About Me

Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself – and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character.

First-Best-Moment-Award-WinnerAbout me: I worked on behalf of Senior Citizens for just under 20 years. I am now in that category so I guess one could say that I can clearly relate.  The main focus of my adult work life has been as an advocate for vulnerable adults in long-term care (LTC) facilities.  Additionally, having been the primary caregiver for my father who died from Alzheimer’s in 2007, I cherished my role as an Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group Facilitator where I guided families through the difficult process of caring for their loved ones with dementia. One of my newest roles is as a grandmother; I am affectionally called Grammo, by my grandson and my granddaughter.

Since 2013, I have written two novels, one of which, REQUIEM FOR THE STATUS QUO was published July of 2017. My page Irene the Novelist will provide greater details about my novel writing exploits. I also have a Byline in the online publication, Grandparents Day Magazine, called In Your Corner.

Very Inspiring Blogger AwardThis blog’s nitty-gritty: This blog first started out with an emphasis on the Baby Boomer generation (1946-1964) but has morphed into a blog for everyone, as I explained on my first post of 2017. Let’s face it, the struggles or victories you face now, or will someday face, aren’t all that different from those experienced by those younger or older than you.  Your experiences may look a bit different from those of others, but their foundation is the same.

Wouldn’t you rather face life with the beneficial wisdom that others have gleaned from their complementary life experiences than be alone on your journey?

That is my hope.  That is why I’m here.  I hope you’ll follow my blog and contribute to its content by posting comments from which all of us can benefit.  Your viewpoints and experiences matter to me.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.

Versatile Blogger AwardLiving: the ultimate team sport author, Irene in Redmond, Washington, also known as Boomer 98053.

9 thoughts on “About Me

    laura bruno lilly said:
    August 25, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I found you via Jill’s blog…am following! I am a boomer who is right smack dab in the middle of those years (1954). Both folks are gone now, and most of their generation of family…sigh. Dad was 93 when he passed last year.
    take care


      Irene Olson responded:
      August 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I am so pleased to meet you, Laura. I was born in 1953 so we are, basically, the same age. Bless you abundantly.

      Liked by 1 person

    Mark Subel said:
    January 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Irene,

    I stumbled upon your post, “Grandparents Are Cooler Than You Think” (https://babyboomersandmore.com/2014/06/04/grandparents-are-cooler-than-you-think/) and thought you’d enjoy our latest blog post about the reasons why grandparents are so much cooler than we are.

    From making from-scratch meals to wearing the hippest “vintage” styles, this post shows that what’s considered trendy and cool nowadays was already implemented by our grandparents when they were our age: http://crestleaf.com/blog/10-reasons-grandparents-already-cooler/

    About us: With over 90 Million family records in the United States alone, Crestleaf.com is a leading provider of free genealogy information and free online collaboration tool for families to document their family history – create family trees, digitally preserve family photos, documents and oral traditions.

    I’d love to hear what you think and if you’d be interested in sharing the post with your blog readers or social followers.

    Kind Regards,
    Mark Subel
    Chief Digital Officer


    kendallyon said:
    October 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for your intelligent and informative blog, Irene. Some of your blog entries resonate deeply with me and I like that you don’t mince words!


    letstalkaboutfamily said:
    March 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I just discovered your blog. Having lived in Washington for many years, I find the articles in the Seattle Times very interesting too. I am a caregiver for my dad with Alzheimer’s though he does live in an assisted living facility. Thanks for your interesting blog.


    Lark Elizabeth Kirkwood said:
    November 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Your blog is looking really GOOD!!!!!


      boomer98053 said:
      November 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      It took me awhile to personalize my Blog. The photo on top is one I took while in Tampa, FL a few years ago while on business w/my husband. The photo shows a portion of the glass mural outside of the Children’s Museum. I keep finding new tools w/in WordPress. I’m impressed with the WordPress Blog engine which was recommended by my brother and my daughter.


    boomer98053 said:
    November 13, 2011 at 8:14 am

    One thing is for sure Mike, although I’m not an expert, I sincerely value the opportunity to contribute some sort of wisdom to our aging population – which is everyone who’s still drawing a breath! I hope other people will submit comments/suggestions to benefit the rest of us. We’re all taking it one day at a time, aren’t we? And we’re more or less creating the play book that will get us through the challenges.


    Mike Taylor said:
    November 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Irene, this is fantastic. I can’t wait to spend more time on it and read every word. This is a gift for so many people
    God Bless You
    Mike Taylor


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