This will be the last posting for this blog

Due to an almost total lack of interest in this blog I am giving up this blog page.

I thought that with so many baby boomers reaching retirement age in the next few years there would be a demand for a blog where information and stories related to those of us post- war babies could be consolidated in to one place. I know that there are other blogs devoted to baby boomers and they do a marvelous job. It was just my thought to take the best of those stories  and put them in one convenient place. Unfortunately, I appear to be alone in this thinking. Therefore, I am discontinuing this blog in its present form. I will continue to post Baby Boomer news on my regular blog...wcenterblog.yolasite.com

Copyright laws prevent me from reprinting full stories, Therefore I have provided a link to the actual articles qouted.


As of...

October 27, 2014

How the Boomers Saved Everything

Yes, we’re spoiled rotten. We’re self-absorbed. And it seems like we’ll never shut up. But the boomers made a better world for everyone else. You’re welcome
by P.J. O'Rourke,

We were dizzy with our aspirations. We'd be rock stars. We'd be spiritual avatars. We'd be social activists. We'd be billionaires. No, better yet, we'd be all those things at the same time. (Steve Jobs came close.)
Every time opportunity knocked, we let it in, even when it should have been locked out for decency's sake. And behold the boomers' remarkable experiments with prosperity — the dot-com bubble, the housing bubble, the enormous financial bubble that's still got the nation trying to get fiduciary gum out of its hair.
And now the boomers run the world. ....


Getting old is getting old
By Gerry Dionne

“It's a blessing to have fewer social obligations. You can leave an event early just by saying you're tired. Or, even better, don't go in the first place. And it's fun to mess with people with a little fake dementia. I'll sit at the table, look up and down at the others, and ask, "Who are you people, and where's my car?" They can hardly wait to see what inane thing I have to say next. Drives 'em crazy when I break into laughter for no apparent reason. They laugh with me without knowing the joke. So, who's stupid?....

Tips for Baby Boomers Entering the Real Estate Market
Many soon-to-be retirees own a home, have paid off their mortgage and haven’t been in the real estate market for 25 years or more. A lot has changed, however, and the tips and tricks of the trade that worked in the ’80s could backfire if applied today.  Here are some tips for baby boomers and others who find themselves entering the real estate market for the first time in a while......

Photography helps keep a brain fit

That’s according to researchers at the The University of Texas at Dallas who found that people who only participated in passive activities such as playing games or listening to music got little memory benefit. However, learning photography showed significant gains in memory......


I’ve always been active; why are my knees starting to ache?
Dr. Trey Remaley

Aging is a general risk factor for osteoarthritis, but it can also be brought on by trauma or injury. We are also at greater risk when we are overweight.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee include stiffness and soreness in the morning that gets better during the day, stiffness and soreness at night, swelling of the knee with activity, feeling of the knee locking, painful pops or clicks, weakness in the knee and a feeling of it giving way or buckling, and increased joint pain with a change in the weather.
To determine whether your knee aches are because of osteoarthritis, your doctor will examine your knee and .....

A Senior Moment: What's new with Alzheimer's Disease research?
By Leslie Howard

“..... real progress is being made in the understanding of AD mechanisms and the development of new diagnostic tools, while several new drug therapies are being tested. Dr. Joel Rothfeld, a neurologist affiliated with Enloe Medical Center, began the meeting by giving an overview of AD symptoms and physiology and explained that finding a cure is especially pressing because of huge increases in the older population predicted to arrive as the "baby boomers" become turn 65. By 2050, 15 million new AD patients are expected. The emotional cost to patients and their families and the economic burden to the nation's health care system will be staggering unless an intervention can be found.”
Some alternative treatments have been investigated with disappointing or even dangerous results. Ginko Biloba has been tested and found to make no improvement over placebo. Vitamin E, which was thought to hold great hope, .....


How to set up a website to make money online – Baby boomers guide

The build part of your B3 online business strategy is to establish, develop and promote your own website. Here’s a step-by-step guide for senior entrepreneurs on how to set up a website to make money online.
Although this is the most time consuming part of B3 it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated. Start by following these directions.

1. Register your domain name
Hand register a new name at godaddy.com or buy a domain name at auction. Make sure you get the very best name possible......

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Burial Insurance Policies

If you watch daytime or late-night TV, you have probably seen plenty of advertisements for a product called senior life insurance. These are also called burial life insurance, burial policies, and final expense insurance. Final expense insurance is the most descriptive name for what these policies are intended for, but they are actually a type of permanent life insurance with no exam required.
It is important to note that there are two basic kinds of senior life insurance policies. Picking the right one assures you of the best possible price and benefits:
Simplified issue: These policies do require the answers to a few health questions, but these questions are only intended to decline the most seriously ill senior citizens.
Guaranteed issue: These are promoted very heavily on TV, and they ask absolutely no health questions at all.....

Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962
By Dwight Goering

It was October, 1962. I was in the seventh grade. As I recall, my parents had taken me to Wednesday night Bible study at church. Something was different about this Wednesday night. There was a tension in the air. I do not remember what the lesson was, or even if I listened at all. My folks never really said anything about an international crisis. I only knew that the world’s eyes were on a small island off the coast of Florida. The words Cuba, and nuclear missiles, and Castro added to the drama. As a young and impressionable pre-teenager I could only hope that I would see the next morning. I do not think that my parents really understood what my fears were, either real or imaginary. It was a lot different than my grandpa talking about the end of the world according to the Bible. Or just maybe I was experiencing what might be the end of the world as we know it.....



The Baby Boomers Are NOT The Reason Our Economy Sucks

It’s not the Baby Boomer’s fault that when they grew up, unions were strong, education was cheap and jobs were plentiful. It’s not even the fault of the Baby Boomers that throughout much of their lives, there was segregation, zero equality for women and denial that gay people even existed. In fact, it was Baby Boomers who actively pushed for the advancements of rights for everyone.
Now, Baby Boomers are old and too fat or hopped up on Viagra to get up and change the TV from Fox News. They spend their days yelling at the clouds and telling kids to get off their lawns. ....

Republicans, Democrats discuss privatizing Social Security
by Reade Pickert and Tim Petraco and Will Marshall and Yash Shevde 

The idea to partially privatize Social Security has long been discussed as a policy proposal. Proponents say individuals whose payroll taxes go toward the Social Security trust fund should be able to invest their pensions in whatever way they see fit.
Fears that an influx of baby boomers entering retirement will create a shortfall in the trust fund have prompted Republicans to propose privatization of Social Security as an alternative to raising taxes or cutting benefits.


Half of Baby Boomers Don’t Know They Pay IRA, 401(k) Fees

A recent national online survey of baby boomers commissioned by Rebalance IRA showed that 46 percent thought that they paid no fees at all. Another 19 percent thought the fees were likely less than 0.5 percent. Only 4 percent of the respondents thought that the fees could top 2 percent.
“Fee obfuscation has been around as long as there have been fees, and this survey is proof that the industry is still winning the battle,” said Burton Malkiel, author of the investing book “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” and member of Rebalance IRA’s investment committee, in the site’s release....


Job search tips for boomers who want to keep working

I am going to start calling this the Boomerang Generation: Baby Boomers who just keep coming back for more. Retirement for this set is either out of reach or out of the question, yet age feels like it could be a factor in looking for new work. So, there's great experience, a strong desire to work, and a case of nerves over whether the grand kids reviewing resumes will appreciate their maturity and expertise....

Baby Boomer’s Guide: 50 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self
Here’s my list to my younger self:

1) You’re more beautiful than you realize.
2) Exercise is the key to staying young.
3) Plan a yearly vacation, even if you can’t afford a great location.
4) Take lots of photos and cherish the memories because your kids grow up too fast.
5) God loves you unconditionally, even if you get divorced.
6) Raising teenagers is hard but this too will pass.
7) Lighten up. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Neuroscientists speak out against brain game hype
By Emily Underwood

Aging baby boomers and seniors would be better off going for a hike than sitting down in front of one of the many video games designed to aid the brain, a group of nearly 70 researchers asserted this week in a critique of some of the claims made by the brain-training industry. 

With yearly subscriptions running as much as $120, an expanding panoply of commercial brain games promises to improve memory, processing speed, and problem-solving, and even, in some cases, to stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Many companies, such as Lumosity and Cogmed, describe their games as backed by solid scientific evidence and prominently note that neuroscientists at top universities and research centers helped design the programs. But the cited research is often “only tangentially related to the scientific claims of the company, and to the games they sell,”....

Top 10 Most Inspirational Baby Boomers

While some folks in their 60s are considering retirement, these ten baby boomers aren’t even thinking of slowing down! Here are ten famous seniors who continue to amaze and inspire us.

Richard Branson
At 64, this billionaire mogul is living life to the fullest and loving every minute. The owner of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Racing and Virgin Mobile never stops challenging himself, attempting world records for travel by air, land and sea. Branson is also noted for his philanthropic works and bold stands on world issues.
Jeff Bridges
More than four decades after the ruggedly handsome actor made his screen debut in the 1971 hit “The Last Picture Show,” Bridges is still one of the busiest leading men in Hollywood. In 2010, the 64-year-old won his first Oscar for his role as a down-on-his-luck country singer in “Crazy Heart,” proving that “The Dude” still abides.


Why Does Grandma Still Buy EE Savings Bonds?

Last month I made a presentation to a bunch of high school students on the importance of basic financial planning skills. I had hopes of starting a conversation about saving for large purchases such a college education or a car. But the students were surprisingly interested in learning about EE savings bonds — those gifts that grandparents and other relatives give children to commemorate life events such as a birthday, first communion, or a Bar Mitzvah.

The Truth About Savings Bonds
Savings bonds that double in value every seven or eight years, however, have gone the way of encyclopedia salesmen, ......

Baby Boomers and Addiction: A Growing Problem

While many people view addiction as an issue that younger adults face, it has also become a growing problem for older adults as well. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, illicit drug use increased from 2.7 percent to 6.0 percent between 2002 and 2013 in adults between the ages of 50 and 64. In addition, of those surveyed, 9.1 percent of adults aged 65 or older reported binge drinking (five or more drinks at one event or in a short time span) and 2.1 percent reported heavy drinking (five or more drinks at an event at least five times in a month)....



Attention baby boomers if you still have your old Barbie I am a Collector that specializes in and is always buying old Barbie Dolls (marked made in Japan on butt or foot), Friends Like Ken, Midge, PJ, Stacey, Christie & Family Like Skipper, Francie, Tutti & Todd , clothing, cases, houses, etc. Cash Paid ....

2 Serious Risks Facing Unsuspecting Baby Boomers
By Jason Hall 

Threats abound for baby boomers heading into (or already living in) retirement. Housing-related costs are one high-ticket expense that can have a heavy-handed effect the quality of retirement life. Unfortunately, that's not the only risk many near-retirees will face.

Let's take a closer look at the potential implications so you have a better idea of whether your retirement security is at risk.

Most housing is not senior-friendly, and upgrades are expensive

Most housing units are less than ideal for older people because they lack the accessibility features that make a house safe and easy to live in as people grow older. While simple things like lever door handles and no-step entries don't get a second thought when you're younger, these features can make a big difference in how easily you can can retire in place....

Pandemic Sweeps America As More And More Baby Boomers Are Lost To Fox News

It’s like something out of a movie, and it’s right under our noses as we here in the United States ignore an ever-spreading pandemic. Last year alone, we lost more than 80,000 Baby Boomers to Fox News. “It’s taken over my father’s brain,” said Susan M., 34, of Denver, CO. “It’s as though he’s lost all ability to think rationally and come up with thoughts of his own. I asked him about the weather and he snapped back, “That Marxist […]
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Legacy Of The Baby Boomers Awake And Lonely At 5 a.m.? Just Call A Boomer
By Ann Brenoff

Almost half (47 percent) of Baby Boomers rise before 6 a.m. and the very first thing most of them (73 percent) do is check their personal email, according to new research from AOL about people’s morning rituals.

Half of us check our social networks before heading out the door in the morning. Millennials are 20 percent more likely to do this than Generation X and 40 percent more likely to do this than Boomers. It's probably because they have so many more social media networks to check. Millennials look at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat. .....


Legacy Of The Baby Boomers

We tried to change the world by shifting some basic concepts.

Over time, it would appear that the essential values of the Boomers regarding such basics as Peace and Racial Equality have not held up as well as the technological contributions of younger generations. What is to be learned?

Each generation (defined now as being about ten years, versus the twenty I was taught equaled a generation when I was growing up) does some things differently than the one(s) before it. Each generation wants and needs to feel that it is, somehow, making a difference that will endure beyond itself. In this wish, there is room for both ecstatic satisfaction as well as bereft disappointment.

Alzheimer's hunt enters 'a new era'

There's currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but if Rudolph Tanzi and his team have their way, it won't be long before medication is available to ward off the fatal brain disorder.

The neuroscientist and his associates at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have identified genes implicated in the development of Alzheimer's and grown Alzheimer's disease in stem cells in a petri dish.

Now they hope to identify 15 genes that will respond to drug therapies aimed at stopping the disease at key intervals in its development.

"I honestly think we're at the beginning of a new era in Alzheimer's research, and a very optimistic one," Tanzi said during a presentation at the Harvard Club in Boston Wednesday for the 10th anniversary of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
Tanzi's mantra is to find the right drug for the right people at the right time. He has received $12 million in funding for genetic work from 2005 to this year......

1946 Baby Boomer Teens What Was Happening?

Baby boomer teens what kind of music did they listen to, what was going on when they were 15? What was going on in their world at that time? 1961.

These teens were the beginning of the change of the world as we know it now. they were the start of what was dubbed the Baby Boomers later to become the Hippie Generation.  We gave the world Rock & Roll BABY!

At the age of approximately 24 , on March 23, 1956 Elvis Presley burst on to the scene performing for a generation that was ready to shake up the world and was ready for change.

Best Cities for Baby Boomers to Live

It’s tricky to compile any list that has the phrases baby boomer and places to live in the title. The variables that can change the rankings of different cities are endless; waterfront, warm weather, winter wonderlands, healthcare, amenities, wine country, beach, and most of all, affordability. Let’s face it, with unlimited funds, there are great neighborhoods that will fit the bill all over the country. To form any kind of an effective list, certain limitations must be placed on the criteria.

So, for this article, we’re focusing on two parameters; affordability, and active lifestyle amenities. As my own Dad keeps saying, he’s not ready for the rocking chair yet, a sentiment that is being shared by more and more baby boomers....

1. Aiken, SC
- Population: 25,337 in the town of Aiken, 145,000 in the county.
- Cost of Living: Below average.
- Rain: 47 inches

Nearing The End

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

When illness strikes, I think the most important thing to us is that we are loving and supportive in the lives of those who are struggling, and even facing death. So what do we do?
Be mindful. Perhaps the first thing we can do for our friends and loved ones is to respect their right to privacy. Some friends will want to talk about it all, sharing every detail, while others will need days, or weeks, or even months, before they feel ready to discuss their hopes and fears.

Can CBS And Broadcast TV Solve Its Aging Problem?
By Jeremy Bowman | More Articles 

The tables are turning on the traditional TV landscape. Broadcasters, who have long chased after younger viewers that advertisers supposedly crave, are in a losing battle. Young people have more entertainment options than ever these days as Netflix and other video streamers making home entertainment cheap and easily available on multiple devices. Not only do millennials often forgo pay-TV, many of them don't own TV at all, choosing instead to watch shows and movies on their computer or mobile device. 
That shift has made baby boomers the primary audience for broadcast TV. The median viewer now qualifies for AARP, and is likely worried about retirement and paying for their kids to go to college, or helping them get on their feet after graduating. At 54, the average TV watcher is older than ever been before. 20 years ago, it was just 41.  


Virtual friends key to self-confidence say 'Baby Boomers'

In a recent social study it was revealed that middle-aged 'baby boomers' rate "the number of friends they have across social media networks" as their key self-confidence indicator.

Some 29 per cent of Baby Boomers aged between 34 and 48, said virtual friends were most important to them and same percentage agreed on life experiences being more important, the Independent reported.
27 per cent of respondents from the age group 49 to 68 said that virtual friends and followers on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were most important than financial wealth, material possessions and a rich and varied social life, while only 21 per cent of them valued "the number of experiences they were exposed to.''
In the survey conducted by The Future Laboratory, overall 2,000 people by market researchers 'Opinium', social media network was the clear winner as a measure of personal value.

Restaurants rethink menus to woo baby boomers
After years of chasing the young and the hip, restaurants are realizing that young people aren't the ones keeping the industry afloat — their parents are. This is prompting companies to tweak everything from their sandwiches to their seats in a bid to woo baby boomers.
When It Comes To the Baby Boomers, It Is Still All About "Me"
By Amy Henderson
Although selfies flood the current visual landscape, this social media phenomenon did not invent obsession with the self. In fact, a spotlight on the personality of the self is a defining element of American culture. Every generation is guilty of putting the “Me” in its ME-dia, and with each generation of media technology, the “Me” gets bigger.
In the late 19th century, advertisers discovered that placing images of well-known personalities on products boosted sales; magazines flew off newsstands when popular Broadway stars peered from their covers. Personality quickly became the focal point of America’s rising consumer culture. In the 1930s and '40s, Hollywood’s studio system became a landmark in the glorification of “Me.”

Joan Lunden's Other Healthcare Battle: Quality Housing 

What you might not know is that Lunden also served for many years as a caregiver for her elderly mother and for her brother, who suffered from type 2 diabetes. As she was planning her brother’s funeral in 2005, Lunden found herself in the same situation a growing number of Americans must contend with: Where would she place her 88-year-old mother, who could no longer live independently?

The Five Biggest Mistakes Boomers Make When Enrolling in Medicare
PR Newswire Association LLC
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Finding the right Medicare plan matters. With hundreds of policies to choose from, and so much information to understand, many people guess when choosing a policy and end up paying too much for a plan that doesn't cover what they need.
Open enrollment period for Medicare begins October 15. To help baby boomers avoid making the most common mistakes, the nonprofit National Council on Aging(NCOA) created My Medicare Matters®.
For more than 60 years, NCOA has worked to improve the health and economic security of older adults through education and decision support. My Medicare Matters® provides a clear and friendly guide to help boomers evaluate their individual needs, compare their options, enroll in a plan, and sustain the best coverage for years to come.
"People typically spend most of their life with health care more or less handled for them by an employer," said James Firman, NCOA President and CEO. "With Medicare, your challenge is to translate the kaleidoscope of Medicare options into coverage that works for you. My Medicare Matters® is a reliable resource to help boomers choose a plan that best meets their needs."
Here are the five biggest mistakes boomers should watch out for when enrolling inMedicare:
Mistake 1: Signing up too early or too late for Medicare and its parts.
If you are aging into Medicare, your initial enrollment period is based on your 65thbirthday. To avoid long-term penalties, make sure you know what you have to choose—and by when. If you or your spouse are still working when you turn 65and your insurance meets certain requirements, it may make sense for you to delay enrollment in Parts A, B, and D. Find the rules here. OnMyMedicareMatters.org, you can take a free, confidential Medicare QuickCheck™ and receive a personal report with your initial enrollment period, or special enrollment period if you or your spouse are still working, and recommendations about when you should sign up for which parts of Medicare.....

Boomers Remain Loyal To Milky Ways, M&Ms
Jim Shea
Here is one baby boomer's Top 10 list of all time best Halloween candy:
1. Milky Way
2. Almond Joy
3. M&Ms
4. Nestles Crunch
5. Kit Kat
6. Milk Duds
7. Junior Mints.
8. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
9. Snickers
10. Dots

Male Baby Boomers most likely to drive connected cars, according to Nielsen study
You might presume young whippersnappers to be the ones most likely to drive vehicles with this cutting-edge telematics technology, but as it turns out, it’s the opposite. Of those with who own a vehicle with connected features, 42 percent of them are 55 or older. They’re also 58 percent men, well educated and 37 percent make over $100,000 a year. The most important parts of the tech to them (full data at right) are crash notifications, Internet-enabled navigation, safety alerts and vehicle diagnostics.

23 Incredible Baby Boomers Retiring Statistics
 by Brandon Gaille 
  • By 2050, there is expected to be nearly 90 million people who are senior citizens in the United States. Right now there are almost 40 million.
  • American workers are $6.6 trillion short of what is needed to retire comfortably.
  • 1 out of every 6 Baby Boomers in the United States is living below the federal poverty right now.
  • At this very moment, 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every day. This is a trend that is expected to last for the next two decades.
  • Health care costs are expected to rise by 5% every year, making it even more difficult for a Baby Boomer to retire.
  • From 1991-2007, the number of Americans who were 65 or older that filed for bankruptcy rose by 178%.
  • Only 1 in 4 Baby Boomers plans to retire by the age of 65.
  • 3 out of 4 Baby Boomers expects to be working at least part-time after they officially retire to make ends meet.....

Baby Boomers -Looking into the Mirror

When Baby Boomers get up in the morning and look into the mirror what do they see, and how do they react? It is said, that Baby Boomers are trying to adjust to the aging process. Is the number associated with a Baby Boomers age, just a number? Seemingly, Baby Boomers are more concerned with health and wellness these days. Is it because they do not see themselves at the age that they are currently at? The clock on the wall says Baby Boomers are older, but mentally they are forever young....

Ten Myths About Baby Boomers on Social Media
Adrienne Grubb

"...... this audience is one of the most affluent demographics – with a high disposable income, the leisure to take expensive holidays, and the taste for quality cars and luxury beauty brands. They are also happy to switch brands at the drop of a hat. So, what are the popular myths surrounding the over 50s on social media, and are brands doing anything to tackle them?"
Many marketers and advertisers make the mistake of treating the 50+ audience as a single homogenous audience. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In a recent survey published in Marketing Week, research organisationiProspect identifies three clear audience segments.
  • Adventurous adopters (aged 50-59) – serious smartphone users who research online and buy in-store.
  • Confident adopters (60-69) – this group is all over social media, particularly YouTube. They are happy to buy online.
  • Comfort adopters (70+) – love their tablets and Smart TVs. Shop in-store.

Baby Boomers Are Using Natural Remedies More Than Ever
by Cynthia Overfield
Baby boomers had the responsibility of caring for their elderly parents and soon realized they did not want to pass on the same type of burden to their children. With retirement soon approaching, baby boomers opted for an alternative lifestyle – one that would not only allow them to live longer but also enable them to enjoy their retirement engaging in the things they love. They made a conscious choice to utilize many of the home remedies their grandparents used instead of relying on drugs and other medications.
An 82-year old woman commented: “I am eating the same foods today that my mother prepared. I use natural remedies for any ailments, and I take walks daily. All of my brothers and sisters lived and are living well into their 80s and 90s. I treasure that time and see no reason to change.”....


Baby Boomer Job Seekers – Be Online and Tech Savvy
by Lynn
If you are a Baby Boomer and looking for a job, heed this notice: Baby Boomer job seekers must be online and tech savvy!
Why, do you ask? Because according to a 2013 Jobvite survey, 94 percent of recruiters and human resources professionals were using or planning to use social media for filling vacancies. Even though this may seem unnerving to Baby Boomer Job Seekers, being judged on an online persona is helpful to employers because they liked what they saw on candidates’ profiles.
Those hiring got a good sense of the person’s personality via social media. They were impressed by candidates’ professional images, communication skills and wide ranges of interest.
If you are concerned by age bias, being active in social media is one of the ways you can immediately let employers know that:
* You’re up on what’s happening
*You’re keeping up on trends
*You’re technologically adept


Working into their 70s: the New Normal for Boomers
by Kristyn Martin
Workampers show a slice of retirement life for Baby Boomers

“...the decline in Boomers’ net worth compared to earlier generations is “astounding.”  She cites the median household entering into retirement in 2007 (the War Babies) worth $315,000. But older Boomers are faring much worse, having saved up only $176,000 – representing a nearly 45% decline.”

Boomers and beyond: Sexuality as you age / Sex in the Suburbs
Healthy sexuality throughout our lifetimes requires more than continuing to have intercourse into old age. A recent survey done by AARP of over 1,800 people showed that 71 percent of the baby boomer generation said sex was still important to them, but only 54 percent said they were satisfied with their sex lives. (“Generation SEX,” AARP The Magazine, August/September 2014).
So what makes sex satisfying?....

Download Last of the Baby Boomers (One Man's Journey): Barely Caught the Boomer
Author: Scott Barta
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-1478724285
Size: 2 MB
Format: PDF / ePub / Kindle
Those born between 1960 and 1964 can be described as "the last of the baby boomers." But the life experiences of this subgroup are as far removed from the baby boomer generation as the generation gap..
Download Last_of_the_Baby_Boomers_(One_Man's_Journey):_Barely.pdf

Boomers: Nostalgic For a Lack of Nostalgia That Never Existed
Boomers are confused by their kids’ preferences for comic books, young-adult novels, and other trappings of a Millennial childhood. But they forget the nostalgia boom of their own past, and how it resonates today.

Recently A.O. Scott, one of the chief film critics for the New York Times, published a lament to adulthood in trying to explain the cultural, aesthetic, and sociolgical wheel-spinning of Millennials. (Full disclosure: born in 1980, I’m theoretically on the tail-end of Gen X, two years shy of the generation we happen to be lamenting now.)
“My generation didn’t choose childhood. Childhood chose us, or rather, it refused to let us go…. We get older and older, but our lifestyles stay the same age; and, not having the means to make heavy investments, we still pay for little things, like concerts and movie tickets. Yet the culture continues to conceive of its core audience as comprised of teens and 22-year-olds, and we, hungry for distraction and trained to consume, keep eagerly purchasing accounts of a time in our lives that is fast fading in the rearview mirror…. [I]f you don’t accrue accomplishments as you age, getting older just feels like running out of time.”

Johnny came marching home with peanut butter and jelly
Clay Thompson

Peanut butter was a big hit at the 1898 World's Fair in Chicago and became a luxury item. Posh tea shops sold stuff like peanut butter and pimento sandwiches, the thought of which makes me queasy. As time went by, the stuff got cheaper and peanut butter — a good source of protein — and grape jelly were popular with the troops in World War II, who brought that taste home with them to all those little Baby Boomers with Gene Autry lunch boxes.

Demographics and demand spur innovation in ophthalmology
Growing demand and unmet needs
As baby boomers age, they develop conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, dry eye disease, glaucoma and presbyopia,.....


Vintage 1960s GAF Viewmaster Viewer- Ipod Of The Baby Boomers Generation!

Have Beatles gold mine? Probably not
Steve Warden

If the 14 reprinted Beatles albums are going for around $400, then what can the originals fetch – the ones we baby boomers bought when the Beatles were still together, still making their music, still the Fab Four? Somewhere, whether it's the basement or the attic or the garage or inside a musty trunk, could be a gold mine of old Beatles albums for the silver-haired generation. 401(k)? Who needs that when you've got the 1967 “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” on vinyl, complete with the cutout sheet that includes mustache and sergeant stripes?

Turning 65? 9 Tips For Signing Up For Medicare
By Caroline Mayer
It's the first hour of my mission to sign up for Medicare and already I'm making mistakes. In this case, it's minor (and amusing), misdialing the toll-free number by one digit. But it serves as a warning: There are many missteps I can make, some of them serious, if I'm not careful.
Even for me, a consumer reporter who has written about health-insurance issues, enrolling in Medicare is a daunting task. The terminology is confusing and the options are seemingly infinite, based on the amount of promotional material that's begun arriving in my mailbox. The letters from various insurance carriers began appearing exactly six months before my 65th birthday and after three months they weighed 1.5 pounds. More packets arrive daily. Medicare experts tell me I can thank the data brokers for the onslaught: Names and birth dates are for sale to anyone.
Enrolling is a task I'd like to put off, but I can't. I no longer have job-based insurance, and my current health insurer has notified me that my policy will soon expire, on the first of the month in which I turn 65.
I know that the decisions I make may differ from those made by friends, relatives and even my husband. Yet we share many of the same frustrations in the sign-up process. For anyone in a similar situation, here are some of the lessons I've learned since I embarked on my Medicare sign-up mission.
Just do it!
Yes, Medicare is complicated, but turning 65 is the time to deal with this. The government will not automatically enroll you, unless you are already drawing Social Security benefits.
You may be like many people who have chosen to delay receiving Social Security payments until at least age 66 to ensure the full monthly payout. But you'll be sorry if you do the same for Medicare, because there's a very strict enrollment period that runs from three months before your birthday to three months after you turn 65. If you miss that, you will be penalized, unless you have health insurance through your job or your spouse's job.
First stop: Medicare, with its helpful Medicare.gov website and its "Medicare and You" booklet, available through the mail or online. Medicare is also easy to reach by phone (as long as you dial correctly) at 800-MEDICARE. If there's a long wait to talk to a representative, you can leave your number and someone will call you back. Really. It worked for me.
More information -- and even one-on-one guidance -- is available from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), a federally funded, free counseling service.
Get to know the lingo.
Unless you understand how Medicare is structured, you may not be able to make good decisions about what you're buying. These are some of the terms you might see:
-- Part A of traditional Medicare covers inpatient hospital services, skilled nursing home care and hospice, among other things.
-- Part B of traditional Medicare helps cover preventive care and physician and outpatient services, among other things.
-- Part D plans are private insurance plans covering prescription drug costs.
-- Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare. In this program, private insurance plans are paid by the federal government to provide coverage that is equivalent to original Medicare.
-- Private Medigap plans supplement traditional Medicare and help pay some out-of-pocket costs, such as co-payments and deductibles and sometimes emergency medical expenses overseas. These policies are optional, but if you want one, you're best buying it when you sign up for traditional Medicare. Otherwise, you won't be guaranteed coverage and may be subject to medical underwriting, through which you could be denied coverage or charged a higher rate for preexisting conditions.
Failing to sign up can be costly.
You may be in for a surprise if you're among the many baby boomers I've encountered who believe Medicare is free. It's not. Not only is there an annual deductible ($147 for Part B in 2014), but there are also monthly premiums, ranging from $104.90 to $335.70 for individuals. (The exact premium is pegged to your income, generally based on the tax return you filed two years earlier.)
If you don't sign up in your initial enrollment period or when your job-based coverage ends, you will pay a penalty that will raise your premiums for Medicare Part B and Part D for the rest of your life. Every year you delay signing up for Part B, your monthly premium rises by 10 percent -- and missing the deadline by just one month is considered a one-year delay. There is also a waiting period for the coverage to kick in, so you could be without any insurance for several months, perhaps even a year, if you miss the deadline. For Part D, the penalty is 1 percent for every month's delay. So a year's delay would add 12 percent to the monthly drug premium base, currently set at $32.42.
Don't make assumptions.
Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make is assuming that your health insurance will stay the same when you turn 65. Retiree plans can end, and even coverage from some workplace plans ends, especially if you or your spouse is employed by a firm with fewer than 20 employees. You also need to apply for Medicare at 65 if you are on COBRA, the program that allows you to purchase health coverage offered by your employer if you've been laid off. You also need to apply even if you are entitled to the military's Tricare coverage for life.
Don't rely solely on advice from your spouse or close friends. "You need to look at your own medical needs: doctors, hospitals, drugs," advises Jennifer Whittaker, operations supervisor for Allsup Medicare Advisor of Belleville, Ill., a company that provides enrollment advice for a fee.
'Open enrollment' may be a misnomer.
Once you've signed up for Medicare, you should be notified each fall about an open season that allows you to switch plans. But the open enrollment period allows easy switching only for certain plans, not all of them -- and that may affect what you do when you turn 65.
Open enrollment does not give you a free pass to move from one Medigap plan to another, for instance. Although some plans (and some states, like New York) do guarantee the ability to make a change, Medicare allows plans to evaluate your health if you try to switch. So if you've developed an illness, you may be rejected or face a sharp rate increase. (If you stay with your existing plan, your rates can always rise -- but only if they are rising for the plan or group as a whole.)
"If you didn't pick a benefit you wanted initially, you may not be able to get it in the future," says Diane Omdahl, co-founder of 65 Incorporated, another for-fee consulting firm based outside Milwaukee.
That's also the situation you could face if you want to change from a Medicare Advantage plan to traditional Medicare with a Medigap plan. One of Omdahl's clients who was on a Medicare Advantage plan recently developed diabetes, and he concluded that switching to traditional Medicare with Medigap would work better financially. But his diabetes kept him from finding an affordable Medigap plan. If he had signed up for traditional Medicare with a Medigap plan, he would not have been charged extra when he subsequently developed diabetes.
So what does open enrollment really mean? If you're on a Medicare Advantage plan, you can switch to another plan. You can also switch Part D drug plans annually. And since both Medicare Advantage and the drug plans change premiums, benefits and providers regularly, it's important to review your plans yearly.
Consider your health over the long term, not just how you feel now.
Since it may not be easy to switch Medigap plans in the future, many Medicare advisers suggest that if you are choosing a Medigap policy, buy the best coverage you can afford when you sign up.
The cheapest price is not necessarily better.
Consider more than the cost of the premium when you sign up for a Medicare Advantage or Medigap plan. Look at co-payments and deductibles, too. The cheapest premium might not provide you with the cheapest overall plan. Also, review a company's complaint records as well as its financial stability to hopefully ensure that it will be around as long as you plan to be.
For Medicare Advantage plans and drug plans, the Centers for Me

Cold weather not the only reason why retirees will be leaving N.Y. And other states.
How Baby Boomer Exodus Could Crush the Rust Belt
“...the AARP survey found that their primary reasons for leaving aren't necessarily linked to the weather. Instead, financial considerations dominated the rationales for Baby Boomer flight, as many believe it's simply impossible to expect to be able to afford an independent lifestyle in their present communities. Specifically, healthcare was one of the most important considerations, with many finding it necessary to stay at home to help care for a family member in need. According to the survey, improvements in healthcare support would lead more than three-quarters of New Yorkers to consider staying after retirement much more strongly. Similar issues relating to affordable housing, accessible transportation, and employment opportunities for older residents also showed potential to entice residents to stay if policymakers could help provide them.......

Declining membership of fraternal organizations

Most millennials or Gen Xers, however, would never dream of joining a club that seems geared toward their grandparents. That's the general crisis the Kiwanis Club and other fraternal or service organizations are facing.
As members of the Elks, Rotary, Freemasons, Knights Templar and their ilk age and pass on, they are challenged with the uphill battle of recruiting younger members. Many organizations also face a decline in national membership......

Forever young: 5 ways treating hearing loss can revitalize your life
Treating hearing loss can keep many of life's best experiences fulfilling.
Listen up, boomers: Do you want to stay active? Vibrant? Socially engaged? Professionally successful? Most of us do.
So maybe it's time to do something about your hearing.
Chances are, if you're like many baby boomers, you've rocked your way through your fair share of concerts, night clubs, and ear-blasting parties. And you've enjoyed years of other noisy recreational activities to boot. Simply: You've been enjoying life. You've spent decades doing it. And it's been loud.
So now, it's not always so easy to hear the conversation around the table at the restaurant or dinner party - maybe not even in the conference room at work or on those teleconference calls.....

Taking Your Marriage from Boring to Blissful In the Second Half
Since 1990, the divorce rate has gone down in the United States for everyone but the boomers. Those over 50 years of age have seen divorce rates double, and if you’re over fifty, you probably have seen several of your friends split after the kids are gone. The reasons for divorce are many: living longer, no kids to stay together for, and more women working and out earning their spouses. It doesn’t end there. If the divorcees remarry, their failure rate is over 60%. With the odds against you it makes sense to take control and turn your boring, lonely marriage into one where you feel alive and happy to be married. It will mean making your partner a priority, and shifting your thinking, but your health and happiness will thrive and isn’t that what everyone wants?....

Workplace etiquette for baby boomers
by Liz Barr 
Every now and then there are rumblings about how young folk in the workplace don’t know how to behave, and need the wisdom of baby boomers to survive professionally. Here are our tips for baby boomers — all, alas, taken from real life.
No one cares that you’ve accrued enough superannuation to retire
50 Shades of Grey is not the kind of material you should be passing around the office
  • put your damn phone on silent
  • you don’t need to make a remark every time someone has Asian food for lunch
  • vegans: they exist … and they might be sitting at the desk next to you
  • renters: they exist … and they might be sitting at the desk next to you
  • gay people: they exist … and they might be sitting at the desk next to you.....

I can tolerate almost anything but irrelevancy is an affront
by Ron Smith

I discovered recently that I am irrelevant.
Probably some of you already suspected that. I guess I sorta knew it myself but hesitated to admit it out loud. It’s a hard thing to realize that you don’t matter anymore, that you have come to a point where your opinion makes little to no difference. It’s downright depressing if you dwell on it overlong. I will not. I will vent instead.
You see, I checked just last night via Google to discover when one of my favorite television shows will make its new season appearance. It won’t. Longmire, a well-written, well-acted series about a crusty Wyoming sheriff who has more integrity than politics, has been canned by A&E, even though it is one of the most-watched programs on that channel.....

You Know You Are A Baby Boomer Because...

  • You had a back up skate key,or wore one on a string around your neck.
  • You watched the test pattern on TV before the programming started for the day.
  • You listened to the Lord's Prayer or the Star-Spangled Banner at the end of the TV broadcast day.
  • Saturday mornings were reserved for cartoon watching.
  • Sundays you even watched Crusader Rabbit and Davy and Goliath!
  • You walked home from school to eat lunch.
  • The Flintstones and Top Cat were on prime time TV.
  • Kids in the neighborhood played games together outside in the summertime like Red Rover, Red Light Green Light and Statue.
  • You knew all of the jingles to the beer and cigarette commercials on TV.
  • You listened to the theme from The Untpuchables from your bedroom because it was on after bedtime.
  • You waited for the teacher on Romper room to say that she saw you in her magic mirror.
  • You had an aluminum Christmas tree with a rotating color wheel.
  • You wore candy necklaces on elastic strings that made your neck all sticky.
  • You could buy Slowpokes, Kitts, Batts, All Day Suckers, Flying Saucers, Snirkles, Chuckles, Chunkys, Nickle Nips, Candy Buttons, etc, from almost any dime store.
  • You remember what a dime store was (or the Five and Dime) .
  • You still own some of the 45’s and albums from your childhood even if you don't have a working turntable.
  • You would stay up late and look at pictures through your Give a Show projector.
Thanks for the memories! I could go on and on. Now let's see how  many you can add to this list!

The Right Way to Ask Boomers to Retire
Mike Hais and Morley Winograd

It’s time for Millennials to have that tough talk about retirement with Boomers. But using logic or making appeals to intergenerational fairness aren’t likely to be successful strategies. And suggesting that it’s time for Boomers to shuffle off the stage might seem selfish or cold-hearted to most members of the remarkably well-mannered Millennial generation. Nor is any suggestion that Boomers retire likely to meet with a positive response from that generation of workaholics. Instead, the talk needs to be couched in the language of Boomers and attuned to their fundamental values.

15 Songs That Defined The Boomer Generation
By Doug Bradley

Here, in chronological order, are the 15 songs that this boomer ranks among the best that spoke to and defined our generation. Yes, my list tilts more East Coast, urban, R&B and late '50s and '60s. And I realize that, like every time one person tries to represent the millions of individuals who make up the baby boom, there will be discussion. In fact, I'm looking forward to comparing notes. Tell Next Avenue which songs you would put on a list of music that made us who we are, in the comments section below.

1. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (1957)

2. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)

Don’t hate baby boomers for being great

More than once I have been informed by some whining new graduate of a journalism program that he would like to be the television critic for The Globe and Mail and, if yours truly and other baby boomers would stop squatting on the good jobs, he could take over......


 California wine industry adapting to aging baby boomers, foreign competition, drought

In wine parlance, it’s called “passing the glass.” As aging baby boomers taper off their wine consumption, the millennial generation is poised to pick up the slack, according to a new UC Davis survey of California wine executives. And despite water shortages and increased competition from craft beers, cocktails and imported wines, California’s wine industry is holding its own globally......


Review of Online Dating Sites for the Baby Boomers

Here is a review of three online dating sites, exclusively intended for the seniors. It is best for them to have a site for their age group in order to weed off confusion. This is not to say they are already suffering from Alzheimer but – just to keep them away from the naughty guys (who find the internet a good place to make fun of elderly people)......


Agendas differ among age classes of boomers
Joseph Vanderpool

I’d like to clarify certain misconceptions about this graying generation; there are three distinct segments: The early baby boomers, the true baby boomers, and the late baby boomers. Each has a distinctly different agenda. ....

Baby Boomers Rule….
By qcexaminer

…because we got our sh*t together early.
“95% of children in the 1950s were potty trained by 18 months, only 10% are today”



Baby Boomers Face The Red Menace

Just how serious was the “Red Menace” inside the U.S.?Baby boomers in the 1950s and 1960s came of age amidst widespread fears of a communist plot to take over America.
FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover worried that these boomers were vulnerable targets. ...

10 Time Management Tips for Baby Boomers

1) Make time to plan.  Use 30 minutes a day to plan how you are going to use your time.  If you don’t you will find yourself running around in circles wasting time.  I prefer to use 15 minutes in the morning to set my priorities for the day and 15 minutes at night to set my goals for tomorrow and beyond if needed. ......


What’s the image of baby boomers in today’s world?

My search for baby boomer clip art and photos to use in online ads and to accompany blog posts brought me, as these searches always do, to the clip art library of a very large, very well-known technology company.

Shortage of family doctors worries baby boomers

Every older person deserves a great family doctor. But family doctors are in short supply. In most developed countries with good health systems, 50 percent of the doctors are family physicians. In our country, it is 30 percent. We already have a shortage of about 9,000 primary care doctors. By 2025, it is anticipated that this will grow to 65,000....

Sex and The Baby Boomers

Baby boomers grew up enjoying the sexual revolution because the birth control pill was made available and enabled sexual freedom between the sexes.  A survey of 1,816 people were taken by the American Association of Retired People (AARP) to determine just how much this population still thinks about and engages in sex.


Under 60? Your Social Security Checks Will 
Be Smaller Than You Think

 About 38 million Americans now rely on Social Security benefits after they retire, and with growing numbers of baby boomers adding their names to the rolls of Social Security recipients, that number is only going to increase in the years to come. But if you're younger than 60, there's something you need to know about your Social Security benefits -- especially if you were counting on retiring at a certain age. Many people think of age 65 as the natural time to retire, with early retirees...

Question: How much do they tax ss retirement income?


"That depends on how much other income you have. When 1/2 of your SS income plus all of your other income (including tax exempt interest) is more than $25,000 (single) or $32,000 (Married Filing Jointly), then up to 85% of your SS benefit is taxable. The taxable part of your SS benefit is added to your other income and taxed at whatever your marginal tax rate is."


Inflation Is Killing My Retirement: How I'm Dealing With It.
George Schneider

By George Schneider:As eight thousand new baby boomers retire each day over the next 16 years, many are acting like deer in the headlights. They are frozen in fear, completely baffled in this ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) environment. Their parents had it easy, in comparison. For years, lowly passbook saving accounts yielded a regulated 5.25%. In those years, that didn't seem like much, but today's retirees would fall all over themselves, fighting to open such accounts, free toaster or no toaster! Yes, for those too young to remember, bankers fought for our business, offering us...


Why Health Care Costs So Much: Both Parties Suck at Teat of Medical-Industrial Complex
Wendell Potter

As one of an estimated 78 million baby boomers in this country, I was delighted to hear that Medicare's Hospital Trust Fund won't run out of money until 2030 -- 13 years later than projected in 2009, the year before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. While it's uncertain how much of that good news can be attributed to the health care law, some of the provisions aimed at slowing Medicare spending, such as requiring Medicare to reduce payments to hospitals with high readmission rates, are likely helping. But the Hospital Trust Fund accounts for only about half of total Med...



Wal-Mart's Supercenters Are Becoming A Major Problem
Hayley Peterson

Wal-Mart's supercenters are struggling as consumers increasingly choose convenience stores over one-stop shops. The retail giant's mega-stores suffered a .3% same-store sales decline in the second quarter compared to last year. During the same period, foot traffic for Wal-Mart's U.S. stores fell by 1.1%.  By comparison, Wal-Mart's smaller-format stores, or Neighborhood Markets, generated same-store sales growth of 5.6% and traffic increased by 4.1%. "I think convenience is where the consumers have been looking, [especially] if you look at the Baby Boomers," Wal-Mart CF...

Press Release: Baby Boomers the Fattest Age Group in the United States

Recent data from the Trust for America’s Health showed that the Baby Boom Generation is the most obese of any age group.  According to the study, Boomers topped 30% obesity in 41 states and 35% in 17 states. The generation that once defined youthfulness is now defining fatness. While Boomers may be living longer lives, it will be one that will have many major health issues, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
“The healthiest generation, baby boomers are unhealthier than their parents generation. While Baby Boomers are living longer these days, they may be living sicker.” says Dr. Lori. “Boomers attention to looks bypassed their attention to their weight leading to a generation that is living longer, but sicker.”


What aging audience means for the future of network television
By Michael Santoli
Baby Boomers and television came of age together and sustained one another through their prosperous prime. Will Boomers and TV as we know it die together, too? New analysis of television viewing trends shows the TV audience is aging much faster than previously believed, as Americans under the age of 50 turn away from network programming, even when DVR-captured delayed viewing is included. ...



Though New York benefits immensely from baby boomers’ contributions to the state both from an economic and societal standpoint it is in grave danger of losing this population to other parts of the country. AARP’s survey found that 60 percent of people 50 and older said they are “extremely” to “somewhat likely” to leave the state once they retire. “This is really troublesome, because [of] … how important those dollars are to the state’s economy and to the state’s future,”....


College Campus for Jewish Baby Boomers

John Jay College in New York City will be hosting a college-level continuing education program organized by the Jewish Association for Serving the Aging (JASA).
Every Sunday, older Jewish New Yorkers congregate to John Jay College to find a reliable source for social and intellectual engagement on the weekends. Sundays at JASA gives seniors a second chance at education while inviting them to re-experience the community-feel of attending college as they once did years ago. Organized by the Jewish Association for Serving the Aging (JASA), Sundays at JASA has recently emerged as a great option for seniors who are not only looking for activities on the weekends when most senior centers are closed, but are seeking a community of similarly motivated individuals looking for a one-of-a-kind, college-level continuing education program.....



Baby Boomer’s Guide: 5 Key Steps to Stamping Out Frumpiness
By Carol Streit

Nothing says, “I’m old” more than being frumpy. One of my goals in life is to s
tamp out frumpiness. (Is that even a word?) There is so much internal beauty inside of you. How about doing an upgrade on the outside?
You will feel better about yourself. You will have a new lease on life and the world will look a little brighter. Your relationship with your sweetie will improve and will rekindle the flame of passion.
Here are several things that you can do to stamp out frumpiness:....


How Baby Boomers Use The Internet

The stigma against older generations not spending their time online is a farce. Here are some statistics that might just make you shift your online fundraising efforts away from the younger generations and more toward the baby boomers:

Senior Drivers – 15 Warning Signs It’s Time To Hide Mom or Dad’s Keys

Increasingly, baby boomers are faced with the reality that their parents may now pose a risk behind the wheel of a car.
Discussing giving up the keys with a senior driver can be a difficult topic. To many of us, driving represents freedom, and is a privilege we are reluctant to relinquish.
The following additional resources will help the senior driver make an honest evaluation of his or her ability to stay behind the wheel. We have also listed resources to guide family members when they are forced to discuss giving up the keys with a loved one....

The Gray Divorce: Baby Boomers at 50 and Beyond
By BJ Mann 

Fifty years ago, only 2.8 percent of Americans older than 50 divorced. Today more than 17% of people over 50 are either divorced or separated. Like many trends, this particular one has been labeled as Gray Divorce. Some reasons are:
Many people over age 50 are in their second or third marriage, making them statistically more prone to divorce.

The emphasis on a healthy and active life style.
Increased life expectancy.
Increased work experience and greater independence.
The empty nest.
Medicines that promote intimacy for men and women.

For a comprehensive overview of the economic impact of divorce on people over age 50, refer to this article, NYSBA Journal: Gray Divorce and Remarriage.


Baby Boomer Love (A Guide to Finding New Love After 50)
Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne L. Holmes

As a Baby Boomer woman who has been twice married, currently for over 25 years, I have often said that should I ever become widowed, I cannot imagine that I would seek to marry again.
Now don’t misunderstand me: My husband and I enjoy a very happy and supportive union. (That’s why the statement above does not entertain the options of separation or divorce. ) But now that I am in my 60s, my attitude is that should something happen to change my current marital status, I have no interest in finding, ...


Baby Boomer Trends In New York A Sign Of The Times

New York City Baby Boomers make up 31% of that city’s population. In case you wondered about the exact numbers that is 2.6 million of them in a populatio
n of 8.4 million. Baby boomer trends indicate that they are cutting their spending to the bone and many of them are selling vacation homes and other non-essential luxuries....

Is ‘Live Long and Prosper’ an Oxymoron for Baby Boomers?

It’s not surprising that the comedic play You Can’t Take It With You is having a successful revival on Broadway right now. Sheer entertainment value aside, it happens to coincide with many baby boomers’ impending retirements. The play’s title refers to the characters’ obsessions with holding on to their money so tightly that it won’t leave their sight, even in death. It may seem extreme, but consider for a moment the opulent tombs of ancient Egyptians and Chinese royalty. Their pyramids and underground tombs were so extravagant that they were likely surrounded by more wealth in their afterlives than in their living years.


How to Prepare for Retirement on a Low Income

These tips can help to grow your nest egg – even with a low income.
By Emily Brandon

Saving for retirement is especially difficult when you are earning a small salary. However, there are a variety of ways you can begin building a nest egg, even if you are receiving small paychecks. Here are some strategies to invest for retirement with a low income...


 Boomers Seek Alternatives To Retirement Homes
Beth Baker

Award-winning journalist Beth Baker has seen the future, and it doesn’t look like a traditional retirement home.
In her new book, With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older, Baker charts baby boomers’ efforts to imagine new ways of banding together to help each other through old age....

more at: http://aginghorizons.com/2014/09/interview-boomers-seek-alternatives-to-retirement-homes/#sthash.X5gUo4G1.dpuf


Can I Continue Contributing To A Retirement Account During Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Contributing to a retirement account such as a 401 (k) during Chapter 13 bankruptcy continues to be a challenging topic in federal court.  There was a recent ruling by the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the 9th Circuit that ruled debtors cease voluntary contributions during their Chapter 13 repayment period.   Yet, it is possible you may still continue contributing depending on your state or jurisdiction.....

At what age does a boomer’s face “go commando?”

Cindy Baker is a Boomer who knows how old she is. Or to put it differently
, she knows how young she’s not. Writing from Bonham, Texas, Cindy addresses the problem a lot of us face: The Crow’s-Feet Chronicles, or as she puts it more simply, When The Face Goes Commando....

Surprising Facts about Baby Boomers - Including One that Could Save Your Life
by Brandpoint

Were you born from 1945 through 1965? If so, you’re part of the unique generation known as the baby boomers. Here are interesting facts about baby boomers in America. One of them could save your life.

1. Baby boomers are one of the largest generations in U.S. history.
The baby boomer generation, made up of a staggering 77 million Americans, is rivaled in size only by millennials - many of whom are the children of boomers. The millennial generation, born from 1980 through 1999, similarly includes approximately 77 million Americans.
2. Baby boomers support their children in and out of the nest.
More than a third of baby boomers have children younger than 18 living in their homes, and research from the National Endowment for Financial Education shows that 60 percent of boomers also provide some form of financial support to their adult children.
3. Baby boomers are living longer than previous generations.
Compared to previous generations, baby boomers are living longer and they are also more likely to remain independent and stay in their own homes as they age.
4. Many baby boomers are working longer.
Boomers plan to continue working once they are eligible for retirement, despite having the option to stop. In fact, only 11 percent of baby boomers plan to stop working entirely once they reach retirement age, according to a survey by AARP.
5. Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic among baby boomers.
People born from 1945 through 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C and account for more than three out of every four Americans living with the disease. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone born from 1945 to 1965 get a blood test for Hepatitis C.
Many baby boomers living with Hepatitis C don’t know how or when they got infected. Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver and, if left untreated, can lead to serious liver disease. In fact, Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer.
The CDC estimates that testing everyone born from 1945 to 1965 could identify 800,000 people unaware of their Hepatitis C infection, and over time, could save 120,000 lives. Testing baby boomers for Hepatitis C is important, because people with Hepatitis C often have no symptoms and can live with the disease for decades without feeling sick. All the while, liver damage may be silently occurring.
Fortunately, new treatments are available that can cure Hepatitis C. If you were born from 1945 through 1965, talk to your doctor about getting tested for Hepatitis C. It could save your life.



Babyboomers, we so do not have a legacy
by  Fr. Ernesto Obregon

We are currently enduring the worst Congress in American history and it’s packed full of Baby Boomers who are no better at compromising than a 3-year old on methamphetamines, and comprehend internet privacy and drone laws just as well. So the Baby Boomers inherited the most robust manufacturing force on the planet and then sold them off overseas to trim the fat off their balance sheets. And by “the fat” I mean our middle class.....


Linda Gray on Aging & Beauty
By Cindy Pearlman—

Gray gets upset when women complain about aging.  “I hear a lot of women say they feel old and their skin isn’t the same.  Blah, blah, blah,” she says.  “Women have 
forgotten how beautiful they are.  They were born beautiful.  I see the beauty at every age,” she says.
“Don’t look in the magazines and compare yourself to other people.  Don’t say, ‘I’m not as beautiful as so-and-so,” Gray says.  “So what if your body isn’t as perfect anymore?  We have to embrace who we are right in this moment.”....


The first baby boomers have seen a lot of change

It was 50 years ago that the first wave of baby boomers, those born in 1946, i.e. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and yours truly, turned 18 years of age. This summer we are celebrating our 50th high school class reunion.
The summer of 1964 witnessed the signing of the landmark Civil Rights ......


AGING WITH CARE | Set up a supportive network
By Marla Beck, Columnist

"On a multiple levels, we should look at ourselves, our local communities and the support systems available to us. We should examine our ability to be self-reliant; realistically gauge the supportive strength of friends and family, and the availability of in-home assistance; look at Seattle-area senior living providers; and assess our need to access government aid...."


The simple rule that keeps income flowing during retirement
IAN MCGUGAN/The Globe and Mail

To be sure, the 4-per-cent rule isn’t as fixed as the boiling point of water or the speed of sound, but it is based on a mountain of historical and statistical evidence that suggests the chance of you exhausting your portfolio rises sharply as your withdrawal rate exceeds this speed limit.
Despite its solid foundation, people detest the rule – and for good reason. ...



While the idea of retiring in your 80s may sound punishing, two trends may serve as saving graces.  As Americans live longer, many with the option are choosing not to retire until later in their careers.  And Americans are starting to take more ownership of their finances in preparation for retirement......




The Trouble with Titles: What to Call Us

“Baby Boomer doesn’t really describe what we are or what we do. It was a label thrust upon us before we were old enough to toddle. Did you know that boomers born after 1957 were sometimes called Generation Jones? This title also bridges over to the first few Generation X years. This is just further proof that generational titles are not always accurate. This is as confusing as the recent trend of interchanging Generation Y with Millennials.”



About 33 million senior citizens ages 65 and up have a driver’s license, according to the Centers for Disease Control. While people often assume that older drivers are less safe behind the wheel, the statistics show senior drivers are not always as dangerous as other age groups. ...


Baby Boomers - Great Time To Start Your Business

Baby Boomers weary of chasing after full time and part time jobs which never materialize might consider starting their own business. Fashion industry icon Amsale Aberra contends the time is good for that. Sure there are still obstacles such as a newly frugal B2B and B2C client/customer. But dealing with those challenges can beat applying to employers who don't want older workers.....



Enjoying Life as a Baby Boomer

Golfing IS fun

The great outdoors

After 40 years of working in a 8-5 job, it's time to start enjoying retirement! Golf is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors as well as get in some exercise...let's get off out couches Boomers! Get out an enjoy the sunshine of life. On the golf course, you can enjoy the company of friends and family. Teaching a spouse or a child to play golf is a wonderful way to share the goodness of life. And, you'll be surprised at the beauty of nature on many golf courses. Deer, turtles, hawks and eagles abound in many areas and most are not shy when it comes to visiting the fairways!



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Ballad of the 59-year-old boomer
Paul Turner The Spokesman-Review

If you really want to keep track of baby boomers (and who doesn’t?) the best way might be to check in with the “59-year-old.”
The 59-year-old was born in the exact middle of the 1946-1964 boomer birth range. Monitoring his activities might shine some light on how things are going for the inescapable generation...


Embracing the gray, wrinkled characters
By Jennifer Graham

Sylvester Stallone (center) stood between Randy Couture and Jason Statham on the set of “The Expendables 3.”

HORSES’ TEETH grow continuously, like humans’ nails or hair. Without dental care, an old horse can become like the cast of “The Expendables 3,” a bit “long in the tooth.”...


Check Our Your Boomer Brightness Quotient!

Here is a fun, thought-provoking and brain-twisting quiz. There are only nine questions and none of them have trick answers. But… believe me, they’ll have you thinking!


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Checking, saving, investing quiz for boomers
By Poonkulali Thangavelu • Bankrate.com

Banks have adapted to rapidly changing technology in today's digital age, which likely has had a significant impact on the way baby boomers, or people born between 1946 and 1964, manage their bank accounts.
And as baby boomers get closer to retirement, saving and investing to get an adequate return to supplement their income during retirement are likely to become top priorities.
If you're a boomer, take our quiz and find out how much you know about today's checking accounts, savings accounts and investing.

Read more: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/quiz-money-wise-baby-boomers.aspx#ixzz3BPfto8i0


What caused the 1943-1964 baby boom?
Jeff Acklin

Prior to the Baby Boom, there was a period of approximately 20 years in which having children would have been difficult due to the Great Depression and World War II. The Baby Boom reflected the sudden removal of economic and social pressures that kept people from starting families.[3] While austerity and restraint were the norms during the stress of the war years, after the war, couples reunited and returned to traditional roles. Returning (mostly male) soldiers re-entered the workforce; many women left wartime work to concentrate on child-bearing and child-rearing. Marriage became again a cultural and career norm for most women - and one result was babies. The boom continued in the economic glow of the fifties, but dampened its rate as the recession of 1958 sloughed into the following recovery. One theory about the end of the baby boom is that it petered out as the biological capacity ....



The simple rule that keeps income flowing during retirement
The Globe and Mail

When it comes to planning a secure retirement, people want The Answer.
Problem is, when they get it, they hate it.
The 4-per-cent rule is as close to a universal law as there is in financial planning. It says that retirees who don’t want to run out of money and are planning for 30 years of life after work should restrict themselves to withdrawing no more than an inflation-adjusted 4 per cent a year of their original portfolio.
To be sure, the 4-per-cent rule isn’t as fixed as the boiling point of water or the speed of sound, but it is based on a mountain of historical and statistical evidence that suggests the chance of you exhausting your portfolio rises sharply as your withdrawal rate exceeds this speed limit.....


Retired hubby syndrome:
Wives suffer stress and depression when men quit work (and it's worse each year)


  • Experts claim women with RHS suffer stress, depression and insomnia
  • Chances of developing syndrome increase a year after husbands retire
  • RHS affects women who worked as well as housewives
  • Study focused on Japan, but experts say syndrome is a global problem


The Divorce for Baby-Boomers Revolution And the Collaborative Divorce Law Revolution

“....Baby Boomers are part of two new revolutions: “The Gray Divorce Revolution[1]” and the “Collaborative Divorce Law Revolution.”  According to the researchers at Bowling Green State University, divorce rates of people over 50 are increasing, while the overall divorce rate is declining.  In 1990, only one out of ten divorcees was over the age of 50.  However, it was not until six years later on January 1, 1996, that the first of the Baby Boomers turned 50.  In 2010 the rate of divorces for people over the age of 50 became one out of four.  The rate has more than doubled....”



  • You took family vacations in a “station wagon”.
  • You wore a tie-dyed tee shirt to your high school graduation

  • You ever “bet your sweet bippy” and lost it!
  • You vote, you’ve always voted.
  • You believe medicare and social security will cover your retirement costs.
  • You know what a party line is.
  • You drove to school with a rifle rack full of rifles in your truck window.   (And nobody got shot!)
  • You knew “Elvis the Pelvis” had a brother named Enis.
  • You know all the words to the theme song of Gilligan’s Island & ....


Baby Boomers Refuse To Go Out With A Whimper

I think T.S. Eliot would be proud of Baby Boomers. After all, it is he who said in his poem...

 “The Hollow Men” that:
“This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

I think he would appreciate a generation that is working diligently to avoid the whimper and stay relevant.


Readers Write: Retirement gives you time for reflection
Nancy Evans-Gaddy

Your retirement day is the day an individual looks forward to after working all their lives, praying to God to help you make it through another day. That day finally arrives, and you're not sure to believe you are retired. It has to set in your mind that you don't have to get up early the next morning to report to your job as myself/a nurse. And now you pray that you will be able to enjoy the days that you have left on this earth.....


Enjoying retirement in a home suited for an active life

When it’s time to retire, do baby boomers just sit back and watch life pass them by? Not anymore. Boomers are known for getting involved in their communities, enjoying the outdoors and starting new – or restarting older – hobbies. They also love spending time with family.....



It’s time to ditch the tie-dies and get into some age-appropriate clothes.
Here’s a place to start.....

When "They" Told Baby Boomers We Couldn't Have Our Own Style

The September issue of Vanity Fair is all about style. And, that's exactly what clients want from us in the communications arts: Style. Even here in the desert, Tucson, Arizona, people cultivate style in their attire. Those images range from cowboy to braless casual.

Yet, so many of us Baby Boomers were hammered about not developing our unique style, especially not in attire. There was the school uniform for those of us who attended faith-based institutions. My bolder classmates attempted to introduce variations on that theme. Forget it. Conformity was everything.
 In exposition, from high school English classes through Freshman Composition in college, there was The Way. It took years for me to break out and figure out that I needed to differentiate myself in the professional marketplace from other writers......

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Baby Boomers: Five Reasons They Are Our Worst Generation
Ten thousand are retiring every day. Good riddance.

Wow, so it looks like we have a budget deal in Washington. A debt ceiling and spending crisis has been averted. It’s good news. But let’s all calm down. It’s only temporary. The agreement does not address the long-term fiscal problems we have. Problems that were mostly created by none other than the “baby boomer” generation. Yeah, you know who you are....


Here's How America's Old People Are Keeping Wage Inflation Down

Aging Baby Boomers may be keeping a lid on wage inflation. They are currently 50-66 years old. Since the previous peak in employment during November 2007, employment has been little changed, yet workers who are 55 years old or older grabbed 5.6 million of the jobs. That means that all the younger workers lost about as many jobs.
Of course, what really happened is that simply by keeping their jobs during the Great Recession, Baby Boomers “aged out” of the stats for the younger workers....



The Complicated Sex Life of Baby Boomers

There are 80 million baby boomers out there, who have no plans to experience their senior years the way their parents did. Much like their rebellion in the 60’s and 70’s, this experimental bunch intends to be the most sexually fulfilled 50 and 60 year-olds ever......

Read more...http://counselingwithcaroline.com/the-complicated-sex-life-of-baby-boomers/



Creating Livable Cities for Aging Baby Boomers
by WES HARDIN on AUGUST 14, 2014

What makes a community livable? That’s a question that’s quickly changing shape as baby boomers — now in their 50s and 60s — grow older....

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Foods That Prevent Diseases

Herbs and spices can be our friends. Check out how this list can prevent problems to our overall health....



Marketing: Baby Boomers still hold spending sway

Restaurants that court Millennials at the expense of older consumers might learn the hard way that, sometimes, it can be hip to be square.

Sure, it’s smart to maximize your restaurant’s appeal to Millennials. Eighty million strong, the age 18-35 cohort is a huge part of the restaurant industry’s customer base. But don’t do so at the expense of Baby Boomers. Even though members of this older generation have been reaching retirement age at the rate of 8,000 per day since 2011, they’re turning out to be a demographic that, from a restaurant-going perspective, has legs....

Read more...http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/marketing-baby-boomers-still-hold-spending-sway


Mass Exodus from New York City

Why Baby Boomers Could Cost New York City $53 Billion, According to a New Study

We all know baby boomers represent one of the biggest portions of the population, with tens upon tens of millions of them around. They’re also heading for a pretty big mass retirement really soon, which will put a lot of stress on the economy. However, one unexpected outcome of the Boomers’ mass retirement is how it’ll affect individual cities. Nobody thinks New York City is a down-and-out town hard on its luck and scrabbling for every dollar, but they’re facing the prospect of losing billions and billions of dollars once boomers retire. How? Let’s take a look....



Robin Williams’ death highlights sharp rise in suicides among baby boomers
By Jackie Farwell

Robin Williams’ death from an apparent suicide has the nation talking about a public health problem we often avoid.

Suicide now claims more American lives each year than car crashes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 100 people die from suicide every day in the U.S.....

Baby boomers are choosing Retirement Housing on their own terms. Selective or Selfish?

Have you ever wonder about what kind of homes boomers expect to live in during retirement? A 2014 survey has surprises about where and how they’ll live.
Highlights from the online survey of 1,000 U.S. adults ages 49 to 67 conducted in February 2014, by Wakefield Research:



Our baby boomer quandary: keep living in large house, or downsize?
Like I've blogged about before, my wife and I -- both 65 years old --  are having trouble figuring out what we want to do when we grow up.
More precisely, where we want to live.
Do we keep on living in our beautiful, large, non-easy care, early 1970's house on ten acres in rural south Salem, or do we join the downsizing crowd and move to a smaller home in the city?....


The Marketing Corner: Social Media Generational Update—Boomers
By Adele Lassere

Baby boomers. They were once the most coveted target audience for marketers in the not so distant past.
Today, even the youngest of the boomers have turned 50. This is the most talkative of all groups, especially when it comes to family, shopping, and promotional giveaways......



The housing crash and the retirement prospects of late baby boomers
The collapse of US housing market means vast majority of late baby boomers will retire with little wealth

Traditionally, Americans envisioned workers’ income in retirement as a three-legged stool involving Social Security, a defined benefit pension and personal savings. In the last two decades, the share of the workforce with defined benefit pensions has fallen sharply so that this no longer is a substantial component of retirement income for most workers. Unfortunately, defined contribution and other personal savings have not come close to making up for this loss. The one asset that most middle income families brought to retirement was their home, which in most cases was largely or completely paid off. Unfortunately, due to the rise and collapse of the housing bubble, this may no longer be the case.....


Grumpy old Boomers are a big drag on America's economic mood

People have always turned grouchier as they grow older, as regrets overtake aspirations and the “old days” look ever better from a distance.
Yet as American Baby Boomers turn gray, they are even more bummed out about the state of the economy and the prospects for the country than earlier generations were as they reached senior status. 
“I calculated the average spread between the consumer confidence reading for 55-and-overs and under-35s in separate economic-recovery periods. From 2003 to 2007 – a similarly slow-paced economic expansion to the current one – consumer confidence of the oldest Americans was, on average, 16.5 points lower than among the youngest. Since 2010, with Baby Boomers now dominating the over-55 cohort, the spread nearly doubled to 30.8. ...”



Why Being Nostalgic Can Make You Happier
By Julie Georges

Just listening to Hotel California, watching Jaws, or seeing an old episode of The Brady Bunch on TV can make me nostalgic for the 70′s. 
In fact, thinking about all the cheesy stuff that made that decade unique – bell bottom jeans, mood rings, earth shoes, the Hustle line dance, shag carpets, and ding-dongs – can still make me smile. Makes me pine a bit for the days when guys at school called me foxy....



Baby Boomers Growing Up!

“What would you feel like if at least once a week someone told you to crawl under your desk and close your eyes?  The threat of Nuclear warfare was first and foremost on our minds.  Throw in the threat of tornado's without any hint of a shelter and you might understand that it was possible to suffer from analysis paralysis. Or not, in some cases, I am sure we were the cause of the stress.”

On Facebook, there was a short Power Point presentation about how good it was to grow up as one of the baby boomer generation.  Here are some of the challenges that we over came as we grew up:Baby Boomers Growing Up!
On Facebook, there was a short Power Point presentation about how good it was to grow up as one of the baby boomer generation.  Here are some of the challenges that we over came as we grew up:


When age catches up to baby boomer lifestyle
Let’s face it: we’re getting older. We eschew terms like “seniors” (except when it comes to senior discounts!) but the fact is, one of these days, we’re going to have to make changes if we want to maintain the lifestyles we love. That’s what Examiner.com’s baby boomer expert Paul Briand writes about in his story about a study that says, Baby Boomers aren’t taking steps to live independently.
Baby Boomers say, We want to live independently as we age, but a new study suggests we aren’t preparing our homes to do so.....

Baby Boomers Growing Up!

“What would you feel like if at least once a week someone told you to crawl under your desk and close your eyes?  The threat of Nuclear warfare was first and foremost on our minds.  Throw in the threat of tornado's without any hint of a shelter and you might understand that it was possible to suffer from analysis paralysis. Or not, in some cases, I am sure we were the cause of the stress.”

On Facebook, there was a short Power Point presentation about how good it was to grow up as one of the baby boomer generation.  Here are some of the challenges that we over came as we grew up:Baby Boomers Growing Up!
On Facebook, there was a short Power Point presentation about how good it was to grow up as one of the baby boomer generation.  Here are some of the challenges that we over came as we grew up:


4 Financial Lessons I've Learned Since Retiring Early

It takes a lot of planning to retire early. However, the financial challenges don’t end as soon as you retire. I managed to save and invest enough by age 33 to retire early, but I’m still learning how to handle my new lifestyle and finances a year into my retirement. Here are the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far.

1. Ignore Your Investments (Sometimes)
Today it’s easier than ever to get real time updates on yourentire investment portfolio, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Between streaming quotes, emailed news alerts, portfolio tracking services at Yahoo Finance and Google, and multiple business channels like Bloomberg and CNBC, there really is information overload in the financial world.
If you find yourself sucking in business news channels constantly and checking on your portfolio many times per day, the information overload can cause you to make emotional financial decisions ....


Cosmetic surgery procedures continue to gain favor among baby boomers
Jim Kershner /The Spokesman-Review

We baby boomers have made it clear that we wish to live forever.
The universe stubbornly refuses to grant our demand, possibly because the universe fears this would set a bad precedent and lead to overcrowding, or possibly because even the universe is sick of us hanging around and hogging everything. In any case, we have not been granted our mortality waiver.
So now, millions of us have simply demanded the next closest thing: We wish to look young forever.
This time, modern medicine has stepped up and granted our wish, ......



Baby Boomers: Here’s How Digital Health Tools Can Save You Money – And Save Your Life
By Beth Seidenberg

The digital health revolution could not be arriving at a better time. The U.S. population is getting older, sicker, fatter and more sedentary. As the population ages, and the number of people with serious chronic conditions grows, the financial strains on the economy mount. These are mammoth issues, which defy easy solution.
That said, there are promising new digital health tools that provide cost-effective options for monitoring patients and promoting better health habits. The most successful devices in this market to date play on the “quantified self” trend, tracking how many hours we sleep and...

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Early life shapes aging brains
Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age

Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center and the University of Victoria, Canada, has found.

"Declining cognitive function in older adults is a major personal and public health concern," said Bruce Reed professor of neurology and associate director of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center.

"But not all people lose cognitive function, and understanding the remarkable variability in cognitive trajectories as people age is of critical importance for prevention, treatment and planning to promote successful cognitive aging and minimize problems associated with cognitive decline.".....


Are Adults Really Tech-Challenged?
By Steve Tobak/ValleyBeat

“If you are no longer a child, you are already past your peak of technological understanding, and heading for the digital scrapheap.” 
That's according to a recent Wall Street Journal article about age and technology. 
It’s Silicon Valley’s dirty little secret and the premature nail in the career coffins of a generation of baby boomers. And it’s quickly becoming common doctrine: If you’re older than 30, you’re over the hill because 6-year-olds know technology better than you do.
If you can’t simultaneously download and configure an app, watch a YouTube video, play a game and text, it’s the modern day equivalent of not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time. You are just plain digitally handicapped.....


Are Baby Boomers Exercising for the Right Reasons?
by Andrew Brandt

Baby boomers were the first American generation to wholly embrace regular exercise, and as reported in a recently published study in the International Journal of Wellbeing, they're still at it today.
But according to James Gavin, a professor at Concordia University in Montreal and the head researcher in the study, the boomers aren't necessarily exercising because they enjoy it, but rather because they feel they have to......

Aging drivers can keep driving skills sharp with tips

As we age, we expect our bodies and minds to change. But did you know those changes can affect our ability to drive? Stephen Ryner, district coordinator of the AARP driving safety classes at Brunswick, understands those changes, and he knows it doesn't mean seniors necessarily have to shift into "park."....

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Money: When It Comes To Cohabiting, Baby Boomers Are Now Leading The Trend
Buck Wargo, Senior Editor,/ CS magazine 
Who needs marriage? It seems to be, the pervasive trend among baby boomers is choosing to live together instead of saying the "I Dos."
It's only fitting that baby boomers are leading the way when it comes to shacking up among older Americans. It's fitting because the group born between 1946 and 1964 are the first generation to cohabitate -- as the researchers like to call it -- in large numbers.....

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Why Boomers Matter
By Karen Nielsen

Several times a year, Patrick Simmons, director of strategic planning at Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group, and his team have the opportunity to deep dive into housing trend topics.
His most recent Housing Insights on Baby Boomer housing consumption drew national media attention for its far-reaching implications. The reason: Boomers occupy about 32 million single-family detached housing units or one-quarter of the nation’s occupied ....

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Retirees get creative to eat cheap at restaurants
Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY2

Retirees over the age of 65 bought an average of 193 meals each at restaurants last year up from 171 in 2009, according to the latest data from the NPD Group, a market research firm that tracks eating trends. That's slightly less than adults over age 18 who bought an average of 203 meals at restaurants last year, down from 222 meals in 2009.
There are creative ways to eat out frequently without busting the budget. Nelson Cooney 76, of Bethesda, Md., and his wife, Joan, 78, have dinner out two to three times a week, so he searches for discounts on LivingSocial and Groupon, and they sometimes go to happy hours at restaurants where the wine is less expensive and the bar food can serve as their dinner.....

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Female baby boomers with asthma? You may need help

"The risk for women of developing asthma is not affected by menopause, but, in women with preexisting asthma, menopause tends to increase the number of their attacks.”

Women over the age of 65 face numerous barriers to good health: an increased risk for obesity, greater struggles against poverty and higher rates of asthma with worse health outcomes. An article published in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), outlines the challenges faced by older women in treating asthma, and offers practical solutions to improve their care.

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