‘The Boomer List’: Big Names, Great Stories

American Masters: The Boomer List, sponsored by AARP and airing from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET on PBS Tuesday, is a light-hearted look at the Baby Boom generation through the eyes of 19 icons representing each year from 1946 to 1964. Directed by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, whose other works include The Black List, The Latino List and The Out List, the film focuses on individuals whose experiences touch all the important movements and moments of the boomer generation, from Vietnam and racism to the sexual …

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

Notable 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)

2014 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 …

Entrepreneurs Take to the Aging and Caregiving Business

The 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

Glenda 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

Trust 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 – …