Baby Boomers,

Have you ever noticed how some "stuff" just doesn't ever disappear from the internet?

I admit that I am one of the happiest people on this planet because of the fact that the internet and everything it has to offer sprouted and has grown up in my generation.

There has never been a more significant invention in the entire history of the human race as far as I am concerned.

But with every great advancement comes the inevitable misfortune of corruption and misuse by the misguided, ignorant or uninformed percentage of our society.

Here's a case in point.

For probably the fifth time in the past couple of years this PowerPoint below has shown up in my mailbox.

Unfortunately, it was sent to me by one of the most trusted and honest and caring people I have ever met on this planet.

Unfortunately, this person is older and not as enlightened as most when it comes to the truthfulness of what is traveling around as "expert advice" on the world wide web.

This information is "FALSE."

Do not believe it !!!

This "supposedly" helpful e-mail began its life on the internet back in June 1999, and in the spring of 2004 a PowerPoint presentation of it began circulating online.

Those kindhearted souls who started it on its way likely had no inkling the advice they were forwarding could potentially be harmful to someone undergoing a heart attack, but that is indeed the case.

If you knew "exactly" what you were doing, this procedure might help save your life.

If, however, you were to attempt cough CPR at the wrong time (because you misjudged the kind of cardiac event being experienced) or went about it in the wrong way, it could make matters worse.

In other words, the procedure might be the right thing to attempt or it might be the very thing that would kill the afflicted depending on which sort of cardiac crisis is being experienced.

Without a doctor there to judge the situation and, if cough CPR is indicated, to supervise the rhythmic coughing, the procedure is just far too risky for any layman to attempt.

I am not a doctor nor do I play one on television.

It's OK if you don't believe me.

Check out the information available on the internet or talk to your family doctor.

Here's a couple of responses from experts that I found

1. The American Heart Association "does not endorse "cough CPR," a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet. As noted in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, “cough CPR” is not useful for unresponsive victims and should not be taught to lay rescuers."

The American Red Cross "cannot advocate teaching the technique until it has been thoroughly tested in national studies and found to be effective.  While self-initiated CPR is possible; however, its use is limited to clinical situations in which the patient has a cardiac monitor, the arrest is recognized before loss of consciousness, and the patient can cough forcefully. To date, there is insufficient scientific research concerning the efficacy of Cough CPR."


The American Heart Association recommendation:

"The best strategy is to be aware of the early warning signs for heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them by calling 9-1-1. If you're driving alone and you start having severe chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (the scenario presented in the Internet article), pull over and flag down another motorist for help or phone 9-1-1 on your mobile phone."


Fellow Baby Boomers...........

Help me get rid of this dangerous "stuff" that continues to circulate on the internet.

Please forward this message to anyone you feel needs to see it.

If there are any other unfounded, inaccurate, false or misguided information you have seen on the internet that might pose a danger to someone, please send it to me so I can spread the message.

Even if we help one person it is worth the time and effort, right?

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Don't you wish there was some common sense like this left in the world today?

Sometimes a rock to the face is all the inspiration some people need.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

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Baby Boomers.

Today, as promised, I bring you the final episode of my 5 part series titled “The 5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most.”

The 5 Things That Baby Boomers Miss the Most:

1. Playing Competitive Sports
2. Having the Eyesight of a Young Person
3. Drinking without Lasting Side Effects
4. Eating Your Favorite Foods
5. ???

Today’s “thing” that I talk about today will probably be the “hardest” of the 5 to discuss.

I am “hard-headed” yet "firm" believer in maintaining the most "rigid" standards of writing quality and I have always “held” myself to “hardened” and “unbending” principles on “discharging” and dispensing only “upstanding”  and “elevated” levels of content that is “exposed” to my “yearning” followers.

After today, you will probably no “longer” believe that about me.

But I beg of you to remain "hard and fast" in your convictions and keep a “stiff” upper lip and see this blog through to it's "climax."

Any idea what the 5th "thingy" I miss the most from my youth is?

Well, as embarrassing as it is to admit, the 5th thing I miss the most from my youth is “morning wood.”

That’s right I said it aloud.

The "erection", "boner", "stiffy", "chubby", "woody" or whatever you call it that I used to get all the time when I was younger.

But it’s true.  I have come to notice over the past few years that my “little dancing friend” doesn't show up as often in the mornings.

As a youngster, I grew accustomed to lying in bed a few extra minutes waiting for the blood to rush back to my “other” head.  Now, not so much.

I really miss this.

The morning erection, or as the scientific community refers to it “nocturnal penile tumescence” has always “stood” as a "big" symbol of my manhood. 

My research shows that I am definitely not the only man concerned about it.  But, my objective here today is not to construct a complete scientific explanation of the physical and psychological causes of this phenomenon.  There have been plenty of expert and not so expert studies on why men experience erections when they wake but nothing conclusive has yet to be proven.

Some researchers say it is caused by having a full bladder and the dire need to urinate after a long night sleep.  That makes sense.

Since I often find myself doing the “nighttime tango” multiple times during the night, it's only logical that I wouldn't wake up erect with a penis full of pee pee.

Other’s seem to think that men experience a series of multiple nighttime erections due to vivid, lifelike dreams and that we wake up “standing tall “on the tail end of one of those dreams.

I can relate to this too.

In my younger days I had re-occurring dreams that were incredibly animated, graphic and sexy.

I would often find myself floating effortlessly; face up on a smooth flowing stream under a canopy of naked women.  Kind of like the erotic dream sequence in the classic movie  "The Big Lebowski."

Or at other times my dreams involved large groups of nubile participants on beaches or warm pastures frolicking with each other in pairs and triplets and groups.

And these dreams involved friends and neighbors and women I met on the street and my high school math teacher, Ms. French.

But I digress.  I don’t think my dreams now-a-days are as provocative.  Unfortunately, most of the time I am dreaming about work, things I need to do or the next day’s blog topic.

However, I can tell you that “morning wood” is perfectly normal, natural and common throughout the male kingdom.

If you are not experiencing it on a regular basis anymore, there are hundreds of expert and scientific websites with intricate explanations of how and why the issue arises for you to research if you are interested.

My goal today is just to point out the angst I feel because this is no longer a daily event.  My "morning wood" was like an old friend.

I really do miss it and even more than I miss the other 4 "things" we discussed earlier in my blogs.

It is unfortunate that we have all taken these "things" for granted in our youth.

I don’t know about you, but I literally hate the fact that I have to grow physically old.  There’s no stopping it.

So why not fight to keep what you got and enjoy every minute like it’s your last.

I pose this challenge to each and every Baby Boomer that is reading this blog:

Tomorrow, we should all throw away our reading glasses, get drunk, play some baseball, football or something, eat a couple of hot dogs loaded with chili and onions and cucumbers and go to bed dreaming about having sex with Sophia Vergara (for the women that would be George Clooney or Brad Pitt).

The hell with missing things from our youth.

Hopefully, the next morning the sun will rise right along with your "morning wood."

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

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As a Baby Boomer, I realize that there are some things I just can’t do any more like I did in my youth.

Yesterday,  we talked about how just a few drinks with your friends can knock you for a loop.

It's no longer a case of "youthful alcoholic consumption"  when we could slug down a 12 pack of beer and two bottles of Boone's Farm and wake up the next day ready to conquer the world.

The day before that, we touched on how much I miss having the sharp eyesight of my youth. 

Things are getting foggy and slightly out of focus these days and it’s not always caused by the couple of drinks we have with dinner.

We started this discussion a few days earlier by lamenting on how much we missed playing the competitive sports of our younger days.

You can click on the highlighted links to go back and read them.

These were important things.

I really miss these things now that I am older.

Now that summer is quickly approaching, I am reminded of one more thing that I really miss from my youth.

The warmer weather brings with it bar-b-cues, picnics, baseball games and family get-togethers.  These bring out the foods I can no longer eat that I loved when I was younger.

You know what I am talking about right?

I’m talking about your favorite foods that you devoured when you were younger that cause all kinds of gastrointestinal issues if you eat them today.

Everybody has them and they vary from processed foods, dairy, spicy foods to fruits and vegetables.

I know I am getting old and I can accept that.  But not being able to eat the foods I have always loved is a different issue.

Like a large percentage of the Baby Boomer population I have minor issues digesting dairy products.

My girlfriend, Doc, thinks I might be slightly lactose intolerant, which means (unfortunately for her) a little more gas and a few more farts escaping from me.

I live in the desert Southwest, the home of spicy Mexican foods filled with beans, chilies, cheeses and peppers.  I know I can't eat spicy foods like I used to anymore.

Let’s say I have modified my eating habits to match what Miller Brewing has done to their beers.  My menus are now “spicy light.”

I’m OK with that, but there are a few foods that really cause me angst and I really struggle with having to remove them from my diet.

The first of these came as a real surprise to me.

I struggle after eating cucumbers.  Cucumbers are a vegetable for Pete’s sake.  They are supposed to be good for you but after eating them I get gas and burp them back up for hours.

My research leads me to believe that I am not alone here.  It appears that cucumbers contain a chemical compound called curcurbatacin. Most of this compound is found in the seeds and skins and this causes a phenomena technically referred to as “cucumber burp” in some people.

I love cucumbers………but they don’t love me anymore.

Let’s toss in onions while we’re at it to the list of vegetables that I can’t eat anymore.  Am I the only Baby Boomer that suffers from “onion intolerance symptoms?”
When I was younger, onions were a staple of my diet.  Of course, they were always piled high on my hot dogs and hamburgers but they were also a vital ingredient in everything I ate including salads, salsa, meatloaf, spaghetti, soups, stews and slaws.

Who can eat fried bologna without onions?

Don’t forget late night snacking on “Funyuns.”

My “intolerance” for onions may stem from the high amount of sulfur that is found in this vegetable as well as other vegetables like beans, garlic, chives, and kale. It appears that as we get older we lose essential enzymes in our systems needed to digest certain chemicals and food compounds.  The University of Maryland Medical Center says that "raw garlic and onions also contain lots of fiber that can cause gas and indigestion."

This may be the reason why I have such a hard time after eating a bowl of chili.  I loved chili when I was younger.  There was nothing better than a hot bowl of chili with a handful of oyster crackers for lunch on a cold winter day in Chicago.  But chili is full of onions and garlic and beans.

All are considered healthy foods but  as I have gotten older, they sure do keep me up at night.

I’m sure you are thinking about a few of your favorite foods right now that you loved as a youngster but can’t handle as a maturing adult.

How about liver sausage?

Maybe bacon is your gastronomical nemesis?

I once ate fish sticks with abandon when I was younger (just ask my kids about them when I was a poor single Dad) but now they leave me gobbling Tums by the handful.

Finally, let’s finish with the granddaddy of them all: Hot Dogs.

The Baby Boomer generation grew up eating hot dogs.  Hot Dogs are by definition an almost perfect food.  They are an easy, convenient and inexpensive meal that combines meat (I think) bread and vegetables all in one bite.

What could be better?

And they are found virtually everywhere on the planet……cookouts, restaurants, roadside stands, ballparks, picnics and even in front of Home Depots and Lowe’s.

In my youth, I would eat hot dogs every day if I could get away with it.

PictureWhat's Really In a Hot Dog?
An article I read estimates that almost 65% of the U.S. population eats hot dogs on a regular basis and that the average person eats over 30 pounds of hot dogs/sausages a year!

But then there are disturbing articles like the one written by the PCRM Nutrition Education Director Susan Levin that states: 

“A hot dog a day could send you to an early grave.”

Ouch !!!

All I know is that when I eat a couple of hot dogs for lunch or at a ballgame I feel the effects for hours.  Acid re-flux, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, painful rectal itch……….take your pick.  These are all bad side effects I experience now when eating my favorite food.

The controversy over how deadly hot dogs really are rages on.  Nobody is really sure what type of meat is in hot dogs.  Hot dogs contain high quantities of nitrites and preservatives.

Experts say that the “nitrites combine with amines naturally present in the meat to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds” when these puppies are cooked.  These compounds have been associated with cancer of the mouth, urinary tract, esophagus, stomach and brain.

But boy are they ever tasty!!!

Let’s not get too deep into the amounts of fat, salt and cholesterol that can be found in hot dogs as well.

My motto has always been:  “If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger.” 

Not so much anymore with hot dogs.

So, are there any other foods that you loved when you were younger that just don’t sit right with you anymore?

Please make sure to share them with other Baby Boomers in the comment section below.

PictureDeath of the Hot Dog
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It's easy to tell them about it.

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Baby Boomers,

The third “thing” that I want to talk to you Baby Boomers about that I miss from my youth is the ability to drink.

I’m not talking about my ability to sustain a 3 day weekend binge  at my college fraternity (which I was considered one of the best at by the way) raging through “nickel beer nights”, sorority parties and college football games.

No, I’m referring to just a casual night out with drinks.  I’m referring to a "get together" with friends.  Maybe a holiday party, pool party or dinner at a restaurant.

What the hell has happened to my ability to handle alcohol since I have hit 50?

Here’s a case in point of what I am talking about.

Last Thursday, I went to “Bike Night” at the Westgate Entertainment Center and met up with some friends. 

Westgate is the area built up around the University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals) and Jobing.Com Center (Phoenix Coyotes) filled with restaurants, bars, shopping and theaters.

The main entry area in front of Jobing.Com Stadium has beautiful fountains and room for hundreds of motorcycles. 

They set up a stage for a band, vendors hawk their wares and some bike builders showcase their new styles for 2015.

I usually arrive early enough to get a few ‘Happy Hour” specials.  Everyone is already at the bar and since it is a hot night and the ride over gets everyone a little sweaty, a tall frosty beer sounds great.

“Make it a 22 oz. will you bartender?”

The first beer goes down real easy and someone suggests a shot of tequila since I was the late comer.  That sounds good but I’ll need another tall frosty beer to go with that.  The good part of being on your bike is that you always have a reasonable sense of responsibility when drinking.

These things fall over when you are not careful you know.

So, if I plan on having a “few” drinks I normally head for the bar closest to my home to shorten the ride.

Long story short, a couple of beers more and maybe a shot and I head home to make it an early evening.

No harm, no foul as they say.

Then, the next morning comes along to let me know that I am no longer in my twenties anymore.

Do you know what I am talking about?

It starts with hitting the snooze button a couple of times because I feel absolutely drained.  Then I notice I have a bit of a headache and things are just not settled in my stomach.

This is no way to face the day so I pop a few aspirins, hit the hot shower and grab a bagel to calm things down.  But I can tell I am way out of sorts.  What in the heck has happened?

A few drinks scattered over an evening and I wake up feeling like a train wreck.

In my youth, I would roll out of bed, take a couple sips of a warm beer left on the side table, smoke a cigarette and start all over again.

Now, this hangover type of feeling lasts for days.

Days….. I tell you.

I miss the partying days from my youth.  I don’t remember them all too well but I know that I miss them.

Feeling beat up for days just for having a few drinks is just not fair.  This is not a one-time occurrence either.  It happens every time I imbibe in more than a couple of adult beverages.  Beer, tequila, wine, cocktails……it makes no difference.  Have I gotten that far out of shape (drinking wise that is)?

Has my body developed a strange immune reaction to my bad behaviors?

And let’s not talk about how many times I now have to visit the restroom when drinking a couple of beers.  Sometimes I miss entire conversations my friends are having at the bar.  And let’s definitely not talk about how many times during the night I have to get up to pee afterwards.

I really miss the partying days from my youth.

I never realized how lucky I was back then.

Well, Baby Boomers, we have now discussed the first three "things" that I miss from my youth:

1. Playing Sports

2. Eyesight

3. Drinking

Are they the same as yours?  Do you have any idea what number 4 will be?  Stay hungry my friends and we'll see tomorrow.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

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Baby Boomers,

A couple of days ago, I wrote the first of five articles about what I think are the 5 things that Baby Boomers miss the most from their youth.
I called it “5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most.”

The first topic I talked about was how much we missed “sports.”

Hey, shoot me for being a guy but a fact is a fact......I miss playing sports.  Like I stated in my blog:  “Everybody will have their own opinions.”

Boy was I right, especially about the women.  Just let me put this to rest quickly and say that I love you gals and I can appreciate that sports probably did not play that big of a role in your youth. 

Sorry, but men will always differ from the women on this subject. 

Anyway, I bet those of us (men and women) who miss playing competitive sports wish we could go back and have it  all over again.

The same sentiment goes for the second “thing” Baby Boomers miss from our youth and that is our “eyesight.”

PictureMontgomery Ward
#2   Having the Eyesight of our Youth

I know not everyone had perfect eyesight when they were younger.  
What I am talking about here is the element that we never worried about our eyesight.  We never feared that we could possibly lose this incredible sense of sight like we do now.

Just so you know, I was one of those awkward looking, stringy haired, pimple faced teenagers in school who had to wear what they called “coke bottle” glasses.

My vision was terrible but I never gave it a second thought.  First of all, I wore glasses for as long as I could remember.  In fact, I can remember my very first eye exam.

My Dad took me to the optical shop at Montgomery Ward.  Do you remember that name Baby Boomers?

I remember the doctor asking me to read a sign that was hanging from the ceiling about 25 yards away from where we were sitting.  I couldn't do it.  I didn't know that was an issue until he put a test pair of glasses on my nose and “voila” the sign actually had words on it that I could read.

This opened up a whole new world for me.

PictureYour Author
I started wearing glasses that day and I was fine with that.  As a young kid they were always broken and taped up.  The lenses were large, thick and obtrusive but when I had my glasses on it was like everything seemed normal.  

It was a miracle that I ever dated.

The style of glasses we wore even defined our personalities.  As a young kid, my Dad made me wear thick black frames because I played baseball and they were more rugged.

During my high school days these were traded out for more stylish turtle shell frames and then eventually metal frames.  By college days, I was emulating John Lennon with the large round wire rims.

By this time contact lenses were coming of age.

Do you remember the first generation of hard lenses that felt like you were wearing shaved glass on your eyes?  Eventually, soft lenses were developed but they never quite worked for me either.

I wore glasses for almost 40 years and never gave a single thought about my eyesight at all.  As far as I was concerned it was always “good.”

About 10 years ago I had Lasik surgery and my life got even better.  No more stumbling around after waking up looking for my glasses.

In fact, no more glasses……………I thought.

Unfortunately, since my eyes were already almost 50 years old the doctor told me I would always need reading glasses even after the Lasik.

Hey, I was OK with that.

They made me look distinguished.

But now that I am looking at 60 my eyes aren’t what they used to be.

Oh sure, I still see great thanks to the Lasik but there are little problems starting to creep into my life.

My night vision has become a bit of a concern.

I don’t feel as confident as I did driving years ago.

My eyes tire quickly now.

Maybe it’s all of the paperwork and sitting in front of the computer but after a few hours things aren't as clear as they should be.

And I feel like my eyes are constantly dry.

I constantly wake up with giant, crusty “eye boogers.”

This probably has something to do with the fact that I live smack dab in the middle of a desert.

Bottom line is:  

“I want my young eyes back again, glasses or not !!!”

Believe it or not, according to the American Foundation for the Blind, United Staters fear vision loss more than they fear cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, heart disease or diabetes.

I could not imagine living without my eyesight.

But now, it seems like I am constantly aware of the condition of my eyes and my risk of decreasing vision.

I am not alone.

Vision experts predict that within the next 15 years the rates of vision loss and severe visual impairment in the US will double as our almost 80 million baby boomers reach retirement age.

That really sucks.

That means a tougher time driving.

This means more difficulties reading not only books but also bills that come in the mail, boxes on the shelves at grocery stores and even labels on medicine bottles.

It is expected that  36% of Baby Boomers will soon not being able to watch television or go to the movies due to concerns related to declining vision.

Let’s face it, loss of vision means loss of our ability to live independently.

That’s a tough pill to swallow.

I want my young eyes back again.

Since that’s not going to happen I plan on keeping my "old eyes" in shape as long as possible.

I plan to combat anything that causes vision loss.

There are several conditions that can contribute to a decrease in your eyesight.

The most common cause of failing eyesight in older folks like us is macular degeneration.

This is basically just old age for your eyes.

The early stages of macular degeneration are so gradual that most people don't notice it.

The eyeball becomes less elastic, vision may slowly blur and objects may become distorted.

There is difficulty in seeing smaller print and loss or graying of central vision may occur.

Impaired vision can also be caused by inherited diseases, birth defects, diabetes, glaucoma and/or cataracts.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Stop smoking
  • Lose Weight if you are considered obese
  • Reduce stress in your life
  • Keep your eyes moist
  • Reduce direct sun exposure
  • Exercise both your bodies and eyes

If you have concerns about your eyesight the American Foundation for the Blind has created the AFB Senior Site complete with instructional videos, health tips, and testimonials to help you keep your vision in tip top shape.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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Baby Boomers,

Over the next 5 days or so I will touch on what I think are the 5 things that Baby Boomers miss the most from their youth.
Everybody will have their own opinions. 

Men will differ from the women. 

"Scholars" will differ from the "Jocks."

"Right Wingers" will differ from the "Conservatives." 

"Arizonans" will differ from "New Yorkers."

No matter what your opinion is,  I bet that these are things we truly loved.  These are things that, for a time, were sewn into the fiber of our lives. These are things we enjoyed and took for granted.

Overall, these are things I bet everyone wishes they could go back and have all over again.

1.    Playing Sports

I apologize up front but the first "thing" I am going to talk about is, for all intents and purposes, considered a "Man Thing."  Most women probably wouldn't understand but playing sports is "hard wired" into the male species. 

We are born with the drive to be competitive and to win.  We are obsessed with being the fastest, the strongest, the nimblest and in the end the best.  Playing organized sports have always been the easiest way to do just that.  

In our youth, it didn't matter if the sport involved hitting a three inch hard sphere thrown at you at almost 100 mph, lofting a 16 pound plastic ball down a 60 foot alley to knock down heavy wooden pins or tackling a 300 pound gorilla carrying a leather sausage under his arm trying to run you over to reach your side of the playing field. 

All that mattered was that we were good enough to beat the next guy.

PictureMy Nephew Steven and I Golfing
But as we aged, our ability to play sports (without major physical damage) at a highly elevated competitive level changed.   Our bodies were no longer what they used to be so we adapted.

Our once blossoming careers in fast pitch baseball evolved into slow pitch softball.  The 16 pound bowling ball we used to raise proudly into the sky dropped down to 12 pounds.  The art of tackling 300 pound gorillas was traded in for the safer sport of hitting little plastic golf balls 500 yards into little holes.

So what did we do?  We adapted and we became coaches.  Our children were growing up and playing Little League, AYSO Soccer and Pop Warner football.  We taught them to be aggressive.  We taught them how important it was to win.  We lived vicariously through them.
But it was still sports.  We ran drills, shagged fly balls and pitched batting practice. It still was all about the thrill of victory and winning.  We competed right alongside our children.  We fought against the other coaches.  We got our exercise.

Then our kids grew up and joined their own high school and college teams.  All we could do was watch.

PictureYour Author Playing Softball

And now, at the age of 58 competitive sports is just a memory of the past.  As close as I get to playing in the "big game" is reliving the "glory days" of my youth with my buddies over a glass of beer and a cigar.
I miss those days.  

My body doesn't but my psyche does.

 I know there are "senior" sports I could be playing but I guess I just don't have the time or that need for the adrenaline rush anymore.  Plus, I would look rather silly standing at shortstop in baggy baseball shorts with my knobby knees all bandaged up and a brace on my elbow, squinting to see the ball coming at me.

Today, I proudly watch sports.  I am an armchair quarterback.  I am the king of fantasy football.  Now, instead of dreaming about playing in the World Series or the Superbowl, I travel the world to watch these great sporting events live. 

PictureMy Daughter Nykee

I don't have to play in them.  But, I do miss them.   I miss them sorely.  

And I know a lot of Baby Boomer men feel the same as I do.  Every time I get together with my old "softball gang" we revisit all of the great games we won with walk off hits,  once in a lifetime triple plays and the "Mighty Casey" home run strokes.  

Then we turn to each other while watching a ball game on TV and say  "Man do those kids look young!"

Well, my grandkids are almost old enough to start T-Ball.

In the meantime, checkers anyone?

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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Baby Boomers,

Have you heard about "Boomerly.com" yet?

Boomerly is a new way for baby boomers to meet like-minded people, build friendships and make meaningful connections. It’s not a social network or a dating site. It’s an easy-to-use messaging service that makes it easy to find and talk with people just like you.

The service was designed by Margaret Manning and the team behind Sixty and Me, one of the largest online communities of baby boomer women. 

Baby Boomers don’t just want more people in their lives – they want the right people in their lives. We want intimacy, not interaction. We need true connections, not just surface level contacts.

If you are a baby boomer who is interested in making meaningful friendships with like-minded people, please visit Boomerly.com and join the waiting list.

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It's easy to tell them about it.

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The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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Baby Boomers,

Vacation time is upon us in Phoenix. 

I know......we are completely backwards from the rest of the country. 

While the rest of you are enjoying Spring showers and some early Summer warmth, we begin to think about hitting the road when the temperatures start creeping over 100 degrees every day.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that today's 50+ generation -- which is notoriously outspoken and influential -- likes to rewrite the book on vacations. From parenting to marriage to retirement, boomers have found and continue to find new ways of separating their values from those of their parents.

One of the clearest examples of this phenomenon is evident when looking at the Post 50 crowd's relationship with traveling. Where previous generations saw traveling as a luxury, today's Baby Boomer set sees travel and cultural excursions as a necessity to a well-rounded life.

In fact, a recent Los Angeles Times article found that a growing number of boomers place greater importance on travel and personal comfort than on leaving an inheritance to their children.

If such sentiments don't indicate the importance of going out and seeing the world, then consider that these opinions have remained unchanged amidst a tumultuous economy and high unemployment numbers for older Americans.

I recently read an article about the boomers' relationship with travel from Carol and David Porter, the minds behind The Roaming Boomers, an online luxury travel magazine.

The Porters started The Roaming Boomers after the 2008 recession leveled their retirement savings.

As experts on adventure, reinvention and discovery, the Porters seemed like the perfect people to talk about the best vacation spots for the post 50 generation.

Top 5 Baby Boomer Vacation Choices:

#1 Alaskan Cruise

"This is on the bucket list of most baby boomers.

You will find pristine, untouched natural beauty, and cruising makes it wonderfully easy to bring along friends/family."

I'm not a big fan of the cold but I have heard that the scenery is incredible.

#2 Big Sur Road Trip

"Offers breathtaking views and the thrill of driving stunningly beautiful winding coastline roads."

Here's a trip I would love to do on a motorcycle.

#3 Sedona, Arizona

"Stunning red-rock views, plentiful boutique lodging, art galleries, vortex areas and award-winning restaurants.

Also, the Grand Canyon is a mere two-hours away."

Hey, a top vacation spot right in my own back yard.  If you try this one out, don't forget to plan a few extra days to visit Flagstaff, Jerome, Route 66 and Prescott to geta feel for life in the "Wild West."

#4 Santa Barbara, California

"North America's only Five-Diamond B&B, the nation's #1 boutique resort (Travel + Leisure), the beach, the mountains, world-renown chefs and hundreds of surrounding wineries."

Been there and have always wanted to return.

#5 Hawaii, The Big Island

"Larger than all the other islands combined.

Far less crowded. Active volcanoes.

The Northwest coast is the land of the rich and famous."

I would recommend just taking enough time to see all of the islands. Each has it's own personality and different breathtaking beauty.

I would add 3 more of "my favorite" exceptional vacation spots:

1. Western Caribbean Cruise – Take a week and visit Cozumel, the Cayman Islands, Roatan in the Honduras and Belize. 

These is so much to do and many excursions are very inexpensive. 

2. Puerto Vallarta – this place has everything from old world Mexican charm, to late night clubbing at foam parties (That's right !!!) to scenic trips in the mountains to zip lines in the jungle. 

When you are exhausted at the end of the day, you can grab a cold "Cerveza"  and some genuine street tacos and head back to your four star resort.

3. Key West - In fact the entire Florida Keys is an adventure in itself.  But Key West offers the ultimate mixture of rest, relaxation, history, architecture, beauty, partying and novelty. 


Since I am planning my "escape calendar for the summer, I was hoping you would send in your suggestions of the best places for Baby Boomers  to visit. 

Send pictures too if you have them.

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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Baby Boomers,

Welcome to another version of our Survive 55 "Fervid Friday".

Are you excited?

I am for several reasons:

It's the first weekend of May and for many of you summer is just around the corner.  For us crazy folks living in Arizona it looks like it will be over 100 today so summer just means "jumping from the frying pan into the fire."

But, it's a great weekend to get organized and finish your "spring cleaning."  
Cars will be washed.  Garages will be cleaned out.  Yards will be mowed and vegetables planted.  Ah, I can feel the excitement in the air.  Everything will be different this weekend.

We already know that our Baby Boomer generation is different.  In fact, we are very different from any of the proceeding generations.  
The baby boom generation has broken the mold at every stage of life, and it looks like our getting older won't be any different.  We aren't heading quietly into retirement.  Because of the boom of technology during our lifetimes the world has become a much smaller place.

There is too much to do.

There is too much

There is too much to experience.

Baby Boomers are not taking life sitting down.  We  are leading more creative lives as we get older.  We are experiencing more of life to the fullest but because of that we are also facing more challenges than any generation before us. 

The world is now the "neighborhood" we live in.  Our work and our careers involve global interaction.  Technology is our new tool box.  We interact with different cultures, philosophies and religions on a daily basis.  We are learning at an astonishing rate.

On this wonderful Fervid Friday, let's embrace what we are doing different and continue to rise to the challenges that make our lives interesting.

So what do you think are the Top 5 differences between our Baby Boomer generation and all others?

Let's take a look at the biggest trends shaping our lives as we march into the next wave of retirement.*


1. Baby Boomers are outliving their expectations

Life expectancy for men has jumped an average of almost two years in each of the last five decades, to 75.7 years in 2010, according to the Society of Actuaries.

For women, life expectancy has risen by 1.5 years, on average, to 80.8 years.  Yet more than half of older Americans haven't gotten the memo.

A Society of Actuaries survey of 1,600 adults age 45 to 80 found 40 percent underestimated their likely average longevity by five years or more.  20 percent were too pessimistic by two to four years.

"That means there's a 50 percent chance you'll live longer," says Cindy Levering, an actuary and co-author of the report.

"If you make it to 90 and only planned and saved enough for 85, you may not have enough to live on."

The odds that will happen are pretty good.

For a couple with above-average health, there's a 60 percent chance one of them will live to age 90, the Social Security Administration has reported.

2. Baby Boomers are Tech Savvy

Young people might be leading the digital revolution, but us "Boomers" aren't far behind.

"Baby boomers got quite comfortable with the Internet and other digital technologies in the workplace," says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project.

"They won't give that up as they age."

For example, 23 percent of older boomers and 27 percent of their younger siblings use tablet devices, compared with 30 percent of Gen Xers (born 1965 to the early 1980's), according to the Pew Internet Project.

The gaps also are small when it comes to smartphones and social networking services.

"They're not going to be downloading every new app that catches the crowd," he says.

"They're very utilitarian -- show me how it will work for me, how it will improve my life."

Expect retiring boomers to publish creative works online, connect with friends and children via social media and continue to job-hunt on sites such as LinkedIn.

3. Baby Boomers are Going Global

More and more retiring baby boomers are leaving the United States for good.

We are packing it in for foreign countries, where we can save on living costs, benefit from better healthcare facilities, enjoy warmer climates and stretch our retirement dollars.

The number of retired workers, spouses and survivors getting Social Security benefits in a foreign land is rising almost twice as fast as the number of Social Security beneficiaries in general, according to Social Security Administration data.

21 percent of baby boomers say they are "interested or very interested" in retiring abroad, according to a survey by the Center for Medical Tourism Research in San Antonio, Texas.

"If that were extended across all boomers, you'd have about 3 million people retiring abroad in the next couple decades," says David Vequist, the center's director.

4. Baby Boomers are Creating Their Own Career Path

We are starting companies, building franchises and redefining what the corporate business structure should look like.  Almost a quarter -- 21 percent -- of new U.S. businesses started in 2011 were launched by entrepreneurs age 55 to 64, according to the Kauffman Foundation, up from 14 percent in 2007.  Entrepreneurs age 45 to 54 accounted for an additional 28 percent of the 2011 start ups.

Taken together, that's 49 percent of all start up activity -- far larger than the 20 to 34 year old bracket, which accounted for 29 percent of new ventures.

In part, the surge can be attributed to the 2008 recession, which sent older workers into consulting gigs.  However, there are a surprising number of complex, sophisticated and large businesses being created as well, according to Dane Stangler, director of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation.  He also thinks many of these older business owners are "serial entrepreneurs."

"We're seeing a lot of entrepreneurs in fields like technology and engineering who are launching substantial businesses," he said.

"They started companies in their thirties or forties, and now they're doing it again."

5. Baby Boomers are Supporting Their Parents

Some 58 percent of boomers are providing financial assistance to aging parents, such as helping them purchase groceries or pay medical and utility bills, according to an Ameriprise Financial survey of just over 1,000 Americans conducted in late 2011.

When it comes to their kids, boomers are even more likely to help out.  Almost all boomers surveyed, 93 percent, say they have given their children a "financial" hand.  A majority have "boomerang kids" who have moved back home to live rent free (55 percent) or afford a car (53 percent).

But only one-third believed that supporting adult children was making it more difficult for them to reach their retirement goals.

"They're not connecting the dots,"
says Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial.

"They may not be taking money out of their retirement accounts to help their kids, but the assistance is coming out of funds that otherwise could be additional savings."

Are we "outta control" or what?

Hey, I just think that our generation has embraced what this world is offering and we are making the best of it.

We should be proud of what we are accomplishing considering most of the younger generations are writing us off as "old, doddering fools."

We are hot, extremely hot, hot with emotion about who we are and what we are doing.

We are Fervid !!!

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below...............................

* Many Thanks to Mark Miller and Reuters for their in depth research on this subject and compilation of this interesting information.