Surprising Greenville SC to Awesome Asheville NC

Surprising Greenville SC to Awesome Asheville NC

We took a great trip to Greenville in the Upcountry of South Carolina and then took a mini road trip up to Asheville NC with a couple of stops along the way. Next time you are looking for a 5 or 6 day getaway, this could be a great trip for you.

Driving up I-85 from our home in Atlanta, a brief stop at Chateau Elan, a winery – resort would be a good stop. It is right off Exit 126 in Braselton.

Hampton Inn Downtown Greenville
Hampton Inn Greenville

The drive up to Greenville is a pleasant drive of only a little over 2 hours. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Downtown at River Place  which has a great location on the Reedy River and next to Main Street and Falls Park on the Reedy. We parked our car and didn’t touch it until our departure. Continue reading “Surprising Greenville SC to Awesome Asheville NC”

Originally posted 2018-10-13 21:34:47.

Energy Drinks and Caffeine For Baby Boomers

Seniors have always had some magic tonic to boost energy levels.  I know of one senior lady a couple of decades ago who just loved her “jogging in a jug” she called it.

From the times of the traveling medicine shows until today there has been something to boost energy and spirits.

For many to get going and keep going it’s a few cups of coffee during the day. Cans of Coke or sipping iced tea to keeps others going.  Then there are native herbal remedies and Chinese tonics.

These days, there are options in how baby boomers get their caffeine so take a look at these. Continue reading “Energy Drinks and Caffeine For Baby Boomers”

Originally posted 2018-09-06 08:16:32.

Boomers Most Popular Topics: Jobs, Travel, Discounts

I did an analysis the most popular topics on Boomer Places and here is what I found.

Jobs for Baby Boomers is probably the most visited. Boomer jobs and employment kind of makes sense since “they” claim we Boomer will continue to work into our retirement years. Others include….

Boomers Travel

I did an analysis the most popular topics on Boomer Places and here is what I found.

Jobs for Baby Boomers is probably the most visited.  Boomer jobs and employment kind of makes sense since “they” claim we Boomer will continue to work into our retirement years. Some will work because they need to and some because they want to.  Here’s hoping at least you can find something you like to do and have a passion for and only work when you want to.

Next in a strong third position is the popular topics of senior discounts like our perks at age 55 page and the grocery stores senior discounts too.   Once again that makes sense with the economy the way it is and transitioning in to a more fixed income we boomers need to make our spending go a long ways.  If you are just entering the age 55 zone you need to start asking for senior discounts everywhere you go.  You will save some money and it’s just an age so there is no reason to be embarrassed.

Always of interest to boomers are Boomer retirement communities and where to live in retirement and we have plenty of info in that department. Boomer entertainment including movies and  fun things to do round out the field.  Dropping down the list was boomer stories; maybe we are just not ready for that yet.  Boomer inspiration used to be a big part of this site but since Working Boomer retired we have been a bit lacking in that department.  There certainly are a lot of Boomer Blogs that do a wonderful job with the inspirational postings. 

Originally posted 2013-09-05 15:43:48.

Who ARE The Baby Boomers Today?

The name baby boomer was given to a group of people born in a certain era of time. They impacted today’s society. I would like to break that group down. I hope to be able to express likes and differences as individuals.

these are the baby boomers
Baby Boomers

The name baby boomer was given to a group of people born in a certain era of time.  They impacted today’s society.  I would like to break that group down. I hope to be able to express likes and differences as individuals.  Each boomer is different in his or her own way.  It would be impossible to touch on each one.  That would be better left to the individual to do during quiet time.  That special time of meditation when the person puts away ego and accomplishments would better be told by ones self.  The media portrays a picture of doers and happenings in boomer articles.  Some are negative. Others are positive. Then there are those that are just hanging out in the unknown.  This is a list of a few.  Maybe you will see yourself in this mesh of scenarios or maybe in the stillness while you read, you will allow yourself to just be.

  • You awakened this morning in the new retirement home that you and hubby just found in the small town of Ocala, Florida.  David, your husband, had the coffee brewing.  The television was on the news channel.  You listened.  The news reporter told of possible cuts in Medicare and Social Security.  Gas prices were up.  The national debt was out of control.  The phone rang.  It was the pharmacy on your answering machine.  Your heart medicines could not be filled because your insurance once again had denied them.  You must call your physician.  Felix, the cat stretched lazily over in the corner.  You looked out the window.  The shade tree seemed greener than yesterday.  David looked at you as you stretched.  He smiled.  The smile on his face was like a glow.  You felt the warm fuzzy in your stomach as you focused on the love in your heart for David.  You knew the comfort of being safe because you chose to stay just in the moment.  The moment consisted of the love that was there with David, the beauty of nature outside your window and the joy of just being alive one more day!
  • You looked out the window of your city apartment from the tenth floor.  There was no time to read the paper.  You were running late for that early morning job interview.  You must not be late.  After all, at age sixty, the last thing that you wanted was to miss an opportunity to seal the deal on a new career.  The rent was paid through next month.  You could not allow your mind to go any further.  You were one of those boomers having to start all over again.  It would not be the first time.  You had started over after the divorce from Mary Lou.   Your friend John had told you it would take awhile but you had made new friends.  You smile.  You walk out the door and lock the lock behind you.  On the elevator, you think to yourself, ” All will be as it is suppose to be, I am staying in the moment.”
  • Age sixty-four and you are sitting in your small cubical in what you call the cube factory.  You look at the computer.  You remember the beautiful office that you once had.  Oh how you loved that mahogany desk and the view from the office bay window.  The noise around you is getting louder.  This is NOT where you want to be.  Will that long awaited vacation time ever come?  Then your mind switches thoughts.  Next month you will be sixty-five.  You finally found that perfect age restricted apartment.  Finally you could do the laundry at home.  There would be no more trips to the laundromat because you had secured a villa.  Your heart begins to sing.  Your focus is back in the moment.  Life is life and it will be as it should be!

Who is the Baby boomer today?  It is you in all your uniqueness.  It is that special one that you are, not necessarily where you are, what you do or what you have.  You are a human being, not less than or more than, just THAT SPECIAL YOU!  Think about it.  Who is the Baby boomer today?  Is it you or what is outside of you?  Are we boomers really so different?

CELEBRATE THE MOMENT BECAUSE IT IS YOURS!

Originally posted 2011-07-18 15:28:06.

Baby Boomer Triad: Age 65, 40th Anniversary, Retirement

Boomer triad – A special occurrence where a boomer is celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, turning age 65 and becoming fully retired all in the same year.

Happy 40th AnniversayAll of a sudden while planning a cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary it occurred to me.  This year besides the big anniversary, I am turning age 65 and am fully retired (except for my retirement job which I am not counting).  Wow, that is just special, a sort of boomer triad, hitting the 40th anniversary in the same year you turn 65 and also retire.

Then I noticed something else.  Three other couples I have met this year also have a 40th anniversary this year.   One couple from the senior center, one from an upcoming cruise and one from our dance club.  What are the chances of that.  Apparently pretty good.  Since I am near the leading edge of older boomers having been born in 1948 there are a lot of us.  We know that.  Also I got married at age 25 and that was the average age to get married back in 1973.  So it makes sense there are a lot of couples celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013.  Some of us may even make it another 10 years and celebrate our 75th birthday and 50th anniversary in 2023.  That would be something.  I remember my grandparents celebrating their 75th anniversary but they got married very early.  We would have to live to 100 to celebrate our 75th anniversary.

Turning age 65 means you can officially retire and it is expected.  No more early retirement, just retirement. The full retirement date for our age group for social security benefits is age 66, but you can start receiving the SS benefits as early as age 62. However the big thing is at age 65 you can get on Medicare.  That is big because if you retire before age 65, then you will have trouble getting or paying for private health insurance.  At 65 it comes together so you can get both Medicare and Social Security allowing many more people to actually retire.

Speaking of retirement, it is happening regardless of the financial press stories saying people can’t retire. Yes we boomers can retire.  I have observed that retirement is a transition that takes most people 3 to 5 years to really feel retired.  Yes, there is consulting and part time jobs that linger longer than we expect sometimes.  There is learning how to retire and what retirement means for us.  You will find your way and be happily retired.

Any way those celebrating the baby boomer triad this year, take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments and futures and then let’s party like it 2013!   Take a cruise, a special vacation, a weekend away or something to mark this special time.  With all the negative vibes in the world today, let’s forget them for awhile and focus on our special accomplishment.

Originally posted 2013-03-03 08:56:43.

Dental For Seniors

Good oral hygiene is important to our over all health. According to an article that I read from the Mayo Clinc

Good oral hygiene is important to our over all health.  According to an article that I read from the Mayo Clinic , bacteria in the mouth can contribute to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and other illnesses.  We can take simple steps that will help prevent bacteria by brushing, flossing, changing our tooth brushes, and regular visits to our dentist.

This brings me to another subject.  What about those that suffer from dental stress and anxiety?  Yes, I admit it.  I fit into that category of baby boomers who suffered from fear due to some very unpleasant experiences in my early years at the dentist office.  I have written blogs about how to over come fear but when I entered a dentist office I could feel my blood pressure rising.  After the trauma associated with heart surgery last year, I chose to avoid any more fear or pain.  As life has it, sometimes this is not possible.

On one of my visits to my medical doctor, I noticed a dental office in O’fallon, Missouri that was next door to my medical doctor.  There was a sign in front that said, “Dr. Logan is accepting new patients.”  With shaking hands, I decided to just step into that office and look around a bit.  I was greeted by a friendly person who I really liked at first glance.  The office was clean and very pretty.  Now most of you that have read my blogs know that I try to be positive and choose to believe in good things.  I took a card and told the nice lady that I would be calling.  I already knew then that my last dentist, prior to my heart attack, stated that I needed a deep cleaning on my teeth.

It took months for me to make that call since I was allowing fear to come before doing what I needed to do for my health.  I looked up the office on face book.  I watched the neat things that they posted rolling through my face book stream.  Finally, I did it!  I called to make that dreaded appointment.  Now with my dental fear, I once again started to panic.  I was very relieved when I received a call from the office on my telephone recorder asking if I would be able to reschedule for a different time.  My head was so grateful that I didn’t bother to call back.  Fear won again!

Then the day came that I saw another nice post on my face book screen from the dental office.  I got a little courage and called.  This was almost a year later.  Can you believe it?  Not only that, the person that answered the phone remembered me.  I started telling her about my heart attack and fear.  She was kind, understanding and encouraging.  Also she made my appointment for the next week with no months of waiting to think about it.

The day arrived.  It was time.  I suited up in my big girl baby boomer pants and just did it.  My hands were sweating, my legs were wobbling but I got there and walked right in.  Again, I was met by a group of people with nice smiles who welcomed me to the office.  Of course I had to fill out that dreaded paper work with a questionnaire.  The last question made me giggle.  It said something like this.  How would you want your teeth to be in twenty-five years.  I drew a smiley face and answered, ” In my mouth.”  After all ,may I remind my readers that I am a sixty-three year old senior baby boomer.  🙂  Another question was, What can we do to help you with dental stress and anxiety?  I answered, “Listen, be compassionate, caring and understanding.”

The staff and dentist gave me everything that I asked for when I answered their questionnaire.  I am proud to say, I had a deep scale cleaning with no pain.  With the knowledge of these find people, they helped me to overcome my dental stress and anxiety.  Here are some of the things that they did for me.

  1. They gave me an appointment right away and did not make me wait in the office.
  2. They were friendly, understanding, considerate, caring, gentle and LISTENED.
  3. The office was clean with a pleasant view out the window with relaxing music in the background.
  4. The equipment was modern and up to date.
  5. They took the time to explain what I needed to know and showed me a nice picture of my teeth.
  6. There was no high sales pitches nor did they put me down in any way or lecture me on good oral hygiene.
  7. They showed RESPECT by focusing on ME.  They took the time to explain the procedures plus answered my questions without rushing.
  8. They had a cost sheet worked up before beginning so that I had no hidden surprises of a bill that I could not pay.  They gave me choices again without high pressure sales pitches.
  9. The staff, showed interest in me as a person, a REAL HUMAN BEING.
  10. Most of all,their kind and caring attitude, created an atmosphere of relaxation, stress reduction and a feeling of well being.

If you suffer from dental stress and anxiety, I encourage you to find the right professional dental people that understand as these people did.  I now have nice clean teeth, a different attitude about dentists, and an over all good feeling about dental care.  Say good bye to dental stress and anxiety by finding great people that understand and help you to overcome dental fear.  Trust your health to those professionals that take the time to treat you with the respect that you deserve.  It is important!  You are important!  It is as important as exercise and good eating habits.  Remember, as boomers we want to enjoy life and can with the help of others that understand.

Originally posted 2012-05-02 19:04:21.