From Lumosity, a brain-training APP/online tool: “Researchers from the Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging took brain scans of several literary PhD students as they read a chapter from Mansfield Park. First, the PhD students were asked to read the book casually, for fun. Then students were asked to switch to a critical reading mode similar to how they might analyze it in a literature classroom
This switch in reading modes created a significant shift in brain activity patternson fMRI scans. Casual reading activated pleasure centers while critical reading increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for the executive functions heavily involved in attending to tasks like reading.
Executive function is responsible for more than just attentive reading: this brain function helps moderate how you divide your attention, use your working memory, and generally direct your brainpower. It plays a powerful role in decision-making.
While the findings of the Stanford study are preliminary, they make a good case for further research on the impact of reading on cognition. Philips posits that critical reading could serve as a type of training, “teaching us to modulate our concentration.”
There is other evidence that reading can be good for your brain. A 2007 study from the Center for Occupational and Environmental Neurology found that avid readers benefited from an increased cognitive reserve. Cognitive reserve is the concept that challenging intellectual activity — like reading or brain training — can protect the brain against negative cognitive impacts later in life.
The studies on reading indicate that investing in intellectually challenging habits as early as possible can benefit your brain over the long term.”
I think every Boomer can agree. And every parent should get their kids reading!!!
These ads for this on line 50+ dating site pass the cringe test, but that’s about all. I wouldn’t want to be these people! If you are single, and 50+, you are probably looking to find interesting things to do, and interesting people to share them with. You get it that the romantic part of love has to be there eventually, but the fun part–the part where you are interested in each other because you are interested in the same things…becomes more important. After all, most of these folks have been here before.
I was almost expecting one of those joint bathtub shots at the end and a Cialis plug. That would have made me cringe, for sure.
A recent Opinion piece in the Sunday NYT quotes a surprising fact: “recent studies in Britain and Germany find a positive correlation between labor force participation among the elderly and youth employment.” As they earn more, they spend more first of all. (Boomers will second that.) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/opinion/sunday/retirement-goodbye-golden-years.html?scp=1&sq=boomer%20retirement&st=cse
And older workers may be more likely to be entrepreneurs, imparting valuable skills to the young. Older folks ( I still deny that I am one of those…) are very often the MOST ENTREPRENEURIAL! The example given is Palm Beach, which has the highest self employment rate in the country. Listen carefully, AARP: Don’t think of Florida as “retirees”….think of them as “re-inventers” with the ideas, skills, energy, and yes sometimes, the NEED to keep working well past the so-called golden age of 65.
I personally never thought it was going to be too “golden” anyway. At least not in that sense.
Like most Boomers, what keeps me going is that I still think I can make an impact on the world, somehow, and that people will care to listen if I have something to say, no matter what the “clock age” says. Those experiences will be my new definition of “the golden years.”
The WSJ today says that the number of people 90+ has nearly tripled since 1980 to 1.9 Million. They go on to say that “this group is projected to increase to 8.7 million by mid century. A century ago, fewer than 100,000 people reached 90. ” They say that better nutrition and medical care have driven down the number of strokes and deaths from heart disease. Here are the states with the highest share over 90: North Dakota, Connecticut, Iowa, South Dakota. In terms of absolute numbers: California, Florida and Texas lead the nation in the 90+ group.
Baby Boomers are going to upend these numbers. Who is thinking and planning and preparing for that. Maybe not the Boomers themselves. Many are still in denial, since the average is 55 years old…and they’re still working.
Wait till we make 90 the coolest age to be! Count on it…
Another rendition of the "Greedy Geezers" from AARP
A new political ad from AARP http://www.aarp.org/protectseniors is the latest attempt by AARP to rally their base and build political clout. As a Baby Boomer, this new attempt just goes right over my head. I cannot relate to it, and I wonder how many in my generation can. First, the man in the ad, while he may be actually not that far from Boomers’ age group, looks old enough to be my Dad. Second, the camera pans wide to reveal a group of very serious- looking, definitely- not- working “retirees”–not a group I can relate to either. The “R” word again. The message is strident, angry even, aimed at getting seniors to call their congressmen and tell them not to cut their benefits. This just sounds like another ad in the “greedy geezers” genre. The message does not resonate with Boomers because Boomer’s benefits have already been cut! We don’t get social security until sometime AFTER age 65, not sure when we get Medicare. We are the generation that coined the phrase “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” We get that there have to be changes, many of us accept that, and frankly have probably known all along that we would have to plan for our own “second act” whether or not we actually have, which is beside the point.
AARP, which I continue to believe should be renamed the “American Association of Reinventing People” if it has a chance of winning over Boomers, has to shift its message to the Boomer generation if it is going to gain traction. Instead of “there are 50 Million of us and we don’t want to give up one measly cent” how about ” We are the largest block of voters in the history of this country. Work with us, talk with us, and let’s fix entitlements so they are there for us and for our kids.” AARP: rally the Boomers. Anyone who underestimates the power of the voice of the Boomer does so at their peril.
Why am I not surprised? Women are inherently wired as “connectors” and there is no better way on the planet to get connected than through Facebook. They are conversationalists, and there is no better way these days to converse than through social media. Whether its their grandchildren, their children, a long- lost lover, whomever, they want to reach out and touch someone. This is the way, now, and they will not be deterred. That is a Boomer value: defiance in the face of the expected. So, listen up tech world. Boomer women are maybe not the new nerds, but they have come a long way, Baby. Any marketers who targets them and doesn’t advertise on Facebook needs to fire their agency. Check out the video Social Media Revolution by Erik Qualman, author of the best- selling book Socialnomics. http://vimeo.com/11551721