“The baby boom has changed every life stage they’ve been a part of,” said Dr. Bill Thomas, whose Age of Disruption Tour is making its way to 30 cities across the country.
“As this giant generation faces this life stage, they’re going to say, ‘hey no, I don’t like that.'”
Thomas divides boomers into three categories:
Those in denial who try to stay young forever with Botox injections, expensive creams and unproven “snake oil” hormones and remedies. “It’s the current equivalent to ‘Hell no, we won’t go!'”
The resigned, who munch on kale and flax seed while doing Sudoku puzzles. “They tell themselves, ‘It’s going to be bad, but if I do these things it won’t be so bad.”
And the embracers. “I’m in a rare tribe who looks forward to it with enthusiasm. It’s possible to look forward to something and know there are parts of the experience you’d like to avoid, that won’t be pleasant. That’s why I call (my talk) Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game,” he said.
Thomas likened how people approach old age to those who’d rather go on, say, a safe cruise versus climbing Machu Picchu.
“There are some who would say, ‘you know there could be rock slides,’ and there’s the adventure traveler who says, ‘yeah, but it’s Machu Picchu!’ They do it because they think the adventure is greater than the risk. Look, I’m not a silly person who says old age is great and nothing will happen. Something will happen. But people who have a great fear of aging are going against their own future self. They become a traitor by robbing themselves of future possibilities.”