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.