You can count Free Press Medical Writer Robin Erb decidedly in our camp, with today’s article, “Still-dancing baby boomers redefine old age.” Here’s a few choice excerpts:
It used to be that 40 was a dreaded two-digit number. But now, it’s a point of pride to be turning 50.
Maybe it’s because they’re living longer and working longer and even having babies well into their 40s and even their 50s.
Or maybe it’s because so many baby boomers are just plain cool — Ozzy Osbourne and Jimmy Buffett among them. In their 50s, Sharon Stone and Denzel Washington are considered sex symbols — a designation that used to be reserved primarily for younger celebrities.”
You got that right, Robin – remember, we recently picked Denzel as one of our Sexiest Boomer Men Alive…and Sharon Stone is a likely pick for our upcoming Sexiest Boomer Women Alive article (editor note: our writer Paul Payne claims he’s still doing the research).
Here’s another excerpt that rings true for us bohemians:
A 55-year-old mother of three children, including a 4-year-old, (Nancy) Graham said it’s about attitude: “We can still get out there and dance and do extreme sports … and start new businesses.”
It’s a fact — baby boomers don’t feel as old as their parents did, maybe because they don’t look as old as their parents and grandparents did at the same age.”
We may not feel or look as old, but more importantly we don’t act as old. Although we must admit that we felt pretty good about raising a 14-year-old in our mid-50s, but a four-year-old at age 55?!? Ms. Graham, you go girl!
And finally, we’ll leave you with these last words of wisdom from 59-year-old Jacqueline Morrison – definitely worthy of our Quote of the Week designation:
I remember my grandmother at this age,” she said. “She was old — the way she dressed, and she just sat around and cooked and held the babies.” Years ago, “it was work hard, send the kids to college and retire and focus on the grandchildren. … Now at 50, you can have another 30 or 40 healthy years.”
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