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Top Things that Scare Baby Boomers

Things that Scare Baby Boomers Infographic

There has been a lot of research done by various organizations, and it seems that these items tend to be what scare Baby Boomers about growing old:

1. Declining Memory - Research shows that Alzheimers and Dementia are on a dramatic rise, especially in Baby Boomers.  Debate reigns as to whether this is due to sedentary lifestyles, processed foods, environmental issues, etc.  Regardless, more and more people are either dealing with parents who are being diagnosed, or are experiencing memory issues of their own.  Memory care facilities are being thrown up as fast as possible, and yet are booked almost immediately.  We need to focus on taking better care of our brains by doing more physical activity, eating the right foods, and making sure we actually exercise our brains with memory exercises, brain teasers, etc.  It’s not difficult, and does not cost money.  Are you doing this today?

2. Money Worries - The Baby Boomer generation has lived life, no doubt about it.  We have had bigger and bigger homes, fancier vacations, the latest cars, etc.   Then came the financial meltdown of 2008.  Millions of jobs were lost.  People’s retirement funds and savings were decimated.  Entire companies disappeared.  Where that left baby boomers was in a very tough position.  Those that lost jobs found out that trying to find a job at 50+ was very difficult.  Companies were turning to younger (READ CHEAPER) help.  Boomers had mortgages that were under water and many were being foreclosed on.  Yes, it has certainly been scary times for the greatest generation.   The good news, is that despite everything, this generation still has hope.  Which means it is never too late to improve their financial picture!

3. Physical Health and Wellness - Physical exercise is key to keeping  yourself from being frail and sickly as you age.  An 80 year old in good physical condition  could actually be physically the same as that of a moderately physical 50 year old.  Who doesn’t want this?  We all want to avoid falls, being frail, and most importantly, being dependent on others.  An yet, obesity continues to rise in America.  Do yourself a favor and take care of yourself.  Be physically active, eat well and de-stress on a regular basis.  Otherwise, you leave your fate up to the government and the rest of your peers.  Not, I think, what one wants.

4. Loneliness and Isolation - Unlike other generations, the 50+ group moved around a lot for careers.  Many chose to move away from close knit families to follow their dreams.  The divorce rate in this generation went through the roof.  And so, at the fall/winter of their lives, many boomers are left living alone or away from their families.  They worry about who will take care of them when they are no longer able to care for themselves.  It is a real issue and one that every 50+ person should give some thought to.

5. Regrets - Many people in the latter stages of their lifespan have regrets.  Whether it was never leaving a job you disliked, staying in a bad relationship, or just not pursuing your dreams more passionately, the regret comes usually when it is too late to do anything about it.  Don’t let that be you.

6. Death - While we cannot prevent death, we can certainly take steps to make it less fearful.  Make sure you have your affairs in order.  Don’t put off the will, cleaning and organizing the house, and making sure your final wishes are expressed to your love ones.   Don’t burden your family with the things you didn’t want to address.  They need to know if you want to be cremated or buried.  Make things easier for your loved ones.

Chief Boomer Sue

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