Anthurium (Andreanum Grp) – Baby Boomer

This type of flower is becoming increasingly popular with customers. This is an ideal plant to give as a gift or buy for your own home. When seeing the Dutch auctions figures, consumers seem to appreciate the new variety.

Even if the Anthurium Baby Boomer was introduced in August 2006 it was in April 2007 that was on the market for sale. Throughout the 2007 over 40,000 specimens were sold. In 2008 the number was doubled to reach 100,000 units. So far the plant has not yet managed to occupy a place in the top ten most popular varieties, but it is expected in a few years to reach the peak due to the rapid growth, to the beautiful flowers and for its long lasting flowers.

The Anthurium belongs to the family, Araceae. Anthurium is also known as the “Flamingo Flower”, referring to the structure of the spadix.

Varieties

There are two important species: Anthurium andreanum and Anthurium scherzerianum.

The first group often has a heart-shaped orange, red, pink, brown, white or bicolor spathe and a white spadix. The stems are long and with shiny leaves. The second group has a curly red or orange spadix, a round spathe, and is short stemmed with opaque leaves. The assortment of Anthurium andreanum is in constant change; especially in regards of the shape, compactness of the plants and flower colours. Particular attention is given buy the companies regarding resistance and production of flowers in winter. It is very important that the flowers snack on the leaves and that the leaves are compact. They are also trying to create plants with new special colours such as brown, black or purple and also in new forms.

Even if supplies at the auction of Anthurium scherzerianum are limited, breeders are working hard to create new colours such as purple and pink along with the existing white, red and speckled cultivars. Breeders’ criteria also include that the leaves are compact and the flowers snack on them. Additionally the flowers should be robust, without the need for support sticks.

Tips for care

• Always store the Anthurium at 15 degrees Celsius.

• During transport the plant should be wrapped.

• Avoid draughts, cold and unsteadiness temperature.

In the shop:

• Remove the wrapping and put the plant in a shaded place and avoid direct sunlight.

• Check that the room temperature is tolerable.

• This plant is very susceptible to cold and draughts.

• Use room temperature water, if possible rainwater and water the plant from below so the leaves doesn’t get wet.

• When sold, wrap the plants well so they do not get damaged with the cold.

At home

• But the plant in a shaded place.

• Keep the soil moderately moist.

• The plant can go outdoors in summer.

• Always remove dead flowers.

• It is important that it is repotted every two years.

Baby Boomers Explode Travel Industry

Following World War II, thousands of G.I.s rushed home and immediately married and started families. The result? There are over 76.1 million baby boomers alive today—roughly 28% of the U.S. population. A baby boomer now turns 62 years of age every 7 seconds, and as this generation ages, the number of people in the United States aged 65 and over is expected to roughly double by 2030. Quick statistics show that the fifty plus age group of baby boomers are earning roughly two trillion dollars, in control of more than seven trillion dollars of wealth and own 77% of the financial assets in United States. That is not all, baby boomers also control 50% of the discretionary powers in both government and private organizations.

Okay, so big deal. Baby boomers are a huge and influential population beginning now to retire. But guess what many boomers intend to do during retirement? You guessed it—they plan to travel the globe. In fact, they have already traveled more than any other generation in U.S. history. And, in retirement, well over half of baby boomers plan to travel regularly, and a fourth of them already have decided to go on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday during the next decade! Believe it or not, this group places travel as a higher priority than spending more time with friends and family (48%), getting fit (37%), or finding a healthier way of life (31%).

As experienced travelers, expect boomers to seek out exotic destinations, less structure, and more ‘hands-on’ ways of experiencing the world. They will not typically book herd-like bus tours, stodgy sight-seeing tours, or the most common destinations. Unique experiences turn them on. They desire a stimulating, cultural/social experience, lots of interaction, and ‘adventure travel’ experiences.

Adventure travel is defined as either physically challenging outdoor activity or an off-the-beaten-path destination and experience. Boomers want to find the stuff of real life, the nitty gritty of how people throughout the world actually think and live. Boomers want to learn and to better themselves—therefore, intellectually stimulating travel also holds significant appeal to this group.

While most baby boomers plan to travel with a partner or with friends, over 11% indicate they wouldn’t mind traveling solo. Australia and New Zealand tend to test out as most popular sites at the moment, but Europe isn’t far behind, then come China, Russia, Africa, the Antarctic and, of course the good ole USA. What are some of the activities boomers are excited about? Adventure goals include off-roading, flying a helicopter, scuba diving, and attending various music festivals….

Baby boomers don’t mind letting someone else deal with booking details, but they want to know that their travel agent understands exactly the sort of travel experience they envision. They want agents who know the full panoply of travel fun and travel adventure available in the industry and how to help them access these treks. Travel planners, you have now received fair warning. So here’s to baby boomers and the next three decades or so. May the road rise to meet you; may the wind be always at your back, and may all your retirement adventure dreams come true.

Over 50 Dating Tips for the Baby Boomer Singles: Where Can You Find Mature Senior Singles Locally

The Baby Boomer Generation has its own share of happily single-again mature men and women. Many singles in the Boomers demographic are single-again after having divorced or been widowed after a former marriage. These senior singles are in midlife dating again with a mature well-seasoned and practical understanding of what it takes to create a real relationship. Sure the senior online dating sites are a great place to meet boomer singles. But what about where to meet singles in their 40s, 50s, and 60s offline in the real world locally near where you live? Read on to discover where you can find mature single seniors like yourself in your local area.

One of the questions that comes up when I lead internet dating workshop in the offline world is where are all the attractive and available over 40, 50 and even early 60s single men and women? Certainly single men and women joke in person about reading people’s online dating profiles citing that they are 61 but looking to date someone as young as 20 years younger than they are. Both men and women have this as a challenge. Whether you want to consider this to be “Dirty Old Men” or jibe about “Cougar Dating,” this is the 21st century and a lot of the former social taboos about age differences in serious relationships have gone by the wayside. I find that refreshing and generally a good thing. Because then people can open themselves up better to looking for and finding a serious lasting love relationship based upon real attraction, caring, shared values, and aligned lives. Not based on the number on their birth certificate or the number of candles on their birthday cake.

However, the same dilemma which many of the single never marrieds face in their 30s, “Where are all the quality singles?” is the same dilemma which mature singles over 40, over 50, and over 60 encounter. “Where are all the quality available singles around my own age?”

Just as singles in their 30s actually must go out and seek out establishing a social life and finding appropriate social venues to meet singles in their social peer age group, so the singles looking to date after 40, 50, and 60 must do so as well. Additionally, yes, over time, there are fewer singles in your precise age group and demographic. This is one of the reasons to loosen up what might be your strict search criteria. Could he be a few years younger than you? Couldn’t he be? You like baseball, she likes hockey. Well at least you two both enjoy sports and can engage in conversations about your sports at different times of the year.

Whenever there is a major sports underway, that means you just have a wonderful opportunity to go watch the games at a Sport Bar. Now, I received questions from some very attractive mature single women in their 40s and into the 50s and 60s about which sports bars to go to where they would at the same time meet men in their 50s and 60s. There isn’t exactly 1 Hot Over 50 Singles Bar precisely in any metropolitan area. The market is just different. However, what you can do is start to place yourself at the Sports Bars which are more of a locally owned and operated venue in your town or city. You will encounter some folks in the 30s, their 40s, their 50s, and their 60s at cool local bars like these. But it’s likely not going to be like when were in our 20s and early 30s where we go to a bar or dance club on a Saturday night, and come home with several phone numbers, squealing about the cute guy we just met and hoping he really does ask us out next week. When you go to a local watering hole, you want to dress attractively while yet casually. Have as your goal not “to meet THE one for me” which would just put way too much pressure on yourself as well as on the folks there. Instead, take a smaller goal like, “I want to meet 3 new people and converse with them. And just maybe 1 of them will be single and about my age, too.” Just do begin to open things up socially and comfortably, and you’ll have gotten things started for finding senior mature love right where you live.

Three Issues Facing Baby Boomers Today

Being born between 1946 and 1964 automatically includes you as a member of an elite group known as the baby boom generation. Almost 77,000,000 people are included in the baby boom generation comprising roughly 27% of the U.S. population.

According to a 2005 Mature Market Survey of MetLife, 32 million baby boomers are at least 50 years old with the anticipated life expectancy for men of 87.4 years and 90.3 years for women. That puts us almost smack in the middle of our lives – looking toward our next fifty years.

There are several important issues baby boomers will be (or are) facing including:

1) Planning for retirement:

If your wage has been caught up and used up while raising a family and paying the mortgage you had better pay attention. Do you have an investment account or 401(k) through your employer? Are you self employed? Have you contributed to a pension fund and/or social security? Get your financial house in order with particular emphasis on the future. Consider several scenarios such as a) working until age 55, b) working until age 62 (early social security benefits), or c) working longer if physically able. The future of social security is constantly scrutinized and the baby boomer may be affected by any changes brought about through current and future administrations.

As baby boomers many of us have an advantage in that we were raised by parents who either lived through or were exposed to the depression years. They taught us the value of a dollar, working hard, and saving for the future. Hopefully some of us acted on their words of wisdom.

2) Life insurance:

Although we all would hope to achieve at least the statistical average there is no guarantee we will live to enjoy our 80s – or even our 60s. Those of us with children should be even more cognizant of the need to provide life insurance. My husband died of colon cancer at the age of 52 leaving two young children. Without life insurance we would have no home and our children’s future would be quite different than it is today. As I said, there are no guarantees.

3) Empty Nest:

Baby boomers with children might experience the empty nest syndrome on a different level than others. We have been brought up to understand and appreciate the importance of the familial which was instilled in our character from childhood. Family is a high priority to baby boomers as it was to our parents. We may remember the family sitting around the supper table every evening and more often than not that supper table is also an important part of the boomer home. When our children leave home for college, marriage, or the service it will, no doubt, be difficult for a period of time while you adjust to your empty nest.

Now what? The next fifty years is for you. Now is when the coast begins to clear toward the hopes and dreams that were so much a part of your life during the first fifty years. What did you dream about in your 20s? 30s? 40s? Let your dreams take shape and act on them.

Baby Boomers and Women Over 50 on the Internet

The baby boomer generation is the cohort of babies born between 1946 and 1964. There were 75.8 million babies born during this period in the US (ygoy.com). In 2010 they are turning 46 to 64 years of age.

Keep in mind this surge of births took place after the 2nd World War (WWII) so this increase in births was not limited to the USA. There are citizens considered part of the baby boomer generation in other countries like Canada, UK, and Africa etc.

The Internet boom took place less than 20 years ago and is widely recognized as a younger person’s media. The World Bank reports that 72.4% of the US population uses the Internet. 79 million women use the Internet (per small Biz Trends.com). It is estimated by internet retailer.com that in 2008 73.7% of Baby Boomers from 50 to 64 years old use the Net. Only 34.1% of the older generation of seniors uses it.

In general women use the Internet for research, networking and blogging. They research products and services and buy online. Men use it primarily for news, sports and games, and buying products.

Pew reports that baby boomers use the Net for such things as researching health information, for financial information, answering emails, financial education, spiritual and religious interest and also use the government sites. It’s as if they have more of an appreciation for the media. They were growing up they used libraries spending time searching through books, resource guides and magazines for school papers and personal interest. The Internet offers a level of ease, flexibility, and accessibility that they can enjoy.

The baby boomer generation has been seen by many as a marketing group that sets trends. Many marketers consider this group to always be in front of in terms of products and services. For example as the boomers were nearing retirement age people started investing in the development of retirement homes.

The implications for this growing trend of baby boomers and women over 50 using the Internet are intriguing. It stands to reason that home based businesses are also on the rise as boomers are comfortable with the net and leaving their jobs and continuing to work. Businesses that are Internet based are attractive opportunities.

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Baby Boomer Health Insurance – Save Money

Before baby boomers get on Medicare health insurance, they are fending for themselves in the health insurance market.

That does not mean there are not ways to save money on your baby boomer health insurance prior to age 65… it pays to shop around.

I am now 67, so I have been on Medicare for two years… and I will admit having nothing but catastrophic insurance for 16 years prior to turning 65… I took advantage of the savings that Medicare offers me right now.

There is certainly no guarantee that the savings that I am enjoying now will continue… especially with the new health care legislation looming… do not be surprised if everyone’s rates, including those over 65 go up when that kicks in.

So how can baby boomers save money on health insurance prior to age 65?

The simple answer is to go online and do your research… if you are reading this article that means that you are familiar with using the Internet for research and you should take advantage of the resources that the search engines offer.

My wife is 60, and noticed that her monthly health insurance bill went from $168 a month to $246 a month. after finding out online that cheaper programs offering essentially the same service were available from her current insurer… we called our current insurance carrier and signed up for a $182 a month policy. All with one simple phone call.

These money-saving opportunities are available to anyone willing to do some basic research online and spending a little time on the phone.

There are certain obstacles that prevent people from saving money, some of the most common are:

  1. Fear of having to find a new doctor
  2. Reluctance in changing from a company you are familiar with
  3. Not willing to put up with a hassle of shopping around

You can find out online what insurance plans they accept… if in doubt call the office of your current Dr. and asked them what plans they do accept.

Some are reluctant to change from an insurance company that they have been with for a long time… Insurance companies are not dummies and they know that people are reluctant to switch… the reality is that companies often offer much lower rates to obtain new customers… it makes a lot of sense to switch insurance companies every three years or so.

The last reason that baby boomers are reluctant to attempt to save money on health insurance… is the hassle of spending the time on the phone… with your current insurance company or a new one.

I don’t like to spend a lot of time talking to salespeople on the phone either but when you look back on the opportunities to save money by doing so it seems to be a wise investment of time.

Learn how we saved $64 a month on my wife’s insurance… with a 20 minute investment of our time… well worth it don’t you think?

How Generations Get Their Names – The Atlantic

It seems weirdly appropriate that, for a long time, talking about anything “millennial” was a way of hinting at the apocalypse. Today, “Millennial,” usually refers to the generation of people born, depending on your definition, sometime between the early 1980s and the early 2000s.

But during most of that period, “millennial” referred to an attitude, a lens through which people viewed the near future.

“The year 2000 fast approaches,” James Atlas wrote in 1989, “and millennial doom is in the air. Global warming, nuclear proliferation, chaos in Eastern Europe. Even the notion of post is over. Post-modernism, post-history, post-culture … we’re beyond that now.”

In 1994, The New York Times described “millennial thinking,” as an outsized appreciation for new technology, comparing a burgeoning culture in which “the pursuit of computer technology’s outer edge” mirrored the previous generation that had “staked out the frontiers of sex, drugs, and rock” in the 1960s.

“A Millennium is looming,” Richard Taruskin, the music critic, mock-warned in 1997, apparently fed up with all the prognosticating. Leading up to the year 2000, we were all millennials—bracing for a new century, living at a time of uncertainty. Which is funny because, in the post-9/11 world (turns out ‘post’ wasn’t over after all), that uncertainty would be recast as hype—silly fears from the ignorant bubble of the 1990s; misguided focus on crises, like Y2K, that didn’t destroy us after all.

But now, if you ask anyone who isn’t one and some of those who are, Millennials are what’s destroying us. They are accused of being lazy, entitled, coddled, and narcissistic. They’re ruining the workforce, the country, and, apparently, Thanksgiving.

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It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. Every generation since the invention of the teenager has come of age to eye-rolling from the grown-ups who grew up before them. In 1964, when the toddlers of the post-war Baby Boom were fully-fledged teens, the writer Martha Weinman Lear, described the new generation thusly:

There they stand, on a big thresh­old and awesomely hip. They cut their baby teeth on television, sharp­ened their bite on space, grew up to marry sooner, pay later, become dropouts and juvenile delinquents, crowd the colleges and the Peace Corps, act distressingly complacent and painfully idealistic, head straight for hell and be the bright new hope of tomorrow. In short, to mess briefly with Dickens, they are the best of teens, they are the worst of teens, and they are surrounded by adults who know one view or the other to be absolutely true.

Boomers, the 75 million or so people born between 1946 and 1964, were derided for their obsession with instant communication (sound familiar?)—“the instant joke, the instant fad, the in­stant dance, the instant celeb­rity, instantly communicated by television and relays of disk jockeys from coast to coast,” as Lear put it. The girls dressed too casually and had (gasp!) pierced ears. Teenagers used slang like “gear” and “tuff” (when they meant “fabulous”) and “animal” and “skag” (when they meant “jerk”).

“The communication may be faster, but the herd instinct is no greater than it used to be,” Lear wrote. “Beatlemania has nothing on the raccoon coat, the Big Apple, or those ‘Three Little Fishes in an Itty‐Bitty Pool.’”

Those little fishies were the subject of a No. 1 song in 1939. A tune that, to a certain generation, still evokes, well, something. I suppose, like anything, you had to be there.

“We’re also constantly reminded that decades define us,” John Allen Paulos wrote for The New York Times in 1995. “Is there anything more vapid? In the free-love, anti-war 60s, hippies felt so-and-so; the greed of the 80s led yuppies to do such and such; sullen and unread Generation X-ers (Roman numeral Ten-ers?) never do anything. We should brace ourselves for the millennial fatuities to come in the year 1999.”

Though Paulos seemed to have been referring to the time period, and not just the youths of the era, his use of “millennial” was at least semi-prescient. The term, as a name for a generation of young people, wouldn’t be fully established for more than a decade. Older Millennials—people who were in high school in the second half of the 1990s—used to be known as Generation Y, echoing Generation X that came before them. (The Times, in 2009, defined Generation Y as anyone born between roughly 1980 and 2003.) Some old Millennials and not-quite-Millennials disassociate themselves from the Millennial designation altogether.

“I’m not Gen X and I’m not a Millennial either,” the writer Doree Shafrir tweeted in 2011. “I’m some low-birthrate in-between thing. WHO WILL SPEAK FOR ME.”

Shafrir, who wrote an insightful essay for Slate about the suggestions she received—Generation Jem, for example—settled on Generation Catalano, a reference to the short-lived but beloved television show My So-Called Life, which first aired in 1994. “This urge to define generations is also about a yearning for a collective memory in an increasingly atomized world, at least where my generation is concerned,” Shafrir wrote. “Indeed, where the Millennials tend to define themselves in terms of the way they live now, people in my cohort find fellowship more in what happened in the past, clinging to cultural totems as though our shared experiences will somehow lead us to better figure out who we are.”

  Life magazine, 1970 (eBay)

Shafrir was right, but not entirely. Millennials, even before 2011 when she wrote that essay, were and are obsessed with nostalgia as a way of establishing an identity. That’s a human trait, not a generational one. (See also: this hat and this 1970 Life magazine cover.) Longing for the past obviously isn’t always a good thing. (See also: this smart Rebecca Onion essay, for Aeon, about how generational thinking confirms preconceived prejudices.) It is, at the very least, an unwieldy framework for making sense of one’s place in time and culture. And that because the way people define generations shifts. Generations themselves change, which is to say, people change.

In 1992, The Atlantic tried coining “Thirteeners” as an alternate term for Generation X. Here’s how the writers Neil Howe and William Strauss described how they came up with the it:

America’s thirteenth generation, born from 1961 to 1981, ranging in age from eleven to thirty-one. Demographers call them Baby Busters, a name that deserves a prompt and final burial. First, it’s incorrect: The early-sixties birth cohorts are among the biggest in U.S. history—and, at 80 million, this generation has numerically outgrown the Boom. By the late 1990s it will even outvote the Boom. Second, the name is insulting—”Boom” followed by “Bust,” as though wonder were followed by disappointment. The novelist Doug Coupland, himself a 1961 baby, dubs his age-mates “Generation X” or “Xers,” a name first used by and about British Boomer-punkers. Shann Nix, a journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, suggests “posties” (as in “post yuppies”), another name that, like Coupland’s, leaves the generation in the shadow of the great Boom.

We give these young people a nonlabel label that has nothing to do with Boomers. If we count back to the peers of Benjamin Franklin, “Thirteeners” are, in point of fact, the thirteenth generation to know the U.S. flag and the Constitution. More than a name, the number thirteen is a gauntlet, an obstacle to be overcome. Maybe it’s the floor where elevators don’t stop, or the doughnut that bakers don’t count. Then again, maybe it’s a suit’s thirteenth card—the ace—that wins, face-down, in a game of high-stakes blackjack. It’s an understated number for an underestimated generation.

“Thirteeners” never caught on. “Generation X” became the accepted term for a loosely defined generation the way “Millennials” has. Similarly, back when Millennials were still being called Generation Y, there were other suggestions for post-1980 babies, like “echo boomers” and the “baby boomlet,” a reference to the parents of these babies. “Why not just call them the Tamagotchi Generation?” Linda Lee wrote for The New York Times in 1997, referring to a fad electronic toy of the time. “They like things technological and cute (like the 1995 movie “Babe”); they are open to the global marketplace and insist on their right to irony.”

Perhaps it’s worth underscoring here that, at the time when cultural critics were first deriding this new generation’s values, tens of millions of Millennials hadn’t even been born yet.

Back in 1994, Rich Cohen, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, playfully described babies of the era as the Small Generation, “a group born after the Rodney King affair but before Rwanda … a generation that has known no President other than Bill Clinton and seems likely to call Hillary Clinton mother.”

“The Small Generation shows real discomfort when presented with the American way of life,” Cohen wrote. “Not only have they shunned traditional careers (almost none of them work), they have a sailor’s disregard for hygiene. They pick their noses and soil their briefs and cry about it, expecting someone else to clean up the mess.”

The joke was: They’re babies. The thing Cohen was actually lampooning, though, was the widespread obsession with generational boundaries, and the predictable narratives that this preoccupation fosters.

“If being a resented older generation is a novel experience for Boomers, and if life on the short end feels ruinous to Thirteeners, each group can take a measure of solace in the repeating generational rhythms of American history,” Howe and Strauss wrote for The Atlantic in 1992. “About every eighty or ninety years America has experienced this kind of generation gap between self-righteous neopuritans entering midlife and nomadic survivalists just coming of age.”

And given that the post-Millennial generation is only a few years away from heading off to college, and just a few more removed from entering the workforce, the cycle is poised to repeat itself.

What should we call them, anyway?

What Happens When America's Air Traffic Controllers Retire En Masse? – Slate Magazine

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The U.S. is facing a drastic shortage of trained air traffic controllers.

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On Aug. 5, 1981, in response to a massive strike that threatened to ground all of American air travel, President Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers at airports across the United States. In the immediate aftermath, military controllers filled in, but ultimately, the seasoned, striking controllers were replaced by a group of young upstarts.

Now those upstarts are retiring, and once again we’re facing a drastic shortage of trained air traffic controllers. Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general issued an alarming report arguing that, in the coming years, it will be difficult for the Federal Aviation Administration to keep fully trained and adequately experienced eyes on radar screens at some of the nation’s busiest airports. The “FAA has not yet established an effective process for balancing training requirements with pending retirements,” the Office of Inspector General says in a statement—even though prior reports had highlighted the same issue in 2012, 2002, and 1986. Even in 1981, when Reagan first lowered the ax, anyone capable of simple math could have seen the issue coming: New hires, all roughly the same age, would eventually retire at roughly the same time. But then and now, very little was done.

This might sound like a minor pain at worst. The labor market tends to sort itself out, after all. If there aren’t enough controllers, then the FAA just has to entice applicants by offering a higher starting wage, right?

Unfortunately, that isn’t happening, and the controller shortage is already here. The FAA has a staffing plan in place for its critical facilities through 2017, but as the Office of Inspector General has pointed out, because trainees often count as full-fledged controllers at air traffic facilities, many are effectively understaffed at this very moment. And, as many control tower managers report, “on-the-job training requirements for trainees limit their contribution.”

Shortages in crucial workforces aren’t limited to air traffic. Across sectors, the aging of the baby boomers is leading to heightened retirement rates. In certain fields, that’s no big deal. Postal workers, for instance, constitute the oldest workforce of any industry, but their retirement will be relatively manageable, because entry-level Postal Service positions don’t require much training.

Retirement is also a relative nonissue for fields with high barriers to entry—as long as those fields contain exceedingly desirable jobs. No one’s worried about a retirement brain drain in the personal tech sector or investment banking, for instance. And in certain medical specializations, such as dermatology, there are plenty of new workers every year.

But almost across the board, jobs that are less than sexy and have high barriers to entry are now practically begging for trained workers. Within medicine, general practitioners and, ironically, geriatricians fall into this category. In the broader economy, entire sectors are experiencing retirement pressure. Take agriculture: As of 2012, the average age of principal farm owners is 58.3; 12 percent of them are older than 75. (Because it’s very expensive to buy a farm or start a new one, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has debuted a service that helps young, well-trained farmers work with older owners toward taking over their farms.)

Energy production and distribution companies—which already rely on an aging workforce that is more than a decade older than the average American worker—are desperate to find new talent. Not even the venerable Hoover Dam is exempt. “Roughly two-fifths of the workforce at the federal facility will be eligible to retire within five years, leaving the Bureau of Reclamation scrambling to recruit and train skilled workers while keeping one of the nation’s most important water and power facilities operational,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

In these cases and many others, should a large number of older workers retire en masse like they’re threatening to do, even raising wages for entry-level positions wouldn’t necessarily fill the gap left behind, because years of specialized training are required, and there’s a fixed number of trainees in the pipeline. It adds up to a system that’s not flexible enough to respond to the sudden changes that are very likely on the way. And in the meantime, the nation’s lights need to be kept on, the sick need to be healed, and aircraft need to be kept in the air. A three- to five-year period with understaffed vital economic areas, from air traffic control towers to wheat fields, is simply not an option.

Despite its birthrate, which is well below the replacement rate, the United States is in much better demographic shape than many other developed countries. Most importantly, it does not have a shrinking population—a fact it owes almost entirely to immigration. In countries such as Italy, Japan, and Germany, population loss is direr, and the lack of young workers in key roles is more acutely felt. In Germany, for instance, 2 out of 3 small- to medium-sized firms surveyed told accountancy firm Ernst and Young that it was difficult to find qualified workers. More than half of those surveyed said they believed the country’s recent influx of refugees from Syria would help alleviate the shortage.

Even the U.S.’s robust immigration can’t help the defense industry, whose classified work—involving positions ranging from office workers to engineers to welders—often requires extensive background checks and U.S. citizenship. And in other fields, no one wants to do those jobs, period. Even the last professionals you’ll ever encounter—funeral directors and morticians—are well into their 50s on average and aren’t being replaced as they retire.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the waves of retirements now facing the U.S. is how predictable it all has been. The government and private sector alike should have been actively working to counteract these forces, shepherding students to specialize in high-value, low-visibility fields. Instead, we may well face a harrowing stretch of years when our most expert professionals go missing from the positions where they’re needed most.

Contributing to the problem are attractive fields such as investment banking and computer programming. (Wall Street firms, which are taking measures to avoid losing top talent to Silicon Valley, still have no trouble filling entry-level seats.) Part is due to a communication breakdown between demographers and the general public. To the extent that the need for science, technology, engineering, and math training gets through to students, vital information about what to do with that training doesn’t. Proficiency in STEM alone does not guarantee a career that is mission-critical to a functioning society.

But the bulk of the issue is far is simpler: We don’t like to think about old age and what it means. The media generally doesn’t want to cover it, and people don’t want to read about it. It’s just a little too real and makes us just a little too uncomfortable. So, far too often, we grapple with the broad effects of aging only when it’s too late to avoid a bad outcome.

In the near future, thanks to declining birth rates, the aging of the baby boom, and extended longevity, more of the population will be older than ever before. Let’s not ignore what’s perhaps the biggest fully predictable change we’re facing as a society, simply because old age is challenging to think about. Life begins, and life ends. Once we accept that, we can work to make sure that what we do in the middle is as worthwhile as it can possibly be.

Baby Boomers Now Labeled Zoomers

Gerontologist Coins New Term, “ZOOMER”

Did you know that there is a new term for baby boomers?

According to Gerontologist Dr. David J. Demko they are called zoomers. These are a totally new kind of boomer, they are boomers who break retirement tradition.

Demko says these new boomers are coloring outside the lines, zig-zaging and zoooooming toward a bright new horizon chock-full of possibilities for reinventing retirement and redefining what it means to be a mature adult in the new millennium.

Are you a BOOMER?

You are if your birthday falls between 1946 and 1964. That birth period defines you as one America’s the Post-World-War-II Baby Boomers. However, birth dates alone don’t tell you much about how a person thinks or acts. Not all Boomers think and act the same.

Some Boomers are breaking new ground, re-defining aging and re-inventing retirement. That’s why Demko coined the term ZOOMER to identify this trend-setting group of Boomers.

It is anticipated that there will be one million boomers that will live to 100 years of age. The question is, will you be one of them?

There are some things you can do to ensure that you will be someone who will be living a long, satisfying life of a zoomer.

  • You will know difference between primary (inevitable) aging and secondary (reversible) aging.
  • Daily exercise (aerobics for endurance, anaerobics for strength, and neurobics for brain power
  • You will be aware of your daily nutritional and caloric needs based you age, gender, and weight
  • You will be involved in a social support system of companions, close friends, and confidante
  • You will have a positive self-concept, and a passion for living life to the fullest
  • You will have the necessary resources to live an adventurous life thanks to sound retirement plannin Become a part of the Retirement Renaissance… a bold, new brand of maturity… advocating spirited, adventurous lifestyles