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The Cycles of Depression

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Elderly Problems: Depression

Elderly Problems: Depression

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Certain illnesses have no specific test for them, such as a blood test. And yet, the sufferers of Depression know in most cases. Their families are often aware as well. In this psychological article we will discuss how Depression works and what you can do about it.

The first thing most people want to know is “How does Depression happen? What causes it?” There are many causes. In many cases, psychological articles find a combination of symptoms in sufferers. Below is a partial list:

1. Family History
2. Hormonal Imbalance
3. Substance Abuse
4. A traumatic life experience
5. Environmental factors
6. Age

There are a few diseases and medications, which can also contribute to depression. Most psychological articles show that the bottom line cause of Depression is an imbalance of Serotonin, a chemical in the brain. The brain of a Depression sufferer doesn’t manufacture enough of this chemical resulting in the symptoms most often seen in those who suffer from depression.

Psychological articles now acknowledge that the process of getting older and realizing that your youth is gone can cause depression as is seen in many people of the Baby Boomer age.

If you believe you might be afflicted with this disease, then don’t despair! There are many great treatment options from counseling to medications.

These days your doctor can treat you with a medication, which will normalize those Serotonin levels resulting in a marked decrease of the symptoms. Often, counseling is also suggested so that the sufferer can deal with the root causes of the Depression.

According to psychological articles in the DSM-IV, Depression is present when five or more of the following symptoms are present for most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks. At least one of the symptoms must be either persistent sad or “empty” feelings or loss of interest in activities.

• Constant sadness
• Irritability
• Hopelessness
• Trouble sleeping
• Low energy or fatigue
• Feeling worthless or guilty for no reason
• Significant weight change
• Difficulty concentrating
• Loss of interest in favorite activities

Most psychological articles agree that you don’t need to experience all of the signs and symptoms listed above to have depression.

Symptoms can vary. Depressed women are more likely to experience guilt, weight gain, anxiety, eating disorders, or increased sleep than men. Psychological articles have found that the elderly tend to experience persistent sadness or “empty” moods more than others.

It is important that families of those who suffer from Depression get involved and make every effort to help those afflicted to seek medical attention. All psychological articles agree that by its very nature, those suffering from Depression will rarely have the wisdom to realize they have a problem and/or the strength it takes to get up and go do something about it.

If you or a loved one displays the symptoms listed above, then make an appointment with your doctor and discuss how you’re feeling. Depression doesn’t have to slow us down or take us out of the game.

This is especially true for Baby Boomers who may feel that their best years are over. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We still have a great many wonderful years ahead of us. Let’s live them as well and healthy as possible!

The Psychological Article on Depression is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of baby boomers psychological coaching tips and how to alleviate elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Impact of Baby Boomers in US History

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Baby Boomers Impact and Elderly Problems

Baby Boomers Impact and Elderly Problems

Psychological Article:Baby Boomers Impact and Elderly Problems


If you are a Baby Boomer then you can take credit for impacting society and rejecting what was formerly considered the traditional accepted mores. It is well documented in psychological articles that baby boomers gave birth to new values and enjoy the status of being the healthiest and the wealthiest of any US generation. But like other generations baby boomers have also incurred some elderly problems. The first and the foremost of which is aging. Remember, however, that we are not alone!, and a large majority of boomers born in 1950s are experiencing similar elderly problems. But since boomers think of ourselves as special and different from our predecessors, it is therefore difficult for some of us to admit to elderly problems or to even believe we are ready to retire.

The baby boomer children of the 1960s liked rock music, alternative hair and clothing styles, and changing the social scene of their parents by enjoying ‘free love’, championing equality, and experimenting with drug use. However, this was not without consequences as some excessive drug use has lead to current boomer elderly problems; as aging biological systems are not equipped to handle years of misuse. Additionally, on the plus side, the seventies were witness to many boomer activists who supported the Civil Rights and the Rights of Women movements, resulting in thousands of women and minorities securing job opportunities, proudly culminating in the first US black President, qualifying for the right to higher education, accepting homosexuality and other alternative lifestyles that have changed the political and social fabric by introducing new social and political values of equality, rights and opportunities.

In the 1980s the boomers continued their wave of social change as more boomers than any other prior group divorced, and reintroduced themselves into the dating scene; with some suffering deleterious elderly problems such as abusing alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs. In the Nineties the Baby Boomers moved towards their 40s and midlife crises along with the advent of what became pervasive elderly problems derived from unprotected sexual activities and drug abuse such as Herpes, HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis C.

May of the activities and philosophies the baby boomers harbingered in, have continued to play prominent present day society roles, with some injurious effects. For instance, psychological articles have informed us that the current US divorce rate has caused numerous psychological and physiological elderly problems such as loneliness and feelings of isolation and disconnect, with boomers attempting to seek solace in unprotected sexual and drug activities resulting in a high rise of STDs and drug and alcohol related elderly problems. But on the brighter side, boomers continue to influence politics and society as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and many congressional and judiciary members are proud baby boomers.

The baby boomers represent 26.75% of the US population. They have greatly impacted the government’s social security programs as they play a dominant role in US economics and have high expectations for government services. According to psychological articles, 55% of baby boomers voted in the 2000 elections, and 59% of baby boomers voted in the current Presidential election. Additionally, boomers have contributed to increasing the literacy rate in the US as baby boomers enjoy the highest education levels of any US demographic group. Although fast approaching the elderly problem of retirement, boomers are still the privileged class of the US society and will be influential in shaping America’s future.

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Is Your Already Thin Grandchild Really Dieting?! What Boomers Need to Know About Anorexia

Sunday, December 28th, 2008


Your grandchild, the apple of your eye, is eating nothing but apples and carrots. She thinks she’s too fat. You can see her ribcage when she is wearing bikinis, yet she still insists that she needs to lose weight. She may be suffering from an eating disorder called anorexia. Young people who are just going into puberty are often the ones who tend to suffer most from anorexia.

The primary reason for this is that they are just beginning to become aware of their bodies and are comparing themselves to famous people who are said to be beautiful by ‘experts.’ If they don’t get the same ‘beautiful’ affirmation from those around them, they may strive to look more and more like the ‘beautiful people they see on TV or in magazines.

The Telltale Signs To Look For

Girls might have irregular menstrual cycles. Other signs such as weakness, skin that breaks easily, anxiety and/or shortness of breath should be cause for concern. People suffering from anorexia may not want to eat in public because they are afraid that others may notice that they are not eating much. They may, also, literally count their calories daily and are very strict about not going over a certain amount. You may, also, notice that they are exercise fanatics and may be drinking some kind of diet tea or taking diet pills.

They usually lose about 15% more weight than they should and this can sometimes cause health problems especially in girls. Their bones may not develop as fully as they should, their body temperatures will be abnormally low; they may develop an irregular heartbeat and they may be much smaller in height and body size than their peers.

If they use laxatives, it can weaken their bowel muscles and cause them to work less efficiently. Also, some of the laxatives on the market are not good for ingestion and can lead to other ailments when absorbed into the body for an extended period of time.

How You Can Help

If you suspect that your grandchild has anorexia, first extend a hand of support. Recognize and understand that they are not so much vain as they have been brainwashed by a superficial society that dictates to people who or what is supposed to be beautiful.

This is not an intervention that you will want to do alone. You’ll need her parents’ and some expert help. Check your local non-profit organizations and see if there’s a group that’s specifically for anorexics. If there is, tell her parents and ask them to go with her to a meeting. You may even volunteer to go with her as well. If there are no local groups that would be able to offer some help, you will have to go to a private eating disorder expert.

It is not unexpected for her to deny that she has a problem. This is the same with every kind of disorder. What you can do is give specific examples where she’s not like others or her behavior is not reasonable for someone her age. The most important thing to remember during this meeting is not to get angry but to be sure to let her know that you’re only trying to help.

It’s important to let your grandchild know that she’s beautiful just the way she is. If you notice an obsession with overly skinny models or celebrities, try to help her put that into perspective by using every opportunity to show her others who are just as beautiful but not as waif-like in appearance. Constant reinforcement of the idea that skinny is not necessarily the only way to ‘beautiful’ is a very good way to ward of any anorexic thoughts.

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008




Bi Polar disease is a term that more and more people are beginning to recognize. It is a heart wrenching condition that not only affects the life of the individual afflicted with it but touches the hearts of their family and friends as well. So why is it becoming more familiar? Perhaps because it is being better diagnosed and the general public feel painfully aware and personally touched by its prevalence.

It is devastating in itself when this disease affects an individual with a support system of family and friends. It is almost impossible to comprehend what it must be like for those who stand alone in partnership with this awful disorder. One thing is for certain, neither the disease nor the loneliness is a condition of choice.

If those of us who are fortunate enough not to be touched or affected by Bipolar disorder were to reach out to those who are, then perhaps the suicide rate which is high amongst the patients of this disease, would drop. It is estimated that about 3 - 4% of US adults suffer from it, and that about half of the US suicide deaths are in patients with Bipolar disease. So, if we as individuals sit back and tell ourselves that it does not concern us, we are sadly mistaken.

Not only does it affect us from an emotional and moral point of view, it affects us in indirect ways as well. Aside from the healthcare and treatment costs, it has an impact on the afflicted person’s job and professional life. Many of these individuals are not able to fend for themselves and function in normal daily routines. This means not being able to work, or provide for themselves and their families. In such cases the government needs to assume the total responsibility; i.e., millions of dollars required from the social services sector to supply food, housing, clothing, educational, and health care costs.

The hope on the horizon for these individuals may very well be lithium based drug treatment. This therapeutic modality is not new, (it was used in the late 1900’s), and has been successfully used to treat a variety of mental disorders such as bi-polar and borderline personality disorder. However, they are not without side effects. And as technology progresses, so does the new drug treatment market. The question that comes to the fore is have these new medications achieved better treatment goals than their predecessors? The debate is still out and thus the statistical research continues.

The priority here is to determine if the pharmaceutical treatment has adequately contributed to reduce the suffering experienced by bipolar patients, and in turn their friends and families? Whether directly affected by the disease or not, whether the stricken person is alone or part of a family unit, it is something all of us need to stop and think about. This disease is everybody’s problem because in some way, shape or form it most definitely does affect the community.

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When Alzheimer beats Boomer

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

When Alzheimer beats Boomer

When Alzheimer beats Boomer


The latest 2008 statistics show there are at least 5.2 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. And with an increasing trend in the number of new cases, it will be doubly hard for the U.S. healthcare system to undertake the weighty task of care and treatment.

The recent projection reveals that the disease will remain a significant multi-faceted issue to plague the country in the next decades. The numbers suggest that by 2050, there will be close to a million new cases and that Alzheimer’s disease would be the seventh deadliest disease in America. The figures also manifest that the risk is greater among women in contrast to men.

The overall projection of 10 million cases even makes the scenario more alarming since the ratio is pegged at 1 out of every 8 baby boomers.

The impact of having boomers experiencing this high-risk disease can be visibly understood in terms of the boomers’ higher purchasing power and the expanding circle of caregivers that are either children or grandchildren.

Even federal health insurance programs recognized the significance of the issue. Medicare cushions the trebling cases by spending thrice the amount of money on those afflicted with the disease than it does for an average Medicare recipient. Medicare is expected to spend $160 billion by 2010, a number that will be an increasing trend by 2015 when it continues to rise to $189 billion each year.

The projected figures, as reported by the Alzheimer’s Association, also imply the need for increasing long-term care systems instituted for home and assisted living facilities; an even more problematic situation as these costs are not covered by most health insurance.

Research spending on the disease remained relatively low at $640 million as compared to the $5 billion annual budget on cancer research and $3 billion annual budget on heart disease. Unless more money is spent on research and testing to find a cure for the disease, the disease will continue to plague many millions of baby boomers.

Alzheimer’s and care giving for loved ones with Alzheimer’s is a troubling boomer concern. But you do not have to suffer alone! Come join others at for information and support. is a social networking site connecting the Baby Boomer generation. Share your thoughts, rediscover old friends, or expand your mind with brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join today to discover the many ways we are helping Boomers connect for fun and profit.

Boomer Life Expectancy on the Rise

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Boomer Life Expectancy on the Rise

Boomer Life Expectancy on the Rise


Let’s go back to the early 1900’s (way before the boomer years). In those days, the life expectancy of an average person was only 47 years, which is now considered a young age to die, by civilized societies standards. Today’s statistics show that men and women are now living way longer than before, with an expectancy of 75 years for men and over 79 years for women. How has that happened? Well, during the last century, people ate what was readily available, not taking into consideration the idea of proper and good nutrition. Moreover, a lot of medications for diseases (some even considered common nowadays) were not yet discovered or developed. Life was also way harder back then. Think of working in sweat factories, spending cold nights without central heating and really hot summers without air - conditioning. So modern medicine, good nutrition and an easier life has played a huge role in increasing life expectancy. But the question is, even if we reach 70 or even 80 or 100 – will we be healthy, or will we be stuck in our beds or wheelchairs looking outside our bedroom windows?

Face it, with all the luxuries and conveniences that we have, we have succumbed to living an inactive and unhealthy lifestyle. Think about fast-food, take out and TV dinners, and lying on the couch while watching DVDs. Sounds familiar, right? Because of this, a lot of sedentary – lifestyle caused diseases and complications are more common than ever; Obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer –to name just a few. And for baby boomers, inactivity and poor eating habits are particularly dangerous, because we’re at the age when our unhealthy lifestyle is beginning to catch up to us. Starting to notice a decrease in your metabolism? Or a decrease in your muscle mass? Having a hard time eliminating body fat? Trouble performing aerobic activities? Having a hard time breathing while walking, climbing up the stairs or running? These are what you call bio markers – or signs of aging. If you’re starting to feel that, the chances are if you ever reach 75 or 80, you’ll be having a hard time enjoying your golden years.

This brings us to exercise – a very underrated and easy activity that the average person usually takes for granted. But a little exercise (just twenty minutes a day) is enough to reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. More so, exercise rewards you with great circulation, reduced cholesterol and stronger bones. With just a little exercise, you’re on your way to a fitter body, so you can enjoy the expected years ahead.

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What is the Face of the American Boomer?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

What does the average American Baby boomer look like? We all know how old they are; they were all born between 1946 and 1964. But is she more likely to be a he? Where does he come from? What does she do for a living?

Much is made of the similarities among boomers - that they were the first generation to grow up with television, that many of them lived through the civil rights era and the Vietnam War. Finding out what historic events they share is as easy as opening a history book or searching on Google. But what distinguishes them from one another is not always apparent from their public image.

Researchers and advocates are trying to correct that, to combat generalizations that depict the 77 million-strong group as all retirees, or suburbanites, or free-loving Woodstock groupies. Understanding boomer diversity across age, ethnic, and economic lines is necessary to accurately assess the needs and actions of the members of the group.

The media often lump boomers into one big homogeneous category, the report notes, including suggesting that they all have similar upbringings, are well educated, affluent, or are married with children. Many researchers say that thinking of the boomers in too-general terms could produce retirement policies that affect some boomers adversely. Stereotypes also mask the reality about the group, whose diversity reflects that of society.

“The harm in over-generalizing comes from a policy standpoint,” says Mary Elizabeth Hughes, a professor at Duke University and coauthor of a recent analysis of boomer lives, including their diversity. “[Our report shows] the income inequality, or the wealth inequality in the boomers. And that suggests that some boomers are going to be very well off in retirement, and other boomers are going to be really struggling.”

An obvious example of diversity among the boomers is their age range, which spans 19 years and means that while some boomers are grandparents, others are still getting kids into preschool.

The differences are especially true for women. Just like any other generation, female baby boomers have had different experiences based on the choices we’ve made. So while there were plenty of women who climbed the corporate ladder, there were also many women who chose to stay at home.

Marketers are already honing their pitches to try to reach particular segments of the boomers - such as those in their late 40s and early 50s whose kids are leaving the nest. But some findings in the Duke report, which is based on census data from 2000 and earlier, suggest more fine-tuning across cultural lines may be needed. The baby boomers are more diverse than popularly recognized. Twelve percent of baby boomers are black, 9 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander and less than 1 percent are American Indian or native Alaskan. But the Duke Professors found that racial inequality persists for baby boomers, in terms of education and wealth. Incomes of blacks are higher than in earlier generations, and more of them have moved into the middle class, says Hughes, “but on the whole, black boomers really did not improve their condition, relative to whites, compared to the generation immediately preceding them.”

Perceptions from society still persist, however. One can find that on many baby boomer social sites boomers discuss whether people born in the early 1960s are really boomers if they don’t feel they fit in the generation. One can also find several comments from 20- and 30-somethings who suggest that the boomers are a mass of greedy people who are taking all the jobs.

There is no real homogeneity that exists within the boomer generation, except for the simple fact that they experienced the same changes and events, yes many of them historic, that were going on in their world. But just like those before them and those that came after, what they chose to do with those experiences is what makes them hugely diverse. is a social networking site connecting the Baby Boomer generation. Share your thoughts, rediscover old friends, or expand your mind with brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join today to discover the many ways we are helping Boomers connect for fun and profit.

Tipping the Scale: Obesity in Baby Boomers

Friday, November 21st, 2008

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a Cultural Revolution brewing in America. Many people were products of war, despair and the Great Depression and so they all longed for days of peace, love and the American dream.

Young people were busy then, brimming with ideals about clean air, clean water, a cleaner Many have assumed the largest generation in US history, as it moves up the age escalator will be the healthiest generation of aging adults because they grew up in wealthier times, exercised more, smoked less, and were more knowledgeable about health. This assumption has been proven wrong.

Studying the dynamics of health of this population is more challenging than any other generation due to their size, composition, earlier life experiences, and exposure to differing historical events.

For instance, there is an apparent paradox in the trends of increasing exercise levels and a significant rise in obesity over the last few decades. In order to explain these two differing patterns, changes in leisure-time physical activity, work-related activity, eating habits, fast-food super-sizing, and environmental factors influencing healthy lifestyles are taken into account. So even if the boomer generation as a whole is increasing their exercise levels, the eating habits of North Americans, and in particular, the quantity and quality of fast-food consumption both in restaurants and at home cancels out the benefits of any healthy exercise regime.

We live in a pressure-cooker technological world of high prices, advertising, TV, cell phones, taxes, pollution, long work hours, dual wage earner families, occupational disruptions, and affordable housing shortages. These factors contribute to a fast pace of living and thus higher obesity in conjunction with the availability of cheap but poor quality fast foods.

Overweight and obese “baby boomers” are entering their senior years with weight-related problems that are plaguing their “golden years” with problems, increasing the need for nursing homes and medical care. 62% of 50-64 year olds claim to have at least one of the following obesity related chronic conditions: heart disease, hypertension, cancer, arthritis and high cholesterol.

Already faced with a nursing care shortage in America, experts are projecting a need for an additional 10-25 percent of nursing home care, and an explosion in weight-related Type 2 diabetes. Studies show that overweight parents are also producing, via poor eating habits and lack of exercise regimens, overweight children with an increase of Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1 diabetes, where in both cases the body has trouble controlling blood sugar due to problems with insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar.

Baby boomers as a generation are defined as trend-setters; so why not lead the pack by getting 30 minutes of exercise every day, cutting down on fatty foods, double your portions of fruits and veggies and show your children how to lead a fitter, healthier life. is a social networking site connecting the Baby Boomer generation. Share your thoughts, rediscover old friends, or expand your mind with brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join today to discover the many ways we are helping Boomers connect for fun and profit.

The Green Evolution: Are Boomers on Board?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

environment and making the earth we live on a cleaner and safer place. They spoke out, paraded, chanted, ranted, raved and demonstrated and a lot of their efforts did bring about some change.

Then suddenly it seemed that chanting and singing was too hard a way to bring about universal happiness and for many drugs got in the way. With songs glamorizing getting high, smoking pot, taking a trip, zoning out, drinking, retreating from reality in hopes of finding a euphoria that was easier to obtain.

After a few years of free love and acid trips, the reality of life finally prompted most to get their lives together, finish their education, find a job, raise a family and contribute to a society once so soundly denounced.

In the process, they succumbed to the trappings of big industry; cheap fuel, plastics, fast foods, larger, faster cars, labor-saving gadgets, technology on the fast track, make everything easier and more attractive. Bigger was better, keeping up with the Joneses, Smiths and whoever else had the new shiny toy while keeping their heads above water seemed to be the joie de vivre for most.

So have they changed? Have baby boomers seen the error of their environment unfriendly ways? A survey published in December 2007 by AARP shouts a resounding yes. There are now 40 million so-called “green boomers” in the United States, according to that survey. That’s more than half of all boomers, which, at 78 million, make up the largest generation in U.S. history.

While many may not have been early adopters of environmental behaviors, now that boomers are signing on in large numbers, the effects will be great, AARP says.

Focalyst, a New York research firm that surveyed 30,000 boomers and older people for AARP, identified the green boomers by their environmental practices. These ecologically minded boomers are doing everything from buying organic products and goods produced locally (to save on gasoline and air pollution) to supporting companies that give back to the community.

So how can Baby Boomers go green?

1. Shop locally. By shopping locally, you are not only helping with your area’s economy, you are reducing the amount of emissions put in the air by not having to drive to a different town.

2. Say bye-bye to bottled water. Bottled water is expensive, and emissions from the plants that bottle the water is harmful to the environment. So skip the bottled water and go for a home purification unit.

3. Opt for rechargeable batteries. Between remote controls for various electronics in the home, not to mention hand-held video games, Americans go through millions of batteries a year. Most of these batteries end up in our landfills.

4. Skip the drive-thru. Even though time saving and convenient, the extra fuel exhaust that is released into the atmosphere while waiting for your order is harmful to the environment. So instead of sitting inline and burning up extra fuel, simply park your vehicle and walk inside.

With a better-late-than-never attitude many boomers have realized that there is only one Earth and it is our duty to protect it, no matter what generation you were born in. is a social networking site connecting the Baby Boomer generation. Share your thoughts, rediscover old friends, or expand your mind with brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join today to discover the many ways we are helping Boomers connect for fun and profit.

Does the Tech-Savvy Baby Boomer Exist?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Last week my friend spent 4 hours teaching her 64-year-old mother how to program her brand new Ti-Vo to record her two favorite daily soaps. After 4 hours Mama Brown asked her daughter to return the “useless” machine to the store and bring her a good ol’ VCR that could easily record her shows. While there are many baby boomers like Mama Brown who couldn’t send an email to more than one person at once, or take 10 minutes to type a text message, there are just as many who have embraced technology as a crucial facet in everyday life. There are many boomers who instant message, can program their iPod nanos with no difficulty, even keep track of their daily blogs.

Tech-savvy baby boomers are quickly becoming the norm. Recent studies have shown that America’s 78 million boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are just as likely as Gen X-ers and Gen Y-ers to own a mobile phone or to use the Internet. But the technology products and Web services they use often reflect the concerns boomers have as they move into their 60s. “Kids adopt new technology because it’s fun and cool and they’re curious,” says Dr. Reisen, co-founder of a popular boomer social website. “Boomers adopt technology as they need it.”

The lifestyle of the boomer generation influences the products they buy, says Susan Walker, founder of the Smart-Silvers Alliance, which seeks to promote awareness and development of consumer-friendly technology products for seniors. “Younger generations don’t hang around the house too long; they’re all about having portable media, personal entertainment,” Walker says. As we get older, we develop cataracts, weight gain, arthritis and that makes portable entertainment a tougher sell. The older generation loves TV, but you can’t stare at a 2-inch screen without having to get a stronger eyeglass prescription.

Difficulty of use is a common complaint; mobile phone developers have been chasing the younger generation with slicker, smaller handsets. Those tiny buttons are not made for an adult hand. That is probably why you don’t see many boomers text messaging.

Having witnessed the tech revolution, Baby Boomers are willing to embrace and purchase today’s emerging entertainment offerings, according to the findings in TV Land’s Joy of Tech Study. 78 million strong and $2.3 trillion in annual spending, and outpacing 18-39 year-olds by 53%, Baby Boomers have the numbers, financial means and desire to create their own “digital nest” - a place where new media technology creates both a personal escape as well as an entertainment hub for family and friends.

If you are tired of the teasing and taunting from your younger more tech-savvy counterparts, you can tell them that it is you the boomer that can take credit for shaping the course of this technology if not the entire direction of the digital revolution. Have you heard of Bill Gates? He is among one of digital industry pioneers now in their 50s. But several decades ago he was the annoying tech-savvy kid who seized the moment when the “old folks” had no clue. is a social networking site connecting the Baby Boomer generation. Share your thoughts, rediscover old friends, or expand your mind with brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join today to discover the many ways we are helping Boomers connect for fun and profit.