A Match That Works
As a member of the Baby Boomer set, I especially like sharing ideas and information such as videos, books, and even some training or work opportunities that understand that being “over 50”,
does not mean irrelevant.
As a mattter of fact, we are more needed in today’s world, than we have ever been.
We have seen our education system fail to prepare students for what life expects of them.
We have seen more homeless, more welfare recipients, more young veterans in need, and more of what we don’t want to see America become.
We see more anger, division and displacement.
What we need is a more coming together, respect for each other, living creatures and this beautiful land that feeds, shelters, and provides for us.
We are also seeing what is called, a “Graying of America”. There does seem to be concern over this imbalance of generation populations.
I just was introduced to “How To Live Forever” – A Book Written By Marc Freedman, Encore.org
In 2009, I was still recruiting for businesses in a Houston, Texas. Houston was suffering from our latest recession. Businesses were not coping well with not having jobs available, when they had been in a “hiring mode” for several very active years. Companies were still interviewing, thinking that the difficulties they were having would soon change. They would spend the company recruiter’s time, interviewing candidates, but very few placements were actually coming together.
One thing that became evident, during this period, was that “Young Candidates” were applying for the same jobs that the “Seasoned Candidates” expected would be their next job. It almost seemed that there began an emotionally charged feeling of competition between the younger and older candidates. I saw a joke about a Grandfather and Grandson arriving at a job interview at the same time, which was absolutely possible, during that period of time. It seemed that way until I stopped recruiting in 2013. Personally, I believe that this was a very unique time in our history. Baby Boomers were adding additional working years to their lives, due to living longer and suffering financial problems due to the recession.
We have many more years to add to our lives. What do we do with these new days ahead?
It is almost ten years later, and I read that there is interesting discussion in the world about the difference in ages and how psychologically speaking, we could be experiencing the most important time for young and old. Realizing how important the “Over 50” crowd can be to our much younger generations, creates excitement for our future. It is interesting to learn how much the older generation and the newer generations have to share.
Our baby boomer group can certainly learn from our younger generation’s knowledge of the technology that opens doors to those of us that have been doing things the same way for years.
As far as the young generation benefiting from the “gray hairs”, just living on this planet of so many “Do’s and Don’ts”, gives us knowledge to impart.
Most of us have had experiences in our lives, unique only to us. Think about what you know and what you have learned and who would benefit from it?
School is not giving students the information they need to find success among the chaos.
Each of us have specific talents, interest, and knowledge and can impart knowledge that “these youngsters” can use for their future decisions.
I had wonderful mentors throughout my life, and the gratitude and smiles I feel when I think of these people is something that I have never forgotten.
Following is a quote from the Excerpt of Marc Freedman’s newest book:
“How To Live Forever”
Be sure to read more: Encore.org/HowToLIveForever
“There is significant evidence from evolutionary anthropology and developmental psychology that old and young are built for each other. The old, as they move into the latter phases of life, are driven by a deep desire to be needed by and to nurture the next generation; the young have a need to be nurtured. It’s a fit that goes back to the beginning of human history.
For many decades, evolutionary anthropologists tried to understand why women typically lived so long beyond reproductive age in the harsh world of the selfish gene. Men could continue reproducing late in life. But from a narrow evolutionary standpoint, postmenopausal women seemed superfluous—until an anthropologist from the University of Utah, Kristen Hawkes, developed the grandmother hypothesis, based on her research studying hunter-gatherer tribes in Tanzania and Paraguay. She found that older women played a critical role gathering food and caring for their daughters’ children, thus enabling the longer gestational period that separates humans from most other species. In short, the role of grandmothers served as a critical missing link. If not for them, we likely wouldn’t have evolved in the way we did or ended up living so long.
Alison Gopnik, a child psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that the evolutionary role of grandmothers in caring for children “may actually be the key to human nature.” Meanwhile, Stanford psychologist Laura Carstensen, a preeminent scholar of later-life development, comes to similar conclusions about the grandmother hypothesis, arguing that older people are essential to future generations and the well-being of the species.”
For many years, “Mentoring” was usually spoken, along with the word “Volunteering”. The fact that people think that it is possible for “the over 50 crowd” to afford to volunteer their time is no longer true for many baby boomers and the “over 50 crowd”. The fact we are living longer and the fact that many a savings was wiped out during the last recession/bail out of the banks, means that “the over 50 crowd” are left financially inseure. However, a clever, resourceful baby boomer, that understands his or her value can create opportunities for himself today.
Recently, I read this linked article from AARP regarding Gigs and our generation. It seems that gigs work very well for those “Over 50 Workers” By adding a “gig” to our income, it could make a difference for our senior financial issues. When our communities realize that using some of the local talent, that can give back to the community, by sharing their skills and knowledge; we might see communities change for the better. There could be a change in the number of “lost children”, homeless veterans, and less people with that sense of hopelessness. Generations and their different needs seem to be a perfect fit for problem solving. Here are just some ideas that I know about that have been done or are being done today:
One community college in Arizona offers a program to “Over 50 crowd” to teach one hour classes regarding various subjects. We had adult classes, called “Leisure Learning” in Houston, where you could learn everything from calligraphy to car repair, from locals in our community that wanted to share their knowledge and talents. This was part of our community college system, and instructors were paid for their time by students interested in attending the classes.
I also remember in public school, the older couple that travelled around the U.S., had pictures from their trips and took us on their travel advertures in the school auditorium. Personally, I learned about cities and states, that I had never visited. There are many ways to open people’s minds outside of their limited scope.
An Educational Idea that was started even way before my time and still goes on today is called: Chautauqua. (According to Wikipedia) Begun in 1874 – and continued until some individuals decided to make tent gatherings, which appears didn’t work out. Read More at the Link.
Chautauquas are still active in several states across the United States.
There are not many opportunities for some students or younsters to learn the skills they need today, without having an experienced individual to help them learn.
Being responsible, takes a caring adult to show younger generations, exactly what that means.
Getting involved can be good for both generations and they can learn from each other.
There should not be any competition between age groups over job opportunities. The individual, whether “Over 50” or “Under 50” is valuable.
We all have missions, passions, talents and something to share with others.
Sharing, Learning and Caring can make a difference in lives.
Thanks to Marc Freedman for his great book and his great work in connecting the generations that can make a difference in each other’s lives.
It is true that we do have a great opportunity, as “over 50 crowd”, to make a difference in other’s lives.
Whatever your mission or passion, getting involved today can make a difference to many.
Thank you for reading – We can be the change we want to see.
Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
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Below is an Amazon Link To Purchase Marc Freedman’s Book