Boomers Doing the Zumba Dance at Active Adult Centers

Zumba Gold is a fun workout for anyone, any age, any ability and Zumba Gold was created for the older active adult . It combines Latin and international music with a safe and effective workout system creating a dance workout with a party like atmosphere! Come check out the hottest fitness party in town!

I could see from my upstairs home office the UPS delivery truck was in the driveway when I heard our door bell ring.  I jumped up to get the door but my wife Mary Ann was already in the foyer.  I will get it, it is for me said Mary Ann enthusiastically.  This is not our normal deal, the one where Mary Ann answers the phone and I answer the door.

Later I come downstairs to have a cup of tea and see Mary Ann has unpacked the contents of the mystery package which was delivered.  It is  dance shoes.  She has tried them on and walking around to break them in.  She even does a little dance step routine on our new hardwood floor in the family room.  She is excited.  They fit good and look good (see photo).  I didn’t even know there was such a thing as dance shoes.

The week before we visited our new Johns Creek Active Adult Center and Mary Ann signed up for the Zumba Gold class, a six week session meeting every Tuesday.  Zumba, the brochure says, “is a fun workout for anyone, any age, any ability and Zumba Gold was created for the older active adult .  It combines Latin and international music with a safe and effective workout system creating a dance workout with a party like atmosphere!  Come check out the hottest fitness party in town!”

She attended the first class and came home pretty much exhausted and excited about the class. She said she couldn’t believe how stiff she was. (I think this class will remedy that!).   But this is going to be fun exercise that you look forward to doing.

There was about 10 other dance members. The age is 62 plus. She talked with another lady in the class who said she plans to come back next week also.  The instructor told the attendees about how “dance shoes” would make it so much better for them than using gym shoes, thus the package.

Mary Ann’s dance class is a good example of the purpose  of Active Adult Centers and that is to get you up and active and doing something fun with potentially new friends.  Meanwhile I am looking over the schedule of active adult programs and activities to see what interests me.  So far the walking club and the book club look good.

If you haven’t been to an Active Adult Center you need to find one in your neighborhood and check it out.  You may be glad you did, just like Mary Ann did.

Originally posted 2011-08-17 10:20:45.

Boomers: What To Do While Visiting The Villages in Florida

Thousands of people visit The Villages in Florida each year, some staying with relatives, some visiting on the Lifestyle Preview Plan like we just did and many others renting a home in The Villages.

There is something to do everyday that every baby boomer will find fun.

Here are some 16 tips and places to visit during your stay at The Villages Florida.

1. Pick up a copy of The Villages Daily Sun newspaper, especially the Thursday edition with the Recreation News and schedule for the week.

Sumter Square The Villages
Sumter Square

2. Visit and walk around all three town squares,  Lake Sumter Landing which borders Lake Sumter and has a Florida seaport theme and is located centrally.  There is the original town square of Spanish Springs on the South side. The newest town square of Brownwood with a wild west theme is on the North side.  All three town squares are very walkable and have restaurants, shops and a movie theater. Also there is live entertainment in each square every night of the year!

town square
town square

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Originally posted 2018-09-29 20:54:03.

Thirty Good Reasons For A Boomer To Get Involved At A Senior Center

Working Boomer has been giving a lot of thought about getting involved with her community senior center. Here are 30 reasons boomers and seniors should visit their senior activity centers.

Some of you may know that I am a single working boomer.  Lately, I have been giving a lot of thought about getting involved with my community senior center.  Since I work the night shift and all week ends it is difficult to have a social life.  Also my family has been suggesting that I check out the senior center in my community.

So I did a little research on senior centers and discovered a good deal more about them, their programs and activities.  There seems to be many good reasons to visit and participate in the community senior center.  Maybe you can relate with me as I list some of the benefits that I might expect in my own life as I use my senior center.

  1. At a senior center I can make new friends.
  2. Since I am single, who knows, I might just meet that special someone
  3. It is more fun to laugh with a group of people than sitting at home laughing by myself
  4. There will be a lot of friendly folks there to love and love is a good thing.
  5. By socializing with like minded folks it will give me a new way to learn
  6. It is a place to relax
  7. The center has healthy tasty meals and I love to eat.
  8. It is a drag to eat alone so at the center I can enjoy dining with others
  9. There are games to play which will strengthen my mind
  10. Some of the folks will be a lot wiser than me and I can learn from their stories
  11. There is a place to exercise and workout.  I really need to loose weight.
  12. They have a billiards room therefore I can really get into that.
  13. Dancing use to be one of my favorite things to do and they offer dance classes plus have social events
  14. The folks there go on senior trips by bus.  Since I drive for a living, it will be nice to allow the bus driver to do the driving for me.
  15. Sometimes they go to the gambling boat.  I love to play those slots.
  16. They do taxes.  I have never done mine so not only can I get someone to do my taxes just maybe they will teach me how to do them.
  17. It will be a great opportunity to give away a smile.  My dog doesn’t really care if I smile or not.  I work night and don’t see many folks therefore I am not involved in much smiling.
  18. It is very inexpensive and I live on a limited income.  Most of the activities are free.
  19. The center is within blocks of my apartment and it will not take much gasoline to drive there.  They even have a bus that will pick some folks up.
  20. Since it is in my plan to move from here to a over 55 apartment or senior community, I am sure that I can get information about the best places in the area.  Who knows, I might even find a good roommate.
  21. Instead of sitting around alone on holidays, I can meet folks to be with and enjoy holidays
  22. My daughters are very busy and would really be happy to hear that I am going to the senior center
  23. Since I am off 2 days during the week, it will give me something to do.  I might even want to volunteer.
  24. There is a huge crowd there on bingo day.  I might even get good enough to play more than one card plus I like to play games.
  25. Sometimes they do crafts.  It is finally time that I learn to do some and get into the arts.
  26. It would be an excellent way to learn more about my community.
  27. There are times they go out of town on mini trips.  I have a lot of vacation time therefore I could enjoy vacationing with others.
  28. As I get older and even now, it is important to have a support system.  At a senior center I can develop that.
  29. The center has meals on wheels.  The last time I had a hospital stay, it was difficult to fix meals for myself.  This would be real nice.
  30. Also, I might be able to get assistance for transportation if I am unable to drive to the store.

This  blog is getting very lengthy.  That is a good, thing because I am now excited about getting involved at the senior center.  There is much more that I could write but I will wait and write more after I have attended.  It is amazing when one writes out a positive list how much more exciting a new adventure can be!

Originally posted 2014-03-09 19:02:32.

Boomers Stay Active With Outdoor Games

Boomers Stay Active With Outdoor Games
Many of us boomers had indoor jobs all those working years and couldn’t really spend too much time outdoors. Now that we are retiring, it is a nice benefit of retirement to get outside. Many boomers are getting outside with outdoor games which provide fresh air, vitamin D, exercise and socialization with your fellow players.

Games played on a schedule give you a reason to get out of the house and get going. For example, my wife Mary Ann and I play Bocee every Monday and Wednesday at Park Place Adult Center and we look forward to playing every time. Senior centers provide an opportunity to join some of the outdoor games right in your neighbor.

Active adult communities have all kinds of outdoor games for boomers. We just spent a few days at Sun City Carolina Lakes outside Charlotte NC and here are some of the most popular outdoors games being enjoyed there. All of the pictures below were taken by me at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

Boomers Enjoy Golf, which is one of the most popular outdoor games ever.

Boomers enjoy playing golf.
Boomers enjoy playing golf.

Pickle Ball is an extremely popular outdoor game enjoyed by active baby boomers. Quite a social activity as well as great exercise.

Pickleball at Sun City Carolina Lakes
Pickleball at Sun City Carolina Lakes

Tennis of course is enjoyed everywhere by boomers and remains one of the most popular outdoor games.

Tennis at Sun City Carolina Lakes
Tennis at Sun City Carolina Lakes

Bocce Ball is a great social game and can be played by anyone. This one is my favorite.

Bocce Ball is a great outdor game
Bocce Ball

Softball is another very popular game with boomers when a playing field is available like in a recreational park or active adult community. This is a great team sport and boomers love to dress up in their uniforms, rallying their team mates, and tail gating.

Softball is a popular outdoor game for boomers
Softball is a popular outdoor game for boomers

There are many more outdoor games like horseshoes. volleyball, basketball, badminton, croquet, corn hole, ladder golf and others. These are many organized outdoor activities other than games for individuals like walking clubs, running, boating, fishing, swimming, bide riding and others.

Why Boomers Enjoy Outdoor Games?

Boomers are getting involved with these outdoor activities to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and meet new friends.

For more information about where to find outdoor games, visit Senior Center Directory, Active Adult Communities.

Find a beautiful Del Webb community like Sun City Carolina Lakes.

Tennis Class
Tennis Class

Originally posted 2014-08-09 11:33:04.

Boomers – Real Life Tips for Online Dating

Recently I read an article about tips for Senior online dating. Some of it I agreed with and some I had my own opinions. It took me to a place and time where I met a few people online. Then the day came for the face to face interaction which is an all different ball game no matter how much you learn from the Internet affair. Some of my experiences were rather humorous so I have a few tips to offer for the real deal.

Boomers online datingRecently I read an article about tips for Senior online dating.  Some of it I agreed with and some I had my own opinions.  It took me to a place and time where I met a few people online.  Then the day came for the face to face interaction which is an all different ball game no matter how much you learn from the Internet affair.  Some of my experiences  were rather humorous so I have a few tips to offer for the real deal.

  1. Be prepared for the eye shock.  Pictures from the Internet can be very deceiving.
  2. Don’t get offended if he says, “Wow, you are a lot fatter than I expected.”
  3. Keep your composure should he change his mind at the last minute, not show up, and disappear completely from the Internet site.  He probably did not die of a heart attack and has gotten cold feet before.  Better yet, he likes playing games with peoples feelings.
  4. Run like hec if he comes dressed in a large over coat and it appears like he is carrying a weapon in his coat pocket.  Don’t be so noisy that you have to ask him about it.
  5. Don’t let your mouth drop open in shock when he takes his hat off to reveal his bald head.  I know you thought he had a full head of hair in that cowboy hat pic that you saw on the computer.  Now this is the real HIM.
  6. Try not to make too big of a scene at your local restaurant if he should say at the end of the meal, “Do you mind paying, I forgot my billfold.”  After all you might want to go back to that same place someday WITHOUT HIM.
  7. If he should start talking about all his Ex’s put a time limit on listening.  Oh, and by the way, all ex’s don’t just come from Texas.  I have met up with guys that have them scattered around the world.
  8. If you met for dinner and he is a health food nut then accept that.  Never but never though resort to eating carrot sticks for your meal instead of a nice juicy steak if you are hungry.  If he tries to change you at the first meal then imagine the rest of your life eating with him.
  9. If you see something protruding from his hair that looks like a Bobbie pin, it probably is.  Leave it alone and don’t ask.  Maybe later if there is a second date you can discuss the hair piece that you did not know that he wore.
  10. Just take it in stride if after the meal he excuses himself to the men’s room to clean his teeth.  Be glad that he did not take them out at the dining table.  Again remember in person is much different than on line dating.
  11. Then of course there is the nose blower.  The one that has excessive sinus issues and has to do a lot of blowing while you two are eating your dinner.  Have a heart and appear understanding.  Who knows next time you may have to blow.
  12. If you hear a rattle in his pants when he walks, NEVER BUT NEVER ask him if he wears Depends.  There will be another time and place for that discussion if there is a next time.
  13. Get concerned if he takes out a pill bottle and takes a pill right after a discussion of sex and the first date.  It might be Viagra and he might start rushing you to finished your meal quickly.  You do not want to take the chance of choking.  Chew slowly, take your time.  Don’t be worried about him paying ten dollars a pop for those pills because that is his problem, not yours.
  14. If you are a man give her a chance.  Maybe she forgot her glasses when she ordered the most expensive meal on the menu after your on line dating discussion of being frugal.
  15. If her hair looks purple, it probably is.  I know she said it was white but some of those white white hair rinses turn a ladies hair purple.  Just keep quiet about it.  It will wash out or discuss it at another time.
  16. If one of her eye lashes falls off keep cool.  Older ladies have to do what they have to do to look beautiful for you and sometimes those darn things just get loose.
  17. Oh yes and men just remember that women too wear hair pieces, wigs, lift up bras, girdles, and all their ex’s did not come from Texas either.

Be nice if she invited her girlfriend along because she was a bit scared of meeting you in person and had her sit at the next table. When she keeps giving the high sign to her just ignore it.  She probably will not want you to know so just do not mention it.  If she starts texting though, instead of listening to you, there might be a problem.  After all you are in control if there is a NEXT  time date.

Now after reading this do not let this influence you as for getting ready for that first meet up after the on line dating experience.  I am all for being a free spirit and putting spice in your life.  You might just luck out and none of the above will happen.  Then of course do not forget that there are senior centers, adult groups, cruises for singles, churches, and many other events where you can meet people your age for the first time.  It is OK.  Try getting out there.  That special one might just be right where you did not expect him or her to be.  Feel free!  Venture out into the unknown.  It is your life.  Live it.

Live, Love, Learn and Laugh!

Originally posted 2011-09-07 12:43:58.

Baby Boomers Health: 12 Tips for Old Guys

Health tips for age 50+ guys. Do these things and the rest of your life can be great. You can live like your fifties until your eighties and beyond. Don’t do these things and the relentless tides of aging will sweep over you and make you weak and sick and kill you early.

It all started when I needed a DVD for my Netflix queue. Despite the title, I selected a recommended movie titled “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross which turned out to be an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health while traveling across America, juicer in tow, and inspiring others to do the same. It featured the benefits of eating better and getting a reboot by juicing. I gave it a try.

About the same time my friend David recommend a book by the title “Younger Next Year” with the sub-title Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond. It sounded like a book for women. I was wrong, it is a book for old guys and a very good one. It features the value of exercise as you age and gives you a plan and what to expect.

I had not set out to loose weight. I have been 203 lbs on my last three annual physicals and to be honest I thought the days of loosing weight were over. But the DVD and the book helped me loose 27 lbs in the last 60 days. Plus I have joined the fitness center in my neighborhood and workout 6 times a week. So by following this free advice it is working for me. So what are the health tips for old guys from these two sources that are proven to work. I will just list them the best I can remember from using them.

Health Tips for Old Guys

1. Cut down on the meat eaten. Fish and chicken are good. Consume more fruits and vegetables. Quit eating crap!

2. Try juicing and drink at least one green drink a day. I happen to live next to a Whole Foods with a juice bar and go there for a green drink every day. Or get a blender and prepare yourself.

3. Rather than 3 large meals try small meals with at least two snacks in between. I do snack at 9:45am and 2:45pm but your schedule may vary. I love a hand full on mixed nuts and cranberries and a piece of fruit for a snack.

4. Watch your portion size, especially with meats.

5. Exercise for 45 minutes a day six days a week for the rest of your life. Two days do strength training and 4 days of cardio. Vary your work outs.

6. Get a heart monitor, join a gym and get a personal trainer.

7. Simply your life and spend less than you make.

8. Shave every day and get regular haircuts.

9. Get some up to date clothes to keep your wardrobe up to date.

10. Be positive and don’t get too negative.

11. Care

12. Stay active and involved with people. Socialization is important and many ways to do that like meetups, clubs, hobbies, senior centers, volunteer and others. Get a project.

Read the book and see the movie for a better explanation and motivation. This works. Why not try it.

Do these things and the rest of your life can be great. You can live like your fifties until your eighties and beyond.

Don’t do these things and the relentless tides of aging will sweep over you and make you weak and sick and kill you early.

Originally posted 2012-09-30 18:07:09.