The Boomer Continuum™ is a phrase I coined to capture the unique seasons of life that Baby Boomers experience—and the challenges that can result.
As a definition, a Baby Boomer is someone who was born sometime between 1946 and 1964—which means that today’s oldest Boomers are entering their seventh decade, and the youngest are in their mid-fifty’s—which is where Dave and I are.
Some of us are caregivers for a parent or spouse. Some are feeling the aches and pains of aging. Many are doing both. As the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) puts it, “The massive Baby Boomer generation is at prime caregiving age, and soon many will become care recipients themselves.”
Some Boomers are even facing end of life, or helping someone else who is.
In a great post for KevinMD.com, “How Baby Boomers will change end-of-life care,” Monica Williams-Murphy, MD offers some excellent predictions about how our generation will uniquely approach this final season of life—making the most of its history of creating cultural and societal change.
Bill Finn, President and CEO of Hospice of the Western Reserve, agrees, writing that “…the 78 million Americans born 1946-1964 are already beginning to break down barriers and transform the way society views death. As the best-educated seniors this country has seen, they are also insisting on power and decision making throughout the entire health care continuum, including the final phase of life.”
All those dynamics can be messy.
Caregiving. Aging. Dying. Although they can sound like tidy categories, our lives are much more complex than that.
We Boomers live on a continuum in which we are often impacted by an aspect of all three at some point.
That means that the responsibilities and challenges we face typically overlap, requiring us to address multiple needs for both ourselves and others all at the same time.
That can require quite a balancing act—and it can leave us feeling overwhelmed and alone.
But there’s good news.
We Boomers are a hardy lot.
Many of us are rebels who embrace life outside the box.
Most are committed to being empowered and informed.
What we need are simple, effective solutions—and others who understand.
And that’s what we offer here.
Practical resources to empower you for agile caregiving, graceful aging and peaceful dying.
Tools to help you embrace both faith and your inner rebel to remain in charge.
Online courses and other resources that will evolve with you as you travel the Boomer Continuum™.
And a growing community of like-minded individuals to come alongside you for the journey.
If you’re a Boomer traveling the Continuum…
You’re in the right place.
There are many excellent resources available regarding caregiving, aging, and end of life—which we’ll guide you to as appropriate.
However, most don’t embrace the Continuum as a whole—and few offer a faith-based perspective with which to travel it.
That’s why what I’m providing here is not meant to compete, but to complement—offering the unique perspective of a seasoned healthcare professional well-versed in the topics, and also a fellow Boomer traveling the Continuum with you.
Welcome, fellow traveler, to the Boomer Continuum™!