Valentines for Baby Boomers

Another box of candy. Another bouquet of flowers. Another bejeweled necklace or gold watch. Is that what Baby Boomers really want for Valentine’s Day? Maybe, but maybe not.

Baby Boomers are reaching a time in their lives when the carefree exuberance of youth may be fading. Body parts seem to require more attention. For many, even the youngest of the group, it may be hard to remember those days when we jumped out of bed, our body feeling wonderful as we eagerly set out to experience the latest adventure. If you happen to be one of those ache-free, flexible, workout/dance/acrobatic wonders, then go enjoy yourself now and appreciate how fortunate you are to be in the upper echelon of fitness and health.

For many reasonably healthy Baby Boomers, the body is now more sensitive and less forgiving. We get injured more easily and we recover from any activity (physical, mental or even emotional) much more slowly. When we wake up in the morning, we rarely just jump out of bed. Often, we may feel stiff and discover aches and spasms in unexpected places. One day it is my neck. Next day I feel a pain in my right side. Another day my ankle doesn’t feel right. And then my knees suddenly hurt. Or my digestive system is on the blink.

Many of these physical ailments seem to come and go, but they create a sense of fragility rather than that attitude of invincibility that we probably had when we were younger. Gone is that youthful spirit of adventure and its inherent risk taking. Doesn’t seem so exciting anymore to experience all the sites and sounds of a new city. A quiet dinner and relaxing in the hotel room is often more desirable.

So what might a reasonably healthy Baby Boomer want for Valentine’s Day?,br/>

• A luxurious massage or other type of body therapy treatment
• A day at a health spa, receiving a body scrub, body wrap, or a complete facial
• A day at a beach resort with a private room or your own cabana
• A relaxing cruise to nowhere, even just for a few hours
• A shared experience that you are your partner enjoy (e.g., sailing, dancing, skiing, painting)
• A chauffeured limo for a night on the town (no worries about traffic, parking, etc.)
• A quiet evening at home with no TV, dim lights, affection, tender and romantic foreplay
• A partner who makes a bath for you, brings you a cold drink, a robe and slippers
• A partner who looks at you with adoring eyes and speaks with tender appreciation
• A poetic valentine, written just for you, describing your unique and special traits and features

Of course, a beautiful bouquet of a dozen fresh cut roses, a box of marvelously delicious Godiva chocolates, a precious teddy bear holding a heart, a beautiful diamond necklace, a magnificent gold watch might all be wonderful gifts and very much appreciated. But then what? Without tending to the delicate mind and body of a reasonably healthy Baby Boomer, the external gifts lose their value. Valentine’s Day is a time to rediscover the simple pleasures of life, alone if necessary, and preferably with a partner.

What would YOU like to receive for Valentine’s Day and what are you willing to give to your partner?  How can you show love, create romance and cater to those sensitive needs you both may have?

What do you really want for Valentine’s Day?  Please comment below.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica