Baby Boomers

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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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Small Baby-Boomer Owned Businesses Need Nurturing to Keep Operating

Most economies cherish startups and the entrepreneurs who start them. Quebec is also on the lookout for something a bit different. You could call them carry-ons.
The Canadian province, among the most rapidly aging societies in the world, is at the forefront of a dilemma that’s looming for other developed countries too. 
Small businesses are the wellspring of employment. A disproportionate share of them are owned by baby boomers now approaching retirement age. 
What happens to the companies when they get there? Is anyone thinking that far ahead?
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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Death of the Hippies

In 1967, just after the Summer of Love, The Atlantic published “The Flowering of the Hippies,” a profile of San Francisco’s new youth culture. 

“Almost the first point of interest about the hippies was that they were middle-class American children to the bone,” the author noted. “To citizens inclined to alarm this was the thing most maddening, that these were not Negroes disaffected by color or immigrants by strangeness but boys and girls with white skins from the right side of the economy ... After regular educations, if only they’d want them, they could commute to fine jobs from the suburbs, and own nice houses with bathrooms, where they could shave and wash up.”

A middle-class boy from the right side of the economy: That was my mother’s cousin Joe Samberg. When they were growing up, she spent every Thanksgiving at his family’s home in the upscale Long Island suburb of Roslyn Heights. His father was a successful businessman who, somewhat incongruously, had far-left sympathies. 

Throughout the 1960s, Joe and his four brothers became more and more radical. Two of the Samberg boys eventually went down to Cuba to cut sugar cane for Castro’s revolution.

In 1969, when Joe was 22, he moved out to California. 

By then, the Haight-Ashbury scene described in the Atlantic article had mostly migrated across the bay to Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue. Rents were a little cheaper there, and for those who couldn’t pay rent at all, the weather was a little warmer. The college town was also more sympathetic to the long-haired kids who crowded the sidewalks day and night—talking, protesting, kissing, dancing, fighting, and taking lots and lots of drugs.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

'Sociopathic' Baby Boomers Have Hurt America, Author Claims in New Book

Bruce Cannon Gibney writes that for decades the United States has been run by people who are deceitful, selfish, imprudent, remorseless and hostile — the baby boomers, a generation that Gibney defines as being born between 1940 and 1964.
In his new book, “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America,” Gibney says people born in the baby-boom generation have sociopathic tendencies, and have undermined the prosperous, progressive America they were raised in. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Gibney about the book.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Now Baby Boomers Battling Opioid Abuse

With an epidemic of opioid abuse, the generation that never wanted to grow old is dying ahead of its time.

Middle-aged white people are not usually anyone's idea of a vulnerable population, even in an era that aims for diversity. Having been history's conquerors and kings, they remain symbols of the establishment, its presidents and chief executives, comfortable, and still powerful.
But in the fall of 2015, two Princeton University economists dropped a bombshell on that assumption. Angus Deaton, who had just won a Nobel Prize in economics, and Anne Case reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the death rates of middle-aged whites in the U.S. had jumped sharply. For the first time in decades, the life expectancy of white men and women between the ages of 45 and 54 had plummeted—a trend not seen in any other rich country.
Between 1999 and 2013, the study found mortality rates of every other age and ethnic group in the U.S. fell by a steady clip of about two per cent per year. But among middle-aged whites, the mortality rate had risen by half a per cent per year. If it had continued to decline at the same rate as it had before 1998, an estimated 488,500 lives would have been saved. Or, as Deaton told the Washington Post, "Half a million people are dead who should not be dead."
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Monday, March 6, 2017

We Can Guess Where You Grew Up Based on Your Favorite TV Character

Choose your favorite TV characters so we can guess where you grew up!

Don't think we can do it? Take the quiz so we can prove you wrong. Maybe.

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