A Speed Reading Tip For Baby Boomers

It is no secret that baby boomers are growing older. Many of them are now seniors or soon will become seniors. These baby boomers are looking for ways to maintain their mental health as they grow older. In this article, I will describe how speed reading can help them accomplish this goal and much, much more.

If you are interested in staying mentally fit as you grow older, then you need to read the Baltimore and Seattle Longitudinal Study On Aging. Let me share with you some of the important information contained within these studies. The individuals in these studies were all octogenarians, seniors aged 80 years or older. What was revealed by these studies is quite important for anyone wanting to stay mentally fit as they age.

The study found that individuals who continued to read maintained a higher level of mental acuity than their coach potato friends. It appears that the brain works a lot like a muscle. At least in the sense that it is a use it or lose it part of our body. People who continue to read, and learn new things as they grow older are less like to exhibit many of the problems associated with aging. These individuals had a lower incidence of dementia, and Alzheimer’s then those who sit in a chair and watched television. Let me explain why this happened.

It is believed that the extra stimulation that came from reading and learning helped their aging brains to form new connections. Although you are continually losing brain cells as you age, you can offset the effects of this loss by creating new connections. That was precisely what reading was doing for these octogenarians. And it gets even better.

Apparently, starting to read at this age also helped to keep the brain’s functionally longer and better. This is good news for people who haven’t pushed themselves to using their brains for many years. Some of the effects were reversible. Simply starting a vigorous program that included reading helped to keep their brain’s functioning at a much higher level than seniors who simply sat and did nothing.

While reading appeared to be one of the main ways for keeping the brain young, it was also discovered that some card games also helped. Games like Pinochle and Bridge were found to help preserve mental acuity as well. The researchers believed that the memory needed to effectively play these games helped to stimulate the brain and kept it functioning at a higher level.

If you are a baby boomer, or are friends with a baby boomer, you will want to share the information contained within this article. Knowing that something as simple as reading a book, or playing card games that utilize memory can help keep the brain functioning as you age, can be a true life savior for those who want to live life to its fullest as they grow older.

Baby boomers often unaware they need hepatitis C screening – Reuters

In a survey of 81 emergency room patients born during the “baby boom” from 1945 to 1965, only 29 percent of participants knew their risk for the virus was higher than for people born in earlier or later generations, the study found.

“Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than those groups born before or after this period,” said senior study author Dr. Ellie Carmody, an infectious disease researcher at New York University School of Medicine.

Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from an infected person enters the body of someone who isn’t infected. These days, most people infected with the virus get it from sharing needles or equipment to inject drugs, but it can also be transmitted during sex, and until a test for it was developed in the early 1990s, people could acquire hepatitis C through blood transfusions.

“Because hepatitis C does not cause symptoms until many years after the original infection, baby boomers may have been infected decades ago and be unaware of their infection,” Carmody added by email. “The longer people live with chronic hepatitis C, the more likely they are to develop complications.”

To see how well baby boomers understand the virus, Carmody and colleagues asked a sampling of patients treated at one New York Hospital to complete brief surveys quizzing them about the virus.

Most people surveyed knew hepatitis C could lead to liver failure or cancer and be transmitted during sex or from blood transfusions. But most of them also incorrectly assumed the virus could be spread by kissing or shaking hands.

Only 17 percent correctly noted that there’s no vaccine that can prevent people from getting the virus, researchers report in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Just 51 percent of respondents knew that hepatitis C can be cured, even though 77 percent correctly said new medicines have become available in recent years that make the virus easier to treat.

Beyond its small size, another limitation of the study is that not all patients answered every question on the survey, the authors note. In addition, more than half were not born in the U.S. and 69 percent had a high school diploma level of education or less, so the sample may not represent the wider population of baby boomers.

Nevertheless, emergency departments have become an important setting for early detection of infectious diseases and could be a good place for hepatitis screening, the authors write.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C at least once as part of their standard medical care.

Testing is the only way to detect hepatitis C in many people who have the virus but don’t feel sick, said Dr. Alexander Millman, a medical epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis.

“Hepatitis C infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver, liver cancer, or death,” Millman, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

“Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States,” Millman added.

SOURCE: bit.ly/207HUKf The Journal of Emergency Medicine, online March 4, 2016.

A Baby Boomer’s Thoughts on Turning 60

When my first Australian Government superannuation payment arrived, I commented to my daughter that it wasn’t all that bad being ‘middle-aged’. She laughed and said, ‘Dad, you’re not middle aged … nobody lives ’til 118!’

She was right. We laughed and I remembered that I’m actually somewhere near, or in, the Eighth Age of Erik Erikson’s ‘Eight Ages of Man’. Noted German psychologist Erikson said in the Eighth Age – Late Adulthood:

… as older adults we can often look back on our lives with happiness and are content, feeling fulfilled with a deep sense that life has meaning and we’ve made a contribution to life, a feeling Erikson calls integrity. Our strength comes from a wisdom that the world is very large and we now have a detached concern for the whole of life, accepting death as the completion of life.

Well Erik, I have news for you … I’m not ready to go yet. I have far too much unfinished business. That’s right, as I’ve lived I’ve discovered that there is more to life than paying your mortgage payments, educating your kids and working for someone you don’t necessarily like, doing an unfulfilling job. There’s a whole world out there to discover and now I have the time and resources to discover it. To me, 60 is just a number … like 20, 35, 80. Who cares about what number you are? It’s what lies within that matters. While people talk of ‘not feeling 60’, we have no idea about what it ‘feels’ like to be a number any more than we know what it feels like to be dead. I feel as good now as ever. Better in fact. I’ve resolved some of life’s challenges and unravelled a few mysteries, I’ve got a long line of successes, a healthy bank balance, and some very close, life-long friends including my wife. My life is more wonderful today than it has ever been because I’m free; free from worries, from narcissism (I don’t care that I don’t look like Tom Cruise), I don’t give a rat’s bootlace what others think, or feel insecure and concerned that I might die and leave young children.

Today I have few regrets and don’t mind having a touch of arthritis in my fingers and legs, or that my hair is greying and thinning and that it takes me a little longer to do things. These are a small price to pay. I still play squash and go to the gymnasium … I enjoy every day and make the most of it. As some wise person said, ‘It’s not the years in your life that matter, it’s the life in your years’.

Every day I live with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the wonderful life I’ve had. Every new day is a bonus. If I die this afternoon, I’ll still have had a wonderful life.

If you’re turning 60 soon, remember Richter’s words that, … life becomes more bright the longer we live and the reason of everything appears more clear; what has puzzled us before seems less mysterious and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.

Copyright Robin Henry 2007 | Published March 2007

Tourism jobs in Parksville Qualicum Beach aimed at baby boomers – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

The Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association held its AGM at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station on March 31. The 2016-2017 board of directors: Back Row: Kim Burden (Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce), ex-officio director; Noel Hayward (Qualicum Beach Inn/Quality Foods), director; Angela Hinz (Shorewater Resort/Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce), director; Rob Hill (Oceanside Village Resort), treasurer; Patrick Jiggins (Paradise Sea Shell Motel/Arrowsmith Golf), director; Bill Luchtmeijer (Town of Qualicum Beach), council liaison; and Paul Drummond (Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre), director. Front Row: Sandy Herle (Close to You), chair; Mary Beil (City of Parksville) council liaison; Beth Ross (bDigital/Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce), director; and Arthur Wong (Beach Club Resort) vice-chair. - LAUREN COLLINS PHOTO

The Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association held its AGM at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station on March 31. The 2016-2017 board of directors: Back Row: Kim Burden (Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce), ex-officio director; Noel Hayward (Qualicum Beach Inn/Quality Foods), director; Angela Hinz (Shorewater Resort/Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce), director; Rob Hill (Oceanside Village Resort), treasurer; Patrick Jiggins (Paradise Sea Shell Motel/Arrowsmith Golf), director; Bill Luchtmeijer (Town of Qualicum Beach), council liaison; and Paul Drummond (Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre), director. Front Row: Sandy Herle (Close to You), chair; Mary Beil (City of Parksville) council liaison; Beth Ross (bDigital/Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce), director; and Arthur Wong (Beach Club Resort) vice-chair.

— image credit: LAUREN COLLINS PHOTO

The Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association is hoping to incorporate more baby boomers into the local tourism workforce.

On March 31, the association held a workshop on hiring and retaining baby boomers for tourism business employers.

The tourism association’s executive director Blain Sepos said, although the turnout was less than what they’d hoped for, it won’t stop them from offering the workshop again.

Sepos added that employers who did attend got “some great insight into how to market and tailor positions to older workers.”

Cheryl Dill said the workshop talked to employers about considering baby boomers in jobs where an older worker may not always be considered.

“As a local resource in the community, a lot of employers are not aware that the Career Centre can help employers learn to how to seek out a particular demographic of employee, or a particular type of employee,” said Dill, executive director of the Parksville Career Centre. Dill said at the workshop there was a man who used to work in the music industry, and now he’s working in the culinary industry during his retirement.

“He’s loving it. He’s only getting a certain number of hours a week. He only wanted to work part time, but he wanted to do something completely different and he’s transferring his skills.”

Dill said he knows how to work with a team, and he’s able to be creative in the kitchen “just like he has been in his (previous) career.”

Debbie Yule said there were a few case studies presented by Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Mount Washinton Alpine Resort at the workshop.

Yule is the vice-president for labour market strategy at go2HR, the human resource association for the B.C.’s hospitality and tourism sector.

She said go2HR is advocating for employers to look at baby boomers instead of the traditional 15 to 24-year-olds who represent 30 per cent of the workforce.

“There’s a high proportion of baby boomers who have no intention of stopping working, but they don’t want that career job and all that stress,” Yule said. “They may have a pension, they may want to do something fun, be engaged, use the skill sets that they have.”

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Network Marketing and the Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers is a term given to the generation of people that were born between the years 1946 and 1964 – a rise in births immediately following the return of the soldiers from World War II. The needs of that generation have produced some interesting trends starting 63 years ago. Trends that might be of value to someone interested in network marketing.

In 1928 the Gerber Baby Food Company was started. Twenty years later sales had gone from 1 million cans per week to 2 million cans per day. In 1948 the company slogan became “Babies are our business … our only business.”

In the 1950s Schwinn Bicycle sales spiked. Hula Hoop became a household name. Mr. Potato Head, Slinky, Erector Sets, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie all became common names in every household.

In the 1960s the baby boomers became of age to drive. You guessed it, the Ford Mustang rolled out on the floor. Fast cars were the craze of the day and “GTO” by Ronny and the Daytonas was a popular car song among the teenagers.

In the 1970s disco dance became popular. Mini skirts and platform shoes were seen everywhere. The baby boomers were making their mark on the world. Drugs and “free love” was a discussion brought on by parents who objected to their use. As the baby boomers began to have children of their own, Pampers, Binky and Hot Wheels started coming off the shelves.

In the 1980s the baby boomers began to become more affluent. They had been in the workforce now for a period of time and incomes were rising. Rise in incomes created a desire for nicer homes and thus we have the housing boom of the 80s. People had money to invest and so the stock market began its rise.

The demand for more and more products created a need to go overseas to purchase items and thus we see the introduction of Toyota, Datsun, Panasonic, Sony and others. The market became more global because of that need. Baby boomers were needing more room for their children in the vehicles and so we see the need for the Minivan. Dodge introduced the Dodge Caravan in 1983.

In the 1990s we see the growth of the world wide web. Microsoft got its start and soon provided the operating system for most of the world’s computers. Technological advances allowed for worldwide communications and so mobile phones are introduced and by the late 90s the mobile phone was in almost every household. Network marketing reached maturity in the late 90s. Corporate America had started downsizing and job security began to fade. The need for a home based business became a reality and network marketing was here to stay. The IRS now recognizes that network marketers are independent contractors.

The 2000s are upon us and indeed almost over and have crated a “need of its own” for the baby boomers. The boomers are aging and beginning to retire. This creates more needs and greater opportunities for business that can be filled in network marketing. What is in the minds of the baby boomers? Number one – they want to feel good. Age has caught up to them and they want something to help with that.

We have certainly seen a surge in health and wellness products, Diabetes and other health issues are prevalent and so you see a rise in health and wellness establishments. Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies are on every corner or at least is seems that way. Advertising on TV is all about feeling or looking better. Network marketing has jumped all over that market and has been promoting health and wellness products for over 15 years. Donald Trump is even getting into the health and wellness business. Because of all of these products and an active lifestyle, people are now living longer.

Number two – people want to look good. Once again age has caught up to the boomers and they are seeing wrinkles and crows feet appear and their waste lines increase. If you go into Walgreens or CVS you see that a good portion of the store is set aside for beauty aids and weight loss. Network marketing has jumped all over that market as well.

Number three – people are retiring and want to travel. The boomers have earned their money and want to spend it on things that they like to do. Travel is one of those things. The world today has such easy access. Airlines make it easy to get to any part of the world in a reasonable amount of time. Families are spread out all over the world and so a need for parents to travel to visit them.

Beaches and mountain tops and golf courses and amusement parks are very enticing to people who are retired or will soon be retiring. The travel agencies in all the malls are gone now and replaced with the internet. Anyone can book online. Network marketing has not established itself that well in the travel industry. The opportunity is there and a few companies are beginning to jump on board. With the 8 trillion dollar industry out there to capture a part of, home based travel is poised to be one the best opportunities for a home based business.

Number four – many people who are at the age of retirement and younger are not financially able to retire. We live in a world of instant gratification and many have spent their resources. The need for these retirees to supplement their income is there. What better way to do that than to have a home based travel business where they can enjoy the benefits of both an income and travel.

It is this writer’s opinion that the home based travel business is the best opportunity today in network marketing. All the other network marketing opportunities combined pale in comparison to the 8 trillion dollar travel business that is there to be developed by those with an entrepreneur spirit. The travel business is expected to double in the next 10 years and someone has to be there to fill that need.

Migrating Baby Boomers are Helping Drive Chicago's Hot Rental Market – Curbed Chicago

While a desire to live in a dense, walkable urban environment has typically been the mantra among younger consumers such as millennials, the older generation is driving a noticeable uptick in Chicago’s rental market. According to a report appearing in the Chicago Tribune, an increasing number of baby boomers are ditching suburban homes in favor of renting in the city.

This trend is being repeated in other major metropolitan cities nationwide. In 2005 there were 10 million Americans in their 50s and 60s that chose to rent. The number has increased an astonishing 50% to 15 million by 2015. The same age bracket has accounted for more than half of the nation’s overall growth in renters over the past decade — though this increase is partly attributed to the sheer size of the boomer population.

Despite homeownership at one time being the goal for the majority Americans in their 50s and 60s, tastes are evolving as a number of empty-nesters struggle to see the benefits of maintaining a house in a suburban environment where shopping, dining, and entertainment options are comparatively limited. With owning a house no longer seen as the ultimate investment as it once was, many more middle-aged folks are looking to ditch their homes to free-up retirement capital in order to take advantage of the flexibility renting provides.

Lingering concerns over rising property taxes in Illinois have also contributed to this sentiment. Plus, the the convenience of elevator living is an attractive proposition for anyone with sore knees or a bad back.

Rental living also offers a toe-in-the-water experiment for baby boomers unsure about liquidating the equity they have built up in their homes. Also, because Chicago’s condo market has only recently rebounded at the highest luxury level, renting is often the only option available when it comes to living downtown.

Right now, renting in Chicago is primarily a choice for affluent baby boomers. Those looking to rent out of necessity after experiencing financial hardships have been less successful finding units at the low to moderate price points to match diminished budgets. As a result, the number of baby boomers renting more affordable suburban units has also increased over the past decade.

Baby Boomer Dating, Honesty Brings Better Dates

It’s quite a powerful feeling when you first sign up to a baby boomer dating service online. You get to decide who you are as far as the internet is concerned. If you want to say you are 6 foot 3 when you are really 5 foot 2 or weighing 110 when you really are 175 is very tempting if you think it is better to be less than truthful.

Well, that would be a big mistake.

If you wanted to lie about stuff like that, get a blog and post anything you want. But if what you are looking for is someone to go on a date with, someone to invite into your life in a real way, it is very important to be truthful when you are writing out your profile.

When you join an online dating service, you are looking for someone who will like you or even grow to love you, for who you are. And in order for this to happen, at some point you two will have to meet. And if you have not been exactly forthcoming in how you look or what you like in life, you are going to run into an issue of credibility.

As in, the other person thinking that if you are willing to lie about something so simple, what else are you going to be lying about. And this is why it is so important to be truthful when writing the online dating profile, so that is easy to be truthful when you go out on a date.

Now this doesn’t mean that you have to fill your profile with all kinds of weird stuff about yourself, like you enjoy having salami, sardine and strawberry jam sandwiches on toasted rye bread.

You want to tell the potential dating world about yourself in the best possible way. Got a few extra pounds, OK, click that button on your profile. Do you smoke on occasion? Make sure you include that as well. Do you burp uncontrollably in church? Probably better to leave that one out.

Fill your profile with good things about you. The things that others might be looking for in a dating partner. When you actually get to the step where you are going out on a date, then you can figure out what to other things to reveal about yourself.

But if you tell the truth about yourself in a good way in your profile and resist the temptation to lie, you will find that the people who you get matched with on the senior dating site will suit you much better and you will have a much better time on your dates.

Medical Alert Systems, Baby Boomers and the New Demographics

The genesis of the medical alert industry dates back to around 1977. At that time, the target market was (and still is) an elderly person in their mid eighties, who may be living alone and who may have some medical issues. Then, as now, the most common concern was falling and not being able to get to the phone. Therein lies the importance and value of having a wearable panic button transmitter (available as a wristband transmitter or pendant style transmitter). After fall risk, as a reason for having a medical alarm system, issues like heart disease, stroke and diabetes factored into the decision to acquire a life alert device.

Obviously, in the late 70’s, the baby boomers were younger and healthier. The boomers, back then, would never have thought about having an emergency response system for themselves. Nor would it have been appropriate for them have this kind of senior safety device. They were too young, too healthy and in no need.

However, what the baby boomers went through with their parents has caused them to think differently about the value of medical alarms for themselves. When it was about their folks, there was a ton of resistance. They would hear their parent’s say things like: “I don’t need that”, “I don’t want one of those things hanging around my neck” and” I will not wear it”. Needless to say, a whole lot of resistance needed to be overcome in order for the children to persuade their folks that these elderly alert devices would not only keep them safe, in their own homes and living independently… these medical alert systems would, to a very large extent, alleviate worry and anxiety for the kids. It turns out; the lessening of worry for the kids was a powerful motivating factor for the elders. The folks understood worry from the parental side of the equation, so it was not very hard for them to understand and appreciate the worry of their children. The elders, very often, would agree to wear a medical alert button just so their kids would worry less.

Fast forward to 2014. The baby boomer generation that had to work hard to convince their parents of the value of theses elderly alert devices, without knowing it at the time, were preparing themselves for having a medical alarm. Now at a much younger age, the resistance that was present two decades ago has been significantly reduced in the boomers. They intuitively and experientially know what needs to be done to keep themselves safe (now it’s about their own personal safety), in their own homes and living without fear. The baby boomers are now practicing what was difficult for them to preach.

Trivial Pursuit’s Baby Boomers Edition – Fun Game For The Entire Family

If you are looking for a board game which the entire family can play, the Trivial Pursuit’s Baby Boomers Edition is your best bet. This game is not just a whole lot of fun, but it also helps in enhancing your knowledge on the generation of baby boomers.

First and foremost, you must know the rules of the game so that you will be able to understand it. It is a board game that tests the ability of the player through cultural and general knowledge based questions. In the Baby Boomer Version of this game, you must expect the questions to be based on the baby boomers era that existed from 50s to the early 60s.

The major part of the questions will comprise of television, stage and screen, publishing and RPM. All the categories are connected to the generation of baby boomers. This implies that, you must have enough knowledge about the era if you want to win. This game is very famous among people who lived in this era. After all, the people who lived during the era will have the most knowledge.

Firstly, you must move along a circular track and spokes by answering correctly to the puzzle in all six categories. The base of every spoke contains the “Headquarters”. In order to emerge victorious, the team or player should answer the question placed in the hexagonal hub, while the remaining players will choose the questions in a specific category.

The first step of the game is to choose a token and the various colored categories depicted by six colored cards. Then, a decision is made regarding who will play first, by rolling the dice.

In Trivial Pursuit’s Baby Boomer Edition, each colored category is associated with a specific topic which contains its related questions. Listed below are the colors their corresponding categories, Trivial Pursuit’s Baby Boomer Edition.

> Pink – Stage and Screen (SS)

> Green – Lives and Times (LT)

> Brown – Publishing (PUB)

> Orange – R.P.M (RPM)

> Yellow – Night News (NN)

> Blue – Television (TV)

As indicated above, you have to give the correct answer to the trivia from six different categories so that you can win the game.

Baby Boomer Edition of Trivial Pursuit was launched in 1983 and was a tremendous success, just like the previous editions of Trivial Pursuit. The Baby Boomer version is available on the Internet. As a matter of fact, some stores still sell the Baby Boomer version although the game is more than a decade old.

You must keep in mind that the baby boomer version of Trivial Pursuit is extremely popular, just like its other editions and people love playing it for hours on end.

Even today, this game is very famous and families still have fun playing it, even with the advent of video games. Besides, video games have made the Trivial Pursuit series even more popular as the DVD versions that you can use in your gaming console are now being sold in the market.

With the steadily developing technology, some editions of Trivial Pursuit can be played on certain mobile phones. The PC versions of the game enable you to indulge in a battle of wits against your friends, with the help of the internet. With the baby boomer’s PC version, families can enjoy the game right at the convenience of their own home computers.

Although there are many versions of Trivial Pursuit in the market, if you wish to improve your understanding about the 50s and 60s, the Baby Boomer version should be your choice. This edition holds complete factual information about events that occurred in that era.

This edition is not only fun-packed, but it also increases your understanding about the era. Trivial Pursuit is indeed a fascinating board game for people of all ages.