. They want to feel better, stay healthy and enjoy their retire age. One way Baby Boomers are meeting this challenge is to eliminate the hazards the are comes with bathing in conventional bathtubs. Many are looking to walk in tubs for the safety, convenience and hydrotherapy benefits. This article list a number of feature and benefits of walk in tubs especially the benefits that they restore a since of dignity and peace of mind. If you found this article to be useful please pass it on to your friends. If you have a comment leave it in the box below. It has been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for sharing this journey together. Until next time keep smiling.

Alan & Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc and Senior in Jacksonville Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products they are also award winners, winning the best of Jacksonville Chamber Award three years running. If you would like to contact them call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231 or email them at

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  1. Being a plumber I do a lot of walk-in tub installations. They are a godsend for anyone who is mobility impaired.

  2. I wish I knew of you guys a couple of years ago. My mother had a fall and a few months in the hospital. We needed to remodel her bath your product would had been perfect.

  3. I just remodeled my bath rooms two years ago. After I saw these walk in tubs, I thought to myself, know exactly where I'm going to get mine when I'm ready to retire.

  4. It's amazing how much bathroom technology has changed in the past few years. Until I read this blog I didn't even know there was such a thing as a walk-in tub.

  5. The family had a walk in installed for my grandmother. What a difference it made for her.