Beatlemania Now! Baby Boomers Still Love The Beatles

Beatlemania Now! Baby Boomers Still Love The Beatles

Tonight we attended a packed Cobb Energy Center venue to see Beatlemania Now!, a tribute band of The Beatles, the band which defined the music and helped shape the Baby Boomer Generation.

Here are some photos that I took, risking getting kicked out by an over zealous aisle attendant.

Beatlemania Now had plenty of colorful outfits, like these of the Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

 

Young fans with home made poster “We Love The Beatles”. There were three generations of Beatles fans present.

 

This guy did a good job as John Lennon, both looks and with his songs.

 

The Beatles fans really got into the music of Beatlemania Now!

 

This singer did a good job as George Harrison especially with “Here Comes The Sun”.

 

The large video screen in back of the band showed scenes from the 60’s.

 

Tribute singers for John Lennon and Ringo Starr. It was a fun evening and we would recommend Beatlemania Now! if you get a change to see it.

 

Also: Baby Boomer Music – Happy Together Tour
and Photos of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show

Originally posted 2014-03-30 00:32:05.

Top 5 “Best Places For Boomers to Retire” Lists

We are not going to create our own list of the top places to which boomers retire; we are just going to give you links and descriptions to find the list(s) that you may view as most helpful. We have done the searching for you

Search engines seem to love “Top 10” and “Best of” articles. There are so many lists of “best places to retire” out on the internet these days, how can you know which are trustworthy, or what basis they use for selecting “the best”? Here, we are doing something different: We are not going to create our own list of the top places to which boomers retire; we are just going to give you links and descriptions to find the list(s) that you may view as most helpful. We have done the searching for you, and read through many of the sites claiming to know the best places to spend your golden years. Here are five of the most current and well thought out of all we reviewed.

1)    Best Places to Retire – US News (http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/best-places-to-retire): This “best places” site is actually a collection of lists. Do you want to know the 10 sunniest places in the US? Or perhaps the 10 Best Places for Wealthy Retirees? You can find a wealth of information no matter what specifics you are using to narrow down your search.

2)    The 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013 – Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45glmi/time-for-a-move): We really like this site for a couple of reasons. First, it is absolutely current. Second, Forbes did their homework. They crunched data on more than 400 cities from every state in the nation. They used a formula including costs of living, tax structures, crime rates, availability of doctors, and recreational activities (good biking and walking trails, high levels of community volunteering). They also took into account the Milken Institute’s “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report, which even looks at such details as local investments in public and senior transportation. If you are someone who likes a lot of information and wants to know just where it comes from, this is a great “best of” list for you, in a convenient slideshow format.

3)    10 Surprisingly Best States for Retirement – Bankrate.com (http://www.bankrate.com/finance/retirement/best-states-for-retirement.aspx#slide=1): This list – also a collection of slides – is for those who may want something different from the obvious Sunbelt retirement areas. Bankrate does not assume that when boomers retire, they all want warm climates and typical retirement communities. This list is 10 of the “unexpectedly best” states for retirement, arrived at by crunching a variety of data on cost of living, access to health care, inspiring landscapes, climate, cost of living, and post-retirement employment opportunities.

4)    10 Most Relaxing Cities to Enjoy Your Golden Years – Huffington Post Lifestyle (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/best-places-to-retire-10-cities_n_2957794.html: The title says it all: Huffington Post has collected a list of relaxing retirement destinations. They combed through some of the nation’s best small towns and cities to find those in which retirees can kick back and enjoy a stress-free retirement. If you are most interested in peace and quiet in your golden years, with lots of opportunity for cultural activities or outdoor recreation, check out this list.

5)    10 Great Places to Retire for the City Life – AARP (http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-02-2012/10-Great-Cities-to-Retire-AARP.html): Perhaps relaxation is not what you are looking for, and you are more interested in spending your retirement years experiencing nightlife, culture, and a lively social scene. One of AARP’s many lists of “best places to retire,” this one is for those who sincerely appreciate urban city living, and seek energy, excitement, and character-rich neighborhoods. Here they list cities with senior-friendly neighborhoods, and discuss the top restaurants, nightlife, and cultural attractions that may appeal to energetic retirees.

More 55+ Places for Boomer Retirement

 

Happy hunting!

Originally posted 2013-05-27 16:04:33.

Ten Reasons Food Tours Are A Good Idea

Food Tours Are A Good Idea

This month while on vacation in Asheville NC, we noticed on TripAdvisor that the number one rated activity was Asheville Food Tours. We made a call and went on the tour the next day and had a blast!

Back home we wondered if there were any food tours nearby and found one on Canton Street in Roswell GA.  Our neighbors joined us and we did the Roswell Food Tour yesterday and loved it. Mariel was our guide and did an excellent job with everything. Everyone in our party was impressed with the Roswell Food Tour.

I had never even heard of Food Tours before this month but now am a big fan.  Food Tours seem to be spreading across the country and are worth checking out.

What is a Food Tour?

A walking food tour with a local guide usually visits about 4 or 5 restaurants sampling courses at each and maybe visiting an olive oil store and/or chocolate shop as well.

Food tours normally take place in the less busy part of the day so you can get special attention. Our Asheville Food Tour was between 2 and 5pm and our Roswell Food Tour was between 4 and 7pm.

There were only 4 people on our Roswell Food Tour but 10 people on our Asheville Food Tour and I have heard of groups of 13 people. We liked the group of 10 people because we really bonded with new people but on the other hand the group of 4 with our private party was nice since we had the guide all to ourselves.

Foods Tours usually visit locally owned restaurants and the owner or manager comes out to speak with the group about the restaurants and some of their dishes.

Walking to the Table & Main in Roswell

There is some walking involved so wear comfortable shoes and an umbrella. Walking to each restaurants is nice and the guide will point out interesting things about the buildings or landmarks as you walk by.

The guide keeps the group on schedule moving between the restaurants and there is no waiting to get in as they are expecting your group and will have the food and drink ready to be served as soon as you sit down. That is nice!

The food is wonderful. You may get appetizers at one restaurant, a main dish at the next,  more sides dishes at the next and a dessert along the way.  The Asheville Food Tour gave us a coupon for 10% off any of the restaurants for visits within 5 days.

I already have the Athens Food Tour on my list. To find Food Tours just search the city name plus Food Tours.  Here are some reasons I think you will like a Food Tour.

Ten Reasons Food  Tours Are a Good Idea

1. Exciting and fun new experience. Feels like a vacation.
2. Great way to try new restaurants, especially in a new city.
3. Meet new people. People bond while having a great time.
4. Special attention – Seating without a wait at a reserved table. Food ready to serve. Menu selections made.
5. Great way to entertain visitors or friends.
6. Great thing to do when you are on vacation.
7. Learn about and sample interesting foods you never tried before.
8. Friendly and entertaining guide keeps a flawless schedule that keeps things interesting and fun.
9. Restaurant owner or manager will make you feel like a friend while giving you the background and specialties of the restaurant.
10. Learn historical facts about area and see interesting things

 

Roswell Food Tour at Greenwoods
Patrick with Asheville Food Tour
Olive Oil Tasting on Asheville Food Tour

Local Food Tours
Asheville Food Tours
Georgia Food Tours
Charlotte Food Tours
Savannah Food Tours
New Orleans Food Tour
Seattle Food Tour

Originally posted 2014-06-30 21:31:08.

Smartphone Apps for Baby Boomers

Baby boomers are the first generation of seniors who can truly take advantage of new technology and electronic gadgets to make life easier. When we were children, cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, flat-screen televisions, Skype, and wireless technology were unheard of. If someone had told my 11-year-old self that I would one day turn on a device with my fingerprint, carry a computer in my pocket, or talk with someone on the other side of the world while out hiking, I would have said they were crazy!

Today, we can do all of those “crazy” things, and more. If you own a smartphone, you have at your fingertips a seemingly endless list of apps available – many of them free – that run the gamut from silly games to life-saving medical information. Although many apps are designed for our tech-crazy grandchildren, an increasing number of them are created specifically for our generation.

But how do you find the apps that will be helpful to you, or know they will actually do what they say? Never fear: Here we have compiled a list of some of the best smartphone apps for seniors.

Smartphone Apps for Boomers & Seniors

    • v.SOS: This is one of the best emergency apps available on the market today. v.SOS can actually store your medical profile – in both voice and text format – for instant access in the case of a medical emergency. It also allows you to identify up to five emergency contacts with the click of one red “button” on the screen. When that “SOS” button is pressed, each of your designated contacts receive an emergency message along with GPS coordinates so assistance can be sent to you immediately.
  • Cognifit: Memory loss and reduced cognition is an unfortunate reality for many as we age, but the brain is like a muscle: the more we use it, the stronger and more agile it will become. Cognifit is designed to engage the mind in a range of exercises targeting specific brain functions. You can test and strengthen concentration, memory, mental agility, and other cognitive abilities with this app, available on Apple devices.
  • Silver Surf: How many times have you tried to browse the internet via your phone, and been frustrated by the tiny text and hard-to-hit navigation buttons? Silver Surf is a free web browser designed for seniors. With large navigation buttons, a dynamic “text zoom,” and high contrast viewing, it makes web browsing a breeze. White-on-black graphics make for easy viewing in any light (including high glare). The zoom slider is easier for our less dexterous fingers than the more common “pinch to zoom” touch screen feature. With one quick “slide,” you can enlarge text up to 200% for easier reading.
  • EyeReader: Tired of getting out your glasses to see the small print on a menu, or struggling to read instructions in low light? EyeReader on iPhone is just for these situations. You simply hold your iPhone over what you want to read, turn the LED light on with a quick shake, and then use the touch-screen zoom feature to magnify. You can also take a screenshot by tapping the screen twice and pressing the “save picture” button that pops up. This feature is great for remembering what prescriptions you have a nd what the dosage instructions are.
  • AARP the Magazine App: The definitive 50+ lifestyle publication has gone mobile. You can read the latest issue of AARP The Magazine right on your smartphone or tablet. But it’s not just for reading. With this app, you can clip, save, and share your favorite stories, search for articles and specific content by headline or subject, and even access AARP’s web features and special offers by clicking on links in th e articles. AARP offers a number of other applications for seniors as well.

This list is a tiny portion of convenient smartphone applications that can make life easier for the baby boomer generation. There are also apps for travel, word games, senior news, health and fitness, scheduling and personal organization, entertainment, nutrition and dining, and connecting with family and friends. There is even an app that lets you use another device to find your smartphone when you misplace it! Happy app-shopping!

Smartphone Features for Baby Boomers

Eye-Related Downloads and Apps – All About Vision – These printable downloads include brochures and guides on eye health, vision benefit plans, eye safety and more; the page also has links to iPhone and iPad apps related to the eyes.

Originally posted 2013-06-16 21:04:55.

Boomers Find A Perfect Way To Relocate

Us Baby Boomers in retirement are finding moving to a new location is in our retirement plans. We entertain moving for  different reasons.  A main reason is  to get closer our children and especially the grandchild. Another is we prefer to live in an area with less traffic and more natural amenities.

Many  are moving to 55+ Active Adult Communities and find them the perfect way to relocate. Moving to a large 55+ Active Adult Community,  like offered by Del Webb, Cresswind or several others, has immediate benefits, several of which I will outline here.

Why Relocate to a 55+ Active Adult Community

A ready group of new friends awaits you. Everyone is very friendly at 55+ Active Adult Communities and by sharing some activities and social events,  you will find new friends very easily.

The location is great for retirees. The developers have already scouted out the location to be desirable to retirees before building the community. There are community supports already in place, like a hospital, medical specialist, natural beauty.

Many fellow residents will be in the same boat as you, having relocated to the area. I shouldn’t say many, almost all have relocated there. There is a feeling of we are all in this together and that encourages supporting each other.

There is plenty to do right in the community. You will not miss a beat finding something interesting to do. There will be quite a selection of activities and clubhouse events to get you out of the house and doing something fun with people you will like.  Plus being active is healthy.

Your new community will provide you with a base camp from which to explore the area. Moving to a new area can be fun and interesting. The Residents community web site will list suggestions for things to do outside the community and there are organized day trips from the clubhouse as well.

In no time, you will have new friends that enjoy the activities you do. This will turn into social friendships as well.  This may be the biggest benefit of all.

Find 55+ Active Adult Communities.

Robert Fowler

Originally posted 2017-11-28 06:37:25.

Snowtirement

Audrey and Jay were having a wonderful time visiting their long time friends Bob and Mary at the home they moved to six months ago in Village at Deaton Creek, an Active Adult Community North of Atlanta.

“I love the way you have decorated your home, it looks like a model home! I am sure you had some help, didn’t you?” asks Audrey.

“Yes, we sure did. There is a designer woman we met at the Vendor Fair here that we really liked. She helped us, especially with the paint colors, rugs and even some furniture. I cannot believe we are buying furniture at age 67!” replied Mary.

Audrey exclaimed, “Love the floor plan especially the sun room and it’s all on one level. No Stairs!”

After the tour of their home, Bob and Mary gave their friends the community tour and included the large clubhouse, called the Activities Center. It was impressive with the gym, indoor pool, craft rooms, library and huge ballroom where Bob explained they love to go to concerts.

“We really like it here and have made the adjustment but still feel like we are on vacation.”, Bob beamed. “It really is like living on a cruise ship!”

“We’ll get a quick lunch before you go; I know you need to get on the road with questionable weather on the way.”

“There is a place next door at the Reunion Golf Course Clubhouse that has a wonderful patty melt with potato fries.”, Bob suggested. Off they went to a late lunch and more discussions of how living in an active adult community is. After lunch on the way out to the car, everyone was surprised to see it was snowing. Well it is January but this was unexpected. Back at Bob and Mary’s house, there were quick goodbyes and a promise to get together again soon. Bob gave directions of a short cut back to Alpharetta via Friendship Road to Peachtree Industrial Blvd. “You will not have to get on the expressway and it’s not a bad trip.” Bob offered.

Audrey and Jay hit the road to snow flurries coating their Honda and began to discuss their visit.

“They sound like they are having the time of their lives don’t they. I have not seen them this excited in a while. I wonder if the excitement will wear off?” wonders Jay.

It sounds so exciting. Bob has taken up race walking and bocce and thinking about learning pickle ball even. He says he and Mary take a cardio class a couple of times a week. Mary says she has made a new friend and just had a day outing for shopping and lunch. She also plays Hand and Foot, a card game with the women on her street. “They sure are active; I guess that is why they call it an active adult community.” offered Audrey.

“Jay have you ever thought of moving to a place like that, an active adult community?” inquires Audrey.

About that time it was really snowing hard, mixed with sleet. Visibility was becoming bleak and on Peachtree Industrial they hit a bump, which was an ice patch and the car swerved around and came to a stop on the shoulder.

“Wow, this is a hazard to drive in and not safe!” says Audrey who was driving. A quick check of the radio weather confirmed roads were closing around Alpharetta and all points north.

“There is a motel up on the right. Let’s head over there and see if they have a room, Audrey, before it is too late and we get stuck out here.”
They make it the short distance on the slippery road to the motel and are able to check in a room, as others are doing the same.

“Looks like we will be staying tonight to let things blow over until it clears tomorrow by noon.”

A call to Bob and Mary and to their daughter lets everyone know they are safe.

“At least the motel has a restaurant next to the office and the manager tells me they will stay open for the guests.” reassures Jay.

After four hours in the room watching the storm coverage on TV and then getting some rest, they were ready for dinner. The diner was open and they take the short breezeway walk over to enjoy a leisurely meal. They order a bottle of red wine.

“Jay, I think I would like to look into living in an active adult community like that, when I retire. What do you think?” Audrey asks.

“I don’t know. I have some reservations about communities like that.”

“Please tell me what they are?”

“Well is that where you want to end up?” ponders Jay.

“I don’t think of it as ending up anywhere, just a move for a more meaningful life.”

“I just don’t think I’m ready for that. Did you see all the white hair in that group of card players in the clubhouse? That is scary.”

“Jay you are now 65. Our good friend Bob and Mary are 67. Those people in the clubhouse were nice when we spoke with them. You have gray around your temples and I know you get highlights when you get your haircut. Gray hair makes no difference to me, at all. You should see mine if I didn’t have my C&C.” Audrey declares.

“What is a C&C?”

“Cut and color!”

“Do you have any other concerns?”

Jay continues, “Well I know Bob and Mary say their neighbors are real friendly, but I like my privacy, at least in my own home. I do not want people just dropping by without calling.”

“Jay, Mary told me that never happens. Neighbors always call and respect your privacy. There are lots of get together at homes of neighbors and friends in the community, but you usually get an invitation with an email RSVP. Mary says friends are easy to make, everyone is in the same boat. They meet you half way. The houses are close together. However, did you see how Mary’s backyard is very private backing up to the woods and different elevations from the neighbors on each side? I couldn’t even see any neighbor’s home.”

“Anything else?”

“Yes, I have heard there are cliques in neighborhoods like that. Difference price homes in different sections. Audrey, I do not like feeling looked down on if we don’t buy into the section with the largest homes.”

“Mary says that most of the time you don’t know what section people live it. Some of her friends live in the villas, the smallest homes. People are retired for the most part and are not trying to impress anyone. Besides just because you want to downsize to a smaller home doesn’t mean you couldn’t afford a larger home. Large homes are not necessarily nicer. Now Mary says people do get to be friends with the people sharing the same interests and activities. That is where many friendships start, so you are not just friends with your neighbors. Bob and Mary have made several friends from playing bocce with them for instance. Mary has made friends with several at the card games.”

Jay took another sip of wine and pondered her answers. “Actually I did observe some positives that I thought were negatives. The houses are much larger inside than I thought. Bob said his house is 2,777 square feet. That is bigger than our house now. I do like that they built the houses to be energy efficient with the Hardie Plank siding, extra insulation, and efficient appliances. I know this is the kind of stuff we guys look at, but it’s important to me. I could not believe how reasonable the HOA fee is and it includes lawn maintenance, so I can free up my weekends. I used to look forward to cutting grass but no more. Money wise, Bob and Mary will save a bundle on their taxes when they turn 70 and get an exclusion from Hall Country School taxes. ”

“You are right Jay and another thing is safety. Safety is no longer a worry when you live in a gated community, where the comings and goings are noted. We will have peace of mind when we up our cruise schedule.”

Jay counters “But I don’t want to become old before my time by surrounding myself with a bunch of old people. I still think of myself as young! There are no kids or younger people around.”

“Darling, you are too funny! The whole concept of an active adult community is to keep active and younger the longer you can. That is why there are so many activities. Just think of the gym, the pools, the sidewalks for walking and Mary says there are nine miles of walking trails. You sure cannot go walking very far on the sidewalks down in suburbia. So physically, you have many opportunities to get and stay fit and younger looking. Mentally, Mary says the people are very interesting and engaged. They have forums, lectures, lifelong learning courses, day trips as well as interesting clubs and groups. Bob says he is taking creative writing course, something he is enjoying learning. Maybe he will write a novel one day. There are plenty of children nearby; did you see all of those Pediatric and Orthodontic offices? Besides child and grand kids can come visit and even stay awhile.”

“Look the snow is stopping.” Jay looked up at the weather channel on TV and sees “Snow Clearing By Tomorrow AM in Atlanta.

Audrey continues “Well is it good to have this discussion. I know I am retiring this year and we need to do some strategic thinking about our future. I just want us to be happy. I saw a web site listing Active Adult Communities, so why don’t I do some research and we can visit some during our weekends this Spring. I heard most have a “stay and play” program where you can stay in a model home for 2 or 3 nights with full access to the clubhouse and activities, just to get a feel for how living there will be. They even give you use of a golf cart! What do you think Jay?”

“Yes, I will go but I am not making any promises about moving anywhere. My mom wanted to live in her home as long as she could and I thought I would follow her example, but maybe there is a better way.”

“Oh honey, thanks for having an open mind about this. It will be a fun adventure for us this Spring. This will give us something to look forward to and be like a mini vacation.”

OK, can we have dessert now?

More information on Village at Deaton Creek

Originally posted 2016-02-05 08:44:50.