baby boomers

This Week in Boomer History: LBJ Won’t Run … Beatles on Top … MLK Killed

Posted on 03/30/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience. RCA Victor introduces the world’s first 45 rpm record on March 31, 1949. Country music star Eddy Arnold’s “Texarkana Baby” is on the A side; his “Bouquet of Roses” is on the flip side. The 45 soon becomes the medium of choice for listening to and sharing music among teens. On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson tells the nation he won’t run for reelection. (“I shall not seek, and I will not accept …

One Thing Boomers Didn’t Get Right (But Still Can)

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & Fashion2014 is a pivotal year for boomers: It’s when the last wave of us — that is, those born from 1946 to 1964 — turn 50. To spotlight this cultural sea change, AARP is staging a number of events, including Life@50+ celebrations in Boston (May 8-10) and San Diego (Sept. 4-6). The advocacy group also created this short video to put the accomplishments — and people — of this generation in focus: As a boomer born in 1956, I’m proud …

Living in Place May Just Get Easier

Posted on 12/13/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThe business of aging is growing up. What is today a $2 billion aging in place technology and longevity industry is projected to reach $20 billion by 2020. Entrepreneurs, many just in their 20s and 30s, are scrambling to develop products and services that allow older adults to be independent and safe — and give their adult children peace of mind. Startups are creating an array of devices and software: wearables like wristwatches with GPS technology to track Alzheimer’s wandering; sensors that …

A Nine-Year-Old’s Memory of JFK — and Grownup Thoughts of MLK and Bobby

Posted on 11/25/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeGlenda Thomas was a San Francisco elementary school student in 1963. This month, she recorded her memories of November 22, 1963 and sent them to our Tumblr, JFK Memories. “As a little black girl living in San Francisco, she says, “I didn’t know the full effect this assassination had on me until later in life.”   “When Martin Luther King was killed, and then Bobby Kennedy also was assassinated, it became clear to me that the message I received from …

Making Communities More Welcoming to People of All Ages

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingTrust me, you don’t want to have problems getting around and be in Venice, Italy. Venice is an amazing city — the culture, the architecture, the food and the canals. But there are more than 400 bridges — many of them footbridges. You’re walking to yet another lovely square and, guess what? All of a sudden there are steep steps up and down if you want to continue on your way.  Good luck if you’re not up to the task — …

Is Marriage More Loving, or Boring, in Retirement?

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIs marriage more boring or more fulfilling in retirement? (Hint: It’s better than you think.) Do spouses in blended families have different financial priorities for their own children than for their stepchildren? These were some of the questions that 5,415 people were asked in a study called “Family & Retirement: The Elephant in the Room.” Folks weighed in about their hopes and fears when they retire, whether they’d sacrifice their own financial security to help their adult children now, and …