The Growth of Mindfulness Practices

Many boomer age people (people born between the years 1946 – 1964) were part of the counter culture of the 1960’s. Beginning in the 1960’s one of the most popular and sustaining explorations was meditation. People traveled to Asia to learn traditional forms of mindfulness practices..and then some of the Asian teachers began to travel to the west as more and more people found meditation practice to be extremely helpful in many ways.

 

Today, meditation has become mainstream. It is taught in office settings, at sports clinics and in meditation centers of all stripes. The word “mindfulness” has been adopted even by the food industry to attract attention to the basic health associated with their products. There are many magazines now or simply articles on racks in grocery stores featuring the benefits and approaches to meditation, just like yoga has become very accepted.

 

For meditation to be so accessible is great news, if you ask a  meditation practitioner, and now as the original boomer age people are getting older, meditation has applications that suit the aging processes very successfully. Here is an article in which an interview with Jack Kornfield, one of the original American meditation practitioners and teachers addresses the subject of fear and mindfulness.

 

Learn more here.

Why Do People Work After They Reach “Retirement Age”?

There are a variety of reasons that people continue to work past what has been considered “retirement age”. Some people find that they are at the height of their skills, accumulated over a lifetime and are now ready to open the business of their dreams at age 70. While there is rampant ageism which excludes some very competent older people from the job market, lots of people over 65 are very innovative and undeterred, thereby bringing about the beginnings of a revolution in the work place..we’ll be seeing more and more 65-75 year olds going strong as experts in their fields.

 

Some people simply do not want to retire from the world..and miss community and feel they have so much to offer back to the world..and so take on jobs not so much for income but for social stimulation and continuation of belonging to a community and for feeling a sense of meaning in life.

 

I have heard that many single women in their later years who want to remain in their houses/homes are investigating taking on boarders for money and for community. See House Share Service – Find Housemates with Silvernest

 

And there are some people who just have to work, to keep up their income and that is the main reason they stay on at their jobs.

 

You can find more information in a Washington Post article here.
-Ellen

Finding Relief and Saving Money with a Geriatric Care Manager

This article was originally published in the August 2017 issue of the 50+ Marketplace News (Boulder Edition).

While the term “geriatric” may no longer be as popular as “elder” or “senior,” Geriatric Care Managers belong to a very established, nationally certified profession. So, what is a Geriatric Care Manager? Here are some of the skills a GCM will bring into their work with you:

 

  • Develops kind, trustworthy relationship with client.
  • Matches client with local services such as in-home care, skilled companionship, financial and legal experts and hospice.
  • Meets client where they are rather than having client travel to GCM’s office.
  • Saves families money by avoiding having to leave work and income to help parents, while GCM tackles the tasks at hand. The GCM becomes a sounding board for decision making, and provides stress relief.
  • Develops a friendly working relationship with client’s doctors, and maintains detailed reports, thorough organization, and support that extends to both the client and the family.
  • Accompanies client throughout medical processes, makes regular home visits, plans enjoyable outings, coordinates client’s schedule and personal network, and more.

 

Why it’s important to find a certified GCM:  

  • Certification process is rigorous and provides proof of adequate skill; candidates for certification are required to have advanced degree in health related field.
  • Certified GCMs are are members of a large national network, so it is possible to locate their services out of state.

 

Costs:

  • Most certified GCMs are paid privately, charging between $60 – $250/hour.