Thursday, July 5, 2012

Baby Boomers: Stress Near Midlife

To begin (again) ...
The greatest number of people in the recorded history of mankind may be -- right now -- experiencing higher levels of anxiety, depression, or other deeply personal stress than at any other time in their younger lives. If you are a person of a certain age that was born between 1946 and 1964 -- there are about 79 million individuals -- you know who you are: a baby boomer. Seriously, some boomers actually thought that the greatest amount of stress in their life occurred in their 20s during college. Observations of people currently 48 to 66 years of age may show otherwise.

Boomers' lives full of losses expected and unexpected
(Excerpt) "'During midlife, there's a confluence of events that can create depression and a sense of despair and loss,' said psychologist Douglas LaBier ... Researchers have found that stress peaks in the middle of life – but so does confidence, sense of purpose and judgment."

Source: Sacramento Bee, by Anita Creamer, 7.1.2012

Rapid rise in boomer addicts reported
(Excerpt) "That boomers would drive up numbers of those simultaneously dealing with aging and addiction has been predicted for some time. One obvious reason is that there are so many of them ... The younger people are when they take their first drink or their first toke, the more likely they are to become addicted adults ... due to brain development not being complete until about age 25 ... [baby boomers] are far more likely than previous generations to be struggling with dual addictions to alcohol and prescription or illicit drugs."

Source: Sun Sentinel, by Diane C. Lade, 7.1.2012

Aging Drivers
Over the age of 49? Well, boomer, you are also considered to be an "aging driver" by some groups involved in driver safety research. Apparently, it is NOT a good idea for a baby boomer (or others in the community) to multi-task by driving an automobile at freeway speeds, using a cellphone to make a therapist appointment, and munching "Tokeless" (copyright notice) cannabis snack food.

One group specifically targets individuals 50 to 54 years of age for education about declining driving skills because people in this age group don't typically consider themselves to be pre-senior or senior citizens. Or probably not "aging drivers" either. Each year there is an increasing number of aging boomers that need to be aware of warning signs that indicate declines in their driving skills as they are rockin' the freeways.

On Topic:

LIFT (Link I Found Today)
HBO - The Newsroom
Executive Producer/Writer: Aaron Sorkin
The scripted dialogue given to the characters is amazing. Nobody really speaks this way, but it is very interesting to watch.

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