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May 14, 2013

Fred Goldenberg: Wednesday's expo a don't miss for seniors

Many people ascribe to the belief that as the ball dropped in Times Square on Jan. 1, 1946, the first baby boomer was born and that 76 million births later, our lifestyle and ideas for the future have the country turned upside down.

We are healthier, we play harder and we continue to work well into what use to be retirement age. We are the generation who will not go quietly into that good night.

We grew up in the shadow of the “bomb” with fallout shelters in our backyards. We fell in love with rock and roll. In 1969, we watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. We wore our hair long and bell bottom pants. We marched and protested as we sang the songs of Bob Dylan.

We are a unique generation who through action and commitment changed the world we lived in. Yet, not everything went according to plan. For many of us, the future isn’t as rosy as we’d like it to be. Many find ourselves sitting across the breakfast table from an ailing parent and an adult child who has moved back home. Sandwiched between two generations, thoughts of retirement fade fast when economics come knocking at your door.

It takes planning — and lots of it — to make it in today’s financial environment. You need to plan for your parents’ future, your children’s well-being and your own as well. Quite frankly, it’s exhausting just thinking about it, let alone doing anything about it.

Enter the 2013 Traverse City Ideas for Life Senior Expo presented by Bay Area Senior Advocates on Wednesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City. Since BASA was formed, its mission has been to educate and advocate for the needs of our aging community.

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