Baby Boomer? YES!
Traditional retirement, not for me!
It is no longer getting that gold watch and disappearing into the background.
The baby boomer generation is changing the landscape of what retirement looks like today either out of necessity or desire.
Staying independent is the name of the new game.
In a previous article, I wrote about how the term “Senior Citizen” was invented after WWII to accommodate for the men returning to the workforce in the USA from the war effort.
The methodology of retirement was assimilated into the American consciousness and retirement became a lucrative industry.
For me, this thing called retirement is a new and exciting chapter in the book of my life. This book includes new adventures, learning new things, being health conscious, and teaching others from my experiences.
One of the biggest things I learn when I was working in the oil and gas business here in the USA is that changing and adapting to an ever-changing environment is crucial to surviving and staying productive .
This allowed me to develop transferable skills and know how to apply them. This is the changing environment that the baby boomers are creating as they retire.
It’s no longer about the traditional retirement, but about a lifestyle that allows them to stay productive and living independently. This is what keeps us young.
In the article, I want to discuss this changing lifestyle and what it means to me and many other baby boomer’s.
So what is this baby boomer’s and retirement thing?
It’s All About My Health.
Retirement, no matter what it looks like for you, is nothing without good health. Or at least it is more difficult.
More baby boomer’s that ever are being more health conscious and are educating themselves on what to do to maintain good health.
During our generation, there has been great improvements in healthcare and health education.
As more research is performed, the links between the foods we have eaten/eat and chronic diseases are better known.
The generation before the baby boomer’s life expectancy was about 10-20 years shorter. It is this author’s belief that this generation suffered premature death largely due to the lack of education of chronic diseases.
Today, we are much more aware of what are the early warning signs of heart attacks and strokes. Years ago, this was not the case.
Drawing from my own experiences, my father had the classic signs of early heart disease that was largely not recognized. This was in the early to mid 1960s. He died in his early fifties.
Today, the classic signs of heart disease would have been recognized and treated. This probably would have extended his life another 20-30 years.
Today, I understand the importance of an annual physical and preventive medications that have been proven to extend your life expectancy.
The healthcare knowledge is also more available due to the invention of the internet and the personal computer.
Learn Something New Every Day!
Stay mentally sharp!
I try to live by the motto of “try to learn something new each day”.
Research has shown that reading, writing, and participating in brain stimulating activities at any age will preserve memory and keep you mentally sharp.
This research showed that people that exercised their minds as they grew older had 32% less memory loss than their peers.
So can we keep out minds sharp?
- The food you eat plays a big role in mental health. Foods that contain the healthy fats and omega-3s are beneficial. These are found in the leafy greens such as kale, lettuce, and spinach. Eat more avocados, beans, and walnuts. Stay away from processed foods and sugary sodas.
- I stopped drinking carbonated sodas about five years ago and that was one of the best things I have ever done. I feel sharper and in better control of my blood sugar.
- Hobbies that stimulate your mind through creativity will increase mental sharpness. Try something new such as writing, painting, sewing, woodworking, quilting, or just reading. Statistics show that this helps in the defense of dementia.
- Stay physically active. Walking has shown to be better for you that running. A brisk walk each day for about 20-30 minutes is all that it takes.
- Now that you are older, share your experiences. Staying social by engaging other people will keep your alert and give your mind clarity. Join clubs with similar interest, even get a pet, or interact on social media on the internet.
- Get the right amount of sleep each day. You should set your goal to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. This will lessen the risk of insomnia and improve your memory.
Many baby boomer love the jobs they did for the last 4 decades of their lives. As a result, many have decided to continue working after retirement.
The retired baby boomer can consult in the businesses they retired from. I see this in the engineering field that I was part of for the last 40 years.
Some baby boomers are sharing their experience by writing books or articles. Some have elected to teach at their local community colleges.
Having worked for so long, many baby boomers are working part-time sharing so that they have more time for their families and themselves.
This also helps reduce every day expenses such as car maintenance and mileage.
College is not just for the younger adult these days. Many baby boomers have joined or re-joined the college ranks to further their careers or learn a new skill.
As the world becomes more technologically driven, so have the baby boomers.
Statistics show that baby boomers are more technically savvy than most people think. They have embraced the personal computer and smartphone.
Today, 82% of all baby boomers are on some form of social media. According to Google, baby boomers are hitting the internet by the millions.
Many companies are told the baby boomers not to view their age as a liability. There are many companies that value the multi-generation workforce and experiences.
The American Institute for Economic Research surveyed people that changed jobs after age 45 and found that 82% of the older workforce actually saw salary increases as they made changes.
It is always difficult to change jobs after age 50, but sometimes change is good and rewarding. Most have found greater happiness after making the change.
Follow My Lead!
I am living proof that after you retire from a career of 40 years, you can re-invent what you do and how you do that. I practice my motto of learning something new each and every day.
As many of my follower know, I have embarked on an adventure into online affiliate marketing.
I’m not sure if it is as much as learning something new or creating something from scratch and watching it grow.
This excites me and I have found a new passion of researching, learning, and writing.
All of these activities are recommended for maintaining a sharp and healthy mind.
If you are interested in learning what I am doing, you can follow this link and join me for free. No credit card is required and no obligation. I have found affiliate marketing exciting and as a way to help me reach my personal goals.
I have found Wealthy Affiliate to have the philosophy that I agree with and the approach to creating an online business that is simple, economical, and practical.
This new business adventure is allowing my wife and I to get into our RV and travel the US. All I need to conduct my business is an internet connection. I can work from any place at any time.
Remember, Stay Sharp and Active! Your mind and body will thank you!
I hope you have found this article informative and entertaining. I would love to hear what you think on this subject, so just leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP.