Just as seniors have appropriated Starbucks and Facebook from their grandchildren, they flood gyms to take Pilates and yoga classes.As Joe Queenan, a Baby Boomer journalist and essayist, wrote in 2011, “Boomers will always act like it is still the day the Stones released ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.'”“It’s never too late” is the mantra of the Boomers – never too late to start a new career, to change physiques or hair colors, to start new hobbies, or find a new mate.His oldest daughter cried loudly through the entire wedding ceremony.A few months later one of the children asked how my husband’s will was structured implying that I shouldn’t get anything. In an effort to save everyone the trouble (not to mention the awkward moments when I bust you peering through my kitchen window at the back of my house), I’ve decided to put it all out there for everyone to see. I do know, however, that the gossips will gossip and that while I am a grown woman who answers only to me, it is sometimes less work to be blunt. Or better yet, they sit in the comfort of their own home, surf the web, and hunt you through your status updates and Facebook photos you get tagged in. Yes, that was us in the Dominican, frolicking on the beach. While I’d like to believe the best in everyone, that they are merely looking out for me, I am not so naive.Generation Xers are beginning to turn the corner, midway between their teens and retirement.Now in their late 30s and early 40s, they have lived through three recessions, 9/11, and culture wars amidst starting families, buying homes, and struggling to repay student loans.
In other words, no matter the age, people need people.With death comes grief – sometimes terrible, devastating sadness that seems as if it will never end. For most, this period lasts from six months to a year, the periods of sadness gradually lessening over time.However, as 80-year-old poet and children’s book author Judith Viorst notes, seniors have already experienced “bad stuff” – holes in the brain from which names and dates have dropped, ailments you’ve never heard of, and attending funeral after funeral of dear friends and family.“I met so many wonderful people at target practice,“ she says, “and I even started entering competitions around the country with many of the people I met locally.” Now, four years after losing her husband, Mary’s confidence and sense of empowerment has grown, as has her social life.“I met a man on Seniors Meet and we have been together for a while now,“ she says. I am waiting for the proverbial poop to hit the fan. They can simply spy through the blinds across the street or stalk her house at all hours of the night pretending they were “just stopping by to say hi”.