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What Changes We’ve Seen!

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What Changes We’ve Seen!

NOTE:  This appeared 2 years ago.  We are thinking this is good “food for thought” in our Covid-19 era.

Well, I’m giving it another try.  Back in February , we attempted hip replacement surgery – but, long story short, it turned out I had an allergy I wasn’t aware of – so the surgery was called off.  But today we’re going to give it another whirl.

AFL’s Founder, Jo-Anne

In a short while we’ll get in the car and start the drive to Boston and soon thereafter, I become a partially Bionic Woman!

Anyway, I mentioned to Lou how absolutely marvelous it is that something like this (total replacement of a joint) can actually happen. I’m my father’s daughter – and yes, he too had hips made out of “saw-dust!”

And then Lou and I started thinking.  You know – we live in absolutely incredible times.  And wow!  What changes we’ve seen!

Yeah, surgical advances are marvelous – but how about….

I remember dad bringing home our very first TV – black and white, of course, and quite the furniture piece!

And our first car.  Yeah – we were faithful bus riders – until Ole Betsy became part of the family.

And the Beatles!  Remember their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show?

The assassination of President John Kennedy.  Yes, I do.  I do remember WHERE and WHAT.

And the progress in medicine.  Certain vaccines, for example, that killed during our youth become life-savers during our lifetimes…

I remember showing up at college freshman year and the word went out – the school had purchased a COMPUTER.  OHHHHHWOWWWW.  Several of us went to the top of the engineering building and were “allowed” to peer into this huge room, bone-chilling cold from the powerful air-conditioning, and there it stood.  Like the Great And Powerful Oz – behind the screen.  And “it” – well it had significantly less “muscle” than the cell phone I’ve got stashed away in the bottom of my pocketbook.

Remember the start of the tech wars?  Between Apple and Microsoft?? And Lotus and Excel??

And – our generation saying – guess what?  Not us!  Not Us to Viet Nam and inequality in education, employment, voting-rights, reproductive rights, and so much more.

What am I missing???  Yup, lots more.  We really are a heck of a generation – even if I say so myself!!!




After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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