Happy Holidays to all our friends!
First of all, Season's Greetings!
It's that joyful time of the year
again. For many of us it represents
a time for giving and a time for sharing
love with family and friends. For some,
it could be a time for renewal, or a time
to forgive and forget.
And for others yet, it could also represent
a spiritual time, a time to celebrate,
or a time to ponder and calibrate,
a time to stay put or time to renew.
Whatever this holiday season holds in
store for you, we extend our warmest
regards and best wishes, with our sincerest
hopes that your lives are filled with
the magic of the season and representing
the happiest of times! It has been another
great year here at Boomers International™
and all of us would like to thank you for
your support over the last 12 months.
There is nothing like the holidays to
bring our members closer together -
from all around the world.
You have friends (and potential friends
yet to be found) waiting for you at
We have made many improvements to our
web sites throughout the year, with
considerably more planned for 2003.
Please visit us soon, and remember
that if you have any ideas for our
web sites and our groups, be sure
to let us know!
Have a happy and safe Holiday Season
and we look forward to seeing you
soon in 2003!
Peace, Love and Light,
with abundance of joy Always!
Boomers International Institute™
SECTION ONE - Sharing Love and Abundance.
In The Holiday Spirit!
By: Jeri Maier
§§ It is a tradition for the holidays
to share our love and joy not only
with our families and friends.
We share our love and show kindness
towards the less-fortunates.
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.
Today, the average age of a homeless
person is NINE.
(Homes for the Homeless, NY, NY)
Families with children represent the
fastest growing segment of the homeless
population, constituting approximately
40% of people who become homeless.
(Report on Families with Children
Living in SROs in San Francisco,
March 5, 2001)
At least 1.35 million children are
homeless during a year's time,
representing 30% of the overall
Over 40% of homeless children are
under the age of 5.
("America's Homeless Children,"
Volunteers of America, citing U.S.
conference of Mayors, 2000)
What good are things,
if the key thing is missing?
LOVE is the key,
Without it gifts are just things,
That's why sending you
LOTS OF LOVE
is the best gift of all
to give and to receive.
By a 17 years old:
SECTION TWO - Boomer Research
Study finds families still Important
SAN MARCOS ---- A book written in part by a
Cal State San Marcos sociology professor finds
that families remain a healthy and vibrant part of
society, despite rising divorce rates and an
increased number of working moms.
In "How Families Still Matter: A Longitudinal Study
of Youth in Two Generations," CSUSM's Robert
Roberts joins Vern Bengtson and Timothy Biblarz
of the University of Southern California in examining
parental influences both on the "Baby Boomer"
generation and the children of baby boomers.
The book's findings are "just one piece of the entire
project" of an extensive, ongoing study, which
started at USC in 1971, Roberts said. "It was an
advantageous opportunity to compare boomers
(born in the 1940s and '50s) with their children,"
born in the 1970s and '80s.
The study, which started out with 500 multigenerational
families, looked at the career and educational goals,
the self-esteem and the social values of boomers
between the ages of 16 and 26 and, more recently,
their children at the same stage.
Source: EVAN GRAHAM
North County Times
The Four-Generation Families
More than 2,000 individuals from over 300 families
responded to the original 1971 questionnaire mailed
from the University of Southern California.
These families were recruited by enlisting
a grandfather over the age of 60 who was part of a
three-generation family willing to participate.
Grandchildren were age 16 to 26. Families were
drawn randomly from a subscriber list of 840,000
members of a California Health Maintenance
Organization in Los Angeles.
Now, 25 years later, one-half of the families still
remain in California. The rest are scattered across
the country and two percent live abroad.
Most geographic mobility has taken place in
the third and fourth generation.
At the most recent data collection, 1,678 members
participated in the study, some spouses and
great-grandchildren of the original members.
For more related reseach materials and topics
please go to USC Reseach web site:
SECTION THREE - FREE CONTEST & SURVEYS
§§ $580 COULD BE YOURS!:
You can win $500 Canadian dollars
(about $580 Australian dollars)
by being in a survey. Are you and
your spouse over 49 years of age and
have you been married at least 20 years?
If so, you can be in a university-based
research study and go in the draw for a
This is the second survey from the
The odds of winning are about 1/100
to 1/200, so try it!
FREE ROLLING STONES TICKETS
The Rolling Stones are giving a free
concert in Los Angeles this February.
The concert on February 6th will be a
benefit to make people more aware of
You can win two tickets to the show at
the Staples Center by filling out an
application on the Internet or mailing
your information on an index card.
Contest applications can be found at
Or write your name, address,
phone number and birth date
on an index card and send it to
NRDC Stones Concert,
P.O. Box 15099,
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,
For Our Boomers Groups At Yahoo and MSN:
We would like to introduce you to Deryl,
our newest Moderator at Boomers
International Groups. Deryl is retired
from the US Air Force, and currently
working as a Historian for US Government.
We also want to introduce you to
Richard(prs1737), our newest
Moderator at Boomers Single Group.
Richard is stirring up a
storm at our Single Group.
We opened an Oldies Musics group
at MSN groups Laura is graciously
accepting the responsibilities
of becoming a Group Manager.
Please give Laura, Deryl and Richard
Come and visit our groups, and drop
a note of encouragement
or just say 'HELLO' to us.
Peace, Love and Light,
Boomers International Institute™
SECTION FIVE - AARP'S RESEACH.
ARP Study to Reveal the Psychology
Large-scale Research Survey Opens
Annual Dialogue Between the Association
and the Baby Boomer Generation
Contrary to conventional wisdom about
their denial of aging, baby boomers
really do have their eyes on the future,
according to a new report by AARP.
Asked about how much they think about
their futures, nearly two in three
boomers say ‘often.’ The report also
suggests that their greatest hopes
are focused on their toughest problems,
that they are generally optimistic about
what lies ahead and that they expect
many things to improve in their lives.
‘Boomers at Midlife: The AARP Life
Stage Study’ is a national survey
unprecedented in its scope that will
make breakthrough contributions to
the relatively unexplored field of
midlife psychological development
and reinforce AARP's already broad
and deep understanding of the 76
million-strong population of baby
boomers. The study is the first
installment in what will be an
annual series of AARP boomer studies,
which will closely examine how this
demographic group will change the
definitions of aging and how aging
will in turn change boomers.
The study is based on 3,666 telephone
interviews of adults ages 18 and older
conducted for AARP by Princeton Survey
Research Associates (PSRA) between
April 11 to June 15, 2002.
PSRA interviewed 2,127 boomers ages
38 to 56, 781 younger adults ages 18-37,
and 758 adults ages 57 and older.
In addition to over-sampling boomers,
PSRA interviewed 1,185 African Americans
and 1,161 Hispanics.
publication date: August 2002
SECTION SIX - Tidbits & News.
Did you know:
Every 7 Seconds someone in America
50+ age group:
* Is the fastest growing population
* Is the most affluent consumer
group that exists.
* Account for over 40% of total
* Average $24,000 in annual disposable
* Control over 48% of all discretionary
purchases that occur.
* Own over 80% of all money in
* Own 79% of America's financial
* Spend almost $2 Trillion on goods
& services each year.
* Own 62% of all large Wall Street
* Visit malls more often than
any other age group.
* Dine out 4-5 times per week.
* 74% use the Internet to find
* 78% make online purchases.
* Over 70% are willing to try new
* Spend over $29 Billion yearly on
* Women over 50 spend $21 Billion
on clothes annually.
Source: Gary Onks
- SoldOnSeniors, Inc.