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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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