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Booming Encore’s Encore Posts of 2017

Booming Encore’s Encore Posts of 2017

By Susan Williams

As I look back and write this final post for the year, I realize how much 2017 was truly a year of challenges and change.

This past year was marked by political turmoil, protests, natural disasters and refugee and human crisis situations. We witnessed attacks on innocent people. We uncovered just how prominent sexual harassment and assault is within our society. Along with this, the potential of an actual nuclear war re-emerged into our reality.

The current state of the world is forcing us to examine our own beliefs and values. We can only hope that as a result, we will become stronger together for the benefit of the generations to come.

This video of the top topics searched on Google in 2017 sheds an interesting light on what was on people’s minds over the last year;

So as we begin to get ready to welcome in 2018, I thought it would be interesting to look back on what topics trended on Booming Encore this past year as well.

Over the year we reminisced about the Summer of Love 50 years later. We tackled some tough topics such as ageism and the increase in baby boomer alcohol abuse. We focused on our health and aging. And shone a light on the changing relationships in retirement. We also laughed and cried about some of the situations we found ourselves in. And tried to help people discover ways to find work and purpose that they would love.

We were extremely fortunate to share and showcase the talents of so many amazing contributors.

So, in a typical year end fashion, we look back on 10 encore posts from this past year;

#10 – The Positive Side of Aging – It’s Only Up From Here

With so much negative thinking and words associated with aging, it’s no wonder so many people are dreading it. But in fact, there are many positive things about aging. In this post we shared some research about how people actually get happier as they age and find themselves living fuller lives.

#9 – Downsizing: What To Do With All Your Stuff

Have lots of stuff that you just don’t know what to do with? In this post, we shared a video that gave some great tips and tricks of what to do with all your things.

#8 – Are You Ready to Play in the “Gig Economy” in Your Retirement?

Significant trends are changing how both employees and employers think about retirement – and specifically working during retirement. Retirement has evolved from a one-time, permanent event to a gradual process, that in itself, contains multiple phases – including the introduction of the “gig economy”. Retirement Coach, Joe Casey shares thoughts on this evolving employment opportunity – especially for retirees.

#7 – The Triple Threats to Healthy and Happy Aging

Have you ever found yourself sitting alone on the couch with absolutely nothing to do? Depending on the time it was in your life – you may have thought this situation was a blessing. But when it comes to aging – we shared how these three activities are proving to be quite detrimental to your health especially if they become a permanent situation.

#6 – Granny Pods – Could This Be A Solution for Aging in Place?

Have you heard of a “Granny Pod”? It’s typically a pre-built structure that has been specifically designed to support aging in place. In this post we shared some of the pros and cons of this type of building to help support aging in place.

#5 – Aging in the Suburbs – Is This Realistic or Risky?

Back in 1950, only 7.4% of the population living in the suburbs was over 65 – in 2014 it was at 14.5% and this percentage is only going to increase as baby boomers continue to age. In this post we explored whether the suburbs were really the best place to age.

#4 – Baby Boomers and the Rise of the Grudge Workforce

In 2017 we discovered a new term – the grudge workforce. It refers to baby boomers who find themselves having to work because they have to rather then having the ability to retire and leave their job when they would like to may feel resentful, bitter or dissatisfied – all the words that would define having a grudge.

#3 – Why the Language We Use for Aging Matters

In 2017 there was a media buzz around the fact that Allure Magazine was no longer going to use the term “anti-aging”. Their announcement about this change the magazine made an excellent point on why they made the shift – “language matters”. We examine the language we often use for aging and how it can impact our views and perspectives.

#2 – Three Different Stages of Retirement

So often when we think of retirement, we think of it as being a single time in our life. But actually, given the time now potentially spent in retirement there can be different phases during our retirement. In this post we took a look at the three different stages and why they may need to be planned for differently.

#1 – The Connection Between Springsteen, Men, Aging & Depression

Over the course of the year, Dave Price – one of our Senior Contributors – shone a light on the specific challenges men are facing with aging. This particular post was extremely poignant as Dave shared the connection between Bruce Springsteen, men, aging and depression.

So, as we say farewell to 2017 – we open our arms wide and welcome in 2018.

I would personally like to thank each of you for taking the time to read, follow and share what we post. In 2018, I hope we continue to share with you valuable information and inspiration to help you create and live your very best encore.

I wish you a very healthy and happy 2018 filled with great peace, joy and happiness.

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.