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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Hottest Startup Market Is Now the Baby Boomers

Boris Mordkovich, a 30-year-old serial entrepreneur, had never considered developing products for the aging baby boomer market. One day, however, he saw that his parents had started using an electric bike that his brother Yevgeniy had modified for his wife and himself.
“Electric bikes are an equalizer,” said Mr. Mordkovich, who has also owned a software company and a small-business magazine. “They let the rider decide how much or how little they will pedal.”
This year, he said, Evelo, the electric bike company that he founded with his brother, will double its revenue to $4 million, and it is profitable. “There’s no shortage of potential customers,” he added.
The company is just one of many that are plugging into a wealthy slice of the over-50 demographic called the longevity market, whose annual economic activity currently amounts to $7.6 trillion, according to AARP.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Story of Cher's Life, Loves, and Career Is Headed to Broadway

The Cher Show, a musical based on the life, loves and career of singer, actress and style icon Cher, is headed to Broadway in 2018, she confirmed June 6 on Twitter.
“Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical,” Cher, 71, tweeted. “There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It’ll[be] on Broadway 2018.”
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For Some Baby Boomers, It's Back to Summer Camp

Linda Levy jumped at the opportunity to attend Camp Meraki near Austin, Texas.
As a kid she went to summer camp every year and later she worked as a camp nurse at multiple camps. “That is my happy place,” said the 68-year-old retired nurse who now works in retail.
The program, which was run by Aging Is Cool, an Austin, Texas-based group that organizes social and physical activities for retirees, was like the summer camps she attended as a kid in many ways. There was a set schedule, campers slept in community bunks — although this time with air conditioning — and at meal time “you ate what was in front of you,” Levy said. Along with her husband, Levy participated in everything from canoeing and archery to tie-dyeing t-shirts and making crafts.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

British Baby Boomers Are Roaring Into Their 70s

Former politician Edwina Currie giggles as she thinks of how she frequently enjoys embarrassing her children. 
Actress Amanda Barrie likes to wear skinny jeans and heels, and TV presenter Esther Rantzen does star jumps while watching television.

They were the generation that hoped they’d die before they got old. They made Britain cool and denigrated their elders as fuddy-duddies. But now the Baby Boomers are getting older, they want to reinvent that too.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Why Time Seems to Speed Up As We Get Older

If it feels like you raced through 2016, you’re not alone.
It’s generally true that the older you are, the more quickly time seems to pass. Studies show that age and experiences affect the way time is perceived.
“If you’re 6 years old, all experiences are new and exciting: You make a new friend; it’s your first day of first grade. All these things are landmarks,” says Art Markman, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, Austin. “When you’re 60, there’s a lot of routine in life. You go to the same restaurants and have the same friends. All of these are fun, but your brain does not see the need for all these distinct landmarks and now the year seems like it flew by." 
Markman explores this idea of time speeding up with age in his 2016 book Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind, which he coauthored with Bob Duke.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Baby Boomers Interning As They Change To New Later-in-Life Careers

It takes a lot to make Paul Critchlow nervous, but the night before his first day with Pfizer last June he had agonized over what to wear. 

As a military veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during a major battle in Vietnam and former head of a brokerage firm, he didn’t want to appear too formal but shining his shoes and ironing his button-down shirt and slacks helped relax him a bit.

The briefcase Critchlow carried with him into Pfizer’s Manhattan headquarters the next day acted as his security blanket. He lightly swung it back-and-forth by its sweaty handle in an attempt to rid himself of jitters.

‘I was anxious. I was worried that I might come across as an old know-it-all,’ he said.

In Pfizer’s lobby, Critchlow approached the desk for visitors and announced that he was a summer intern, in case anyone assumed otherwise.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

We Didin't Have the Internet, But We Did Have Time-Life Books

Growing up, there were bookshelves built into every room of our house. There were bookshelves to the left and right of the fireplace. The kitchen island had bookshelves underneath. Even our childhood bedrooms had bookshelves built into nooks above a desk. This was pretty common with most houses in the neighborhood. The reason was pretty obvious. People just had a lot more books back then. 
Today with streaming, Kindles and cloud storage, there's hardly use for bookshelves, aside from aesthetic or decorative reasons. 
However, in the '60s, '70s and '80s, there was no easier way to fill that shelving than with Time Life collections. Named after the two popular magazines, Time Life was the book division of Time, Inc. The publishing endeavor kicked off in 1961. Over the following decades, Time Life churned out more than 60 book series. They were akin to encyclopedia volumes, though focused on one particular topic or theme. You could order — typically by calling a 1-800 number off a TV ad — series about the Wild West, home improvement, cooking or supernatural phenomenon. It worked like a subscription, as Time Life would ship you a new volume in the series each month. The series typically included around a couple dozen volumes.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Younger Oldsters Now Being Wooed for 'Villages' with Entertainment Options

First came “villages,” hyper-local groups created by aging neighbors to build a greater sense of community and help each other grow old at while remaining at home. These nonprofit groups arranged volunteer drivers, household helpers, social events and, in some cases, kept lists of reliable professionals, including plumbers, roofers, estate lawyers and even art appraisers.
Now, 15 years and some 220 villages after the first one was born in Boston, a move is afoot to woo and welcome the active 50+ set. Most of these folks still work and don’t need rides to the supermarket or help raking leaves. They have no use for the names of pre-screened health aides or note-takers for medical visits. Their main goal is a richer social life with others similarly situated.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Boomer Entrepreneurs Making It Big By Doing What They Love

Bryan Kravitz has seen his career come full circle. He began repairing typewriters in the 1970s and continued his work until computers came on the scene. Then he moved into direct mail and marketing. But much to his delight and surprise, typewriters are back. And now Kravitz, at age 67, is back in the business of fixing them with his new company, Philly Typewriter.
"There's a backlog of I'd say, almost 20 machines right now," Kravitz says. He's already making money in his two-year-old venture. "I'm in really good health, I feel really good and I get up every day — what can I do, go to the golf course? Not me. I want to do things."
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Pros (and a Few Cons) To Hiring Older Workers

Companies are constantly on the prowl for employees with experience so that once they are employed they are not completely at sea about what they need to do and how they ought to behave in a corporate setting. 

However, this being said, while a little experienced is much desired, offices are not often willing to employ older workers to their firms for a number of reasons. 

To enlighten yourself on the main pros as well as cons of hiring older employees you ought to go through the list which has been given below very carefully indeed.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Some Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand

We wanted to take a quick trip down memory lane and share some of our favorite photos that only Baby Boomers (and some kids from the 1950s and 60s!) will understand.  

We hope you enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed putting it together.  

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Here's How to Have a 60s Make-Ahead Potluck Party

Although Mad Men is over, we haven't stopped loving the 1960s. But how would our 2016 taste buds fare with 50-year-old recipes? 

We headed to the kitchen, turned up the bossa nova, and threw a '60s-themed potluck to experience the convenience of the rapidly growing 1960s fridge for ourselves.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Legendary Hoop Seasons Both: Then and Now - 1962 and 2017

The clock dropped below the final minute, and the previously raucous crowd in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grew quiet. An onslaught of Knicks held off the inevitable basket for as long as the mismatched squad from New York could manage.
 Joe Ruklick passed on a wide-open layup to loft an alley-oop in Wilt Chamberlain’s direction, and every onlooker in the arena held their breath as they awaited the cherry on top of this superhuman sundae. Wilt stuffed the ball through the hoop for his 36th basket and reached the summit of the grandest display of domination in basketball history: 100 points in a single game.
In terms of individual achievement, the 1962 NBA season was one of the greatest showcases in pro sports history. Interestingly though, as the current NBA regular season comes to a close, we are seeing parallels between the 1962 and 2017 seasons.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Can New Office Gear Really Keep You Fit?

The days of typing at your desk in a stationary chair for eight hours may be vanishing. 

Workplace health products are all the rage, from standing and treadmill desks to wearable pedometers and posture trackers. But does reviewing quarterly reports while walking in place really burn enough calories to move the fitness needle? How about using an exercise ball for a seat? Or a foot pedaler under your desk?

We spoke to ergonomic and wellness experts about the hottest health gizmos populating today's workplaces. They told us which can improve your health, which could compromise it and which might have little to no effect.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Remember When: Farrah Fawcett Becomes a Pinup Queen

This had to be one of the greatest pinups of the Baby Boomer years.

I know I had it pinned on my basement wall. (And I was married, but my wife was very understanding then).

What about you? Was Farrah a pinup poster for you, too?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Riding Along in My Automobile: Classic Cars Then and Now

The rides of our youth are hitting a showroom near you.

Hoping to ride the wave of boomer nostalgia, carmakers continue to update classics like the Chevrolet Camaro and are reviving dormant brands including the Fiat 124 Spider.  

We rounded up some old favorites and paired them with their contemporary counterparts.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Total Number of Baby Booomers Drops, But There Are Still A Lot of Us

The number of baby boomers living in the United States slipped to an estimated 74.1 million last year, now accounting for 22.9 percent of the U.S. population, newly released Census Bureau estimates show.
Young adults are taking over.
Millennials, those defined by the Census Bureau as being born from 1982 to 2000, have a growing edge over the baby boomers.
Millennials number 84 million, or 26 percent of the U.S. population, according to the new estimates.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Retiring Baby Boomers Send Some of America's Manliest Industries Scrambling for Women

Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that has traditionally found such working conditions hostile: women.
The Iron Workers union this month leaped to the cutting edge of the effort, becoming the first building trades union to offer up to eight months of paid maternity leave to pregnant women and new moms. Not that many of their folks hauling rebar or scaling skyscrapers will take them up on the offer: Only 2 percent of the group’s 130,000 North American members are women.
“The whole world is suffering the baby boomer retirement tsunami,” the union's president, Eric Dean, said. “All the construction trades are in competition for capable people. Wouldn't it be a distinct advantage for us to be the first?”
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

8 Classic Rockers You Need to Have on Your Bucket List If You Haven't Seen Them

Classic rock is classic for a reason. 

Although times have changed since the heyday of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, there's no expiration date when it comes to enjoying their music. Regardless of the amount of time that’s passed, some of classic rock's brightest stars are still at it and playing live for their most devoted fans around the world. 

From the Rolling Stones to Deep Purple, here are eight classic rockers who have no intention of putting down their guitars anytime soon.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Why 50 Is the New Age for Launching a Start-Up

My friends seem worried that I quit my job to start my own business. “Are you crazy?” — they asked — “Why leave the security and comfort of a well-paid senior role at one of the largest marketing firms in Chicago?”

“Why not?”

Don’t wait for the right moment to show up. Create the right moment instead. That has always been my life’s motto.

But I have other reason too. I just turned fifty. If I don’t do it now, then when?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Look Back at Era Defining Music Tech

Music can have a time machine effect. That Taking Back Sunday song might instantly hurtle you back to your awkward emo phase (or at least you thought that counted as emo back then), or maybe the crackle of vinyl evokes the stale pizza scent of your college dorm room. 

To celebrate CNN’s Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, premiering Thursday, April 20 at 10 p.m., we embraced these music-induced warm-and-fuzzy feelings. And because we’re not just nostalgic for music, we’re nostalgic for the ways we listened to it, click through the different audio mediums – from vinyl to streaming – and revel in the eras we associate them with.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Music perhaps isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the most traumatic or galvanizing events of modern times. An image or an influential person probably is. But over time, such events become imbued with music, a phenomenon explored in “Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History,” an eight-part documentary series that begins Thursday, April 20, on CNN.
The first episode centers on the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. It looks first at how music helped drive the civil rights movement, then at how it expanded King’s message after his murder, the patience of “We Shall Overcome” giving way to more insistent forms like hip-hop. Episode 2 takes up the terrorist attacks of September 2001, with artists like Kix Brooks, Billy Joel and Paul Simon talking about how their songs were used for healing or for affirmation of American resilience. Later subjects include the fall of the Berlin Wall, the women’s rights movement and the Vietnam War.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Who Will Buy Baby Boomers' Homes?

recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies forecasts that the remodeling industry will remain robust over the next ten years. The growth will be driven, as ever, by the Baby Boomer generation, 80 percent of whom own homes, and two-thirds of whom have expressed a desire to “age in place.” This means that many of them are modifying their living quarters to include such “universal design” features as wider doors and hallways to accommodate wheelchair use.

Boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—are a plentiful and relatively affluent lot; they’ve steered economic trends for decades. But as the oldest members of the generation amble into their 70s, housing analysts are wondering who will take up the mantle of remodeling—and home ownership—when they’re gone. Hopes are often pinned on the generation that last year overtook Boomers as the country’s largest: Millennials.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

A Look at Our 3 Baby Boomer Presidents

This year, for the first time in our history, there are three American presidents who were born in the same year. We have had three pairs of presidents born in the same year — the very unlike John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, in 1767; Richard Nixon and his surprise successor, Gerald Ford, in 1913; Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, 1924.

Now we have three presidents who were born in the calendar year 1946: Bill Clinton in August, George W. Bush in July and Donald Trump in June. Note that all three were born just a little more than nine months after V-J Day. (For younger readers, that’s the end of World War II.)

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happiness May Come Later Than You Think

There's no end to the research that looks into when we will be happiest in life. Everyone wants to be happy, and the pursuit of it seems to be the ultimate goal for a lot of us.
However, while you may assume the prime of your life will occur in your 20s or 30s, this might not actually be the case — while emphasis is often given to the younger years, you might have a bit longer to wait to really be happiest.
The Independent reported that a survey by a financial services company found that those over 50 are happier, wealthier, and more carefree than ever. The study surveyed over 50,000 people aged 50 and over, and the general consensus of the fifty-somethings was they felt four years younger physically and ten years younger mentally than their actual age.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Aging Rock Fans Still Holding Their Lighters Up High

Pete Townshend of the Who struck a nerve with rock ’n’ roll rebels in 1965 with the line “I hope I die before I get old.”
But something has happened in the five decades since he wrote “My Generation”: The boomer generation got older, yet continued to love rock ’n’ roll. Now, as many of those early fans enter retirement, they are still boarding buses and trudging through muddy fields to see their favorite bands.
“It used to be that when you retired, you went to Leisure World or the old retirement complex,” said Mark Hover, a 65-year-old who lives in Moreno Valley, Calif., and retired in 2004 after 30 years working for the United Parcel Service. Now, he said, other options are more appealing to him.
“What you’re supposed to do in your golden years is more of what you love,” he said. “What I’ve loved all my life is going to see live music.” He attends more than 100 shows a year, spending thousands of dollars traveling to concerts and multiday rock festivals like Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tenn., which he plans to attend in June. He finds that he is far from the only “old guy” — his term — rocking out.
Concerts aimed at old guys are big business. According to the music industry tracking firm Pollstar, the six-day music extravaganza Desert Trip, featuring the Who and fellow rock veterans like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Neil Young, took in $160 million last year. Held in Indio, Calif., the festival catered to “an older, more affluent crowd,” Pollstar said. Mr. Hover was there, and paid $399 for his ticket.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

'Born to Run' and the Decline of the American Dream

Forty years ago, on the eve of its official release, “Born to Run”—the song that propelled Bruce Springsteen into the rock-and-roll stratosphere—had already attracted a small cult following in the American rust belt.

At the time, Springsteen desperately needed a break. Despite vigorous promotion by Columbia Records, his first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, had been commercial flops. Though his band spent virtually every waking hour either in the recording studio or on tour, their road earnings were barely enough to live on.

Sensing the need for a smash, in late 1974 Mike Appel, Bruce’s manager, distributed a rough cut of “Born to Run” to select disc jockeys. Within weeks, it became an underground hit. 

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Have You Read the Most Popular Book from the Year You Were Born?

There are books that stick with you for your entire life, but do you know what book was most popular on the year that you were born?
Thanks to Good Housekeeping, you can now find out what people were reading the year that you entered the world.
Have you read the most popular book from the year you were born? How many of the top books from the past 87 years have you read?
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Series Celebrates America's Oldest Playboy Hugh Heffner

It might have been another legendary party at the Playboy Mansion, except Hugh Hefner didn't make an appearance. The Playboy founder was a no-show Tuesday night at a celebration of the new Amazon series about his life, "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story."

His youngest son, 25-year-old Cooper Hefner, who became Playboy's chief creative officer last year, hosted the mansion party to screen an episode from the 10-part series, premiering Friday.
"He will kill me if I print or if you say anything about him retiring," the younger Hefner said of his father. "But I think he is really enjoying his life as a 90-year-old at the mansion."
"Hef" turns 91 on Sunday, and he'll celebrate as he has for decades, his son said, with a screening of "Casablanca" in his home theater with his guests dressed in 1940s attire.
Cooper Hefner said his father is doing "great" ("His back is bad — that comes along with aging") and remains editor in chief of Playboy magazine.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

6 Baby Boomer Travel Trends

Many baby boomers are hoping to do more traveling as they enter their retirement years.

After decades of cramming travel into long weekends and limited vacation time, new retirees often have a pent up desire to visit new places. 

Here's how baby boomers plan to travel in retirement:

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baby Boomers Rejecting Retirement In Record Numbers

Almost 20 percent of Americans 65 and older are now working, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the most older people with a job since the early 1960s, before the U.S. enacted Medicare.

Because of the huge baby boom generation that is just now hitting retirement age, the U.S. has the largest number of older workers ever.

When asked to describe their plans for retirement, 27 percent of Americans said they will “keep working as long as possible,” a 2015 Federal Reservestudy found. Another 12 percent said they don’t plan to retire at all. (Millennials have an interesting perspective.)
Why are more people putting off retirement? 
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Rise and Fall of the Fitness Generation

The truth is that we started out so strong. Flipping a Frisbee, pumping iron or feeling the burn, most of the 76 million boomers were poster children for health and fitness. Physical perfection was possible — what else could explain a single generation producing Bo Derek and Brad Pitt?

"Baby boomers led an unprecedented fitness revolution, into a kind of golden era of health," says Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., whose 1968 best-selling Aerobics put modern exercise on the map. 

In 1968, less than 24 percent of American adults exercised regularly; by 1984, that figure had risen to 59 percent. Cholesterol levels fell, and so did blood pressure. Deaths from heart disease plummeted 48 percent. And, in large part due to boomer mojo, the average life expectancy jumped from 69.7 years for those born in 1960 to 75.4 for those born in 1990, a huge gain.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

It's Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement

Every day, as you may have heard, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. The financial industry advertises to this retirement cohort with images of youthful-looking people sipping cocktails on a Polynesian beach. Other images feature an aging man on his new Harley, ready to conquer the highways of America.

While images of sitting on the beach or playing golf may seem enticing, I believe the leisure-based notion of retirement is both empty and ultimately unfulfilling. It simply doesn’t fit with the reality that one might live another 30 years after retirement. (See the recent Next Avenue piece, Here’s the Economic Impact of The Longevity Bonus.)

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Here's 10 Great Hoop Films for Fans Who Need Even More March Madness

Fan-tastic Films
If your NCAA tournament bracket is busted early or your alma mater missed the dance or was one and done, don’t despair. 
We picked 10 movies that can entertain your basketball fix no matter how your picks pan out.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

In 1971, Protesters Shut Down DC and I Was There

The largest and most audacious direct action in US history is also among the least remembered, a protest that has slipped into deep historical obscurity.

It was a protest against the Vietnam War, but it wasn’t part of the storied sixties, having taken place in 1971, a year of nationwide but largely unchronicled ferment. 

To many, infighting, violence, and police repression had effectively destroyed “the movement” two years earlier in 1969.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Divorce Rates Doubles for Graying Baby Boomers

The Pew Research Center is reporting that divorce for those 50 and older, the Baby Boom generation that has long been beset by marital troubles, has doubled, especially among those in short marriages.

And the surge is even worse for those 65 and older, where the rate has tripled.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Wasting Away In Magaritaville: Jimmy Buffett to Open Retirement Community

With Baby Boomers now starting to reach the age of retirement, Jimmy Buffett is to open a Margaritaville retirement community for Parrotheads and others who appreciate beautiful vistas and warm breezes.
The first location will be in Daytona Beach Florida in 2018. Buffett is sinking $1 billion into the village, and it will contain 7,000 homes for those of retirement age and those approaching retirement age.
The generation in retirement and those who are just receiving their first AARP letter look much different than those who came before them, and they aren’t going quietly. 
For instance, Sting, formerly of the band the Police is now 65, and has to wear hearing aids, as he is going deaf from a lifetime playing rock and roll, says the Inquisitr. But Sting just put out his first true rock album in years and has no intention of slowing d0wn. Sting and his wife Trudy Styler are still active in yoga.
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