This Stage of Life

I was looking for a way to tie together all the valuable things that I feel I can offer others. After 30 years in the mental health and health care fields I have accumulated some knowledge about many different topics. I have a private practice in a small town outside of Hartford, CT but I want to reach more people in more places. I have noticed that there is this forgotten group of 50-70 year old. It’s a group which I am a member of and I’m smack in the middle at 59. There are many things that I have noticed about our group and the value that we bring to the world. Right now, especially, more than in past generations, this group is devalued at work, at home and in life. I would like to be just 1 voice in this group to encourage others to speak up and find their own new callings at “This Stage of Life”.

Wikipedia defines Baby Boomers as:

Baby boomers are the demographic group born during the post–World War II baby boom, approximately between the years 1946 and 1964. This includes people who are between 52 and 70 years old in 2016.

What stands most about us, to me, is that we went through such tumultuous changes in the 60s and 70s including the women’s movement, followed by the technical age. None of us grew up with cell phones or GPSs or laptops. When some of our babies were born in the 1990s, it was unusual for them to play with computers but that changed with time. It wasn’t long before we were experiencing agism in the workplace and having difficulty keeping up with the latest technology. There are still many among my peers and clients who do not or will not text or who struggle to upload a photo in an email.

When we were young the best jobs were saved for this age group. Our parents would get steady promotions throughout their careers and their prime was in their 50s and 60s at work. Now there seems to be a downward spiral for so many. I encounter women everywhere in this age group that are single now, divorced or widowed or never married and really don’t think they can ever retire from jobs that they are not happy with and are not treated well in.

It’s wonderful to be positive about aging and act as though it’s a glorious experience and maybe for some it is. There is also a silent majority of people in this age group across this country who are struggling in ways they never dreamed they would. Foreclosed homes, lost jobs, demotions, accepting jobs far beneath their education level. Studies have shown high rates of depression in this group of baby boomers. We were idealistic, wild and crazy in the 60s and 70s and now some are disillusioned. I want to provide a voice for them and some hope that we have our strengths and we certainly have more value than we are being credit for.

 

 

 

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Author: Debbie Simon-14

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in practice for 30 years. I combine years of experience in medical and psychiatric settings with a little bit of humor to come up with ideas for this blog. I lived in Brooklyn and NYC most of my adult life and raised my 2 sons there. From 1989-1992 I lived as an expat in Tokyo, Japan. I moved to CT in 2010 and after 6 years here I have decided to move west to a warmer climate. My interest in "this stage of life" stems from an observation that there is a lack of research and information on this developmental stage. Since baby boomers have always set the pace for future generations, the value of our lives between 50 and 70 years of age is just starting to gain some attention. Many clients in this age group who I've worked with in recent years have experienced agism in the work place, lay offs, foreclosures of their homes and financial concerns for the future. The retirement that our parents may have enjoyed is becoming a thing of the past. My hope is that this blog might strike a chord for some who are making their way through this leg of the journey with the same resilience, positivity and grit that they got through all of life's challenges with.

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