Friday, January 13, 2017

Still Rocking: Aging Baby Boomers Who Are Redefining the Rock Star Image

Staying active is important for people of all ages – especially seniors. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see your favorite musicians from your childhood still rocking and rolling 40, 50, or even 60 years later. Retirement simply isn’t in the cards for these energetic seniors.
While many of the today’s aging musicians started in their teens and 20s, famous rock stars no longer have to be young to be sex symbols. Musicians from bands such as the Rolling Stones, Beatles, and Beach Boys are still entertaining audiences all over the world as they approach their 80s and 90s. 

Read on to learn more about 10 Baby Boomers who are ditching retirement and still doing what they love after all these years.
Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger. Although he sang that he “can’t get no satisfaction,” Mick Jagger apparently gets some satisfaction from entertaining fans. This 73-year-old co-founder of the Rolling Stones started his music career in 1962. Nearly 55 years later, Jagger is still going strong, with no plans to stop anytime soon. In fact, he recently fathered his eighth child, so this English rock star will be busy for years to come.

Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney is widely known as one of the members of the Beatles. This 74-year-old is known as one of the most successful composers of all time. His song “Yesterday” has been covered more than 2,000 times. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and has received many other honors during his 60-year music career. He continues to tour and is known for performing three-hour-long concerts.

Bob Dylan. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan is known for his folk songs about social and political issues. Now 75 years old, Dylan has been an influential force in the music industry for more than five decades. He also dabbles in art, having released seven books of drawings and paintings. He recently won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and continues to tour.

Brian Wilson. Brian Wilson is widely known as one of the most influential and creative musicians in music due to his unique ways of composing and recording songs. This 74-year-old was best known as one of the founders of the rock group the Beach Boys, which was formed in 1961. Even though the band has broken up several times, Wilson continues to write songs and perform with several remaining members of the band. 
Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin. Also now 74 years old, Aretha Franklin was just 14 years old when she released her first single. The only female on this list, Franklin started out singing gospel songs and, by the end of the 1960s, she became known as the Queen of Soul. One of the best-selling artists of all time, Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards over the course of her singing career. She has also received several honorary degrees.  She continues to perform live and even sang at the White House in 2015. 

Chuck Berry. The oldest person on this list, Chuck Berry is still performing at the ripe old age of 90. Well-known for his hit “Johnny B. Goode,” this singer, songwriter, and guitarist was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music and also one of the first to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was ranked fifth on a list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He has plans to release a new album in 2017.

Paul Simon. Paul Simon, age 75, is well-known as one half of the rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, which he founded in 1964. The duo had several hits, including the famous “Mrs. Robinson.” Despite their success, the duo split up in 1970 and Simon began his solo career. His most popular album was Graceland, which sold 14 million copies. He is known as one of the greatest songwriters and guitarists. The 14-time Grammy winner has composed music for Broadway and various films. He continues to perform his music.

Neil Diamond. Neil Diamond has a music career spanning six decades. He originally wanted to become a doctor, but chose songwriting instead and became very successful at it. This 75-year-old has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most successful singers. Diamond was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and has 11 #1 singles to his name. He continues to perform for fans all over the world.

Neil Young. Neil Young started his music career at age 15. He performed in several groups before joining Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. Young, age 71, is known for his electric guitar work and personal and politically-fueled lyrics. He has won several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Born in Canada, he has lived in California since the 1960s. He continues to perform at various events.

Rod Stewart. Known for his raspy voice, Rod Stewart has had an impressive solo career for more than 40 years. He started out with The Jeff Beck Group and then Faces. This British songwriter has sold 100 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He has received numerous awards and was even knighted by the Queen in June 2016. Stewart, who turns 72 in January, continues to make music and tour. 
Aging doesn’t mean sitting in a rocking chair. For these rockers, age is just a number. People are living longer than ever, and, instead of sitting at home, these musicians are still going strong in their 70s and 80s. Whenever you’re feeling down, listen to some music from one of these hit-makers and gain a renewed sense of energy and wellbeing. 

Health Benefits of Jewelry Making

There are some hobbies that are not only fun but rewarding as well. Jewelry making falls into that category. Making your own jewelry allows you to unleash your creativity. You can personalize your creation however you like. With jewelry so expensive – hundreds and even thousands of dollars – making your own jewelry allows you to save money.
Did you know that jewelry making offers health benefits as well? Jewelry making is a great hobby for people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. It helps your mind because, in many ways, it is like putting together a puzzle. You have beads of many different colors, shapes, and designs, with the goal of pairing several of them and turning them into wearable art. This is no small feat, as jewelry making is much more than placing beads on a string. 

How else can jewelry making positively affect your health? Read on to learn more about this beneficial hobby.

various silver and gold beads

Psychological Benefits
A study published in the International Journal of Aging & Human Development showed that jewelry making offered many psychological benefits for the participants. Many participants received compliments on their works of art, which made 24% of them happier and more self-confident. They reported high levels of satisfaction with their work and felt more relaxed. Working with beads and strings allowed the participants to relieve stress and forget about the stresses of everyday life. 
In another group, 24% of the participants felt a sense of accomplishment. They enjoyed mastering a new skill while making something of their own. 
Physical Benefits 
Working with beads can also improve your physical health. Because it eliminates stress, it helps reduce the risk of a heart attack and other conditions caused by stress. Jewelry making also increases energy levels, while reducing blood pressure. Instead of taking pills and medications to cure high blood pressure and a lack of energy, try beading, instead. It’s a fun way to stay healthy!
Cognitive Benefits
Jewelry making is especially beneficial for the very young and very old. Working with beads develops many useful skills for preschoolers, while seniors can benefit from the activity as well. Once they hit retirement, seniors often don’t challenge their brains as much, which can lead to cognitive disorders down the road. By participating in bead jewelry making, they keep their brains active. 
Jewelry making also develops creativity and imagination in people of all ages. Those who participate in this activity are able to create a piece of jewelry with their own unique designs. 

Developmental Benefits
Using beads to make jewelry is a great skill for young children to develop. That’s because the practice of making jewelry promotes development in many key areas. Children improve their fine motor skills by grasping beads of various sizes. Once the bead is in the child’s hand, it must then be transferred onto the string, which involves manipulation skills. According to Occupational Therapist Kimberly Voaden, jewelry making actually strengthens muscles in the hands
Using beads also improves visual perception and memory. When so many beads are available, children must be able to scan the inventory and select the right one. Once they choose the ones they want, they must then develop a pattern and remember it.
Visual motor skills are also improved through beading. Putting the bead onto the string requires hand-eye coordination.
Using beads to make jewelry also improves problem-solving skills in children. They must figure out what type of jewelry they want to create and what pattern to use. They must also determine how many beads to put in a pattern and how long the bracelet or necklace should be, which improves math skills.
Therapeutic Benefits
Jewelry making is used as a form of therapy. It is often done in hospital settings as a way to help patients cope with their illnesses. Patients are more relaxed and able to better understand their illness. They feel less stressed about their condition and feel more in touch with themselves. Working with beads turns a negative situation into a more positive one. It gets the patients’ minds off their illness and focused on an activity that will benefit their health in so many ways. 
Social Benefits
While some people may prefer to work on their bead jewelry alone, many like to work on projects in group settings. Jewelry making is a fun experience to share with others. You can compare designs with the group and ask for advice along the way. You can also talk and share stories as you create your bracelet or necklace. This is especially beneficial for seniors, who enjoy being social but are often left home alone with no one to talk to or do things with. Young children can also develop social skills by participating in a bead jewelry class.

Getting Started
Working with beads is fairly easy to do. You can purchase kits at craft stores and almost any store that has a toy department. There are many types of beads and patterns available. You may also be able to find classes in your area.
Start with a small kit and see how you like it. Many of these kits come with instructions to help you create more advanced patterns and designs. Once you master those, you can try out different sets. You can search online for unique beads to add to your collection. Beading can help you open up a whole new world of creativity. 
It has been known for quite some time that arts and crafts promote mental, emotional and physical well-being, and jewelry making is no exception. If you want to feel better about yourself and have fun at the same time, you can – without having to hit the gym. Grab some beads and string and melt away the tension as you create a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one.


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