Thursday, April 4, 2019

WELLBEING IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE FOR AGING BABY BOOMERS

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BLOG #79
WELLBEING IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE FOR AGING BABY BOOMERS

Most Baby Boomers have heard the term 'wellbeing.' What does it mean? Broadly defined, wellbeing is the ability to live a productive, fulfilling life - regardless of health status.

How do boomers maximize wellbeing? Mostly by making healthy lifestyle choices. We know this. And, we also know it is not easy to resist temptations to indulge in one or more unhealthy behaviors.

Ordinarily, it takes something serious to finally change unhealthy lifestyle choices. For example, it's common knowledge that smoking is harmful. Yet, some boomers still choose to smoke ... until a health scare panics us to finally quit. This type of scare is referred to as 'salience', i.e. We are more motivated to make radical changes when health warnings have personal meaning.

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Baby Boomers take a major step toward wellbeing by assuming responsibility for our health. An essential part of this process is becoming informed, activated health consumers.

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Boomers Become Activated Consumers ...

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

DO AGING BABY BOOMERS FOLLOW HEALTH ADVICE?

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BLOG #78
DO AGING BABY BOOMERS FOLLOW HEALTH ADVICE?

Doesn't it seem impossible to count the times, throughout our long lives, that Baby Boomers have been advised to eat nutritious foods, stay active, regulate stress, get adequate sleep, be drug-free, curb alcohol use, avoid negative relationships ... yada, yada, yada ...

Typically, boomers (and everyone else) take the constant flow of advice seriously only when repercussions of unhealthy choices spoil life-satisfaction and threaten wellbeing. Then, we make pledges of good behavior. Doesn't it also seem impossible to count the times pledges get broken?

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A flippant phrase gains relevance for Baby Boomers when we assess our current health status: 'If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.'

A trite, but true response: 'It is never too late to begin!'

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Wellbeing Is A Lifestyle Choice ...

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

HEALTH IS AGING BABY BOOMERS MOST IMPORTANT ASSET

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BLOG #77
HEALTH IS BABY BOOMERS MOST IMPORTANT ASSET

The older Baby Boomers get, the more we value excellent health and rank it as life's most important asset.

Most boomers sorrowfully watched as our parents went from healthy, fit, and independent to ill, frail, and dependent. One byproduct of this sorrow was a sort of mass delusion that tricked us into thinking our journey into old age would be different. After all, we're The Baby Boomers, i.e. forever young and essentially invincible.

Current reality has obliterated delusions and subsequent tricks and has made us profoundly aware of life's fragility. Every birthday confirms we are not at all young or invincible. Either we are personally suffering with age-related medical ailments or witnessing contemporaries suffering.

Healthy boomers can't help but wonder when our health will decline. Will it be sooner rather than later?

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Some Baby Boomers play this morbid guessing game: Should we worry more about mental decline or physical decline?
Let's choose neither!

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Health Advice To Boomers ...

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

SUITABLE PLACES FOR AILING BABY BOOMERS TO LIVE

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BLOG #76
SUITABLE PLACES FOR AILING BABY BOOMERS TO LIVE

Needless to say, Baby Boomers with serious medical ailments have limited choices in places to live. Accommodations must be equipped to provide treatment and specialized care. Thus, there are only two feasible options.

One option for ailing boomers is to stay at home with the help of family members and/or hired caregivers.
The other option is moving to assisted-living facilities that are staffed with health-care professionals.

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As with everything else, finances determine options for ailing Baby Boomers. One of life's perpetual realities: The more money we are able to spend, the higher the quality of care we receive.

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Health Is Boomers Most Important Asset ...

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO OVER-55 COMMUNITIES?

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BLOG #75
SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO OVER-55 COMMUNITIES?

Is an Over-55 Community the 'perfect place' for retired Baby Boomers to live?

These communities vary in size, from dozens to hundreds of residents. A well-known one in Florida has a population of thousands. All offer group activities and other opportunities to socialize with fellow boomers. Many provide access to health services; some provide medical care.

A huge plus is facilities, amenities, and services are geared to our generation. Of course, the more money we are able to spend, the more luxurious the accommodations and features.

A huge negative, according to disgruntled boomers, is the extensive range of rules, Rules, and RULES!

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Apparently, Over-55 Communities are largely inhabited by married Baby Boomers, which may dissuade singles from moving in. Then again, marital status changes as we get older.
The grim reality is many marrieds, sooner or later, become widowed singles. On the other hand, quite a few singles meet new mates and become one of the marrieds.

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Suitable Places For Ailing Boomers To Live ...

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO RURAL LOCATIONS?

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BLOG #74
SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO RURAL LOCATIONS?

Should retired Baby Boomers live in rural locations? Yes, if we want a slower-paced lifestyle in a low-key environment.

A huge plus is that costs-of-living are typically lower than most cities. Housing is comparatively affordable for retirees who rely on limited fixed incomes.

But ... a huge negative is potential loneliness. Rural homes tend to be somewhat secluded and isolated. Will it be too much seclusion and isolation?

And ... are boomers willing to cope with scarce or non-existent public transportation? To get basic essentials, medical care, et al., we must own a car and be able to drive it - no matter the weather conditions, e.g. heavy snow, bitter cold. Otherwise, we are dependent on others for transportation.

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So, where should Baby Boomers live as we journey into old age?
Some of us are choosing small cities or suburban areas as compromises between urban and rural living. These locations are fairly serene and relatively affordable, yet provide adequate access to necessities, entertainment, and activities.

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Boomers Move To Over-55 Communities ...

Thursday, February 21, 2019

SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO BIG CITIES?

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BLOG #73
SHOULD AGING BABY BOOMER RETIREES MOVE TO BIG CITIES?

Retired Baby Boomers are searching for the 'perfect place' to live as we journey into old age.

Should boomers move to big cities? Yes, if we want an action-packed environment and appreciate countless entertainment and dining options.

A huge plus for boomers who do not own cars or drive is that nearly every food we crave and item we need is reached by walking or public transportation. Nearby stores provide (mostly) prompt front-door deliveries of groceries, medications, laundry, et cetera.

But ... are retirees able to afford city-life? A huge negative is the expense, especially housing costs. Homes in desirable neighborhoods are absurdly over-priced and unaffordable for retirees who rely on limited fixed incomes.

And ... are we willing to cope with crowded streets crammed full of nonstop traffic, phone-zombie pedestrians, and reckless bike riders, accompanied by constant noise?

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Disturbing reality hits when older Baby Boomers notice we've slowed down a step-or-two. We are no longer nimble enough, speedy enough, or attentive enough to always keep up with the fast-pace of city living. Disturbing indeed!

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Boomers Move To Rural Locations ...

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