February 5, 2013 |
Sometimes, headlines alone can tell a story. Start with this one from The Times: “Baby boomers may live longer, but their elders were healthier.” And while you're pondering that, check this one out: “Sperm count low among couch potatoes, study finds.” And finally, there's this, well, punch-line headline : “Gov. Christie eats doughnut with Letterman; talks Sandy storm aid.” Yes, boys and girls and boomers, we have met the enemy, and he is us. Of course, I'm not talking about you , specifically.
February 4, 2013 |
At midlife, the nation's 78 million baby boomers appear to be in worse health than the generation that preceded them, a new study finds . Researchers from West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina knew that American's life expectancy has steadily improved, but they wondered whether that meant baby boomers were healthier than their parents or simply benefiting from better medical treatments....
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February 1, 2013 |
For the first time since California became a state in 1850, Latinos will surpass whites as the largest ethnic group by 2014, according to demographic numbers released Thursday. The state Department of Finance estimates that by the middle of this year, whites and Latinos will each represent about 39% of California population, with Latinos reaching a plurality soon after that. Officials expect that by 2060, Latinos will make up 48% of the state's population, compared with 30% for whites.
January 7, 2013 |
Cathy Rigby flies across the Pantages Theatre stage from Jan. 15 through 27 in J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," reprising her signature role, which earned her a 1991 Tony nomination. At age 60, the San Diego native still fits into the costume she wore for her 1974 debut as the boy who never grows up; theater producers had recruited her to parlay her fame as an Olympic gymnast into box-office gold. Rigby lives in La Habra Heights with her husband, Tom McCoy, who is also her partner in their theatrical production company, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, which produced her latest "Peter Pan" tour as well as productions of other American musicals.
November 30, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Picture the lion before the kill. Sitting comfortably in a tony suite backstage at the Mirage casino, comedian Lewis Black was in a mellow mood. A reasonably fit, aging man with black and gray hair and glasses, he seemed a bit professorial as he mulled over a question: What was his best tool to disarm a heckler? Within an hour he would be onstage, face scrunched in disbelief, arms and hands flailing in trademark fury, voice bawling with frustration and anger as he eviscerated politicians, baby boomers and social media while slaying a packed multi-generational house that had turned out to see a 64-year old man complain himself into a rage.
November 23, 2012 |
"Spiritual" estate planning is becoming a hot topic for baby boomers who want to make sure their values are passed down along with their money, financial planners say. Bequests to charities are up 19% in a year, according to Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that monitors charities. But it goes beyond leaving money to a favorite group, said South Florida attorney Alice Reiter Feld. "It's leaving money with a purpose," she said. That extends into deciding how to give money, or not, to family members, Feld said.
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August 25, 2012 |
As I begin this column, it is Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 22. I have been alive 20,873 days, if my math is correct, and I hope to add to the tally. But the knees I was born with will not be joining me for the rest of the trip. The clock ticks. The surgeon scrubs. An editor tells me this is a good thing. After a string of columns on end-of-life issues, I'll have another way to write about the senior experience, he says. I'm not a senior citizen, I tell him. If you've got an AARP card, he says, (I thought it would be good for discounts)
August 21, 2012 |
I consider myself to be a fortunate person. I have a good education, a great job and excellent health insurance. I am a baby boomer who has aged reasonably well and can look forward to a fairly comfortable retirement. I am also fortunate because I was diagnosed with hepatitis C by a proactive and knowledgeable doctor in the late 1990s and had the opportunity to be treated and cured. The odds are that if I had not been diagnosed and treated, I would be on a liver transplant list right now, have liver cancer or even be dead from this disease.
August 9, 2012 |
Baby boomers are in a state of stress, with half unsure of their retirement prospects and the vast majority blaming political gridlock for damaging their economic security, according to interest group AARP. Nearly half of voters ages 50 to 64 who have yet to retire say they're dissatisfied with their financial situation, AARP found in a recent survey . A majority believe the economic downturn will shrink their retirement savings, forcing them to rely more on Social Security and Medicare.
July 17, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Corporate and public pension funds across the country are seriously underfunded, threatening the retirement security of workers and straining the already tapped finances of state and local governments, according to a pair of independent studies. A report released by the S&P Dow Jones Indices on Tuesday spotlighted record high shortfalls in corporate funds needed to pay for pensions and related post-employment benefits. Companies were underfunded by an estimated $578 billion, meaning they had only 70.5% of the money needed to meet retirement obligations, the report said.