The very cool thing about our Best of Boomer Blogs bloggers is that each of us is so different and offer a unique perspective on what life is like as aging adults. In this week’s collection, our bloggers give us useful information on topics that relate to what we are experiencing when it comes to our health, love, travel, pets, and even our favorite movies.
Valentines Day came and went
Those who have been in long-term or even short-term relationships celebrated with chocolate, champagne, and kisses, while others who are single either by choice or other reasons may have wished for the holiday to pass quickly.
I wrote about celebrating Galentine’s Day, which is a holiday that was born from a TV sitcom. Women celebrate with their gal pals who support them through thick and thin.
As someone who has recently lost a partner, you can be sure I’ve been spending quality time with my girlfriends who have come out of the woodwork in droves. They’ve taken me to lunch and dinner, offered to help me get ready for my impending move, and sent loads of healing thoughts.
I’m also finding much comfort with Carol Cassara’s transforming grief affirmations in my email. She is one of our Baby Boomer bloggers.
Then there are puppies
She got her! Laurie Stone from Musings, Rants & Scribbles has a new dog Libby that arrived last week — and the family couldn’t be happier. Libby’s sweet. She’s little. She’s adorable. She infuses the house with youthful vigor, joy, and play. She’s exactly what everyone wanted. Except there’s one major problem.
There’s nothing like puppy love, no matter what. My dogs keep me happy and calm despite all the turmoil. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
Dealing with health issues
Navigating the medical system has gotten more complex over the past several decades. Unfortunately, we’re expected to be our own advocates even as we try to recover. At A Healing Spirit, Carol reveals the complicated path she was forced to navigate on the way to and after surgery. It’s a must-read for anyone undergoing surgery or supporting someone who is.
I’ve spent the last year and a half with my late partner dealing with tons of doctor appointments, ER visits, and scary hospital stays. Believe me, the health system is WAY more complicated than it needs to be. Patients and their caregivers shouldn’t be subjected to the stress caused by trying to navigate the ins and outs of it.
Where Baby Boomers can go for support and useful information
Over the years, Tom at Sightings Over Sixty has collected a number of links to useful websites. Check into his post Resources for Retirees to browse through his library of sites. They offer information on health, finance, travel, volunteering, and other interests of Baby Boomers who are either facing retirement or experiencing retirement.
Make sure to visit the sidebar of Tom’s blog to find his links for useful information, resources, and support.
Getting to know you
Over on Unfold And Begin, Jennifer decided that her About Page needed to be updated. She’s sharing it as a blog post so that her regular readers can learn not only about her but how they can learn more about her blog.
One thing I’ve found as a Baby Boomer blogger is that we evolve over time and need to keep our readers in the loop. The about page of a blog is where you can find a blogger’s latest reinvention or change in direction.
Seen any good films lately?
On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer and personal finance journalist, writes about the Academy Award-nominated movies for 2019. Robison found that there were some good movies, such as “Marriage Story” and “Harriett,” but the majority of movies are still violent, including movies for children that have a “bad guy” that needs to be overcome through violence by the end of the movie.
I went to our annual Oscar Party and completely blew the pool. I agree that “Harriet” was a fabulous and under-appreciated film and hoped it would win Best Picture. I’ve also avoided seeing “The Joker” because it looks gruesome.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” reminded me of when I hung out on the Sunset Strip in the 70s. I thought the art direction captured the look of that era in LA pretty well.
A friend of mine posted on Facebook about “The Irishmen”and said it was about 40-year old men who moved like 80-year olds. You can CGI the face, but you can’t hide arthritis.
Travel and learning about history are a good combination
Returning home from a grand sitting assignment in the cold tundra land known as Vermont, Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting took time to visit a National Historic Site on her bucket list, the home of one of our most well-known and controversial (during her lifetime) First Ladies and activist. She summarizes her visit in Channeling Eleanor Roosevelt.
I’m a total nerd for quirky historical tours, so I’m loving this post.
Until next time, enjoy the useful information and thoughts that can help you navigate life as a Baby Boomer. Please share our insights with your friends and on social media.