Sick to death of hearing that 50 is the new 30, 60 is the new 40, and so on, former radio host Margie Taylor decided to take on some of the myths and misconceptions around aging. The result is an entertaining and at times thought-provoking memoir, sure to engage readers as they recognize themselves – and their children – on almost every page. While boomers believe themselves to be the smartest, richest, fittest generation ever, the facts say otherwise. Sixty-four per cent of boomers with children still have at least some of them living at home – and the ones who’ve moved out continue to get financial help from “the Bank of Mom and Dad.” Boomers aren’t as active as they think they are, they tend to drink more than they should, and they’re probably not having as much sex as they used to. Beginning with a discussion of “the new old,” the author weaves an intimate portrait of family shifts and personal challenges in the age of YouTube, Facebook and reality TV. Why do so many young people still live at home with their parents? Is there a cure for memory loss that actually works? And how do you draw the line between continuing to support your children and ending up in the poorhouse? 60 is the new 20 suggests that we face the future with humour, optimism, and a certain amount of irony, fingers crossed that all will be well in the end. And if it isn’t, there’s always chocolate.
A former CBC Radio host/producer, Margie is the author of two novels: Displaced Persons (2004) and Some of Skippy’s Blues (1997). In 2006 she returned to school (University of Guelph) to get her MSc, Capacity Development and Extension. Currently the outreach coordinator for the campus radio station, her latest book is 60 IS THE NEW 20: A boomer’s guide to aging with grace, dignity, and what’s left of your self-respect.