May 272015
 

When we love someone, and we see her or him slipping away from us (physically or mentally), it can be so hard.  It can leave you feeling helpless, and often, angry.

If your mother or father ever suffered or suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know how hard it can be to have conversations.  Their reality is not the same as yours, and the challenge of trying to adjust to that on the spot can be hard for many adult children.

I’ve been there.

When my mother’s mind began to fade, she was convinced another woman lived in the house and the clothes in a particular closet were evidence of this.  She also would become angry and want to know why I had not come home from school on time (I was fully grown).  Many times, she was convinced she saw her mother in the room (her mother had died many, many years before).

It hurt and confused my father, and could make him angry.  It frightened some people.  And while it could break my heart, I learned a very valuable lesson about communicating with someone with memory challenges..

Don’t argue.

PICT2068It’s hard for many adult children to accept this.  They feel it’s their duty to correct Dad when he says he has to get back with the squadron before it takes off.  Or remind Mom that Dad is no longer alive and she shouldn’t set an extra place for him.  Or stubbornly demand a parent remember everything correctly when the simple medical fact is, they can’t.   You do.  But they don’t.

So why argue?

If it brings an elderly person happiness to imagine they are once again young and free, why bring them out of that?  If all your mother or father has left is the life they live in their minds, because physically they can no longer garden, run, travel, cook, or repair the car, why not let them have those moments of peace?  And if your parent is upset about something that just isn’t true (such as how he or she needs to go to the bus stop right now and go home), instead of arguing, why not just redirect the conversation into a more pleasurable topic?   The less agitation, the better.  At least that’s what I found.

So many times, an adult child visits a parent in assisted living or memory care and finds out Mom has a new “boyfriend” who lives down the hall.  This is often quite upsetting to the adult child, who feels he or she is betraying the dead parent.

Take a moment.  Relax the tension.  Breathe.  And think about it. Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

May 272015
 

1232754407WAX324Learning how to drive is extremely important as driving is one of those skills that you will have to use for, basically, the rest of your life. This is why it is extremely important that you have a reliable and well experienced teacher that can show you all the important details and things that you must know related to car driving. This also means that the driving school that you choose can really affect your driving learning process to a great degree. Here are some important things that you should know about choosing a good driving school.

Price

One of the most important things that you should consider is the overall cost of the whole teaching process. Not all schools have the same set of prices and you will often find that seemingly every single driving school has some distinct way of charging you for a variety of different services. Therefore, compare the driving lessons price. Make sure that you find the one that you can actually pay and one that won’t ruin your budget. While expensive schools often come with more expensive cars and better hands on service like driving polygons and similar, the cheaper schools can teach you to drive just as well. While this does not mean that you should just choose the cheapest school, you will notice that there really is not a lot of difference between what expensive and cheap schools teach you.

Lesson Plans

One of the most important factors in deciding which school to choose is the way they shape their courses. What sort of things will you study in their classes, how many classes, and what sort of practical knowledge will you receive from all this. These are the things that you have to know, and asking for a clear lesson plan in advance is a good way to see what your new potential school is all about. If the school doesn’t have such plans, maybe it’s time to look somewhere else.images (1)

Staff Experience

This is one of the most important, if not the most important, factor in the whole decision process. You will definitely want to learn how to drive from a person who has a lot of experience in doing this sort of thing. While knowledge is a great thing, learning how to drive is something that you will master behind the wheel and this is where you want somebody who is really good at it, to help you out. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

May 252015
 

Nobody likes to talk about being scared.  Is that because we don’t think we are supposed to be scared anymore, now that we’re all grown up?

When we were little, it was okay to admit something might be hiding underneath the bed.  Or the Ferris wheel was just a bit too high for our liking.  Or that weird-looking insect that just jumped on our leg made us feel uneasy.

But what about now?  Especially since as boomers and beyond, our fears are usually a whole lot more menacing….

Cancer.  Bankruptcy.  Losing a spouse.  Surgery.  No retirement fund.  Nephews, nieces, and grandchildren serving in combat.  

Dying.

JOd4DPGLThifgf38Lpgj_IMGI doubt if anyone enjoys being scared, but I can’t believe we don’t all share that emotion from time to time.  And it’s sneaky.  We think we’re mad because the traffic is slow, or the dog just ate the newspaper, or our boss just asked us to do the impossible.  When really, deep down, we’re afraid.

Afraid we can’t handle it.  Afraid we’ll look bad.  Afraid we’ll fail. Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

May 232015
 

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About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination! http://dm-treasures.biz

May 232015
 

More than 60% of women in their fifties and sixties are sexually active, and they can face sexual health challenges due to menopause. One of the most important issues is called postmenopausal vaginal atrophy, or more commonly, vaginal dryness, which can lead to painful sex. This is due to the physiological changes of menopause and the loss of estrogen. Nothing reduces libido more than painful sex!

Women have choices when dealing with painful sex due to menopausal dryness. Vaginal lubricants and moisturizers can help improve the discomfort, but only estrogen can restore health to the vaginal tissue. Hormone therapy can be used systemically, which means that your whole body is exposed to the hormones, or locally, which means only your vagina and bladder get the attention they deserve!

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About Dr. Tara Allmen

Dr. Tara Allmen is one of America’s leading experts in menopausal medicine. She is a Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner and highly respected in the medical community. Inspired to reach millions of American women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information that can help them, Dr. Allmen has appeared numerous times on local and national television, created an extensive library of video information available on this website, and the DVD “Menopause in an Hour.” A graduate of New York’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Allmen started her professional career in a private obstetrical practice but ultimately decided to follow her passion for menopausal medicine. She joined Columbia Presbyterian’s Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health in 1999, focusing her practice on perimenopause and menopause. Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country on menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, both in the United States and internationally. Dr Allmen is also the founder and director of The Allmen Foundation, a non-profit organization that primarily supports organizations working in the areas of women’s health, childhood education and animal welfare. The North American Menopause Society, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to menopausal women’s health, refers to Dr. Allmen as a “Visionary” contributor. Having identified the frustrations of many women regarding getting objective, scientifically-based advice on menopause or access to professionals who specialize in menopausal medicine, Dr. Allmen created Menopause in an Hour. Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence M. Kimmel, their two children, and a small dog named Sadie. Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist National Certified Menopause Practitioner Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. Oz Show Medical Advisory Board CEO, The Allmen Foundation Wife, Mother and Friend

May 222015
 

It’s really important for women in their 40’s to start getting the correct information as they enter perimenopause and move toward menopause. The reason it’s so important is because menopause is a time when women start facing some significant health issues like heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer, among others. Perimenopause gives women an opportunity to start making better health decisions and lifestyle choices which will definitely impact the rest of their lives for the better.

Here is a link to a short list of tests and procedures that it is generally agreed women may need over the age of 40.

Now off you go. Today really is the first day of the rest of your healthy life!

About Dr. Tara Allmen

Dr. Tara Allmen is one of America’s leading experts in menopausal medicine. She is a Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner and highly respected in the medical community. Inspired to reach millions of American women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information that can help them, Dr. Allmen has appeared numerous times on local and national television, created an extensive library of video information available on this website, and the DVD “Menopause in an Hour.” A graduate of New York’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Allmen started her professional career in a private obstetrical practice but ultimately decided to follow her passion for menopausal medicine. She joined Columbia Presbyterian’s Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health in 1999, focusing her practice on perimenopause and menopause. Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country on menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, both in the United States and internationally. Dr Allmen is also the founder and director of The Allmen Foundation, a non-profit organization that primarily supports organizations working in the areas of women’s health, childhood education and animal welfare. The North American Menopause Society, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to menopausal women’s health, refers to Dr. Allmen as a “Visionary” contributor. Having identified the frustrations of many women regarding getting objective, scientifically-based advice on menopause or access to professionals who specialize in menopausal medicine, Dr. Allmen created Menopause in an Hour. Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence M. Kimmel, their two children, and a small dog named Sadie. Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist National Certified Menopause Practitioner Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. Oz Show Medical Advisory Board CEO, The Allmen Foundation Wife, Mother and Friend

May 212015
 

brand-marketingIn today’s business world the word brand is exploited to the degree where it is becoming increasingly difficult to define it without giving it some very broad meaning. We shouldn’t try to do that either, because branding includes every single touch point between you and your customer, so it really demands the broadest possible interpretation. Branding happens all the time, whether we are in charge or leaving branding process to others. The logical conclusion would then be, given the circumstances, that we should take a proactive stance and give our brand a push in the right direction. We will have to fight that battle on two fronts – in our real world and online. Here we will give you some advantages and disadvantages of both ways, and a few hints on how to get the most from each.

Online branding

We will start with online branding because it’s really a no-brainer.  Building your brand online exposes you to an enormous number of people (30% of the world population and 70% of Western European’s) in a very cost-efficient way. There is even a number of ways to promote your brand online that is completely free. When you compare this with such examples of traditional branding as trade shows, you will see the obvious benefits. It is also worth mentioning that online branding psychology can be highly individualized with the addition of appealing graphic design, interactive social media tools, and superior textual content. Changes in marketing strategy can be made on the go and you can easily monitor how your efforts are doing, what works and what does not, and then make the changes accordingly.images (1) Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

May 202015
 

If you’re an average human being – like myself – then you probably don’t worry about things like falling down or wandering, in fact, you might even look forward to the latter. Yet as we age these become serious risks and potentially life-threatening.

The Dangers of Wandering

The dangers of wandering are manifold. Your elder may find themselves in a foreign part of the city and not know how to get home. Worse, they may not have brought their phone with them – as many wandering elders are wont to do.

Even more dangerous – and these type of stories are commonplace in the senior living industry – seniors may be picked up by police some hundred miles away from their home.

The risks are real and especially for elders who can drive because there is no telling where they’ll end up.

Of course, a simple solution would be to take away your parents’ keys as a sort of wandering deterrent, but you don’t want to take away your parents freedom willy-nilly. The simplest solution is not always the best, so if you fear that your elder may wander or is wandering, here are some clear cut signs they’re at risk. Continue reading »

About Derek Hobson

Derek Hobson is a writer and educated humorist based in Seattle, WA. If laughter is the best medicine, he fancies himself a pharmacist.

May 192015
 

image 6Losing weight is never an easy thing to do, and you will often have to invest a lot of time and effort in not only losing the extra weight, but also keeping it away. While constant workouts and diets are an important thing in every weight loss undertaking, there are also various herbal remedies that can help you out as well. Here are some that you may want to think about if you plan on losing some weight.

Green Tea

As one of the most popular teas that you can get, green tea is among the well-known herbal remedies for a number of health issues. One important aspect which you should be aware of is that it can help you out with weight loss as well. As most green tea comes with compound called catechin, this unique tea will allow you to lose weight a lot faster. This particular antioxidant compound will speed up your metabolism and allow you to process food at a faster rate, and burn off the fat as well.

Ginseng

Probably one of the most important herbs that can help you lose extra weight, Ginseng is immensely valuable. With Ginseng in your diet you will be able to boost the energy levels that most diets take away from you, and it will also speed up your metabolism, therefore increasing the rate at which your body burns off the extra fat.

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This amazing spice can be found in a wide range of delicacies and desserts, but apart from having that amazing taste, it can also help you to lose weight. Cinnamon is known to reduce the blood sugar levels and is a great herb choice for people with diabetes and various other problems that involve sugar blood levels. This amazing spice can also speed up metabolism and help you get rid of that extra fat that you want to lose. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

May 182015
 

If you are planning to give a makeover to your bedroom, after the bed and room decor, changing the wardrobe would probably be your next move. Usually, people get confused on whether to go for hinged wardrobes or sliding door wardrobes. Well, although both have their own advantages, sliding door wardrobes win the contest if your bedroom is not very spacious. Moreover, these are stylish, come in numerous designs and colors and are an ideal fit for virtually any kind of room. Have a look at the following top 5 benefits of sliding door wardrobes:

Sliding Door Wardrobes

  • Space Saving: Sliding door wardrobes don’t take up the room space because the doors don’t extend outwards like hinged wardrobes. Therefore, it is a perfect option for you if room size is a problem. Even if not, you can use that extra space to add some decorative items.

  • Personalizing Options: These wardrobes come in almost every shape and size, with a wide range of styling and personalization options to match the entire space. You can personalize the colors and finishes of the tracks and panels with patterned and colored glass, different styles of trim and a range of materials such as wood effect panels, decorative mirrors, and frosted glass or colored glass.

  • Versatile: These wardrobes are not limited only to the bedroom. You can even use them in your living room to store things like DVDs, shoes, board games, books, additional cushions, throw-overs and others. A sliding door wardrobe with a mirror can be used for dance practice sessions, exercising and dressing.

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May 152015
 

Perimenopause and menopause are very confusing times, so it is very important to find the right menopause expert to help you make the best health and wellness decisions for you.

It is time to graduate from your beloved obstetrician’s office and find an expert in midlife women’s health. You already know this, I am sure. Being in an office with young, pregnant women is simply not the place for you any longer.

The North American Menopause Society’s website menopause.org is the place to go in order to find the most scientifically accurate and current information on this topic. Type in your zip code and you will find a menopause expert with the NCMP credential (Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner) right in your own neck of the woods.

About Dr. Tara Allmen

Dr. Tara Allmen is one of America’s leading experts in menopausal medicine. She is a Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner and highly respected in the medical community. Inspired to reach millions of American women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information that can help them, Dr. Allmen has appeared numerous times on local and national television, created an extensive library of video information available on this website, and the DVD “Menopause in an Hour.” A graduate of New York’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Allmen started her professional career in a private obstetrical practice but ultimately decided to follow her passion for menopausal medicine. She joined Columbia Presbyterian’s Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health in 1999, focusing her practice on perimenopause and menopause. Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country on menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, both in the United States and internationally. Dr Allmen is also the founder and director of The Allmen Foundation, a non-profit organization that primarily supports organizations working in the areas of women’s health, childhood education and animal welfare. The North American Menopause Society, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to menopausal women’s health, refers to Dr. Allmen as a “Visionary” contributor. Having identified the frustrations of many women regarding getting objective, scientifically-based advice on menopause or access to professionals who specialize in menopausal medicine, Dr. Allmen created Menopause in an Hour. Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence M. Kimmel, their two children, and a small dog named Sadie. Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist National Certified Menopause Practitioner Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. Oz Show Medical Advisory Board CEO, The Allmen Foundation Wife, Mother and Friend

May 142015
 

Each woman’s menopause experience is different. What is important to remember is that menopause is a normal, natural event – not a disease! It is defined as the final menstrual period and is usually confirmed when a woman has missed her menstrual cycle for 12 months in a row What that means is that our ovaries are done doing their job of making estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. We should all thank our ovaries for their excellent service!

Many of the symptoms associated with menopause – hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and mood swings – actually begin during perimenopause. Perimenopause is the period of transition between our reproductive years and menopause. This transition generally lasts 4 – 8 years and is marked by pronounced changes in the menstrual cycle until, gradually, it stops completely. That is when menopause begins.

For all women over 40, this is an important time to start paying close attention to your physical health and the messages your body is sending.

The North American Menopause Society is a great resource for all things perimenopause and menopause – information, facts and support. Check out their “Are We There Yet?” guided tour to start navigating your way through your journey.

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About Dr. Tara Allmen

Dr. Tara Allmen is one of America’s leading experts in menopausal medicine. She is a Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner and highly respected in the medical community. Inspired to reach millions of American women over the age of 40 with accurate scientific information that can help them, Dr. Allmen has appeared numerous times on local and national television, created an extensive library of video information available on this website, and the DVD “Menopause in an Hour.” A graduate of New York’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Allmen started her professional career in a private obstetrical practice but ultimately decided to follow her passion for menopausal medicine. She joined Columbia Presbyterian’s Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health in 1999, focusing her practice on perimenopause and menopause. Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country on menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, both in the United States and internationally. Dr Allmen is also the founder and director of The Allmen Foundation, a non-profit organization that primarily supports organizations working in the areas of women’s health, childhood education and animal welfare. The North American Menopause Society, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to menopausal women’s health, refers to Dr. Allmen as a “Visionary” contributor. Having identified the frustrations of many women regarding getting objective, scientifically-based advice on menopause or access to professionals who specialize in menopausal medicine, Dr. Allmen created Menopause in an Hour. Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence M. Kimmel, their two children, and a small dog named Sadie. Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist National Certified Menopause Practitioner Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. Oz Show Medical Advisory Board CEO, The Allmen Foundation Wife, Mother and Friend

May 132015
 

business-problem-analysisOwning a business means taking care of many things – and not just the services your company provides. Having a company means distributing assets to different sectors, and this has to be taken care of with special care. With the slow recovery from the world economic crisis, one must watch where every penny goes, in order to prevent it from being lost. Of course, this does not mean watching every penny; rather it means trimming costs and finding ways in which you can reduce your company’s business expenses in order to improve overall profitability. Especially with a growing market and with new competitors popping up every day. In the following few paragraphs you will find different techniques that will help you in cutting the costs of your business without impacting the ability to provide good service to your customers.

  1. Analyse expenses

The first step in cutting your business costs is to make an analysis of your general expenses. This can be achieved by analyzing financial ratios and taking cost-cutting measures. For example, you can easily eliminate some things at your company without making a negative impact on the business, such as unnecessary benefit purchases. Instead of buying candy bars or doughnuts or any other type of incentive every week, you can invest into less expensive rewards which will increase effective work, such as points for a job well done. Introduce a grading system in which everyone who does their job on time or ahead of schedule can collect points for an  ‘employee of the month’ reward. In this way, you will create a healthy competition and get the the results you want without having to spend more than needed.

  1. Evaluate staffing costs

In many small-size companies, a lot of fixed assets go into employee wages and working benefits. So, instead of laying people off, you should evaluate the cost of your workforce and evaluate the effectiveness of money spent on wages and benefits. For example, if an employee gets a regular bonus even if missing deadlines or missing meetings, you should think twice about continuing their bonus in the future. You can achieve considerable reduction of costs if you reduce the benefits package and start paying for the real value of your workforce.problem-449361_640 Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

May 082015
 

downloadThere are few places that can attract new customers and clients to your business like trade shows. Most people that would ordinarily never come into contact with your business can suddenly find something interesting at your stand. This is why trade shows are an important part of every business marketing strategy. These places can not only allow you to increase your pool of standard customers but also help you attract partners and big clients which can really help your business. In order to really make the most out of these events, here are some ideas that you can look into.

Make It Big Make It Loud

By far the most important factor in any trade show is how well you can attract your clients and customers, and the best way to do that is to make your stand really stand out. Make the thing as big and as loud as possible. Don’t worry about looking out of place, as all your competition will do the same.  Make your stand flashy and attractive. It is in people’s nature to want to check out popular places with lots of other people and you should exploit this as much as possible.

Free Stuff

Nothing screams trade show like free stuff, and you will want to provide as much of this as possible. Not only will people like the idea of getting something free but you will get a lot of moving advertisements all over the trade shop. Big bags with your logo, shirts, key chains and similar items can often attract other people to visit your stand and ask about your business.

Massive Discounts

Trade shows are great for attracting new business and by far one of the best ways to do that is to offer discounts while you are there. This will often make the clients and customers get into business with you for the sake of saving some money in the beginning. From this point, it will become a lot easier to turn them into returning customers.

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About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

May 052015
 

Steve Jobs famously presented the advice “connect the dots” in his Stanford Commencement speech in 2005. Life happens spontaneously… but when you reflect, you can see how you’ve come to be at this seemingly random outpost in life.

In life, I’m on my way to becoming a father, I’m not a parent yet and we’re not pregnant, but we’re doing the research and tracking the ovulation cycle. As I educate myself, I’m starting to see the parallels between raising a child and care-giving for a senior.  If you’re raising a child right, then you’re not babying them, but inviting them to learn. It’s essential for them to be independent so that, at 18, they don’t need your help to cross the street.

An article my wife passed along to me was about just that methodology: babying vs learning.

The author never babies her child. Instead, when her child needs help crossing a creek, she invites a learning experience. Rather than pick up her daughter and cross, she says, “I know you can do this, can you think of a way?” She finds the opportunity to stimulate thought. It signifies approval and creates a challenge for the child to do more; think more.

Where do the dots connect with seniors? When I was a teenager, I became one of my grandmother’s caregivers because she was suffering from dementia and in dire need of help — something I was wildly unprepared for.

I was barely able to take care of myself, let alone someone else. Yet there I was, one of the last lines of defense to prevent my grandmother from going to a nursing home. I was often tasked with fetching my grandmother’s medicines from the pharmacy and helping her to doctor’s appointments — I was the caregiver chauffeur.

One moment I’ll never forget was when we left a doctor’s appointment. This was probably my third or fourth run and I was fed up. I was impatient. Rather than totter along at a snail’s pace, I asked one of the nurse’s if I could borrow a wheelchair. They obliged. This marks one of my most profound regrets. Continue reading »

About Derek Hobson

Derek Hobson is a writer and educated humorist based in Seattle, WA. If laughter is the best medicine, he fancies himself a pharmacist.

May 042015
 

http://ellendolgen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/EllenJack.jpgI am in the menopause business. No, this was not my major in college. This is my encore career! My husband has nicknamed me the “Vagina Whisperer.”

Menopause education is my mission. Spurred by my own experience struggling with the symptoms of menopause, I have devoted the last ten years of my life to helping other women during this often difficult time. I am not a doctor or scientist, but I have “talked the talk” with countless menopause experts, so that I can “walk the menopause walk” with you and share the keys to this menopause kingdom.

Together with my son, Jack, we have created a FREE eBook, MENOPAUSE MONDAYS The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause, a comprehensive guide to all things menopause—the symptoms, treatments, and long-range effects on a woman’s health.

Presented in an entertaining and informative way, we share information and expertise from numerous specialists, replacing the confusion and embarrassment so often experienced with medically sound solutions. You’ll find detailed descriptions and treatments for the symptoms you or your loved one may experience, from hot flashes and mood swings to mental fogginess and loss of libido, and lots more in between.

In addition to sharing the latest research and proven treatments, you will find tips on how to find a menopause specialist who’s right for you, and a clear explanation of what tests to ask for. You’ll also learn about the latest studies on hormone replacement as well as alternative therapies and remedies. Finally, we share the real-life experiences of women—and those who love them—as they traverse the crazy ups and downs of perimenopause and menopause.

The FREE eBook format will allow us to periodically do updates with the latest studies and information.  In that sense, it will be a living text that grows as the information grows.

Help me with my mission! Spread the word!

 

Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!

May 012015
 

Spring is a real party season. Graduations, birthdays, baby showers, and hen & groom parties all around us are just a tiny segment of everything that happens during this great season. Therefore, if you’re planning to throw a party, you should definitely do that in spring. What makes spring special is the mild and pleasant weather that enables us to throw outdoor parties. If you have always wanted to plan a flawless garden party, but you’re not sure how to do that, maybe these simple tips would help you. Enjoy!

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Set Your Budget

Planning an outdoor party might be quite a complex endeavor. That’s why you should plan everything in advance, starting with your budget. By setting the budget, you will be able to make a guest list, choose outdoor furniture, settings, and food with ease. Therefore, once you set your budget, you need to stick to it and avoid exceeding it.

Guest List and Invitations

Making a guest list is probably the most frustrating step because you need to have a perfect balance between how many people you want to invite, and how many you can invite, given your budget or space limits. Also, you need to make sure that you invited all the guests you were supposed to, as well as setting a date that suits most of them. That’s exactly why you need to send the invitations ahead of time. For example, if you are throwing a birthday party, you should send out invitations at least three weeks before hand, whereas the invitations for a bridal shower need to be sent out about six months in advance.

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About Lillian Connors

Lillian Connors is an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast keen on doing various DIY projects in and around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely cooperating with numerous businesses from all over the globe.

Apr 252015
 

Painting concrete surfaces is different than coating a drywall. Not only does it take more time, skill and tools, but the preparation procedure is more complex. These steps should explain what it takes to paint concrete and how to do it.

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Introduction

Sometimes you need to paint the concrete surfaces in your house, for example in a laundry room, or if you are furnishing an entertainment room in your basement. The thing with concrete is that painting it is much trickier than painting other surfaces for many reasons. Concrete breathes, transports moisture and most importantly, it sucks up paint. In addition, unlike painting drywall surfaces, which can be finished in a day or two, painting concrete can take a week or longer.

Cleaning

The porous structure of a concrete surface often contains dirt, grease or oil, which means that it needs a thorough cleaning before painting. There are many concrete cleaning products, some of them are based on trisodium phosphate, and there are even some eco-friendly ones. If you need to paint an outdoor surface, be sure to rip off all the vines or moss growing on it. You can use a pressure hose to remove the remaining dirt and vegetation. Outdoor concrete surfaces sometimes may develop efflorescence. It is a white powder layer caused by water crystallization from salts to the atmosphere. Remove it with a concrete cleaner or phosphoric acid masonry cleaner.

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Removing Old Paint

The old peeling or blistering coat of paint can be stripped with a wire brush and a paint scraper, with a generous amount of elbow grease, if the surface is indoors. Outdoor paint can be removed effectively using a power washer, which can be rented. Continue reading »

About Lillian Connors

Lillian Connors is an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast keen on doing various DIY projects in and around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely cooperating with numerous businesses from all over the globe.

Apr 252015
 

imagesIn the fast-paced business world of today the application of new technologies is crucial for sustainable growth. The cloud refers to a service or software for file storage, sharing, backup and other utility computing. It has a centralized location on the internet which is used to access data remotely. It offers the means to remain competitive by cutting costs and increasing productivity. This affordable, expansive platform is reshaping small businesses around the globe.  Considering the lousy state of the economy, it could be the high time to save some money and make a transition to cloud computing.

What is the cloud exactly?

Think of it as a web-based external hard drive, a shared pool of computing resources.   So bid farewell to your clunky home-based hardware. Physical file storage at home is more expensive, and by reducing the costs, many small businesses find a way to grow faster. Even non-technical businesses can benefit a great deal, because cloud computing doesn’t require advance technical expertise. You can do more with less.

Don’t despair if your computer pays the ultimate price and crashes.  You can still have an access to your documents on the cloud.  The cloud is an excellent data backup solution that will spare you the disaster recovery heartaches. Files are accessible anytime, and from any device at any location. You can utilize it for email communication, online banking, accounting, virus protection or social media.????????????????????????????????????????

Sharing the data works like clockwork, whether your staff is packed in one office or scattered across the globe. All files are in one central location, so all company members know where to find the necessary data. It is not trapped on one computer that is only accessible locally anymore.  That way you can create a functional mobile office. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Apr 242015
 

Are you feeling lonely?

Or are you enjoying solitude?

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Interesting that a situation can be both for some of us, especially as we grow older and friends or family members move away, or die, leaving us to feel the loss of their companionship and support.

Yet we can feel alone without feeling lonely. And we can definitely feel very lonely even in the midst of a crowd.

Theologian, professor and thinker Paul Tillich spent a lot of time pondering what it means to be alone and/or lonely.

In “The Eternal Now”, he writes: “Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man’s being alone. It has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone…”

Tillich goes on to discuss the many ways in which solitude can serve our souls. “Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude…”We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea…. Solitude can also be found in the reading of poetry, in listening to music, in looking at pictures, and in sincere thoughtfulness. We are alone…but we are not lonely.   Solitude protects us without isolating us. But life calls us back to its empty talk and the unavoidable demands of daily routine….”

Does “life call us back,” or is it that the world we have created for ourselves won’t let us be silent for a moment, much less alone? Cell phones. Texting. Emails. Meet-up groups. Online dating. Conference calls. Even church. While all can enhance our lives, are they sometimes robbing us of the solitude we each need to keep our balance? Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

Apr 232015
 

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The movie American Graffiti asked us that question many years ago, bringing back memories of great cars, greasy hair, and rock and roll.  We boomers love to be nostalgic, and who can blame us?

A lot of significant events have taken place during our lives that shaped American culture.

In his book Boomers Rock Again”, author Sanford Holst looks at the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, focusing mainly on some of the remarkable people who grew up among us—77 of them to be exact. He also showcases some of the events, movies, television shows, music and more from our favorite era.

Here’s a few tidbits from Holst’s book that might surprise you:

  • Pat Benatar’s first job was a bank teller.
  • Richard Branson’s headmaster predicted he would either end up in prison, or become a millionaire.
  • Sandra Bullock was a cheerleader.
  • George Clooney tried out for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Richard Gere was awarded a gymnastics scholarship for college but turned it down.
  • Samuel L. Jackson was active in Civil Rights protests in the late 1960s.
  • Liam Neeson took up boxing at the age of nine.
  • Denzel Washington played basketball for Fordham University.

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About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

How To Spot A Roofing Scam

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Apr 212015
 

Spring is a busy time for roofers. Many homeowners are getting their roofs inspected to get them in top shape for the rainy season. Spring is also a season that sees a lot of harsh weather in some climates so roofers are often kept pretty busy with repairs. A good roofer with availability can be hard to come by in the spring and roofing scammers are counting on that. Unfortunately for roofers who work hard for a good reputation, there are those who damage that reputation by offering their services when they are not qualified to do so. Here are some tips for spotting a roofing scam this spring.

Be wary of cold calling

As already mentioned, the spring is typically a busy time for roofers, especially roofers who have an established reputation in the community. The best roofers are not usually hurting for business and therefore they don’t usually have to resort to going door-to-door to drum up business. As a general rule, you should be wary of any roofer who comes knocking on your door offering their services.

Check with the Better Business Bureau

Homeowners are understandably in a hurry when roofing troubles are involved. They’re anxious to get their roof back to the way it was before it was damaged. But that doesn’t mean that they should cut corners and hire a contractor without doing their homework first. One of the best resources for vetting a roofing contractor is the Better Business Bureau which keeps tabs on local businesses. They keep a record of complaints brought against companies and whether or not those complaints were resolved. If a business has a large number of unresolved complaints, look for a different contractor. Continue reading »

Apr 202015
 

An average lifespan of a shipping container is 5 years. Their afterlife can be described as years sitting around at shipyards, waiting to be scrapped. In the last few years, we have seen a rising trend of reusing these sturdy structures for a number of purposes. Built for rough handling at ports and high seas, they can be easily modified into almost any kind of construction, thanks to their frame which allows them to be stacked one upon another or in a cross pattern. They are beginning a new life as a part of homes, bars and restaurants, and even hotels and art installations.

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The guiding requirement for a cargo container is to be spacious. This feature has made them almost ideal for housing purposes. Their application varies from compact disaster relief shelters to full sized family homes made of stacked containers. Some designers even went one step further and created complexes of small container apartments like Container City in London, which is made of container component pieces. These houses are easy to move, taker up a little space and are often provided with a full length glass wall, which acts as sliding doors.

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Hotels

The same logic that created futuristic apartment complexes gave birth to some of the most interesting and unusual container hotels. Cargo units are perfect for this purpose, as each container serves as a separate living space. Their corrugated steel design is free from mold, rodents and termites. Not unlike building blocks, containers can be stacked to staggering heights and the construction companies say that building a container hotel is 25% faster and 10% cheaper than a conventional one. There are even projects to stack abandoned oil rigs with containers and transform them into luxury ocean resorts. Continue reading »

About Lillian Connors

Lillian Connors is an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast keen on doing various DIY projects in and around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely cooperating with numerous businesses from all over the globe.

Apr 182015
 

You may have experience in decorating a house and you may have knowledge regarding how to decorate a house, but when buying kid’s bedroom furniture in the UK, you may not be very confident. Decorating a kid’s bedroom is also a very tough job. The job is made easy by Blue Ocean Interiors because they have specially designed furniture for kids. They have many kinds of matching bedroom sets, children beds, wardrobes, bedside tables, chest of drawers, storage solutions, mattresses, and headboards for kids.

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You need to begin with good, solid kid’s furniture and the first thing which needs to be decided is the theme you will be using to decorate the bedroom. Then the colors are to be decided, whether to use dark or light colors for the kid’s bedroom furniture. Accessories are very important for as well, like bookcases and storage shelves. There are themes which are in trend these days like JCB range, speed racer, and racing car. If the child has some preferences parents should go with these preferences, even if you do not like the theme. Continue reading »

Apr 112015
 

Guest Author: Max Gottlieb

I work with an organization called Senior Planning and we provide free assistance to seniors and their families regarding elder care and housing options. We’re excited to announce the completion of a much-needed nation-wide resource. We’ve put together a comprehensive summary of state Medicaid programs for long term care. Each state has individual programs and eligibility requirements that many people are unaware of. Surprisingly, through months of research, we’ve discovered this type of resource does not exist anywhere else on the web.

Long term care is the term that states use to describe the type of care at a nursing home level of care. Depending on the state, patients can either receive services in their home or in a registered facility. A nursing home is usually the highest level of care someone can receive outside of a hospital. While nursing homes provide assistance with daily care, they are generally chosen as a living option because of the high level of medical care available. In order to be eligible for long term care benefits from the state, applicants must first be deemed eligible from a medical standpoint.

Before applicants are able to be considered for eligibility, however, they must first submit an application. Our hope in creating a nation-wide guide is that people will be more aware of their chances for acceptance before they apply. While our guide does not include every facet of every program, it is a great place to start. We recommend using the guide as a jumping-off point because a surprising number of people are not even aware these programs exist. Continue reading »