Boomers are Seniors. Really?

Boomers Becoming Seniors

Back when I started retiring at age 58 I bristled at being called a senior.  I didn’t mind taking a senior discount but please don’t call me a senior, especially a senior citizen. I even called the major’s office and suggest they named the new center “Active Adult Center” rather than just a “Senior Center” and they agreed and did that.  I protested on facebook that boomers would never be seniors, we are just different, and need a new name or simply call us Boomers.

Fast forward 6 years to today and I have changed my mind about that.  Getting ready to turn 65 in a few months, I now accept that being called a senior is not too bad.  I still don’t think the “senior citizen” applies too well to the baby boomer generation.   I love to ask for the “senior discount” every chance I get.  If senior means being over the age of 55 or 60, then so be it.  So a baby boomer forever but now a new title, that of “Senior”.  They even renamed the center to “Senior Adult Center” and that’s OK with me.

I had written an article Senior Communities Here Come the Boomers about how it’s starting to change to accommodate incoming baby boomers and someone commented: Boomers are Seniors. I agree, even though Boomer Seniors are not the same as the Senior Citizens of the older generations.  So I think the article was correct, that there will be some changes in retirement communities to accommodate our baby boomer needs and wants as we become Seniors. On another post I made the same type point that Boomers are Replacing Seniors on Cruises and cruises are becoming less formal and more to the boomers taste.

Senior Citizen Age

According to Wikipedia, the age for the status of “Senior Citizen” is the age which one qualifies for government social security benefits, that traditionally being age 65.  They also say “Senior Citizen” is a polite term for an “elderly person”.   Also if you are retired, you might be a “senior citizen”.  In my book, let’s just take it one step at a time and stay with “senior” for a while before getting into “senior citizen” or “elderly person”.  Not ready for those quite yet.

Boomers Are Seniors

In marketing you see a real mixture of the terms boomers and seniors.  Interestingly AARP’s web site title includes the term “Baby Boomers” but nothing at all about “Seniors”.  AARP membership is open to age 50.  Some other marketing materials including web sites use terms like “older persons”, “the retired”, and “mature”  but commonly use both “boomers and seniors” just to have the bases covered and not to target just one age demographic.  In truth, there is not one solid senior generation anymore, but several groups including us older so-called leading edge boomers, seniors from the silent generation who grew up in the 40’s and 50’s and the boomers’ parents, the so-called Greatest Generation.

Conclusion

At the end of the day this labeling seems to be the domain of the marketing types as they try to reach us boomers becoming seniors and supply what we are looking for.  The way a product is labelled does matter and can help us determine if it’s what we are looking for.   But there is no longer a big enough difference between the terms boomers and seniors to make a difference but that is not the point.  The point is that this whole process will be changing and will be disruptive and who knows what the final outcome will be. There will be changes made to accommodate the boomers becoming seniors. When will boomers retire, where will they retire to and in what type of retirement housing will we live in?  No one knows for certain yet, but it will not the same for the boomers now becoming seniors as it has been for other older groups.  Nor should it be.  The boomer generation has changed everything else along the way, now it our time to define senior living.

Update: Now at age 67 it makes even less difference. The name boomers has held up pretty good but some of the establishment still calls us seniors. Whatever. 🙂

Resources For Baby Boomers

boomer resourcesBoomer Places has added several new pages that you have not seen here before, that are great resources for baby boomers; so I wanted to let you know where to find them.  They are permanent pages about Boomer Blogs, about topics ranging from Fun Things for Boomers to Do, Boomer Cruises, Cruise planning, Grocery Store Senior Discounts, Fall Prevention Tips, and the SilverSneakers program under Medicare which provides a great benefit you should look into if you receive Medicare benefits.

So where do you do you find these pages you ask.  Many of the tabs on the top of this page have pages under them.  If you put your cursor over one of the tabs you will see a drop down menu displayed listing the pages under that tab.  The tab itself takes you to a page and if there is a menu dropping down then there are more than one pages.

Under the Boomer Boomer Blog tab, we Boomer Travel Blogs are some of the best travel blogs  out there.  Boomers lover to travel and to write about their travels.

Under the Entertainment tab, we have 25 Fun Things for Baby Boomers to Do has some interesting and entertaining ideas for boomers.

Under the Boomer Medicare tab, we have a page explaining the SilverSneakers program.

Under the Boomer Travel, we have both a Boomer Cruises page and then a British Isles Cruise Planning page to show how a cruise is planned.

Under the Boomer/Senior Discounts tab we have a Grocery Store Senior Discounts page and Age 55+ Perks page.

Under the Boomers Health Issues tab we have a page for 6 Tips Boomers Need for Slips and Fall Prevention.

Remember each tab itself is a page also.  So now you know, please take a look.

Boomers Stop Chasing Your Tail

Dr. Wayne Dyer

This is a post from the past which has a timeless message. Each day I find it is necessary to meditate. Meditation brings inner peace.  One of my favorite authors is Dr. Wayne Dyer.  Dr. Dyer was born May 10,1940 in Detroit, Michigan.  He spent the first 10 years of his life in foster homes and orphanages.

Today Dr Dyer is a motivation speaker, author, therapist and an self help guru.  Dr. Dyer is the father of eight children and resides with his family in Maui Hawaii.

Dr. Dyer has compared happiness as something being in one’s tail.  Dr. Dryer says, “Don’t chase Happiness, it will find you.  love who you are.”  Don’t be like a cat.  Stop chasing your tail.  Dr. Dyer says,” live life as you want not as others want you to live.”  People will have different opinions of how you should be but more importantly is that you love who you are.  Hang strong and enjoy inner peace.

The message is clear: Allow happiness to find you.  Stop the rat race of chasing.  Enjoy the moment!

My favorite quote by Dr. Dyer is, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the Floor.  It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”  Dr. Dyer says, ” How people treat you is their karma, how you react to it is yours.”

Boomer Living

Boomer life can give you the feeling of being  pressured and stressed.  In addition to everyday life such as Doctors appointments, medicare, discovering new wrinkles, loss of a friend, children having problems, etc.   It is still important to do a self check.  Enjoy the moment and Stop chasing your tail.

Book review- by Dr. Wayne Dyer