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Mr. UnHollywood, Member of the Baby Boomer Generation with his Mom

Mr. UnHollywood, Member of the Baby Boomer Generation with his Mom

I said I’d never grow old

I can’t remember how that used to be

I find myself without the power

I find myself without the glory

Listen! I ain’t the same no more

You’ll find I have changed from before

— Alabama Shakes, I Ain’t the Same

This week BH Mom attended a meeting designed to encourage local Baby Boomers to talk aging. Even though our moderator said that since 2011, 10,000 Baby Boomers a day are turning 65, I wasn’t up for dishing. I still have kids at home and my ever-youthful mom is more bouncy than a Mexican Jumping Bean. Sadly, my dad passed six years ago. He did so many things right; he saved for his retirement, cherished my mom and spoiled the kids and grandkids. He was human, however, and being an over weight work-a-holic caused him to suffer heart disease and diabetes, resulting in an early appointment with the Man Upstairs.

To me, aging comes down to three things.

Business advice even BH Mom can comprehend

Business advice even BH Mom can comprehend

Money. Countless Boomers are responsible for the healthcare needs of aging parents. Fox business anchor and author Liz Claman wrote The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received: Priceless Wisdom, which sheds light on American’s failure to save for retirement. My wonderful mom-in-law used to be one of the most independent women I ever met. Then Alzheimers stole that life and she never had an inkling of the enormous financial toll her own care would demand. Many of Claman’s highly successful advisors suggest that people begin saving as early as possible.

 

Fat. This actually touches on the money thing. According to the CDC, 68.8 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese causing healthcare costs to soar. Why are Boomers fat? According to the CDC, we’re drinking a lot of booze and overeating, even though we exercise. Cocktails and processed foods are killing us. Organic fruits and vegetables are on the shelves of Costco, not just high-end markets, so there’s no excuse for obesity to wreak havoc on our hearts and promote disease. Not to mention…

Sex. Men with abdominal fat will see an increase in the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Beware pot bellies and man boobs. Overweight women addicted to Happy Hour or those who take menopausal hormone therapy are also at risk for high estrogen levels. That’s bad news in the sack. High estrogen equals low libido. Watch the cocktails and calories, ladies. For guys, pump iron and be chill.

 

If it feels good do it, If it feels really good, do it a lot

If it feels good do it, If it feels really good, do it a lot

At least that’s what I keep telling myself and Mr. UnHollywood to do because I don’t like the lyrics to I Ain’t the Same. My plan is to still wear my jeans/blouse combo in the same size, walk dogs and bike with Mr. UnHollywood. But in case I Ain’t the Same, I’m saving my pennies for my Piggy Bank.

Author Description

Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman is the author of 'Love, Mom: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Hope.' She writes about motherhood, the environment and education.

There are 14 comments. Add yours

  1. 4th March 2013 | Sandy Delnet says: Reply
    yes it can be a sad state for us Baby Boomers i know i'm saving my pennys because who knows WHEN we will be able to retire
  2. 4th March 2013 | Michael Vincent says: Reply
    some things to think about... Really, whats wrong with man boobs any ways, really??? ;-)))
  3. 4th March 2013 | Private School Lady says: Reply
    Simple reminders! Love the reflections.
  4. 4th March 2013 | Jim bennett says: Reply
    I think after reading this that I am going to check out what is entailed in "the golden years".
  5. 3rd March 2013 | Elaine says: Reply
    Thanks for reminding us what we know we should be doing, but don't always do!
  6. 3rd March 2013 | Christina Simon says: Reply
    You manage to make a scary subject funny:)
  7. 3rd March 2013 | fromdorothea says: Reply
    That's certainly sound advice. But the conventional wisdom these days is that a daily glass of red wine is beneficial to the system. And so is a small amount of plain chocolate! Otherwise it's going to be difficult hanging on there till I'm 85.
  8. 3rd March 2013 | susan kolko says: Reply
    Seems like an accurate account of what we have to look forward to. I think moderation is key. Most things in moderation won't kill you and may make you stronger!
  9. 3rd March 2013 | Gavin says: Reply
    I hope I don't get a fat gut because my dog-walking buddy isn't available to me for quite a few Saturdays to come.
  10. 3rd March 2013 | Hayley Kaplan says: Reply
    Ok. I'll pay attention to it all starting on Monday. Tonight I'm not worrying about estrogen and I'm going for a tasty cocktail and a glutenous meal.
    • 3rd March 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      @hayley Bottoms Up! Just don't overtrain because word on the street is you're a lightweight:))
  11. 3rd March 2013 | Carpool Goddess (@CarpoolGoddess) says: Reply
    I have to give up my cocktails? I'm going to have to think about this one ;)
    • 3rd March 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      @Linda don't give up anything that will take away from your fun...just don't have boozy fun EVERY day, okay?

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