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.

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.

A Passion For An Active Life

We only moved into the Del Webb Community north of Atlanta not long ago but I already have noticed something interesting. People are really passionate about their activities.

For example, I attended a meeting of each of these clubs where the passion was on display with the members. They really get into it, going into details beyond what I thought. The degree of passion and zest they have for these activities was surprising. The club members could be professionals in these activities but in most cases they are doing it not for money but because they love doing it. They give their attention, time and resources to these activities to be the best they can be.

Here are the clubs I attended during the first two weeks.

1. Photographers – Ralph the instructor is a professional photographer and resident. Before the meeting,  the members were gathering around Ralph who was showing them the coffee table book he had just published of his photos of this trip to Iceland. The professional quality book was great and had wonderful photos. Wow!

Boomer PhotographerThere were 12 members present and they had an assignment the week before to photograph a subject (old log cabin nearby) and then to edit the image using the editing software they had been learning. Ralph used a slide projector to show the images and it was explained how they were edited. Suggestions were made for other edits and improvements. The members were really into it!

2. Coin Collecting – Next up I attended the Coin Collectors meeting. A resident who was a former stock broker showed us a list of coins he just had Hertiage Coins auction off. The list totaled $90,000 in value. These were his duplicates. Several interesting tips were discussed included how to get an appraisal to donate your collection to a charity rather than selling and then donating the money, an update on the coin market including demographic changes affecting it, avoid cleaning coins and more. One member had some inherited gold coins and suggestions were given as to how to value them.

medal collectingAt the end of the meeting I was chatting with some members about other things we collect.  I told them about my collection of Nineteenth Century Exposition Medals.

A fellow told us about his collection of antique movie posters which was on display in a show in Wisconsin.  These members really get into it!

3. Dancing – Mary Ann and I started the beginner line dancing class which follows the intermediate class and the advanced class. Getting to class early we watched the intermediate class finish up and they were good! The members then took off their dancing shoes and put of their street shoes. They were laughing and excited even after an hour of dancing. Later I spoke with a neighbor who is a member of this ballroom dancing club. When I told him we were learning the Waltz line dance he wanted to know the song we danced to and when I was not forthcoming with the answer he suggested three waltz songs, actually singing two of them to help me remember. These members really get into it!

Book Free To Fly4. Writers Group – This may be the most interesting group I attended. Three days ago I attended the writers group and at the coffee pot before the meeting, I met fellow resident William Cassill who recently released his first book, which tells the true story of a remarkable friendship between a mallard duck and a snow goose. “Free To Fly” is about his experiences while running a Vermont country inn with his wife. I had just read about this book. Wow.

The meeting included about 9 residents and all were writers, authors of books or writing a book. One resident owns a books store and showed us several books she had published or help publish including information on the publishing companies and cost. A member passed out three of her short stories to be reviewed. The group is looking to start a web site to display their writings and books and I shared some ideas with them. I have been spending some time thinking about web site ideas to share in our next meeting.

Boomer AuthorsA member suggested the group take the on-line course “Start Writing  Fiction” and the members including me agreed to start this course and share our first short story with the class next meeting. The Writers Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am until 11am. I was surprised they meet every week, but I see that this is a very active group. These members really get into it!

These are only 4 clubs out of nearly 100 clubs at The Village at Deaton Creek. I can see right now that you cannot possibility do it all. But it is exciting to know choosing the clubs that really interest me will give the opportunity to get involved like these folks do with something I am passionate about.

This is going to be fun! That is why we moved here.
Robert and Mary Ann Fowler

Originally posted 2019-06-06 09:08:11.

Health Care Tips for Baby Boomers

This article list some tips that any Baby Boomer might want to think about which could save you time, money and stress in health care.

Many of us Boomers go along in our day to day routines in a nonchalant way.  Then when something out of the ordinary happens we wonder why there is so much stress.  Some things could have been prevented or taken care of more easily if only we had been more knowledgeable or prepared before being confronted with a situation.  I will list some things that any Boomer might want to think about which could save you time, money and stress in health care.

  1. If you usually just see one physician, that physician knows the medications that you are taking.  There are times though that we are referred to a specialist or end up in the emergency room unexpectedly.  Therefore, have a list of all your medications written down with the dosages and times that you take the medication.  The note area in your cell phone is a good place to put this if you normally carry your cell phone with you.
  2. Some medications are dosages of 25 mg. and some may be . 025mg. The small period is very important in order to ensure the proper dosage is given.  Always check this on your prescriptions for accuracy.  There are medications that this could mean a life or death situations.  Rule of thumb;  Check for periods and always even double check after your pharmacist or health care provider.
  3. Know the names of the medications that you take and why you take them.
  4. After having a prescription filled always check the bottle label.  Make sure it is the correct medication and the correct dosage before taking it.  Just the other day I found that one of my medications said 1/2 per day when in fact it was suppose to say 1/2 taken 2 x per day.
  5. When it is near a holiday, week end, or vacation, make sure that you have enough medications to last until your physician is back in the office.  Also pick your prescription up early in the day when possible in case your doctor needs to be called.  Some pharmacies close early also.
  6. Know how your insurance covers.  Know the difference from in network and out of network. Checkout online sites like Consumers Advocate.org for the best reviews of carriers.  This can save you money.
  7. When going to the emergency room most providers will collect your insurance copay at the time of service.  A lot of insurance companies will wave that co pay if you are admitted from the emergency room into the hospital.  For me, I found it easier to get my copay back if this has been collected in error right at that time if at all possible.  Later down the line it takes more time when you may need that money to pay for something else.
  8. When going to a health care facility to be registered for out patient or in patient services, know what an advanced directive is prior to that process.  If you have an advanced directive then take it with you.  If you do not and feel you need one, then it will save time to get that prior to the day you are registered.  This normally requires a notary and can save a lot of time depending on how the facility takes care of such manners.
  9. If your service requires a co pay or out of pocket payment then have your credit card, check book or cash with you.
  10. If you are a single person it is always good to have a friend or relative that knows where your important papers are kept before an emergency happens.
  11. If you have allergies to ANYTHING know what they are.  This might save your life.
  12. If being admitted into a hospital, it is good to know simple medical terminology such as, what is a clear liquid diet or a full liquid diet.  You can then check your own meal tray for accuracy.
  13. When one is ill, it is difficult to remember names of important people, their titles, or departments that they may work with on your case.  Things go very fast.  Do not hesitate if you need to write them down or ask more than once a name or question.  It is your right.  You are the patient.
  14. Yes, I know most of us have our telephone numbers in our cell phones.  Do you have a written list?  What if there is an emergency and your phone looses its charge.
  15. Last but Not Least!  Remember, when a person is ill, we are not always our best self.  It is easy to be cranky, forgetful and lack patience.  That is expected.  When possible though remember to show your appreciation and say thank you.  Then on the other hand if your treatment is not as it should be then speak up, question things, ask for clarification and above all remember you deserve respect and your dignity at ALL TIMES!

Good luck on your next health care visit.  It is important for all of us Boomers to help each other.

Originally posted 2018-11-26 12:19:44.

Boomer Living Trends

Here are some trends happening with us of the baby boomer generation. If you are a boomer, can you relate to any of these?

Buying a New Car

Boomers have been buying new cars, even though many of us are driving less. The catalyst for baby boomers to buy a new car is the safety equipment in new cars these days. My wife Mary Ann picked up her new Honda yesterday with Navigational system and Sensing, replacing her 2009 model car.  It is amazing what cars can do these days. Boomers feel these items make today’s cars safer and easier to drive.  One day when self driving cars become available, there may be another boomer car buying spree.
safer autos for baby boomers

Being More Active

Boomers are becoming more active and getting out for walks and playing pickleball and other sports.  I joined 10,500 boomers at the National Senior Games a couple of months ago and witnessed the passion first hand.
National Senior Games race walkers

Attend to Our Health

All boomers’ lives are affected by their health and that is becoming more clear by the day. The Medicare nurse comes to our homes each year to check up on us (if you have an Advantage Plan).  Many of us do annual physicals and preventative dental work.  We visit health fairs and do Health Screenings which are medical tests that doctors use to check for diseases and health conditions before there are any signs or symptoms. Screenings help find problems early, when they may be easier to treat. Many of us are dealing with chronic health conditions that alter our lifestyle.

Downsizing and Moving

Almost every boomer I talk with has downsized or is downsizing, getting rid of stuff they no longer need. Many times this is in preparation for a future move to a home more suitable to their needs, like a retirement home in a 55+ active adult community or small town.
retirement home

Traveling More

Travel while you can is our motto. Traveling is our new purpose it seems. I am astounded at the amount of travel quite a few of my friends are doing. Back to back major trips that would have been considered “trips of a lifetime” are taken in a year.

That’s the way I see it from here.

Robert Fowler
Village at Deaton Creek, a 55+ Del Webb Community

 

Originally posted 2017-09-01 15:35:24.