I am a most fortunate baby boomer because both of my parents are still in my life and relatively healthy. I should be so lucky if and when I reach their age! Today being Father’s Day, I wanted to write a little something about my Dad and mention just a few of the many ways in which he has made my life a better one. Read more
The struggle to maintain weight affects many of us. This struggle is particularly important to baby boomers who potentially face a mountain of healthcare problems and their associated costs in retirement. The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare system in the world (but sadly not the best care) and the tide has still not turned.
I am a devoted e-book reader, primarily via Kindle edition of books I can download from Amazon or an online library using the Kindle reader app. I look for sales and bargains in reading categories of interest to me. Read more
I’ll bet there are tens of millions of baby boomers who take medication – e.g., statins – to control serum cholesterol levels. For several years I was one of them. Now I wonder if statins are the wrong solution for the wrong problem.
One of the benefits of publicly writing about baby boomers and retirement is that I receive press releases and emails about new books, products and services that may of interest to those who read here. I read all of them and in a few cases, I request additional information about something that appeals to me. That was the case recently when I received a press release about BAREFOOTERS®, a radically different shoe. The manufacturer was kind enough to send me a sample pair. I have worn them now for almost two months. I really like them. You might also. I will tell you why.
A short piece in the New York Times prompted me to follow-up with a brief “mental health” story about me. First, let me propose to you that almost everyone of us – boomers and elders included – could benefit from an occasional mental health check-up and tune-up.
I am blessed to have high school friends who like to gather together on occasions that aren’t reunions. I am even more blessed that they are willing to include me in the gatherings. So how much trouble can we get into?
When I weighed myself this morning, I was within the range of typical fluctuation around my high school weight of 165 pounds. This was the goal I established on January 2. I have lost 26 pounds in three months. I have also met another goal: I can now fit comfortably in pants having a 32″ waist, the size I wore all through high school, early adulthood, and again 18 months ago before I started all of my stress eating. (Again, not bragging here but trying to motivate others.) However, I am not stopping my weight loss plan just yet.
One key item on my personal transformation agenda over the past 14 months has been mindfulness meditation. I developed my personal meditation practice somewhat by accident. In February 2012 I met a psychotherapist who also happened to be a serious Zen practitioner. That encounter caused to me to begin reading about Zen Buddhism which, as you may know, places meditation at the center of its practice.
Over the past year I have made a deliberate effort to increase and expand my cultural activities. I have read (or listened to) 25 books, all non-fiction, most of which came from the library. I have taken an online course (free from Yale) in the Philosophy of Death. I have seen more movies in the past 12 months than I saw in the previous ten years combined. More recently, I have been listening to more music and in the process decided to expand my music horizons and collection.