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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.

Are You a Zoomer?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I’m sure this term is familiar to most, but to those of you who haven’t yet come across it, this is a term coined by Dr. David J. Demko, gerontologist, in 1998 and refers to a baby boomer (born between the years of 1946 and 1964) who leads an active and adventurous lifestyle.

Most older adults love the term Zoomer.  Our baby boom generation is characterized by a general disposition towards staying young, vibrant, alive and well.  Baby boomers don’t like being referred to as “old”, and for most, the term “senior” is out of the question.  The popular name “Zoomer” is one they like, meaning baby boomers with “zip”.

Dr. Demko was definitely onto something and the term itself promotes and glorifies a more exciting, involved, and active lifestyle – which is imperative to boomers’ overall health and well being.

There is a direct correlation between one’s overall level of happiness and his or her level of connectedness to the outside world.  Because of our innate desire to belong, it is rare for us to derive great pleasure from being alone and spending all of our time disconnected from the society around us.  On the contrary, those who are involved in different activities, groups, social gatherings, recreational sports leagues, fitness classes and the like, generally tend to be happier, livelier and most importantly, healthier.

As we grow older, our bodies and minds need to be stimulated and exercised on a regular basis to maintain their sharpness.  By finding ways to interact with others, to connect with your community surroundings, and to learn new things of great interest, you will be living the Zoomer way – the healthier, happier way for older adults.

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