Let The Countdown To 60 Begin!

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersHappy New Year!

January 2017 marks the 10th year since I started blogging. A decade has passed since I typed my first blog post capturing my countdown to my 50th birthday. Times have changed but one thing remains constant — boomer women continue to do amazing things.

Some may say that as women age we become more invisible. I say that we’ve only just begun to shine. While we may not be celebrating a female boomer in the White House in 2017, we are a very large community of strong women, estimated at 38.44 million in the USA. As Girlpower Marketing CEO Linda Landers says, “Today’s 50-plus females are the healthiest, wealthiest, most active and influential generation of women in history.”

Arianna Huffington; The Huffington Post

Meeting Arianna Huffington and becoming a contributor to The Huffington Post was a blogging highlight in 2013.

My Countdown To 50
I began blogging in 2007 as an easy way to capture my thoughts and feelings as a boomer woman approaching her momentous 50th year. Little did I know that my countdown to 50 would turn out to be one of the most extraordinary years of my life. Halfway through the year, my husband M took ill. During almost seven months while he was in the hospital, my blog posts became my outlet to share the overwhelming fears that engulfed me as my husband began to drift away. My community of readers became my salvation. I couldn’t wait to get home from the hospital each night to read your emails and comments. Your support made all the difference in helping me survive during that tumultuous time.

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From “Loneliness to Loveliness”
My husband M passed away shortly before our 24th anniversary and two weeks shy of my 50th birthday. I was a widow at 49, The loneliness was deeply felt and I wasn’t sure how I was going to lift myself up.  Continue reading

“The Age of Aging” Is A Powerful Show

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessI had a chance to preview “The Age Of Aging,” from National Geographic Channel’s newest series “BREAKTHROUGH”. It’s a Ron Howard and Brian Grazer produced series that follows the different story lines of scientists working on breakthroughs that will change the world of tomorrow, today.

The show will premiere this Sunday evening, November 29th, on the National Geographic Channel (check your local listings in your area). I highly encourage you to watch it or set your DVR to record. (If you miss it you can likely watch at a later date online.) It is a fascinating look at what a group of experts are researching in regards to aging. Instead of just treating each disease associated with aging separately, the team is working on a breakthrough that they hope will slow the overall aging process, impact all the diseases at once, and enable older people to live longer, healthier lives.

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ron Howard with Nir Barzilai, and James Kirkland, two members of the expert team. (photo credit: Asylum Entertainment)

Aging Is A Sensitive Subject
While I don’t think I want to live to be 200, I do think it would be wonderful if people had a chance, as one of the doctors said, “to be less sick at the end of their lives.” This is especially important for our aging society. According to Ron Howard, who moderates the show, “by 2050, people over 65 will double in the U.S.” Continue reading