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 – …

Is Marriage More Loving, or Boring, in Retirement?

Is 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 …

Upgrading to Apple’s iOS 7? You May Want to Wait

If you are using an iPhone 4, 4S or 5, and are thinking about upgrading to Apple’s new operating system iOS 7-be prepared for a learning curve. I hear a lot of talk these days about iOS 7, but a lot of it isn’t very positive-especially when it comes from 60-something users on older phones. For starters, the iPhone 4 and 4S may not have enough memory to handle the upgrade without  removing some apps and photos to open up …