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Idea #5 to Help Baby Boomers and Seniors Find a Passion (Meetup Groups)

I haven’t blogged in awhile.  Whew!  This book promotion is occupying my time almost completely.  The upside is that it’s a lot of fun giving author talk/book signing events.  I’ll be giving my next one at 7pm at the Santa Monica library in Santa Monica, California.

Today I want to discuss Meetup Groups.  Have you heard of meetup.com?  It’s a wonderful website.  You can find groups near you of people who all share a common interest.  I have a friend who has connected with a Meetup group just for going to the movies.

I went to a Meetup group near my home of people who were interested in speaking Spanish.  We met at a restaurant and we all conversed in Spanish the entire time.  People had varying degrees of fluency, but everyone was tolerant and helpful toward everyone else.  The ages of the participants also varied greatly.   That didn’t matter as we all shared a common interest.

Just google “meetup groups” or put meetup.com into your computer address bar.  It’s not hard to do.  If you’re not computer literate, ask for help from a friend or relative who is.  If you don’t have a computer, the library has computers.  You can sign up to use them for free, and the librarian can be helpful in showing you how to get to that website.  It’s a great way to connect with others.

I know it’s hard to reach out.  Remember my motto:  DO IT ANYWAY!

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Idea #4 to Help Baby Boomers and Seniors Find a Passion (Genealogy)

Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile, but I’ve been giving author talk – book signing events about my memoir: Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class.  I just gave one last week at Laguna Woods Retirement Village in Orange County, CA.  It’s been so much fun in my new role as an author.  People have responded very positively to my talks.  Today, in my ongoing discussion of things Baby Boomers and seniors can do to develop a passion as a motivation to embrace life, I’m going to talk about pursuing genealogy.  I have a retired friend who has been charting his genealogy and that of his deceased wife.  He was able to go back several generations on his own by visiting various websites.  Then, he hired a professional to go back even further.  My friend has contacted distant relatives he finds, and has been going on trips around the world to meet them and visit old cemeteries where relatives are buried.  The Mormons are passionate about keeping genealogical records on everyone they can as it corresponds with their religious beliefs.  They are very welcoming at all their churches to allow anyone to check their genealogical archives, and there are volunteers there to assist.  You don’t have to be a Mormon to take advantage of their help.  Best of all, it is totally free.  I visited the Mormon Temple in Los Angeles, CA many years ago and found my mother’s name along with all her parents and siblings in a 1920s census record.  She was only 5 years old.  It was very exciting.  Distant family members have found me because someone spent a lot of time pursuing the family genealogy.  Is genealogy something you could become passionate about as a motivation to embrace life?

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