Boomers will redefine notions of age

  • metta

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    May 10, 2011 9:14 PM GMT

    Boomers will redefine notions of age

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/05/09/baby.boomers.retirement.legacy/
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    May 10, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Well, that's me, born 1949, as Baby Boomer as you can get. And I sure hope I redefine notions of age. I don't like the definition I was given growing up. I have my own definition, and whether it conforms with other Baby Boomers I dunno.

    But I do know it wasn't my late Father's definition (who would be 100 this September). I'm still wearing cargo shorts, T-shirts, blue jeans, sandals and baseball caps at 62, things I never saw him wear in his 40s, my first memories of him. I ride a bicycle most days, and will be riding one down to Key West later this year, 165 miles. I never saw him on a bicycle ever.

    Nor could he plop down on the grass to lay out, or go to a gym, or jog, or do half the things I do. He was very formal and proper, typical of his generation, always in a necktie, from a time that thought a grown man had to be dignified and "adult," never childlike.

    I love him so much, but we are also so different. As the current generation in turn finds me backward & stupid, out of touch and not as smart as they are.

    Ah, well, the pattern since time immemorial. But I do think we "Baby Boomers" did change some notions about age, that maybe are benefiting younger people today.

    Before we came along, by your late 20s you were serious adults, who never had any silly fun, your youth over, only the grown-up grind ahead of you. You buckled down, you became your parents.

    We Baby Boomers upset that model. I hope you're all grateful for that.
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    May 10, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    I'm 66, so I'm about a year short of being included with the boomers, but I think I'm close enough. We've gone through a lot, especially in the gay arena. What was at one time the unspeakable, is now the topic of many discussions: good and bad. I was in the navy at a time when undesirable discharges were served, and now I see that same sex marriages can be performed on navy bases.

    I like to think of myself as a trend setter and I try my best to stay active and also learn new things. I think another bonanza is all of the advances that have been made in health. We know what is good and not good for us these days and anyone who does not take care of themselves with all of the information available is simply tempting fate.

    I can't mention enough about the internet. We have virtually all of the knowledge and wisdom of the ages in our living room. Wow! These are exciting times and those who are not getting on board are very unenlightened.
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    May 11, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    I represent those facts!
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    May 11, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    "Boomers have a hard time giving up control. For them, control is a fundamental right born out of basic entitlement"

    This from the article is the most important part. I am sorry to you all who are a "Boomer" but its your guys fault we are in this mess. Yes you did bring us into a new world a spiritual and sexual revolution in the 60's however you all sold out. If you didn't succumb to horrible rug addiction you decided to sell out, invest in Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs. The Yuppy was born. It was your sense of self entitlement that lead to the republican revolution in this country. We have Goerge Bush and Ronald Regan because you all sold your ideals for fools gold. You kept refinancing your home to buy more and more things to keep up with the Jones. You have sold out more than once, and now have brought the entire country down with you. Yet you all still want us to take care of you. " I paid my taxes I deserve to be taken care of by the government"

    WELL GOOD FOR YOU! YOU PAID YOUR TAXES. YOU DESERVE A COOKIE!

    Jesus now I am stuck with old people everywhere who drive to slow on the roads, kill people on the freeway, have horrible health problems because you all wanted to eat MCDonalds and not exercise. You keep taking more and more and more pills instead of just changing your diet! Health Care is going broke from your ideals, the country is broke from your bad financial decisions and now you want my generation to take care of you, while social security will be gone when it is my turn.

    Now this isn't everyone from that time but it surly is most of them. And their kids who are now in their middle age, are homeless and can't figure out why they are fat, broke, and have nothing left

    Thank you. I thank the "Greatest Generation"
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    May 11, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
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    Jesus now I am stuck with old people everywhere who drive to slow on the roads, kill people on the freeway, have horrible health problems because you all wanted to eat MCDonalds and not exercise. You keep taking more and more and more pills instead of just changing your diet! Health Care is going broke from your ideals, the country is broke from your bad financial decisions and now you want my generation to take care of you, while social security will be gone when it is my turn.

    Now this isn't everyone from that time but it surly is most of them. And their kids who are now in their middle age, are homeless and can't figure out why they are fat, broke, and have nothing left

    Thank you. I thank the "Greatest Generation"

    Jeez, is that how it is in Long Beach? Must suck to be there. Where I am, many of the boomers are in cycling clubs, running 10Ks and sometimes half-marathons and full marathons, into motorcycles, going to the gym regularly, and actually working out instead of talking, buying locally grown organic food at Whole Foods. And guess where some of the generation Y sons and daughters live (if that's the right term)? They're living with their boomer parents because they are finding times tough.
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    May 11, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    KinesiologyMajor said
    Jesus now I am stuck with old people everywhere who drive to slow on the roads, kill people on the freeway, have horrible health problems because you all wanted to eat MCDonalds and not exercise. You keep taking more and more and more pills instead of just changing your diet! Health Care is going broke from your ideals, the country is broke from your bad financial decisions and now you want my generation to take care of you, while social security will be gone when it is my turn.

    Now this isn't everyone from that time but it surly is most of them. And their kids who are now in their middle age, are homeless and can't figure out why they are fat, broke, and have nothing left

    Thank you. I thank the "Greatest Generation"

    Jeez, is that how it is in Long Beach? Must suck to be there. Where I am, many of the boomers are in cycling clubs, running 10Ks and sometimes half-marathons and full marathons, into motorcycles, going to the gym regularly, and actually working out instead of talking. And guess where some of the generation Y sons and daughters live (if that's the right term)? They're living with their boomer parents because they are finding times tough.


    Like I said its not all of them. But a huge percent of them are like that.
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    May 11, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
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    socalfitness said
    KinesiologyMajor said
    Jesus now I am stuck with old people everywhere who drive to slow on the roads, kill people on the freeway, have horrible health problems because you all wanted to eat MCDonalds and not exercise. You keep taking more and more and more pills instead of just changing your diet! Health Care is going broke from your ideals, the country is broke from your bad financial decisions and now you want my generation to take care of you, while social security will be gone when it is my turn.

    Now this isn't everyone from that time but it surly is most of them. And their kids who are now in their middle age, are homeless and can't figure out why they are fat, broke, and have nothing left

    Thank you. I thank the "Greatest Generation"

    Jeez, is that how it is in Long Beach? Must suck to be there. Where I am, many of the boomers are in cycling clubs, running 10Ks and sometimes half-marathons and full marathons, into motorcycles, going to the gym regularly, and actually working out instead of talking. And guess where some of the generation Y sons and daughters live (if that's the right term)? They're living with their boomer parents because they are finding times tough.


    Like I said its not all of them. But a huge percent of them are like that.

    Maybe, but not where I am.
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    May 11, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    KinesiologyMajor said
    socalfitness said
    KinesiologyMajor said
    Jesus now I am stuck with old people everywhere who drive to slow on the roads, kill people on the freeway, have horrible health problems because you all wanted to eat MCDonalds and not exercise. You keep taking more and more and more pills instead of just changing your diet! Health Care is going broke from your ideals, the country is broke from your bad financial decisions and now you want my generation to take care of you, while social security will be gone when it is my turn.

    Now this isn't everyone from that time but it surly is most of them. And their kids who are now in their middle age, are homeless and can't figure out why they are fat, broke, and have nothing left

    Thank you. I thank the "Greatest Generation"

    Jeez, is that how it is in Long Beach? Must suck to be there. Where I am, many of the boomers are in cycling clubs, running 10Ks and sometimes half-marathons and full marathons, into motorcycles, going to the gym regularly, and actually working out instead of talking. And guess where some of the generation Y sons and daughters live (if that's the right term)? They're living with their boomer parents because they are finding times tough.


    Like I said its not all of them. But a huge percent of them are like that.

    Maybe, but not where I am.


    Yes but you live in Manhattan Beach. That is just where most of the Yuppies didn't invest in Security Exchange swaps and still make 30 million a year. Its a little bit of a bubble there.
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    May 11, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    Boomers are the "greatest generation" only in their own self-indulgent fantasies.
    They've never cared about making the right choices for the future.
    They only did what felt good and made them feel good about themselves.
    The young people of today and tomorrow are screwed because of the selfish choices that the boomers made time and time again.
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    May 11, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    rickrick91 saidBoomers are the "greatest generation" only in their own self-indulgent fantasies.
    They've never cared about making the right choices for the future.
    They only did what felt good and made them feel good about themselves.
    The young people of today and tomorrow are screwed because of the selfish choices that the boomers made time and time again.


    You know how screwed up the Baby Boomers were? Flash Gordon 1980 was their idea of Utopia hahahahahahahahaha
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    rickrick91 saidBoomers are the "greatest generation" only in their own self-indulgent fantasies.
    They've never cared about making the right choices for the future.
    They only did what felt good and made them feel good about themselves.
    The young people of today and tomorrow are screwed because of the selfish choices that the boomers made time and time again.


    You know how screwed up the Baby Boomers were? Flash Gordon 1980 was their idea of Utopia hahahahahahahahaha



    That is one cheesy movie.
    I saw that movie on tv once and the only good thing about it - was the guy who played Flash Gordon had a real sweet butt.
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    May 11, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    KinesiologyMajor saidYes but you live in Manhattan Beach. That is just where most of the Yuppies didn't invest in Security Exchange swaps and still make 30 million a year. Its a little bit of a bubble there.

    Only 30 mil? That must be in the neighborhood east of Sepulveda. Otherwise, how could you live on that? Come visit our bubble sometime. You might enjoy it. Good place to be a PT, so with your Kines. degree, you could have a good business going.
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    May 11, 2011 5:50 AM GMT
    Lmao I read that as "Boners will redefine notions of age"
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    May 11, 2011 5:53 AM GMT
    rickrick91 saidBoomers are the "greatest generation" only in their own self-indulgent fantasies.
    They've never cared about making the right choices for the future.
    They only did what felt good and made them feel good about themselves.
    The young people of today and tomorrow are screwed because of the selfish choices that the boomers made time and time again.



    Oh Yea...yet another ray of sunshine form RickRick icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 11, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
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    KinesiologyMajor saidYes but you live in Manhattan Beach. That is just where most of the Yuppies didn't invest in Security Exchange swaps and still make 30 million a year. Its a little bit of a bubble there.

    Only 30 mil? That must be in the neighborhood east of Sepulveda. Otherwise, how could you live on that? Come visit our bubble sometime. You might enjoy it. Good place to be a PT, so with your Kines. degree, you could have a good business going.


    I have my boyfriends sister and mother lives there
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    May 11, 2011 8:47 AM GMT
    I fucking hate Boomers. They fucked/are fucking over this country.
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    May 11, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    hart_g saidI fucking hate Boomers. They fucked/are fucking over this country.

    Just to keep things in perspective, what percent of folks, say in their say 20s and early 30s, are actively supporting politicians who want to continue spending money we don't have and are willing to place an increasing debt on your generation versus others who are trying to put a limit on the debt?
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    May 11, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    I think the official boomer years are 1946-1964. I was just told this because my b-day is in 64. Dang, I am in no way ready to be thinking of retirement years. icon_lol.gif
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    hart_g saidI fucking hate Boomers. They fucked/are fucking over this country.

    Just to keep things in perspective, what percent of folks, say in their say 20s and early 30s, are actively supporting politicians who want to continue spending money we don't have and are willing to place an increasing debt on your generation versus others who are trying to put a limit on the debt?


    WHICH POLITICIANS, the ones who want to continue spending money instead of making our retirement programs more secure---and affordable, WOULD THOSE BE?

    When 'Obamacare' offered huge savings to Medicare, the Republicans attacked with a fear-rousing chant of 'DEATH PANELS'.

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    floridajockguy saidI think the official boomer years are 1946-1964. I was just told this because my b-day is in 64. Dang, I am in no way ready to be thinking of retirement years. icon_lol.gif
    Yes those are the "official boomer years".. and yes, we have to plan retirement and getting old.

    But lets make sure we 'purposely' make KinesiologyMajor's life a shamble! (it'll do him good icon_smile.gif)
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    May 11, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    Here's a comparison for you:

    If a company spends too much of its budget on care for its retirees and not enough on training and care of its new employees......that company will go broke, screwing both young and old alike.

    I'm 54 and I think a lot of us boomers are realizing our own best interests are served by investing in our younger fellow citizens.

    And we know that our best investment in ourselves is our daily health practices. We train smarter than ever and eat healthier. We live well.

    Part of our contribution to the young is by setting a good example. We show everyone that we can be truly alive far longer.

    Able bodies and experienced minds have lots to offer. For most of us, we're eager to work to help create a great future for the next generations.
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    May 11, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    KinesiologyMajor said"Boomers have a hard time giving up control. For them, control is a fundamental right born out of basic entitlement"

    This from the article is the most important part. I am sorry to you all who are a "Boomer" but its your guys fault we are in this mess. Yes you did bring us into a new world a spiritual and sexual revolution in the 60's however you all sold out. If you didn't succumb to horrible rug addiction you decided to sell out, invest in Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs. The Yuppy was born. It was your sense of self entitlement that lead to the republican revolution in this country. We have Goerge Bush and Ronald Regan because you all sold your ideals for fools gold. You kept refinancing your home to buy more and more things to keep up with the Jones. You have sold out more than once, and now have brought the entire country down with you. Yet you all still want us to take care of you. " I paid my taxes I deserve to be taken care of by the government"

    WELL GOOD FOR YOU! YOU PAID YOUR TAXES. YOU DESERVE A COOKIE!

    Jesus now I am stuck with old people everywhere who drive to slow on the roads, kill people on the freeway, have horrible health problems because you all wanted to eat MCDonalds and not exercise. You keep taking more and more and more pills instead of just changing your diet! Health Care is going broke from your ideals, the country is broke from your bad financial decisions and now you want my generation to take care of you, while social security will be gone when it is my turn.

    Now this isn't everyone from that time but it surly is most of them. And their kids who are now in their middle age, are homeless and can't figure out why they are fat, broke, and have nothing left

    Thank you. I thank the "Greatest Generation"



    We can all pick and choose things that happened and blame it on anyone if we choose too. It is "everyones responsibility" to object or agree with policies made.

    I think as far as social security is concerned "I" paid into it with my salary and hard work. Now keep in mind, each generation is living longer... so is it the McDonald menu that help our longevity?

    No, it is us boomer generation, who sacrificed so much to pave the way for gay rights Stone Wall, it was Boomer's generation that initiated the recognition of global warming and going green.

    From my point of view, I see statistically, gen x and the likes are not leaving home until well after the age of 25. We could go on and on, but it is how we see and interpret things that can easily be scewed to fit our schema's on things.
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    May 11, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    floridajockguy saidI think the official boomer years are 1946-1964. I was just told this because my b-day is in 64. Dang, I am in no way ready to be thinking of retirement years. icon_lol.gif


    I HATE this. The original Douglas Coupland book, Generation X, referred to those born in the early '60s as Generation X because we differ so much from the baby boomers. Culturally, I feel that we have much more in common with those born throughout the 60s.

    Those of us who grew up watching the Brady Bunch and listened to punk in our adolescence don't have a lot in common with those who watched Howdy Doody and listened to the Beatles.
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    May 11, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    Every generation blames current problems on the generation from before.