Jan 4, 2014 - Happy New Year Boomers!!

by Joan Lowden, BoomerHelp

Looking ahead to the New Year is also a time to look back. If there was one word to describe the year 1964 it would have to be: BEATLEMANIA!!!

Here are 12 events - one for each month - from 50 years ago that directly shaped the lives of Baby Boomers today:

Jan 18, 1964 - Plans for World Trade Center announced
Feb 9, 1964 - GI Joe character created
Mar 9, 1964 - First Ford Mustang produced
Apr 4, 1964 - Beatles control entire top 5 on Billboard charts: #1, "Can't Buy Me Love"; #2, "Twist and Shout"; #3, "She Loves You"; #4, "I Want to Hold Your Hand"; #5, "Please Please Me"
May 1, 1964 - Two Dartmouth College professors run the first program in Basic (beginners all-purpose, symbolic instruction code).
Jun 12, 1964 - Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
July 18, 1964 - Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant
Aug 5, 1964 - US begins bombing North Vietnam
Sep 17, 1964 - Mickey Mantle gets hits number 1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th homerun
Oct 14, 1964 - Martin Luther King Jr wins Nobel Peace Prize
Nov 3, 1964 - Lyndon Johnson soundly defeats Barry Goldwater for president
Dec 6, 1964 - "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" first airs on TV - and is still playing today!

Dec 26, 2013 - Baby Boomer trends for 2014

by Margaret Manning, sixtyandme.com

As December closes, we are starting to see the countdown to the "Best of 2013" and "Big Trends for 2014". I take most of these articles with a grain of salt and normally find that a lot of my own ideas go in a different direction than the experts. I do, however, look for observations and predictions from sites I trust and respect.

Today, I came across Business Insider's take on "Trends That Will Define 2014" and found that they include some interesting and relevant points for women over 60. Here are some of the trends they say will define the upcoming year.

First, 2014 will be the year of the entrepreneur. Since a recent Forbes article says that a larger percentage of people over 50 are setting up their own businesses (partly by necessity) this is directly of interest to us
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