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We are Goldenboomers. Classic Baby Boomers. We are ready to reinvent ourselves with STYLE, VERVE and PIZZAZZ.
Through global sharing we can find answers to many questions that challenge us. We are a non-political, cross-cultural, socially responsible location where we can stir our ideas around and create new positive outcomes from many cultural inputs.
Words of wisdom from a 64 year old athlete at the top of her form who is about to complete a 112 mile swim from Cuba to the Keys. I have written about her before, she is an excellent role model for goldenboomers, but anything I say won’t come close to what she says here….
In the interests of how we evolve, I also wanted to point out that I have been challenged (thanks JM) to consider www.goldenboomers.com. Not only why I am doing this, but what I want to get out of goldenboomers and what I am willing to put into it. The why is easy, as I have been involved in socially active efforts which in some way benefit others since I was a young lad in Germany. I have always thought that we could be a catalyst for change while we try to remain as neutral as possible and do not have a political agenda.
The second part is a bit harder. Of course I want to earn money doing this. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on domain names, website design and computer equipment in 14 years. Read More
I had a chance to watch a moving documentary that examines loss, love, family and rejection that seniors feel as they travel on that emotional and financial roller coaster that they are on as they age. Afraid to go to senior care communities (I think many of us share that sentiment!) they survive within small groups, supporting each other as best they can. Loss is seen by rejection and loneliness they feel as they discover family members who don’t want to take part in their lives. We can feel the love they share with each other as they laugh, cry and care for each other. The audience can feel the pathos of the subjects. I heard more than a few sniffs from tears as they shared the feelings of these people. Read More
Who’s buying “Young“Cars? Seniors
Sometimes the auto market just gets stood on its head. What were designed for the 20-30 year demographic is also turning heads among the Goldenboomers. Now some automobile manufacturers are planning (and implementing) a two pronged marketing strategy, to include both demographics. According to this New York Times article “42% of subcompact buyers this year (that is January through May) were close to retirement age.” Read More
Baby Boomers’ Second Act
It is funny; I started out with a defined path to take by referring to an article in the New York Times and then pivoted to this article. I will refer to “A House Sealed for Freshness” tomorrow.
Apparently baby boomers are more apt to keep living in their homes as they age. While that is great for the communities where these homes are, it is creating some apprehension in the boardrooms of retirement communities. After all retirement communities offer so much that is vital to the individual retiree: activities, socialization, exercise and of course housing. Top it off with access to shops, beauty salons, art studios and gardens.
But goldenboomers want to maintain their independence. Forget about living with “old “people. They want to go off and be free. What many don’t understand is that in fact, they can do just that from within their new homes.
Many will be able to sell their homes and move to other locations where their dollar will go further. Others will downsize (creating a new market for designers and builders) into “right-sized” homes. One thing is for certain, it will be hard to pin down the goldenboomers.
For a look at how trends will impact shift our lives as we age take a look at this article from the New York Times…
I was going to write about a community in India that has come up with a novel idea to feed its people. Members pay into a collective community kitchen and then the meals are distributed from the kitchen to the households. All the cooking is done by employed chefs in commercial kitchens. We’ve seen this concept (slightly different) within the co-housing communities. There everyone is obligated to work around the community for “x” hours per month, some of those hours potentially taking place within the community dining hall)
This however is different. It is much more cost effective to feed many people than to feed a few, as within a private kitchen. Additionally refrigeration may be spotty at best.
But how does that translate to our experience in the United States? This isn’t “Meals-on-wheels” but a different level. Could we implement that? Would it make sense? Is it cost effective?
I would link you to that video at www.nextworldtv.com but we aren’t allowed to see that video. You see it is from Al Jazeera (the Arabic version of CNN) and for some reason it is blocked in this country.
Here is the available information, however.
I just get a kick out of what some seniors are doing. These could be our mothers and fathers and they are really showing us how to “retire” with grace and courage…sprinkled with a lot of good old fashioned work!
Now I ride a bike to work every day. The trip into work is 9.6 km (6 miles) and it takes me 35 minutes to ride door to door on fairly level ground.
Along comes 92 year old Houston resident, Carol Collins, who does the bicycle 10K in 38:08. Really? In other words, she a bit more than I do in just a tad bit more time….Suddenly I feel embarrassed! I think I need to get on the ball and start practicing some more.