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Archive for the ‘Older Adult and Senior Population’ Category

Stay Green in Your Senior Years

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Young or old, working or retired, there are a few simple steps we all can take to preserve the environment. Here is a short list of suggestions on how YOU can ensure you’re doing a small part to reduce your carbon footprint:

  1. Replace old, energy-guzzling bulbs with new compact fluorescent or solar powered ones.
  2. Speed up your showers and turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
  3. Unplug appliances you rarely use.
  4. Shut down your computer every night.
  5. Save documents electronically and avoid printing when you can.
  6. Carpool, take public transit or walk – instead of driving solo.
  7. Use cloth, reusable bags when you shop.
  8. Consider using environmentally friendly cleaning products in your home.

We all have the ability to contribute. Make the decision to do what you can. Each of us is one person. But we are each a person who can make a difference.

The Word ‘Senior’ is Out for Today’s Boomers

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Although our 55 year-olds of the past didn’t mind the term ’senior’, this age group in 2010 is not so friendly to the term!

Coined our ‘baby boomers’ - given their date of birth falling sometime after the World War II baby boom - these spunky, energetic, age-defying citizens are anything but ’seniors’ in their books.

Somehow between past years and today, the term ’senior’ has become associated with ‘old’ - but in a negative sense for many. Perhaps some of it has to do with the latest trends to ‘prevent’ aging, defy time and stay as young looking as possible. The media has made us all think that there is something highly undesirable about growing older. No matter what you want to be called, stay positive, enjoy this phase of life and embrace your aging years!

Our 50 to 60 age group does not want to be associated with such a term as ’senior’ and instead prefer the name coined by Mr. David J. Demko in 1998: ZOOMER. So if you know an older adult with energy, pizazz, an active lifestyle and a vigorous will to live, no matter their age, pay them a compliment and call them Zoomer.

New Outlook

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Decades ago, becoming a senior was surrounded by an entirely different mind frame than it is today.  I think that among the major factors contributing to the more positive outlook that surrounds aging are included increased life expectancy, better health, and more money.  Nowadays, retirement is greatly anticipated and favoured as a time that we can look forward to.  We can finally do what we want to do.

As our baby boom generation enters their post-retirement years, and as their parents enter their “senior” years, our population as a whole becomes predominantly composed of older adults.  We can no longer dismiss or deny this.  Instead, this must be embraced!

Our older population is fascinating!  They have the money to drive our economy; the “zip” to remain active and independent; and the free time to travel, be entertained and experience anything and everything their hearts desire.  Needless to say, these are not the people to be ignored.

Our aging population has alot to offer our society.  The fundamental change in our thinking must be accompanied by many fundamental changes in our communities and in business.  Older adults and seniors are the voices of tomorrow - and they must be heard.

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