HealthyBabyBoomersNetwork

Welcome to the Healthy Baby Boomers Network

In January 2011, the first round of baby boomers (born between 1946 ad 1964) turned 65.
That was a strange and exciting time for me and my boomer cohorts as we began to approach the latter phases of our lives.  You may be thinking that I jumped in and embraced this new era of my life.  Quite the opposite.

 

When I turned 60, for the very first time in my life I entered a national tennis tournament.
But at first I did not tell one other person about it except my husband.  And when I was wiped out in the first round at a few a these events, he encouraged me by saying:

 

“Just by being out there playing at this age, you are a winner!”

 

Not quite believing him, I continued to feel a bit shy, even ashamed, of my advancing age.
But as the clock continues to tick and I am advancing rapidly toward the next life decade,
I have finally begun to embrace myself and accept the inevitable aging process in me.

 

If you are a baby boomer, you were probably either a love child, an activist, a rebel, a hard working professional, an imaginative entrepreneur, a skilled worker or someone who never quite fit into society.  In many ways I did fit in: I had a tenured position as professor of health and physical education, I had an ongoing private therapy practice and I participate in social sports such as skiing and tennis.  In some ways I do not fit in:  Having gotten married at a later age, I did not have children, I remained in my marriage through many difficult times while so many others divorced and remarried.  I studied and received Pilates sessions and alternative health treatments, I even wrote an Alternative Health Course for my department, and I taught yoga, meditation, emotional release type mindbody therapy and spirituality long before it became popular to do so.

 

As Baby Boomers many of us experimented with drugs, many attended the live Woodstock event (I actually regretted not going), marched on Washington (some got beaten with clubs), participated in campus riots, lived through the war in Vietnam, fought in the war or found a way out of it, or chose to live in a commune and raise children in a group setting.

 

The baby boomers were right there during the civil rights movement, the women’s liberation movement, the gay pride movement and so much more. We watched our favorite TV shows on only a few channels (2, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 13, if I remember correctly) and the entire country had the exact same TV stations. Our favorite shows were I Love Lucy, Father Knows Best, The Honeymooners, Amos and Andy, Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger and several others. We watched our music heroes, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the others on the weekly Ed Sullivan Show. And we all watched the same shows – at the same time.

 

We witnessed the first man walking on the moon, the death of our beloved President Kennedy –and if I asked you, you could probably tell me exactly where you were at the moment you heard the news that he had been shot. That moment felt like the death of innocence for the entire nation but especially for the baby boomers who were just coming of age.

 

This vibrant group of Peaceniks is gradually aging and although we never thought it would happen to us, we have some very real life and health issues to face. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is important at any age, but for baby boomers NOW is the time. What we do now, how we treat our bodies and where we devote our time, energy and attention, will become our legacy for all who follow.

 

Will You Live to be a Centenarian or Super Centenarian?

In 2009 it was determined that there were 96,548 centenarians living in the United States. That number is expected to increase to 580.000 by the year 2040. Will YOU be one of them? What would you have to do, right now, to increase your potential longevity? Do you know? Do you care?

 

My mission is to help baby boomers to remain vibrant, healthy, happy and contributing to society for many, many, many years to come. I will be sharing what I have learned during my years as a professor of health and physical education, my years of injuries, aches and pains and life saving body therapies , diet and nutritional methods. I will share my experience with, and knowledge of, traditional counseling, sex therapy, mind-body therapy, and alternative healing methods. I will recount much of what I have learned from decades of reading research articles and health books, attending and presenting at conferences and seminars, and working with clients who presented with a wide variety of issues and concerns. I will also share success stories of baby boomers who are making a difference in the health, well being, comfort and enjoyment of life for all of us.

 

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Please join me in this exciting adventure as we slowly, year by year, enter the wisdom years of our lives. I look forward to sharing what I know with you, learning from your knowledge and experiences, reading your comments and talking with you in telesemianrs and webinars and live events in the months and years to come.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica Goodstone

LMHC, LMT and Former Professor of Health and Physical Education
Love Mentor and Relationship Healer
Where There Is Love There IS A Way

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Comments

1 Debbie Stevens { 08.25.10 at 12:31 pm }

Hi Erica, I love this concept and your site as well! Being a baby boomer myself I could identify a lot with your reminiscing – yes, no TIVO!

I also agree with you that we all want to remain vibrant and healthy in order to have a good quality of life in these years. I call it investing in our future healthy selves. What we do today matters for our tomorrows. Thanks for sharing.

.2 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 08.25.10 at 5:09 pm }

Debbie, Thanks for being the very first person to comment on my new blog. Warmly, DrErica

.3 Andrea Goodsaid { 09.04.10 at 2:50 pm }

Hi DrErica – I fall a little shy of the official baby boomer dates, but only by a little – grin. Can totally see the concerns and life challenges that go with a gracefully (yet certainly) aging body starting to come around. What’s crazy is that ‘my generation’ also has the additional challenge of many late life babies – so here I am at 43 with soon to be 4, 8 and 16yo kids. Think taking care of me gets put off?
In a word: p-l-e-n-t-y.

I bet this site fills a real gap for many people – good luck with it!

Andrea

.4 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 09.04.10 at 8:38 pm }
Andrea, Thanks for stopping by and for offering support. Especially when we have so much responsibility, as you currently do, it is essential to take care of yourself (whenever you can). Even 5 minutes/day of a time out where you sit quietly and imagine a beautiful, peaceful, luxurious place with no responsibilities – can do wonders for you.
Warmly,
Erica

.5 Jerome Ratliff { 10.07.10 at 10:27 pm }

Hi Dr. Erica, I just wanted to stop by and say how much I appreciate this blog. I come across a lot of baby boomers because of the business I am in. When they are going to be looking for some info about baby boomer related topics, I’m going to certainly send them your way.

Much thanks,
Jerome Ratliff

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.6 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 10.07.10 at 10:50 pm }

Jerome, I really appreciate your support. Just to let you know, I stopped by your blog and look forward to hearing more of your important tips for success.

Warmly, Erica
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