Year 2001 has almost come to an end.
It's has been a long and trying year
for so many of us.
With the holiday season approaching,
we do hope that it will be a very
fufilling time for all of you.
We hope that you will be able to take
some time off from worry and stress
and spend time with your loved ones,
your family and your friends.
We know that while we feel blessed and
are thankful for what we have. We will
always remember to keep in mind and
remember all of those who are lost
during the tragidy events on September 11th
and we will remember those who have served
We would like to extend an invitation
to friends who are interested in
helping our fellow human beings
find the true nature of our spirit.
We will resolve to strive to be a
catalyst and a courier of love,
faith and hope so that our future
generation can live in peace.
We are very grateful for the many
blessings we already enjoy
and wish you and your families
with love, joy and happiness on
your holiday. May you find peace, love
and happiness and an abundance of the
precious things of life.
Peace, Love and Light,
SECTION ONE - Sharing Love and Abundance.
In The Holiday Spirit!
By: Jeri Maier
§§ This year, in the midst of national
tragedy, we saw civility and kindness
of ordinary people in extraordinary
More than ever now, the whole world
is crying out for spiritual healing
and a quest for peace, harmony and
unity. This is a perfect time to
share our love and our abundance.
When we can share and help others,
we are making the world a better
place for ALL beings.
We at Boomers International, will
resolve to strive to be a catalyst
and a courier of love, faith and
hope. We hope that our contribution
to society will bring a positive
impact all of us and our future
generation as well.
Boomers International donoted and will
continue to donate our profits to
several of the worthy causes and
We hope that you will share your love
and give to others in your community
as well. Your kindness and contributions
will be deeply appreciated from the hearts
and souls of those in need.
Here are few of an "Acts of Kindness" from
around the country.
§§ College Of Notre Dame students
hosted and served 400 homeless people in
Golden Gate Park on Thanksgiving day.
This was their eighth year of having a
"Picnic in the Park" for those less fortunate.
§§ American's children have donated more than
$1.5 million to help the children of Afghanistan.
On Saturday Dec 8, President Bush helped send off the
first shipment of humanitarian aid purchased from
America's Fund for Afghan Children
c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20509-1600
§§ Aids To Kabul Zoo
Animals and their care-takers in need of
help received aids from AZA
SECTION TWO - Boomer Work-place Depression on Rise
By: Dr. David Demko
Work-place depression is on the rise,
says Reg A. Williams, associate professor
of nursing at the University of Michigan.
In the United States, over 17 million
people will have an episode of depression
each year. Until depression became the focus
of research, occupational health programs
primarily focused on common physical
illnesses, but not depression, which is
known to be one of the most expensive
costs for business.
"Occupational health nurses are seeing
more people who suffer from depression in
the work place and they don't feel prepared
to manage it because up until recently,
depression in the work place hasn't been
a focus of work-place health," Williams
said. "The indirect and direct cost of
depression in the work place is immense.
Consider the loss of employee productivity.
Productivity and absenteeism losses
associated with depression cost U.S.
companies $24 billion annually, or
about $3,000 a year per depressed
employee," he said. The total cost of
depression at work is estimated to be
as high as $44 billion.
Symptoms of depression in the work
- employee is off work longer than
the company allows for disability;
- loss of concentration;
- reduced productivity;
- loss of interest in work;
- withdrawn from colleagues;
- excessively late to work;
- high absenteeism;
- cannot reach employee by phone.
Williams cites a study in which depression
is the most expensive medical cost of all
behavioral health conditions accounting for
52 percent of all claims of one major company.
It was the most common diagnoses of those
who sought help from the company's employee
assistance program; it resulted in more days
of disability and 12 month recidivism than
employees who suffered from common chronic
illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes
and back pain.
See more related articles in AgeVenture at:
AgeVenture News Service,
SECTION THREE - Boomers - What For The Future?
§§ Oldest Worker In America:
A 100-year-old architect advises this for
those who want to work into old ages:
find a job you enjoy.
"When you have something you love to do, it
keeps you alive," Harold Fisher said Monday
after receiving Green Thumb Inc's annual
"America Oldest Worker" award. "I never
had dying in my mind at all because I love
my work and spent so much time at the
Fisher found his calling at 15 when he became
an apprentice for an architect in Uniontown,
PA., for $2 a day. Eighty-five years later,
he still go to work five days a week designing
religious building at the fir he owns in
"Since it's my company, they can't fire me,"
Fisher said with a grin. "You might say I'm
retired now and doing what I love to do,
but I'm still working."
§§ Who's Hiring?
§§ Job Training
§§ Signs Of Silence
A non-profit group helping the deaf or
hearing-impaired to find jobs.
§§ The Work Search Organization:
3450 N.W. 47 Avenue,
Coconut Creek, Florida 33063,
§§ December 13, 2001.
According to the US Government study,
the number of people age 65 and older
more than tripled over the past 50
years to a record 420 million world-
wide. The Census Bureau and the
National Institute on Aging's study
find that in general, seniors are
bttter educated, retiring earlier
and living longer.
The 65-and-older population increased
from 131 million in 1950 to 420 million
Over the 1990s, the increase was about
2 percent each year. The one-year
increase of 9.5 million between 1999
and 2000 was unprecedented, the report
In the United States, the 2000 census
showed about 12 percent, or 35 million
of the nation's 281.4 million people,
were at least 65. That compares with
13 percent of the country's 248.7
million people a decade ago.
Aging Internet Information Notes: Baby Boomers
§§ Boomer Wake-Up Call
Prepared by Ken Dychtwald in support of
testimony given to the Senate Committee
on Aging on November 8, 1999.
Based on 25 years of personal study,
experience, dialogue and analysis,
I have come to believe that of all
the possible obstacles and opportunities,
there are five key aging-related crises
toward which boomers are currently
heading--all of which are preventable
- but only if we begin to take
corrective action soon.
Elder Boomer Challenge # 1:
Obsolete markers of aging.
Elder Boomer Challenge # 2:
Tithonus' revenge or healthy aging?
Elder Boomer Challenge # 3:
The coming caregiving crunch.
Elder Boomer Challenge # 4:
Financial wake-up call.
Elder Boomer Challenge # 5:
Shangri-La or "Gerassic" Park?
Elder Boomer Challenge # 1:
Obsolete markers of aging.
Aging boomers will not only live
longer than previous cohorts, they'll grow
"old" much later as well. When Otto Von
Bismarck picked 65 to be the marker of
old age in the 1880's, in preparation for
Germany's first pension plan, the average
life expectancy was only 45. On the day
that Social Security began, the average
American could expect to live 63 years.
In 1997, former President George Bush
celebrated his 72nd birthday by
parachuting from a plane to commemorate
his last parachute jump, when he'd escaped
from a crippled airplane in World War II.
U.S. Senator John Glenn, who in 1962 became
the first American to orbit the earth,
recently returned to space at 77 as a
silver-haired "payload specialist."
At 82, Lena Horne remains talented and
beautiful, and 69-year-old Sean Connery
is still considered one of the world's
The increasing longevity and youthfulness
of today's seniors - who are serving as
new role models for a vital maturity -
are causing a dramatic redefinition of
what it means to be "old." .....
SECTION FOUR - Boomers High Lights
§§ We have created a member's photo album at our
If you are a member and you have
uploaded your photo for your profile,
your picture will be posted on our
photo album. If you do not wish
to have your picture posted please
write to us and inform us of your
By: Jeri Maier,
SECTION FIVE - The Economy & The Recovery.
§§ More than a year ago, University of
California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Economic
Forecast predicted that the US will
experience recession in 2001.
Since the Dot.com crashed in early
2000, layoffs and the unemployment rate
sky rocketed. The attack on September 11,
2001 has put the economy in further downward
plunge. The US government has tried to
stem the economy from spiraling down
further. The Fed have cut interest rates
for the 11th time.
All in all, the boomer generation
suffered the most from this economic
downturn. With so many layoffs since
2000 abd 700,000 more US job lost since
the September 11th tragedies, it
all added to already depressed world
The whole world is also impacted
by the global recession and with
the ending of this year closing in,
many people are looking forwarded
to a new year with faith and hope
for any signs of good news.
In the last few weeks as the "War
Against Terrorists" slowed down to
nearly a halt, stocks market have been
making a comeback and some have
recovered from September 11th.
On December 19, the Conference Board
reported that the U.S. index of leading
economic indicators rose 0.5 percent
in November -- the largest rise since
a 0.6 percent increase in May --
after a 0.1 percent gain the previous
The leading economic index has risen
in four of the past six months, which
suggests that the recession could be
losing steam and the economy will re-
cover in the middle of 2002.
We all hope that the new year will
be a better year for all of us Boomers
SECTION SIX - Tidbits & News.
Boomers Related News in the past few months:
§§ Wednesday October 10, 2001
SOURCE: Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group Announces Worldwide
Release Of 'Bee Gees: Their Greatest Hits:
The Record' 40 of Their Biggest Hits Including
19 #1's and 4 Newly Recorded Songs, 2 CDs,
5 Decades of Music and Photos Set for
Release on November 20th, 2001.
§§ Saturday - November 9, 2001
Novelist Ken Kesey dies at 66
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) ----
Ken Kesey, who broke into the literary
scene with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Nest" and then helped immortalize the
psychedelic 1960s with an LSD-fueled
bus ride, died Saturday. He was 66.
Kesey died at Sacred Heart Medical Center
in Eugene, two weeks after cancer surgery
to remove 40 percent of his liver.
After studying writing at Stanford University,
Kesey gained fame in 1962 with "One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest," followed quickly
with "Sometimes a Great Notion" in 1964,
then went 28 years before publishing his
third major novel.
In 1964, he rode cross-country in an old
school bus named Furthur driven by Neal
Cassady, hero of Jack Kerouac's beat
generation classic, "On The Road." The
passengers called themselves the Merry
Pranksters and sought enlightenment through
the psychedelic drug LSD. The odyssey is
documented in Tom Wolfe's 1968 account,
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test."
§§ History Of Peace Movement.
§§ November 30, 2001
Goerge Harrison Lost His Battle with Cancer.
A sad day indeed. Goerge Harrison, John Lennon
and The Bealtes had given us so much pleasure
at the time of our life.
The End Of An Era? The Beatles, a part
of the musical and cultural revolutions
in the 60's. Georeg Harrison is the
quiet one. We will miss him and his music
will be with us forever.
§§ BBC News Today:
Harrison penned some of the band's most enduring
tunes - including While My Guitar Gently Weeps
He was the first of the Fab Four to top the charts
with My Sweet Lord in 1970 after the band split.
Although he was always regarded as the quietest
band member, his talent spoke for itself.
§§ The quiet Beatle
Flags were flying at half mast as The Beatles'
home city of Liverpool came to terms with the
loss of one of its most famous sons.
§§ December 8, 2001
Anniversary of John Lennon's death in New York.
§§ Fun new sites - new discovery :
Come discover the pioneers of the musical
forms that combined on American soil to
become the most pervasive music throughout
The 4-Part PBS series airs Mondays at
10 p.m. (ET, PT) beginning October 29, 2001.
Check local listings.
§§ So, can rock change the world?
U2 - Bono are still the biggest band
in the world. Still talking politics
CreatAbiliTOYS! is an incredible
collection of over 700 advertising
icons spanning more than a century
of American history.
The American Museum
The American Museum in Britain is
the only museum in Europe devoted
to American furniture, decorative
arts and quilts. The collections
illustrate the domestic arts in
America from the late seventeenth
century to the end of the nineteenth
The Fillmore East Journals
§§ Bill Graham's Fillmore East
Opened March 8th 1968 - Closed June 27th, 1971
§§ Fillmore East Presevation Society.
Dedicated to the memory and excitement
that was the Fillmore East Auditorium
in New York City
§§ California Surfing
Ocean View: The Depiction of Southern California
§§ California Boomer: Keeper of the Story
A great book
Old Time Nostalgia.
§§ Steve Johnson - a songwriter inspires burned out
Inspire yourself and your friends to live out
Dreams In The Making is an upbeat, inspiring
collection of songs, ranging from powerful
adult pop/rock to sensitive ballads,
centered around the theme of creating a life
of one's own design.
"Most people give up on their dreams by the
time they're 30 or so," says Johnson.
"We're all so busy with work, family and
school. But it's never too late. At 42, I
feel like I'm just getting warmed up."
§§ Last BUT NOT LEAST!!!