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AS WE AGE: Ask Eve: What is a Zoomer?

Q: What is a Zoomer?

A Zoomer is “a baby boomer with zip,” as defined by Moses Znaimer, a Canadian media mogul and founder of Zoomer Media Ltd.

Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964. The term “Zoomer “ has less to do with the year you were born and everything to do with how you feel and approach life. Zoomers are the new trendsetters. They are consciously making decisions in an effort to control their future physical, spiritual, social and financial health as the years go on.

To “zoom” no longer means bringing images closer in your camera lens. Zooming means the planning, vigilance and effort it takes to stay vital and engaged as you age.

Q: I just lost my job and I am devastated. At 55 having spent the last 20 years with my previous company, I am facing re-entering the job market and competing against people half my age for the same positions and chances are for less money than I was making before. Any tips for me?

Gone are the days when a solid track record meant automatic job security.

You’ve lost your job, but you haven’t lost your skills, talent, or expertise. What you’ve got to do now is create opportunities. In order for you to find a job, people need to know you’re looking. That means telling family, friends, and acquaintances—just about everybody that you are available.

Don’t get bogged down in massive job database searches. Instead, go directly to the websites of companies you’d like to work for and check out their job listings.

When you do get an interview be sure to project confidence. Do your research on the organization, understand what the business does and go in with a professionally done resume. One last tip. Listen carefully to the interviewer. Be sure to answer the questions asked and not to go on and on boasting about your talents. Good Luck.

Laughing at ourselves

The hostess of her bridge club got a last-minute call from one of the players that she was sick. Unable to get a replacement on such short notice, she drafted her husband, a mediocre player with an attitude.

During the game, he got up and went to the bathroom, leaving the door slightly ajar.

Everyone listened as he urinated into the toilet.

Embarrassed, his wife called out, “John, would you please close the door!”

John’s partner said, “Never mind, it’s the first time since we started playing that I’ve known what the man has in his hand!”

Eve Silverman runs Age-Rite Consulting and Services, which assists older individuals through the difficulties that result from losing one’s independence. Find her at www.age-rite.com or 604-377-0710. Have a question for Eve? Email age-rite@shaw.ca or give her call.

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