Tag: Baby Boomers

Boomer Icons, Deep Thinkers Offer Advice on Aging (Fall 2017)

From when we’re born until we die, everyone ages. But, after the advent of the youth-driven Baby Boomer era, getting older (remember Hope I Die Before I Get Old and Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30) was considered a bad thing. Now Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are the ones getting – dare we say it – old. And just like they have done at every stage of their lives, Boomers are reinventing and redefining what it means to age.

Today, 65 might not be the new 35, but it certainly isn’t our grandmothers’ 65.

In an ongoing collection of articles I’ve written for Booming Encore, I’ve culled good ideas about getting older in the 21st Century from some of the best known boomer icons like Jane Fonda and from some lesser-known, but equally important thinkers on the issue like Mortimer Adler, the author of War of the Roses.

You can read the ones that interest you here by clicking on their titles. Happy, healthy, harmonious aging everyone …

Jane Fonda Talks About the Power of Aging 

Perspective on Aging from Author Warren Adler, Now Age 92

The Most Important Lessons on Aging from The Classic Tuesdays with Morrie

 

Should You Hang Up Your Jeans at 53? The Jean Jeanie Says ‘No Way’

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

It’s a good thing I’m not a dedicated follower of fashion advice or I would probably be feeling really badly about wasting $40 last week.

Realizing that a new season was here and not having bought any jeans for more than two years, I decided to pick up two pairs at Target last week.

Only hours after I got home, I found out from a Facebook post that I had engaged in a new fashion faux pas.

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For Baby Boomers, the Stairways to Heaven Are Changing

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

When it comes to funerals, many Baby Boomers are literally thinking outside the box.

Of course, that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Those born between 1946 and 1964 have been constantly reinventing most life stages as they have been passing through them. So why should death be any different?

Over the next few years, you should be prepared to encounter a whole different array of extremely personalized funerals.

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The Monkees Make Daydream Believers 50 Years Ago with TV Debut

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Fifty years ago this month Monkee mania began sweeping America and then England as The Monkees, a TV show based on the success of The Beatles and the madcap antics they had displayed in their first movie A Hard Day’s Night, debuted on the NBC Network.

The new made-for-TV band consisted of Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork, each chosen to display characteristics demonstrated by John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

In fact, the original short description for The Monkees said the show would be about an imaginary band that wanted to be The Beatles, but was never that successful.

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63-Year-Old Punk-Pop Star Cyndi Lauper Still Having Fun Singing, Supporting Feminism

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

A little more than three decades ago, singer Cyndi Lauper told us that girls just want to have fun. Today, at age 63, Lauper is teaching us that mature women can still have a good time.

She also says that they can continue speaking out on important social issues such as gender, sexuality, and aging, as well as establishing a strikingly personal sense of beauty and fashion.

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A Wave-Making Beach Fashion Hit Turns 70

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

What once-banned, now ubiquitous female summer poolside and seaside attire is celebrating a 70th birthday this month?

If you answered the bikini, you really are a dedicated follower of fashion.

The modern bikini debuted in France in July of 1946. It was the creative idea of Louis Reard, a French automotive and mechanical engineer. He was also running his mother’s lingerie business in Paris at the time.

The new swimsuit was so scandalous that Reard couldn’t find any models willing to wear his navel-exposing design at its debut press conference. Instead, Reard hired a 19-year-old nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to wear his string bikini. It consisted of four triangles made from 30 square inches of fabric printed with a newspaper pattern.

At the time, Reard heralded his creation as “smaller than the smallest bathing suit in the world.” He said he had named it after the Bikini Atoll, the site of the first nuclear device test just five days earlier.

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