Baby Boomers Sharing Holidays

Baby Boomers Sharing Holidays

boomer sharing holidaysI know Thanksgiving is over and I personally don’t like to dwell on Holidays too long but I have an observation after spending Thanksgiving yesterday with a group of people: baby boomers are their own family.

Mary Ann and I went to our friends David and Tina’s for Thanksgiving and was joined by a group of our own age ranging from age 60 to 70+. Four singles, three women and one man. Two of the ladies brought their moms, one of which was turning a spry 90.

We had only met one of the others besides the hosts but we hit it off and had a great time talking about all kinds of things. Backing up my recent thoughts about boomers liking to travel we heard about a trips just taken with Road Scholar to Portland Oregon and then California.  Another, the gentleman, had just returned from a cruise and land excursion trip to Alaska. Of course I had to tell about our British Isles cruise in August. We were excited telling each other about our trips and other stories about what is going on in our lives. We liked talking and sharing each others company.

We chatted and talked about getting older with a huge dose of sense of humor added. I think we talked about wrinkles, assisted living, taking care of parents, medicare, becoming our parents, our homes, cats, what we are eating for a healthy lifestyle and plenty more, all with laughter and maybe a glass of wine.  Just baby boomer living.

We were like family. We greet each other, accepted each other, and related so well.  We shared so much in common. Two married couples, six singles, three males, 7 females.

We have other boomer friends that would have fit right in.  Other friends who are single, have no kids, have no kids or relatives in the areas, or those who do not for whatever reason have a working relationship with their relations.  I think there are quite a lot of fellow baby boomers in this situation.

The party didn’t need to be larger but I could image this same type group of boomer friends getting together for other holidays and occasions all over the country. This may be a trend in the making. Boomers getting together and sharing the holidays.

I have just written about house sharing by baby boomers and I could easily see this group, or part of the group, living happily with such an housing arrangement if they desired.  This would be an excellent way to age in place.

How about you, have you shared the holidays with your boomer friends?

Smartphone Features for Baby Boomers

Smartphone apps help empower Boomers to better manage health situations. There are thousands of apps that empower Boomers to take control of their health. As Boomers use smartphones for life-management tools sales are expected to soar.

I found my smartphone easy to use and now understand it’s features and how it will help me in my daily life. I think Boomers will continue to discover the benefits of smartphones and find them useful like I did. As we get older using technology will make life easier and more manageable.

I had gotten used to my plain cell phone with the big buttons and no extras, not even a camera.  I thought that phone served my needs in retirement perfectly.   That was before about a month  ago at the Verizon kiosk at Costco when I picked up the latest Android phone, the “Charge” by Samsung with 4G.   I now see the advantages of having a smartphone.   So do a lot of other boomers who are buying smartphones in large numbers.

With only a month of experience of using my Droid, here are some of the applications (Apps) I like the best.  There are many more to be discovered and many will be developed.

1. GPS – Believe it or not I did not have a GPS device before.  This is my favorite feature.  I was thinking GPS was only useful for trips, but I use it all the time.  I used it to locate a restaurant, a friend’s office, a utility company office,  a house in a far off neighborhood and more.

2. Car Locator –  A GPS related App helps you find your way back to your car.   Can be used to find your way back on a hike, to the cruise ship and many more uses.

3. Gas Buddy – Again I thought this was for trips, but it is useful even in your own neighborhood, showing you the price at your local stations.   On the road, it is even more helpful.

4. Internet Access –  Now I don’t need to purchase the local Internet access when staying at that condo at the beach.  I will have Internet access when visiting the mother in law for long visits, waiting around for appointments,  getting there early when meeting someone.

My smartphone helps me stay connected to my business.

5. Travel Apps.  I think the travel apps will have the helpful and enjoyable app features for me.  Some Apps I have discovered are: Tripadvisor , Google Maps, Places, ShipMate will track your cruise day by day

6. Bar code scanner with Google Market let’s you check prices on anything with a bar code anywhere.  Easy to use.

7. Slacker Radio and Pandora are great music apps.  No more paying for this stuff.  Available and easy.

More useful apps I have heard of are: Eye Reader to magnify and illumine small print,  Instant Heart Rate and Epocrates app is a resource for drug information.  Smartphone apps help empower Boomers to better manage health situations.   There are thousands of apps that empower Boomers to take control of their health. As Boomers use smartphones for life-management tools sales are expected to soar.

I found my smartphone easy to use and now understand it’s features and how it will help me in my daily life.  I think Boomers will continue to discover the benefits of smartphones  and find them useful like I did.   As we get older using technology will make life easier and more manageable.