Baby Boomer News – Issue 3

Baby Boomer NewsContinuing the Baby Boomer News for this edition, I scanned the baby boomer headlines for this week for interesting stories. I like the ones with news about baby boomer generation’s current lives and also boomer trends. I say for us because I am age 65 and one of the older boomers myself. So here is a quick look at news affecting baby boomers.

Names for Grandparents

This story is all over the Internet, probably because it is from USA Today but it seems some baby boomers may want to be called something else besides the tradition grandparent names like Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Bubbe, or Papa. These boomers want to be called something that won’t be construed as feeling older. Gigi and Mimi are popular. Many boomers choose a more unique name. Source: Story

Boomer Travel Trend: Taking Extended Holidays

It seems baby boomers are traveling more before retiring by taking extended holidays sometimes leaving on flights with no return date booked.  They are doing it because they can and while they can. This verifies my observations that travel by boomers is on the upswing. Source: Story

Boomers Taking More Frequent Shorter Trips

According to this based on a AARP survey (AARP Travel) baby boomers are taking more frequent and shorter domestic road trips rather than longer International trips.  The boomers leave behind their children and grandchildren and head out with little short term planning. They spend $3000 per year on travel on average. Nine Great Summer Road Trips by AARP and Retirement Travel: Road Trips

Well this boomers taking short trips clashes with the story right above this one doesn’t it.  I personally think both types of boomer travel may be in an upswing.  Source: Story

Wall Street Looks to Aging Boomers

Wall Street is looking to the aging baby boomers as an investment theme. Boomers they say are starting to put their feet up, buy investment properties, get more diseases, lose some of their eyesight and draw on government assistance. So they say put your money into Healthcare, medical science and services for aging boomers.  Source: Story

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Not Making the Cut
The rift between Baby Boomer Generation and other generations.
Testing for Hepatitis C – has been covered.

Auto Repairs Made Easier

Auto Repairs Made Easier

Don’t’ you just hate it when you have a problem with your auto and you need some sort of expensive auto repair or service. We are baby boomers so we have been through a lot including aggravating auto repairs before, but it doesn’t get any easier does it.

Auto repairs can be costly but that is not the only thing making us feel a little queasy and irritated.  How do we know the repair actually needs to be done? How do we know if we are being quoted a fair price or are we being ripped off by an unethical auto repair service? That’s what I am worried about more than just the price. Apparently a lot of people agree with me since a reported 66 percent of car owners believe they have been ripped off by a repair shop.

RepairPal is a company that evaluates and certifies auto repair shops based on a number of criteria.  I looked into their service which offers to put you in touch with reputable and dependable auto repairs shops in your neighborhood which meets their criteria. An auto repair shop must undergo a comprehensive technical assessment by RepairPal’s team of veteran ASE certified master technicians, must meet high customer service standards which they verify by interviewing customers of the auto shop. Additionally the shops must offer a 12 month / 12,000 mile warranty and guarantee to charge fair prices within the range of RepairPal’s price estimator.

So I gave RepairPal’s web site a try.  Seeing that RepairPal has a program with AARP Discounts and I am a member, I went to AARP’s RepairPal page.   I entered my name, email, zip code and make of auto and clicked “Find a Shop” button.  Under the button it said “This is a free service. No credit card required.”   On the results screen it found 37 auto repair shops in my city and it listed the three that were RepairPal certified.  It gave their name, address and phone number and indicated there would be 10% off their services for AARP members.  Too easy!

I found the process to be easy and not intrusive, just putting me in easy contact with the RepairPal Certified shops in my area. The 10% AARP member discount would be a plus too. Next time I need a repair I am going to give them a try.

http://repairpal.com/aarp

Boomers Get Freebies at the AARP #Lifeat50 Event

Freebies From AARP #Lifeat50 Event

When you attend an AARP Life@50+ event you will get a badge that you conveniently wear around your neck that allows you access to the huge exhibition floor.   I counted approximately 240 exhibitors on this floor and all were giving away something.

There were nice freebies and then some you may have no interest in.  AARP gives each attendee a big red bag which you can deposit your freebies in.  Right off the bat you start getting other, sometimes nicer bags, so you may switch to use those rather than the red AARP supplied bag.  The Hilton Honors people were giving out a set of a nice large bad and a small insulated bag which would be nice to carry your lunch in or for something cold or hot.  Many more bags will be forthcoming as you make your way around the AARP exhibition hall.

One of the nicer things I got was a stylus pen from AARP.  Many booths were giving out the soft cloths to clean your smartphones or eye glasses.  There were FM radios, bottle openers, chap sticks, lotions, garden gloves and such.  Travel items were popular, things like travel pillows, eye pads like the ones pictured above and all kinds of souvenir pins of all sorts.

Then there are the contents to enter to win everything from a free vacation, a cruise, a new car, a free weekend at one of the Del Webb communities and more.   All part of a AARP Lifeat50 event.

Age 55 Perks   |  Boomers Discounts

Big Week For Baby Boomers at Life@50+ in Atlanta

This week I am heading to the Life@50+ event in Atlanta, an event produced by AARP. This is expected to bring together 5,000 baby boomers for the three day event beginning Oct 3th.

This week I am heading to the Life@50+ event in Atlanta, an event produced by AARP.  This is expected to bring together 5,000 baby boomers for the three day event beginning Oct 3th.

This is my first time attending a Life@50+ event.  I was invited as one of the bloggers so one thing I am excited about is meeting with other bloggers, many of whom are the top 8 travel bloggers .  Diana Nyad, the lady who swam from Cuba to Florida is going to be in Atlanta at this event too and I look forward to seeing and hearing from her.

Looking at the event schedule, on Thursday is there is a community day of service lead by James “JB” Brown, Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D. and Dan Marino.  The bloggers will be meeting with AARP discounts to see what is available.

Friday is a big day, with tons of speakers starting off with Whoopi Golberg ad Tyler Perry, then many sessions with different folks lasting from 30 minutes to an hour.

Then at 7:30pm Friday starts the Dance Party (ticketed event – added cost)   The Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, Gary U.S. Bonds and Gary Lewis and the Playboys.  Mary Ann and I are excited about going to the dance party.  Maybe we can try out our new dance steps.

Saturday looks like more great speakers all day long.  Samantha Brown of the travel TV fame has a session “My Life on the Road” that I would like to see and Ed Begley, Jr. will have a session  Movies for Grownups Film Festival in the afternoon.

The Saturday evening entertainment will be Gloria Estefan.  Her husband is giving a talk on Sat. I think.

Many funs things to see and do with the sponsor and exhibitors too. I hear they give away a lot of stuff and even give you a bag to tote it off.

I better get some sleep and rest before this starts!

Boomers Take the AARP Driver Safety Class

Well I took the AARP Driver Safety Class yesterday at the Johns Creek Active Adult Center. It was a six hour class attended by a small group of six and professionally taught by a retired school teacher volunteer. I would say three boomers and three seniors.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Well I took the AARP Driver Safety Class yesterday at the Johns Creek Active Adult Center.   It was a six hour class attended by a small group of six and professionally taught by a retired school teacher volunteer. I would say three boomers and three seniors.

I had heard different things about this class, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it.  The obvious reasons for taking the class are to get a 10% premium discount on your auto insurance (if you don’t have any tickets in the last three years),  to get up to date on your driving skills and safety, and just because it is an enjoyable thing to do, which is reason enough in retirement.

Robin on Facebook asked me what I learned and I replied:  1. Keep three seconds between you and the car in front 2. adjust your side mirrors so that you can’t see the side of your car 3. Position your grip on the stirring wheel at the 4 and 8 position. I had always had my hands on near the top of the wheel.

Those are just the highlights; there was so much material they give you a nice AARM Driver Safety Program participant workbook with the information spelled out very nicely.

They pointed out that much has changed since we started driving.  Back then we didn’t have seat belts and cars didn’t even have a side mirror.  Do you remember that?  The headlights were very poor and beamed only straight ahead with a narrow focus.  Cars were loud, smelly and overheated radiators and flat tires were a part of many road trips.  Oh, the good ole days!  But people did take their time and we courteous.

A few items I noted during the class to check out are:
1. Amber tinted sun glasses, as they are good in sunlight.
2. Full rear view mirrors and those small rounds mirrors for the side mirrors
3. Try the Driver’s Test for Reaction Time and other Senior Driving Games  Try the sheep games, it’s fun and interesting and see how you did.
4. Failure to yield the right of way is the number one problem of senior drivers.

In summary,  I enjoyed the class and I think everyone should take it.  The course is for anyone over age 50, which includes just about all of us baby boomers.  When you quit being a road warriors doing to work everyday, things change in you outlook about driving. You are not as aggressive and in such a hurry to get someplace.  Your driving skills may be refreshing.