We have all seen the photo of First Lady Michelle Obama holding up her American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) card as she prepared to celebrate her 50th birthday recently. Like it or not, that card is somewhat of a 'rites of passage' into senior-hood (or at least the 50+ club) and, if you live long enough, you too will receive one. A late night comedian once said that AARP can find you when no one else can and it’s true; there's no escaping the inevitable—aging. That said, most of us will agree that growing older is better than the alternative.
It is in that spirit that the Milwaukee Community Journal is embracing, celebrating and putting seniors front and center. There is, indeed, an aging or ‘graying’ of America. Baby boomers, or the 75 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, are getting older, with the first wave of boomers turning 65 in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Moreover, by 2060, one in every five U.S. citizens will be 65 and older. To that end, over the course of the next year the MCJ will devote a weekly column to individuals 50 and over and issues they face—written by a senior!
We will explore a myriad of topics of interest to this population, starting with heart health and delving into subjects such as coping with grief and loss, travel, finances, downsizing homes, grandparents raising grandchildren, caring for aging parents and dating, to name a few. We hope that throughout the coming year you will share your ideas and thoughts with us as we attempt to enlighten, educate and entertain some of this newspaper's most loyal readers. --Kathy Gaillard