Wednesday, September 25, 2013



And let me tell you, the “end” ‘ain’t-what-it-used-to-be!’  Life expectancy just 50 years ago was around 67 to 74.  Some statistics claim that thousands of days of life can be gained just by living above poverty, keeping fit and healthy, being socially active and having, (at the very least), a high school education.  These areas are exactly where Boomers have a head start and can reap the benefits of living well beyond 100 years.

Born between 1946 and 1964, the “Baby Boomer” generation is associated with rebellion and trail blazing; forging the way in areas such as education, health and fitness, recreation and travel.  These mischief makers who transformed youth culture are changing the aging paradigm and the way Western culture views people 50+, which is just wonderful!

New discoveries are being made every day in science, medicine and technology.  Boomers can look forward to continuing education for those who seek it because advances in science are providing assurance that the brain will continue to function throughout their lifetime.  Additionally, they’ll have access to a lifetime of knowledge, accessible through their “Personal Retrieval System.”*

Here’s my advice to Boomers and Beyond:  there’s no point in beating around the bush – acknowledge your fears about aging and go out there and research what you’re afraid of.  There’s no excuse today to say, “Oh, I didn’t know about this or that.”  Go to your local library or jump on the Internet and start researching.  Talk to people.  Go to a “Meet Up” group or start one of your own.  Ask questions.  Look at both sides of each issue that concerns you.  Then do something about it.  If you have to change a habit that doesn’t work for you anymore – change it!

There’s a wonderful commercial where two friends are discussing smart phones.  One of the women needs to purchase a new phone but doesn’t want to have to learn how to operate it.  Her friend confronts her reluctance, pointing out that, ‘You learned how to operate your old phone.  Don’t you think you can learn how to operate the new one?’ 

I say:  YES, YOU CAN! 

To those who fear learning a new operating system – face your software fear and tell it:  HOGWASH! 

Learn something new.  Who knows – maybe you’ll even like what you learn!

Get the facts, read my book, Aging Gracefully with Dignity, Integrity and Spunk Intact: Aging Defiantly, and start thinking more positively.  Pair my book with Jennifer Hoffman’s 30 Days to Everyday Miracles.