Something is wrong when I have spent the last twenty years trying to attract interest into the plight of the boomers in Australia and three years in NZ but without much success.
I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars directly using my money or through giving my time for free to ensure the issues facing Boomers is out there in the public.
I don't want a medal for it as it was my choice to do so but I am over the apathy shown by most as we are in trouble and it will only get worse if we don't start some major changes for Boomers.
We have few game plans for our future and we all are focused on the wrong issues. Many Boomers are still hell bent on just making retirement age but for what reason? To be eligible for $18 000 aged pension? Without proper planning you will be condemned to a life of financial misery.
Others are in a negative spiral over the results of their investments and government announcements in 2012 that superannuation will be tightened up and their will be less contributions from them. All of this as the share market wipes thousands of dollars from their investments and superannuation bottom line.
Amidst all the chaos, we are forgetting other issues like our health and fitness and our ability to be able to participate economically and socially into our eighties and nineties which is our life expectancy. Let's get excited about ageing and enjoy it.
I want a Maturelink office that deals with our issues and allows us to have access to resources and information relevant to us so we can train, retrain and reinvent ourselves.
I would also like to think that we can take control of our retirement years through Boomerang Centres that run activities for Boomers and planned by Boomers.
I am actively seeking that assistance from government and other sources so if you share my vision of assisting and supporting over 50s to plan and live a better life and you can assist with funding then contact BONZA and let's talk as the issue needs leadership.
I want my generation to have a BONZA life!
Brian Murphy Editor - Let’s have a BONZA life!! _____________________________________________________________
Moving Forward – A Presentation for All Generations by Brian Murphy (B. Ed, Dip. Teaching, Dip. Professional Counselling, Cert. IV Community Services, Cert. IV Training and Assessment, Cert 2 Security- Keynote Speaker)
Brian Murphy has a passion for life, his family and for his generation, the BabyBoomers. He feels strongly that governments at all levels are failing to adequately address the needs of the Boomer generation and the impact their impending retirement from the workforce in vast numbers will have on the economy and society in general.
Since 1998 he has addressed these issues with BabyBoomers at venues across NZ and Australia by presenting to them a well balanced information session on the pitfalls of an Ageing Australia and NZ and how they can plan individually for their future.
Brian is from a working class background and grew up in an inner Brisbane suburb. He received a life education after leaving school early and grafting hard for a living, bringing up a family and struggling to make ends meet. Realising the importance of a formal education for his family and for himself, he studied hard at night school and university and made sure his children also received a strong education.
Brian has worked in the public and private sectors as a teacher, life educator, lecturer, a trained strategic planner and change agent. He owned the first Grey Army franchise but fell out with the founder so he founded Grey Skills in New Zealand, has worked as a personal advisor for Centrelink and as a coordinator for Epic Employment Services where he presented Moving Forward to clients and assists them with changing their lives and moving forward..
He has also run his own businesses as diverse as Grey Skills New Zealand and ‘Boots & All’ Magazine for the South Queensland Crushers formerly in the NRL.
He is the founder and editor of the BabyBoomer information website www.bonza.com.au (Babyboomers of NZ and Australia) and has organised Mature Age Expos at the Gold Coast TAFE and community centres and was guest presenter at Reinvent Your Career Expo at Southbank 2009/10.
This vast and varied life experience has equipped Brian with an armoury of skills. He is an incisive speaker with a passion backed by well-researched facts and data that presents the views of government, business and community organisations as well as his recommendations for all generations in dealing with the BabyBoomer phenomenon.
Brian wants to equip Boomers in particular with the skills necessary to tackle the extension of their careers, re-entry into the workforce and to prepare financially and mentally for A LONGER THAN PREDICTED retirement.
His PowerPoint presentation ‘Moving Forward- training,support and assistance for Over 50s' has evolved over the last decade and is a balanced presentation that constantly challenges generations, employers and groups to confront the Ageing Australia issues and deal with them as individuals by planning for their future.
Whether you represent employers who will have to deal with skill shortages and unmotivated mature age staff or job seekers who are unaware of the coming Ageing Australia issues or staff training groups that need to know why they must plan for their future or community groups who will play a major role in caring for an ageing society, his presentation will challenge you to start preparing now for this ageing tsunami and it can be adjusted to suit your needs.