By Don Clevett, Apr 16 2013 03:05AM
Life has truly changed for the Baby Boomers. Men have had to make many adjustments to survive in this new world so that, as they enter midlife, more and different issues need to be addressed.
Male midlifers are waking up to the fact that they can have more control over their retirement which now can last for thirty years. You can now be retired as long as you worked! Now you not only have to have an organized work and family life but must also face the future demands of retirement.
Many factors such as health, finances, marriage, caregiver to aging parents, and work/volunteer options, take on a new perspective. Our mental, physical, and spiritual states make demands on us to change to meet our midlife. Again, I emphasize that midlife need not be viewed as a crisis but rather that of a midway with the ups and downs one experiences with roller coasters and Ferris wheels.
Our parents wanted greater things for us than they achieved; this may have triggered a whole new set of desires causing us to reach even further up the ladder of success. Now an entire new group of concerns have to be addressed at midlife.
Besides the personal issues of midlife Baby Boomers come two other major social issues that will intertwine in our next 10-30 years. Be prepared to give serious thought about the actions needed to care for aging parents and, by showing our sons where we made our mistakes, enabling them to begin changing now for the sake of their own midlife.