A demographics anomaly in the works

Right now in the United States, there are more 23-year-olds than people of any other age. This seemingly trivial fact of demographics is an anomaly more than 50 years in the making. According to U.S. Census data, since 1947, the most represented age in the United States has always been a member of the group born in the 20 years after World War II, the baby boomers. In 1950, it was age 3. In 1990, it was 29. In 2010, it was 50. The rise of the boomers, a group forged into adulthood during the social and political upheaval of the 1960s and ’70s, has been chronicled and teased apart since their conceptions. Boomers collectively were named Time’s Man of the Year in 1966. They were the first generation to have television, and, in many ways, the first to be marketed to as a distinct cohort, a collection of citizens with a cultural identity notably different from their parents. They have the highest voter participation rate of any group of Americans and currently hold the most powerful positions in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Read more

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LC class of 1964 planning 50th reunion

It seems like a high school kid is trapped in every aging baby boomer body at the table – rebellious, self-indulged, gossipy, with a giggly interest in the opposite sex. Yep. It’s a planning committee for the 50th reunion of the Lewis and Clark High School class of 1964 and nothing gets them revved up than reminiscing about the “good ol’ days” for a willing audience. “We were raised in the days of innocence,” said Gloria Warrick Spear (née Nauditt), who is the head planner of the three-day reunion Sept. 5-7. She has the gavel to prove it and the glare to shush the rowdy guys in the group as she reads off a checklist of how it was in the early 1960s in Spokane. Read more

Local TV show targets viewers 55 and older

Spokane has a new locally produced monthly television show just for people 55 and older. “Successful Aging in the Northwest” premiered June 24 on CMTV14, which is a nonprofit station operated by Community-Minded Enterprises. The community service program includes everything from healthy living tips to money management all by local professionals and experts. The first segment focused on fall prevention. Monthly segments include fitness, advice for daily living, interviews with local volunteers and legal aid advice. Read more

Meditation found to reduce stress, anxiety in seniors

For an hour, the group sat in a circle, quiet and still. Not a yawn. Not a nose scratch. Not a twitch. The seniors were all in a state of meditation: practicing mindfulness and being in the now. The new air conditioner rumbled. Something fell against the wall of the thrift shop next door. Yet nobody opened an eye. They just sat and breathed while they listened to a CD by a well-known meditation instructor. Today’s focus was concentrating even with noise and distractions. Read more

Seminars to cover Alzheimer’s care

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free seminar Tuesday in Hayden about caring for people with middle-stage dementia. The all-day program will cover communication, personal care, behaviors, wandering and care options. Read more

KJRB Radio launches talk format aimed at boomers

Baby boomers are reclaiming the Spokane radio station of their youth: KJRB. In the 1960s and 70s, KJRB was the area’s premier Top 40 station broadcasting the rock ’n’ roll soundtrack for teens and young adults. The format changed over the years, most recently playing classic country. That all changes today at 8 a.m. when Boomer Radio goes live on AM-790. Read more

Boomer Radio

KJRB AM-790 launches a new local talk-radio format focusing on baby boomers today at 8 a.m. Tune in to hear four hours of daily local talk, news and information Monday through Saturday. The broadcast starts with “Business Talks,” a popular talk program already familiar to Spokane listeners. Read more

Live audience wanted

The first two episodes of KJRB’s new variety show “The Nostalgia Radio Hour” are being recorded July 16 at the Glover Mansion, 321 W. Eighth Ave. Come join the live audience: applaud, laugh and reminisce about the history of the Inland Northwest. Read more

Personal trainer keeps aging clients healthy

Marge Holston moved to Spokane Valley from Southern California and somehow left a lot of her activity behind. That’s when she decided to join a gym, hire a trainer and start working out. “I knew I needed to get motivated right away,” Holston said between repetitions on a weight machine pinpointing shoulder muscles. “At 79, I can do everything I need to do. I’m proud of it, man.” Read more

Trainer’s son helps raise awareness of autism

Mavrick Benoscek, 13, wasn’t keen on participating in a pageant until he found out it was a fundraiser for autism and perhaps someday finding a cure or prevention. “I really want some of that,” Mavrick said about preventing autism, which he was diagnosed with at age 3. Read more

Oil industry fuels reversal in age trends

WASHINGTON – Want to reduce the effects of aging? Try oil. The United States’ population is still getting older, but that’s changing in the Great Plains because of the attraction of working in the booming oil and gas industries. Read more