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The Baby Boomers Retirement – A New Definition For an Old Word

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Do you want to have a happy retirement? Of course, you do.

Do you want to have a retirement different from your parents? If you are a baby boomer, you most likely want to chart a course different from your parents.

What are your retirement goals and dreams? In a website visited by thousands of people above the age of fifty, the overwhelming number one goal was, (drum roll, please) to lose weight. To lose weight? That's not a dream or even a very good goal. That's purgatory.

In the book, It's Only Too Late If You Do not Start Now, author Barbara Sher wrote, "Why is it when midlifers talk of fulfilling their lifelong dreams before they're too old to do them, they're never talking about dreams like publishing a book or singing at the Met. "

Researchers had long held that human development ceased with adulthood. Who you had became was who you were going to be the rest of your life. The concept of retirement fell into that old model.

One definition of retire is to withdrawal. Originally, retirement was intended to remove older workers form their jobs.

The idea of ​​retirement as a time to play emerged in the early 1960's as a marketing tactic from the housing and insurance industries. While this new vision of retirement was better than the old one of sitting on a rocking chair waiting to die, the golden years were still a gilded prison. Retirees were sent off to Sun City to play golf and bridge, but still removed from society.

During the last thirty years, psychologists have reached a new conclusion that aging is not necessarily a time of decline, physically, mentally, and spiritually, but an opportunity for growth. In order for this growth to occur, a reorientation must take place within the individual.

If you're retired or thinking about it in the near future, check out your attitude and beliefs about aging. What are your expectations about getting older? Are you excited or dreading this phase of your life? What are your reactions to the following words and phrases: senior citizen, the golden years, elderly, retirees?

Do you believe the best years of you life are over? Do you believe you still have the opportunity to create new dreams, push outside your comfort zone? Are you prepared to jump off the edge of the cliff and build your wings on the way down?

The baby boomers retirement will be different from their parents' generation. Whether it will be better or worse will depend on how they define themselves and that word.

Medical Marijuana – Popular Among Baby Boomers

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People in their 60s are discovering the benefits of medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis. The baby boomer generation is well known to have used it recreationally as young people during the 1960's and 70's. Now, though, this aging generation is familiarizing themselves with the plant as an addition to their daily health regimen.

Over the past few years, there has been a steady rise in the number of adults, ages 50-69, who believe the use of cannabis is fine with a doctor's permission. The number of users within the baby boomer age group has also steadily increased.

Baby boomers are reaching for marijuana to help with general aches and pains. Because they grow up in a time of high popularity of cannabis, the baby boomer generation is more comfortable with the idea that marijuana can be an everyday part of their lives. Choosing cannabis over pharmaceuticals just makes sense to this aging population. When old injuries start aching in the evenings or at bedtime, you can find baby boomers going to marijuana instead of taking another aspirin or ibuprofen.

Baby boomers are also choosing cannabis as a treatment for more serious aches – those connected to arthritis. Specifically, studies have shown cannabis to decrease pain and suffering caused by fibromyalgia symptoms. Fibromyalgia causes joint pain, muscle fatigue and skeletal discomfort. Patients suffering from associated symptoms find that medical cannabis provides the most relief with little to no side effects.

Their generation really appreciates the relaxing benefits of marijuana. Baby boomers have worked their own lives, leading stressful daily schedules. Often relaxing is difficult even during retirement. Doctors might suggest massages, yoga or meditation to help their client relax. However, there is information suggesting that in states where medical cannabis is legal, doctors are prescribing to the aging population in the hopes of relaxing their clients. Relaxation has been shown to help patients in a variety of ways.

As a person ages, their appetite may wane. Cannabis can be used to help a person's appetite. In fact, it is frequently used to combat anorexia – a disorder associated with the loss of appetite. There have been numerous studies suggesting the benefits of THC – the appetite-increasing chemical found in marijuana – among Alzheimer's and AIDS patients, as well as those with classic anorexia nervosa. Just a little THC can help stimulate the appetite, which in turn may increase enjoyment of a meal.

There have also been studies suggesting that smoking pot can benefit the aging mind. Aspects of the cannabis plant can be used to reduce inflammation within the brain. Reducing inflammation may allow for the stimulated growth of new brain cells. These cells can replace aging brain cells and possibly go on to help with memory loss and general mental function.

As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, it is expected that cannabis will continue to increase in acceptance. Because this generation is particularly comfortable exploring the benefits of the drug's medicinal uses, more and more state and local governments will consider legalizing cannabis.

How to Fast-Track yourself into a career

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SPRINGFIELD — A shrinking American workforce needs people to fill the jobs being left behind by retirees.

With an average of 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, there aren’t enough people filling those jobs fast enough. 

These days, many kids coming out of high school are more concerned with going to college for a social experience rather than the end result of starting their careers. 

At OTC, programs there are set up to get students into a job as quickly as possible, while still giving them quality training. The director of OTC’s Center for Workforce Development is Sherry Coker, and she says two of those programs are Aspire and Skillup. 

Aspire is targeted for at-risk youth between the ages of 16-24. 

Skill UP is designed for those who qualify for food stamps and must be at least 18. 

Coker says they have programs for the medical field, but they have expanded their efforts recently. 

“In addition to healthcare, we have branched out and we are focusing our certified production technician — what we call the manufacturing technician program — which will help get individuals job opportunities in the manufacturing sector,” Coker says. 

If people want to go that route, Coker says it doesn’t take long to see results. 

“Eight weeks. We’ll even go as far as saying you’re employable after 4 weeks. Once you understand the basics of safety, quality and the environment, you can get a job on the floor,” Coker explains. 

A reason these are so effective is because they work with several area employers to recruit their students. 

One of those employers is CNH Reman, which is a center that remanufactures components for Case and New Holland farm equipment. 

HR Director Diane Rozier says that they have been involved with building OTC’s curriculum, and they relay some of the things they look for in potential employees.

“For students coming out, attitude and aptitude can go so far. The classroom is very important for the technical skills to gain experience and exposure to the machines and equipment, but really taking the time to engage and apply that knowledge. You have to have both — the technical and the soft skills,” Rozier says.
 
As far as those technical skills go, job tours give students a chance to talk with the very people that may end up hiring them. 

One of the many success stories of an OTC program is 21-year-old Dalton Hosman.

Hosman who went through the Aspire program, says it gave him everything he needed to get ready for the real world of manufacturing. 

“It was really great actually. We did a lot of hands-on, and instead of being really specific to one type of manufacturing it was a lot. We had a very broad spectrum. so that really helped me out a lot in figuring out what I wanted to do essentially, at the end,” Hosman says. 

CNH Reman was the last place Hosman toured during the course of the program. He graduated on a Friday and started work on the following Monday. He says he had multiple job offers, but he chose CNH Reman.

“This place is phenomenal. Benefits are great, it’s fantastic,” Hosman says. 

With the shrinking workforce becoming a bigger issue every day in the United States, the hope is for stories like Hosmans’ to become the new normal.

Baby Boomers in the 21st Century

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According to the US Census Bureau, there are over 78 million Baby Boomers that consist of a group of people born between 1946 and 1964. That currently makes Baby Boomers the largest generation in today's work, and as they start to retire over the next decade, they will be faced with the daunting task of maintaining their pre-retirement lifestyle.

Compared with what previous generations faced as they closed in on retirement age, Baby Boomers typically have higher income, and have accumulated more wealth to help with their retirement. Overall, a percentage of Baby Boomers will have a higher income in retirement than their parents had, and they are much less likely to live in poverty after they retire.

While this is true for some, there are many who still enjoy this higher income, but have not prepared well in terms of savings for the years to come. This group continues to live a nice lifestyle while taking advantage of life's luxuries, but has not saved anything that will allow them to continue this life and lifestyle into retirement.

There is a whole group of others who have worked hard all their lives, but lack of job security and other circumstances have forced them to live from paycheck to paycheck, not having the means to retire at all.

The evidence is clearly showing that Baby boomers will not be able to count on what was previously considered retirement security. Private-sector pensions and personal savings are no longer adequate to ensure that most Americans will have enough to live on when then retire.

In addition, people live much longer today than they did in the past, and as a result, they need more money to secure their retirement years. Spending thirty years in retirement is not out of the question anymore, and with that longevity, retirees are faced with the very real risk of actually outliving their retirement assets.

How Much Income Do You Need to Retire?

Understanding how much income one is going to need is a difficult task, and expectations are very different today than they were for previous generations. Financial experts used to say that the goal was to be able to replace somewhere between 60-80 percent of one's pre-retirement income. The reason for that number was the assumption that expenses would go down after retirement, but that is not necessarily the case any more in this day and age.

People have a different vision of retirement today, and that vision does not include the end of having fun while living a productive life. Retirees want to live a lifestyle of their dreams, do exciting things including travel, and be able to handle the high costs of housing, health care and long-term care as it becomes more necessary.

In reality, many Baby Boomers will not be able to afford to retire, but they will not be able to continue working productively either. They will be forced to fall below the poverty line as they are faced with financial insecurity combined with poorer health in their "golden" years. According to Benjamin Stein of the National Retirement Planning Coalition, "Tens of millions of Americans are seriously underprepared to meet their financial needs in retirement." As many as 40 percent of Americans have saved almost nothing for retirement.

So, if you are a Baby Boomer near retirement, and you do not see where your retirement income is going to come from, then it is time to take action before it is too late. Your future is not set in stone, because there are steps that you can take to help change the picture of your future. You can still save for retirement and provide yourself with the necessary assets you need to bulk up the size of your all-important nest egg.

The goal is to find a means to generate income for you now as well as far into your retirement. Preferably, it would be something that you can do from home, or from anywhere, and it can not interfere with your existing life requirements. That may seem like quite a tall order, but there is an opportunity that meets these requirements, and it is the perfect way to help Baby Boomers prepare for the retirement they dream of.

What Does Your Future Look Like?

Do you fall into the category of Baby Boomers who are not fully prepared for retirement? Do you believe that your lifestyle will begin to suffer when you retire?

Will you ever really be able to retire, or will you always always need to work in order to provide for yourself and your loved ones?

Do not let your future be determined for you when you CAN do something about it. Most importantly, do not wait until it is too late. There has never been a better time to get started in a remarkable business that is changing the retirement landscape for so many Baby Boomers.

Technology and the current business climate enable you to establish and build a business from the comfort of your home or even from a hotel room or a beachfront resort. You can live and travel and build your new business from anywhere in the world.

Internet access and a telephone are all that you will need to build a successful business, and our team of trained professionals will educate you and help guide you down the path to success. It is amazing to think that you can so easily change an uncertain future, and begin to look forward to the retirement lifestyle you always hop for.

It is time to stop worrying how you are going to benefit to live the rest of your life, and instead, take the first step towards securing your financial future. If you are ready to learn how you can begin to generate a basic income right away that can continue to provide for you and your retirement, then you are at the right place.

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Tribeca: Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder Reunite for ‘Reality Bites’ 25th Anniversary

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The cast and producers gathered for a talkback after a screening of the 1994 film, which marked Stiller’s directorial debut.

“I have so many emotional feelings right now,” Ben Stiller said at the 25th-anniversary screening of Reality Bites at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday afternoon. The film marked Stiller’s directorial debut and skyrocketed Ethan Hawke’s career, and Stiller reunited with Hawke, as well as the film’s stars Winona Ryder and Janeane Garofalo, screenwriter Helen Childress, and producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher for a talkback after the screening.

“It feels like an embarrassing home movie for all of us,” Sher said.

Before the cast and creative team took the stage, Lisa Loeb played her song “Stay” as the credits rolled. Loeb was a member of Hawke’s theater company at the time, and movie catapulted her single to number one, making her the first unsigned artist to top the charts.

Childress started writing the film when she was 20, based on her own experiences and finished when she was 23. It was initially called “Untitled Baby Busters Project,” and she intended the title Reality Bites to be a play on soundbites, rather than the generally accepted meaning that reality bites mean that reality is hard.

The film premiered at Sundance in 1994 and became a quintessential moment for Generation X, capturing the resistance to selling out and authority of the early ’90s.

Shamberg said he was attracted to the generational story, particularly after his success with The Big Chill, which was a similar narrative for baby boomers.

“We didn’t have streaming. We had some sitcoms. It just seemed like a formula and I don’t mean that pejoratively,” he said. “You could be really authentic about what was going on in the culture and nobody was doing it. That was the excitement of the project.”

Stiller was coming off The Ben Stiller Show, which ended after 12 weeks, But Rider was a big fan of the series. As soon as Ryder said yes, the film was greenlit.

“I just connected with it, and I really really wanted to work with Ben and Janeane and Ethan,” said Ryder, who convinced Hawke to join the project as well. “I was very intimidated because these were cool people.”

“I remember Winona called me and say you should talk to Ethan,” Still said, adding that he responded, “Who’s this Ethan Hawke guy?”

“Winona brought us all together. She wasn’t intimidated at all,” Hawke responded.

Garofalo was actually let go from the film and reinstated during the process. Ryder called her the “rosebud” of the movie, saying she can’t imagine the movie without her.

“Apparently, as was my won’t back then, I was behaving in a rather immature manner on the set and was not respecting the authority that needed to be established,” Garofalo said. “I didn’t know I had been let go. I remember Ben saying ‘You can go for the day’ and I was like psyched…I’ve since become more mature as I am in AARP now.”

One thing she did without permission was cut “Bettie Page bangs.” While she doesn’t think they looked good, Stiller thinks it worked out now. “I was totally wrong. They were great,” Stiller said.

Hawke also had a very specific hairstyle in the film, though when asked how he kept the look consistent for continuity, he said that’s just the way he was. “That was my look babe. It worked,” Hawke said. “It was called actually doing nothing. It was exactly the way I looked all the time back then.”

While the movie is still beloved today, there are many aspects that did not age particularly well.

“I just want to apologize for the way the film fetishizes smoking,” Stiller said. “It’s out of control the amount of close-ups of cigarettes and cigarettes going into mouths.”

While the film embraced the anarchic attitudes of young people, there was some initial resistance from audience since the movie was produced by a major studio.  

“It wasn’t an independent movie like Clerks or Spanking the Monkey or Slackers, it was made by Universal Studios,” Stiller said. “So from the beginning people were suspect. So we went to do a test screening in Berkeley, California and the universal logo comes up on screen and the audience starts booing. We went to Berkeley because they thought that would be our crowd.” 

However, the movie did launch a lot of careers and give young people an opportunity to shine – particularly Childress.

“I’ve heard from people that it was inspirational for them to see a young woman to get sole credit,” the screenwriter said. “I would have to thank Ben and Stacy and Michael for not being rewritten.”

Hawke applauds Ryder for taking the chance on an unknown screenwriter.

“I really want to say how much we are all are indebted to Winona using her strength, her power at that moment to care about another woman’s voice,” Hawke said, as Ryder rubbed his shoulder. “I’m indebted. Winona believed in me. Winona got me this job. This job changed the trajectory of my career entirely.”

Hawke said he was attracted to the writing and characters because they were three-dimensional and real mistakes were made.

“In life, we do the wrong thing all the time, and it’s so difficult for us to forgive ourselves,” Hawke said. “We behave badly but we’re trying to learn. And the movie ends up showing how hard it is as young people to learn your way. You have to live your way through these things.”

Both Ryder and Garofalo are hesitant to call the movie the story of a generation.

“I always read it just as this great little story about these friends. I never anticipated it becoming—and I don’t even like to say the generation certain letter. I never really saw it as that,” Ryder said. “I feel like the lucky one. I feel like it couldn’t have been made without every ingredient up here.”

“I think there was pushback that I tend to agree with,” Garofalo added. “This speaks to the authenticity of Helen’s story. It doesn’t represent quote-unquote a generation. It represents those people who we would say would be between working class, middle class, white who had the luxury of having those days jobs and things like that. I understand why there was some pushback. That is a blanket statement, a generation. A generation is very very diverse, and there are many stories to tell. And it was Helen’s speaking hers. And I felt like that was an unfair pressure to put on the movie.”

When asked if she’ll ever write a sequel, Childress responded that she’s living it right now.

“Those relationships, they were real. It’s based on my husband and I who now have been married longer than Vickie’s parents in the movie,” Childress said, adding that it was special to have her daughter in the audience for the screening. “I would love to do a spiritual sequel.”

As far as where the characters might be today in their 40s, Ryder has a surprising answer.

“People always come up and are like, would you be with Troy or would you be with Michael? I always thought maybe I’d end up with,” Ryder said, gesturing to Garofalo. “People mistake me for being both gay and Jewish, which I am neither but I am complimented by that,” she said. “It makes me seem far more interesting than an asexual atheist.”

Stiller concluded the conversation by saying he was thankful to everyone who came out, establishing another memorable moment tied to the film.

“It’s emotional for me, to hear the movie with an audience, to hear your reactions, to feel it together and to still be here 25 years later,” Stiller said. “I’m very grateful for that.” 

Fresno State hopes to fill teacher shortage with conference for high school students

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TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — Donna Glassman-Sommer says there’s never been a better time than now to become a teacher.

She’s the executive director of the California Center on Teaching Careers.

And on Friday, she served as keynote speaker at Fresno State’s first Make a Difference – Teach conference in the South Valley.

“Today we’re talking about the change in education and as we change in the classroom to create 21st century classrooms, creating 21st century teachers and making sure that we have the best quality people here in the Valley,” said Glassman-Sommer.

There’s a teacher shortage in the Valley, and Glassman-Sommer says there are a variety of reasons why.

One of the main ones – baby boomers are retiring.

So it’s no secret that the purpose of this event is to help fill the void, by encouraging these students to consider a teaching career.

“We want to provide them with information, with ideas, with perspectives on what the profession of teaching is all about, and some of that may be beyond their own experiences as a student in public schools to other kinds of ideas like being a special education teacher, being a school psychologist, being a school counselor,” said Dr. Frederick Nelson, chair of Fresno State’s Department of Liberal Studies.

One option presented to the high school students was the accelerated South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program at the Fresno State Visalia campus, where transfer students can become credentialed teachers in two years.

“As far as school goes, we’re just a few years beyond them, so we have that sort of connection,” said Sheena Briceno, a current ITEP student. “And so I think that we can get them to understand that it’s hard right now, it’s almost over, you just gotta keep going.”

Golden West High School senior Adriana Sandoval needed no convincing on Friday.

Her heart is set on becoming a special education teacher.

“I do work with special needs students at my school and I have previous experience,” Briceno said. “It’s beautiful, being a teacher’s beautiful and I can’t wait.”

The time is ripe for students like Sandoval to commit to a career in teaching.

There’s a critical need, and once they’re ready to apply for that first job, they’ll have many positions to choose from.

A special scholarship is available for COS students that plan to transfer into the Fresno State ITEP Program.

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Crime Prevention and Basic Self Defense Moves for Baby Boomers

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Self defense for those of us who are baby boomers is not about fighting harder, but being smarter. Have a basic crime prevention plan to follow and learn to make the most of your motor abilities. I know that my own strength, stamina, range of motion and reaction times are not like they were even ten years ago. I will be medicare age this year, and because of the many naturally occurring physical changes that our bodies experience as we rush through life, I am feeling more vulnerable to possible criminal encounters. And yes, I have been a self defense instructor for almost four decades, but I am still subject to the same potential crime as everyone else. However, I have a permanent positive plan in place that relieves me from feeling more vulnerable than I was when I was much younger.

You can not stop Mother Nature from aging us, but what we lose in physical attributes we can gain through knowledge and experience. You can feel less vulnerable and be more powerful and dangerous to criminal types by following your own permanent positive plan of crime prevention. The path to such power has been described by many of the men and women I have shared my self defense tips and basic moves with over the decades as "surprising simple and devastatingly effective." As children of the sixties, now in our sixties, we take up causes and confront the challenges as we always have … directly.

Crime prevention awareness is the single most important reality that can make the critical difference is our personal safety. Being aware of your surroundings is as simple as it is complicated. There are many distractions that go through our mind at any given moment, so make a permanent positive plan to be more mindful when moving in an environment that you should be giving more personal awareness too. As an example: Walking to or from your car in the mall at noon time when the parking structure is full of shoppers versus a higher level of awareness that is needed when walking to your car when the mall is closing and fewer people are around. A really great local resource for crime prevention tips is simply calling your local police crime prevention department or unit. The police can give you a "heads-up" on the latest scams and local crimes.

Self Defense is both crime prevention strategies and using physical moves to protect your health and life. There is no going toe to toe with a criminal type in my plan. Remember, we want to work smarter, not harder. My personal plan is the very same program that I have been teaching for decades. It includes both a crime prevention strategy and learning to maximize my body as a weapon with simple basic physical moves that I developed naturally before I was two years of age. You can learn to leverage your full power against a physical assault through an easy to learn system of natural motor movements.

Learning to use motor skills you already possess is not a new approach, but the "transfer training" methods we teach have now been tried and tested over the years by thousands of men and women as well as the boys and girls who have attended this short , safe, and yes, fun type self defense program. New skills come from "DOING".

Self Defense Muscle Memory- Consider the difference between understanding the concept of riding a bicycle, and actually being able to do it. Getting on the bike and experimenting to find balance and control are what brings mastery to this physical skill. As we all seem to know, once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget. It is part of your "muscle memory".

Good basic self defense moves that apply this same concept to learning the physical skills that can save your life. The training methods in a my Self Defense Program will show you how to quickly develop the physical motor skills into "Self Defense Muscle Memory". Partner training is a key to being able to learn the new skills in about the same amount of time you needed to learn CPR.

If you can point with your finger, wave and clap your hands, or able to climb up a few stairs than I have self defense moves you can learn. Are you ready to start your own permanent positive self defense plan? Click on the link in the resource area to begin a free lesson on learning the knee kick.

Baby Boomer Health Tip # 1 – Gingivitis

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Baby Boomers, there is a reason to continue flossing your teeth every day. If it was not a regular routine in your past, make it so, now.

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is a serious condition that will normally result in tooth loss. With adults, gingivitis and periodontal disease are the most common forms of gum disease. To prevent both types of gum disease, you should always brush your teeth and remove as much plaque as possible. If you allow the plaque to build up, gum disease will normally be the result.

Gingivitis is known as inflammation in the tissues of the gums. If plaque and tartar build up along the gum line, the gums will eventually get swollen and irritated. Over time, the gums will get very tender and start to appear puffy. When you brush your teeth, you'll notice that your gums have become very sore and they will start to bleed with little to no pressure. If you notice blood when brushing, chances are you have gingivitis. Anytime you brush your teeth or floss, there should not be any sign of blood.

During this stage of gingivitis, there is no loss of bone structure. You can help to prevent gingivitis though, through flossing and brushing a few times a day. If you have gingivitis and you do not do something about it, it could lead to periodontal disease. Those who do not treat gingivitis or those who keep poor oral hygiene habits, will usually end up with periodontal disease where bone is actually destroyed. This damage can not be reversed!

So no matter how much retirement fun you are having, take the time to brush and floss your teeth and visit your dentist regularly. This is one of the many "secrets" to making your "second adult life" the best years ever.

A final note: I know some people have not been to a dentist in years. Whatever out of fear, a bad experience or any other excuse, you need to give it another try. This is for your health and happiness. I think you will find modern dentistry has changed a lot in the past decade or two.

I purposely avoided writing about Baby Boomer health issues because I wanted to cover nothing but positive, uplifting, "second adult life" topics. But he sees that after 40 and definitely after 50, Boomers have questions and want to share all the new and sometimes unpleasing things happening to their bodies. I hope these articles help.

Note: I always try to be accurate but I am not a health professional. ALWAYS check with your doctor before changing any of your healthcare practices.

Retiring baby boomers’ impact on cities

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –  As baby boomers are retiring, they’re leaving jobs behind that millennials can’t fill.  

KOLR10 spoke to the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce on what the city is doing to combat this.  

“One of the key things that businesses that are looking to relocate to the area look for, is a growing workforce and plenty of people to fill the jobs that they have available,” Robin Robeson, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect, said.  

Robin Robeson and Ryan Mooney, also with the Chamber, say cities are deeply affected by baby boomers retiring and leaving jobs open that companies are left to fill.  

“What we’ve seen in the data suggests to us as of late is that every time a worker enters the workforce, a new job is created,” Mooney said.  

Robeson says the race for companies is where Springfield needs to be taken seriously. 

“Make no mistake it is a competition,” said Robeson. “There will be winners and there will be losers. 

“What are we doing to make those visitors go, ‘Wow, maybe I want to live in Springfield. Let me check out what jobs are available here,’ so are we leveraging and using those recourses to make sure that when we have the opportunities that we’re taking full advantage of it?” 

But how does Springfield come out on top as a winner in the contest for companies looking to relocate? 

“Well we have, kind of, a chicken or the egg, you know, chicken or egg situation,” Robeson said. 

Peter Kageyama, the author of, “For the Love of Cities,” says people in Springfield have to demonstrate that they love their city.  

He suggests going to parks, participating in community gardens and going downtown to support business. That makes the city enjoyable for people that will be filling the open jobs left by baby boomers. 

“Having a great workplace, that’s important but also, a great city, that’s important too,” Kageyama said over Facetime. “If you get those two working together, then you’re far more likely to see that talent stay in a place. Cities, companies they’re natural allies in this process.” 

What they’re seeing is that they’re connected. If you want more companies to come to your city, you must have people there to fill the jobs. To have people there to fill jobs, you must have people demonstrating to others that they love their city to get even more people to move there.  

“The term for that is a virtuous cycle,” said Kageyama. “Where good things compound upon good things. That’s exactly what you’re hoping for. We’re very familiar with the vicious cycle but the virtuous cycle is the exact opposite of that.” 

“From our perspective,” Mooney said. “We’re talking about a lot of big community projects that…how do we take those on as a community and make those big investments?” 

Mooney says the city needs to constantly work toward improving…and they are.  

“We have to continually be pushing our community to even better and higher expectations of ourselves,” said Mooney. “If we do that, we know companies are going to respond and we know that for the next couple of decades, we’re going to be dealing with worker shortages and that’s the number one thing that companies are thinking about. 

“We feel like Springfield has a lot of good things going for it right now, but we need to continue to enhance that. We need to figure out how we can get to an even better community. Where, more people will want to live and work.” 

Mooney also said the city is heavily focused on providing education to enhance Springfield’s talent pipeline.

Millenials Share WORST Baby Boomers Advice/Wisdom

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Millennials of Reddit: What’s the worst “Baby Boomer advice/wisdom” you’ve ever been offered? – r/Askreddit