Apr 192014
 

Guest Author: Ken Myers

Many of us from the Baby Boomer generation are finding that our roles have begun to change. I know not all of us grew up the same, but I do know that the times we grew up in were a much more care free time. We are part of a very blessed generation that generally always had plenty, but not so much that it spoiled us. We did not have the technology but we had wonderful times and memories that can not be replaced. 

I can not speak for everyone from the Baby Boomer generation, but I believe I speak for most in saying it was the best of times. Unless you were raised in a big city you probably have memories of doors that were never locked during the day. We did not have a million television stations and there were no video games so we spent most of our free time outside, and our dinner bell was the street lights. If our parents wanted us they whistled, and we were not allowed so far away that we could not hear that whistle unless we had prior permission. When we went trick or treating we got invited in for some real homemade treats like popcorn balls, homemade bread straight out of the oven with fresh butter, or a cauldron of yummy punch and fresh baked cookies. 

We also climbed trees, which is something most parents today put on the taboo list for their children, and yes, we did break bones. We had a wonderful time just being kids. In some places you could walk home from grade school for lunch, and they trusted you to get there, eat, and get back. There were all kinds of new and interesting candies coming out during our lifetime as well, ah, the candy. And our recycling consisted of taking back soda pop bottles for a nickel and then loading up on those two for a penny candies in the barrels at the five and dime stores, or the corner grocer. Our parents did make us brush our teeth often and we did require a regular visit to the dentist, but most made it through with all of their teeth intact.  Continue reading »

Apr 142014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgIf you’re smoking while you’re going through menopause, you may want to put down that cigarette. Almost every day, there are studies being released about what can happen to you if you smoke and are dealing with perimenopause or menopause. The information may help you quit smoking that much faster.

In a recent research study published online in the journal Menopause, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report the first evidence showing that smoking causes earlier signs of menopause. The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Perelman School of Medicine Translational and Clinical Research Center, and the Perelman School of Medicine Center of Excellence for Diversity.

In an announcement of the study’s findings, it was noted that although previous studies have shown smoking hastens menopause by approximately one to two years regardless of race or genetic background, this study is the first of its kind to demonstrate that genetic background is significantly associated with a further increased risk of menopause in some white women who smoke. In the case of heavy smokers, this can be up to nine years earlier than average in white women with certain genetic variations. Genetic variation refers to diversity in gene frequencies, and can refer to differences between individuals or to differences between populations. In this case, we’re talking about differences between individual women in the study. The genetic variants were present in 62 percent of white women in the study population. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgCelebrities and friends were shocked when L’Wren Scott, glamorous model-turned-designer girlfriend of Mick Jagger, committed suicide in her upscale New York apartment.   Once again, life is not always as it seems and fighting to maintain that illusion can be deadly, especially as women grow older.  Scott’s suicide, at the age of 49, is raising the question of whether undiagnosed menopausal depression played a role.  Although that is just a theory, experts now know that the risk of suicide increases dramatically as we cross the threshold of middle age.

Although there’s no definitive link between celebrity designer L’Wren Scott’s suicide and menopausal depression, the tragedy spurred a fellow celeb to hop on Twitter and get the conversation rolling about menopausal depression and whether women are really paying attention to the signs. Recently, a study by the CDC showed that suicides in middle-aged persons (ages 35-64) increased by 28% over a 10-year time frame.  It’s probably no coincidence that those high numbers reflect the transition of vibrant baby boomers into middle and older age.

If you really don’t feel like your “normal” self and are struggling to find any joy in your day, please take the time to be evaluated and treated by a knowledgeable doctor.  If these feelings of depression are happening in partnership with perimenopause or menopause, step back and take stock. It could be menopausal depression creeping in alongside the hot flashes and insomnia. Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 

In honor of National Public Health Week, Konsyl is running a promotion, and will be giving away a couple of prize packs (see the graphic below).  This runs from April 7th thru April 13th.  Check it out here!

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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

Mar 312014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgThe big “O” brings to mind mood music, our favorite lover, and moans of ecstasy. For those in menopause and postmenopause, the new “big O” can also bring to mind osteopenia or osteoporosis. You are probably familiar with osteoporosis, but may never have heard of osteopenia. Yet, according to the latest figures released by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 43 million Americans over 50 have osteopenia!

Osteopenia means low bone mass that places you at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. When it comes to your bones, being dense is a good thing. However, Dr. Diane Schneider, author of The Complete Book of Bone Health, explains, “A diagnosis of osteopenia doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop osteoporosis. Osteopenia is not a disease, either.”

Detecting osteopenia

So how do you gauge your bone density? There is a test for most everything and bone density is no exception. Bone density is determined via a bone scan or bone mineral density (BMD) test. The most common – and most accurate – test is a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan. Try saying that real fast! The bones in the spine, hip and sometimes the forearm are those most commonly tested. Continue reading »

Mar 282014
 

I was contacted regarding this product, and thought I would pass it on to you readers.

Shakespeare called memory “the warder of the brain.” Our brains are constantly being attacked by the stressors in our lives including environmental pollution, internal toxicity, emotional strain and a lack of proper diet and nutrients. SomaLife’s IQ150 product helps maintain optimum sustainability of the molecular environment of the brain, enabling us to retain our ability to think cognitively and improve our memories.

If you are interested, you can get a free sample for a minimal shipping fee of $1.98.  Here are the links:

United States

Canada

Here is some more detailed information from SomaLife:

Why I created IQ150 

In the past decade, two things occurred. One was a realization that with an aging population in all of the developed countries that cognitive decline and dementias would be on the increase. The other was an improved understanding of how this decline occurred and what might be done to slow or prevent it as well as help younger people to function better, with clarity and retention improvement being the objective.  Continue reading »

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

Mar 272014
 

March is almost over, but this is still good information!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and while it’s not the most glamorous topic, the disease claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year. To help spread awareness of colorectal cancer and educate people on how to reduce their risk of developing the disease, Konsyl Fiber will be running a month-long Facebook promotion. Each week, Konsyl will share a fact or tip on colorectal cancer and offer a prize to those who promise to make a healthy change in their lives, such as eating a fiber-full diet, getting exercise, and asking their doctor for regular screenings.  For a little more on Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month visit this website: http://www.ccalliance.org/ Konsyl’s Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/konsyl And to learn more about Konsyl’s fiber products, check out their website: http://www.konsyl.com

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

Mar 272014
 

There are a number of ways that you can use sandstone pavers externally, the most common being patios and pathways, but it is important that you have properly looked after them if you want them to remain attractive. The good news is that sandstone is actually a surface that is easy to care for, at least in comparison with some of the other pavers available, and maintenance will only cover a few simple steps.

  • Basic Cleaning
    You must make sure that you regularly sweep sandstone pavers and hose them off occasionally; this is generally all that is needed in order to keep them clean and well maintained. If you don’t, dirt particles can make their way into the pores of the stone and start to discolor it. Leaves that are left to sit on the surface, especially during wet weather, can also cause the surface to stain. You should also make sure that downspouts are directed away from the patio to avoid watermarks. Continue reading »
Mar 242014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAre you awake all night, and then dragging through the day with toothpicks holding up your eyelids? Then try not to snooze through this one. Sleeplessness can be a real problem for women going through menopause. In fact, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) lists trouble falling asleep as one of the five main symptoms of menopause. I, suddenly, without any notice, was not sleeping beauty, once perimenopause hit my life!

The Menopause Sleepless Society is a BIG club, Ladies! Why does menopause affect a woman’s ability to catch her z’s? According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), most women complain of sleeplessness during perimenopause to post-menopause, with about 61% of post-menopausal women continuing to have issues with insomnia. Why does menopause affect a woman’s ability to catch her z’s? The NSF says it has to do with the hormonal changes — estrogen and progesterone — that occur during menopause. Continue reading »

Mar 192014
 

It can be hard to let go and place your loved one in the hands of a senior caregiver, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever looked into specialized care. Where do you start? How do you know who is a good fit? If you’re worried, look for these five personality traits. They’ll point you in the right direction.

Attention to Detail

This is an important trait for two reasons. First, you want to hire someone who can handle daily tasks like administering the right medication and the right amount. If they do something, you want to make sure that it will be completed thoroughly and correctly.

The second reason is almost more important. This person will be spending a great deal of time with your loved one, and you want them to be able to point out any changes in health or wellness. They’ll notice the difference between a chill due to the fan in the room and a chill because of an approaching cold. Your aging parents and grandparents don’t have the immune system that you have, and a cold is much more serious. Sometimes, if they’re fighting other diseases or recovering from surgery, a cold can be deadly. You want to hire someone who notices little things like comfort, strength, and appetite and can recognize symptoms early. Continue reading »

About JT Ripton

A Business Consultant and Free Lance Writer on a myriad of topics, everything from business, to retirement, parenting and more

Mar 172014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgShe shoots….She SCORES menopausal symptom happiness! And the crowd goes wild! (Ahhhhh)

When you say “March Madness” many people will automatically think of the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournaments. However, if you are speaking with a woman in perimenopause or menopause, “March Madness” is not a game she wants to go into overtime with. Menopausal symptoms like mood swings may cause her to be “slam-dunking” one minute, and the next her family is suspending her for “alley-ooping” for the other team. You’ll be thinking your team player has turned into an out of control Dennis Rodman!

And if being moody isn’t enough, according to a six-year study published in Menopause, researchers found that women with the highest levels of stress were more than five times (I repeat, five times!) more likely than normally stressed women to report hot flashes. Mood swings and hot flashes, that combination is enough to make you want to turn in your final four tickets and bench warm it up at the bar!

Before your perimenopause or menopause lady turns into Rodman, read my 4 simple tips to combat those mood swings: Continue reading »

Mar 132014
 

I found this interesting – here is the press release from KDB Software:

Reflections Helps Baby Boomers Pass Their Wisdom Forward

Personal Wisdom Preservation Tool Debuts at Boomer Business Summit

SAN DIEGO – March 13, 2014 – At the Boomer Business Summit today, KDB Software launched Reflections, a powerful software tool designed for baby boomers to document family histories, recount life experiences, and solicit thoughts and advice for sharing with family, friends and future generations.

“The baby boomer generation is acutely aware of their pasts and more concerned than ever about their personal legacies,” said Kevin Devault, KDB founder and himself a boomer on a mission to preserve his family’s wisdom and to provide closure between generations before they pass. “We saw the need for an easy-to-use product to preserve the wisdom we have acquired during our lives and share it with our children and grandchildren – an invaluable, though all too often forgotten, part of one’s legacy.”

Reflections helps people recall, organize and share their life stories through a non-technical, consumer-friendly user interface letting loved ones share their experiences, thoughts and memories, ultimately helping to renew multi-generational bonds. Reflections takes users through a simple interview process to create a series of e-books of their lives, similar to an encyclopedia which is familiar to baby boomers. The volumes include “Me,” “Family,” “Friends,” “Journey,” “Regrets,” “Bucket List,” “Advice” and “Ramblings.” The result is a psychographic compilation of morals, values and attitudes that define each individual. Continue reading »

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

Mar 122014
 

Guest Author: Cheryl Lewis

What do you want from your retirement? A safe haven, with a nice garden? Somewhere with plenty of golf courses? Would you like to be among young people in a thriving, and lively city, or settled into a retirement community? Retirement in the US can be whatever you want it to be, but how do you find the right place?

Think about finances…
Unfortunately, most things in life come down to money. You don’t just have to consider the cost of your retirement accommodation, but also the cost of living in any given US town or city.

As an example, if you’re looking for a peaceful retirement community then you might want to choose Sun City, Arizona. It’s a Census Designated Place (CDP) with a thriving retirement community and with services including at-home care and dial-a-ride transport. Accommodation options include 55+ community housing, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, but how much will all of this set you back? Marketing itself as ‘America’s Favorite Active Retirement Community’, Sun City has a median rental rate of $1,018. A coffee will cost around $5, a pizza will cost $8 and that glass of wine on the porch will set you back $6.50. Meanwhile in Norfolk, Virginia (another popular retirement destination) your coffee will be almost $1 more expensive.

As well as considering how much you’ll be paying for your house or apartment, think about how much you’ll be paying for day-to-day activities, food and transport. A cost of living calculator can make it easy to compare gas prices, utility rates and the cost of healthcare as well as those small, but equally significant, expenses. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 

Sometimes it seems like a certain stigma gets attached to life in retirement communities, but only because people haven’t looked into the abundant benefits that come such communities. Those benefits are difficult to find elsewhere, making retirement communities great places for seniors of all health and activity levels. Here are some reasons not to dismiss one of these places as an option for your golden years.

Security

According to PRWeb, fear of falling is one of the top ten fears of senior citizens. A serious fall could leave an elderly person trapped without a way to call for help. If you feel that taking such a fall is a risk for you, moving to a retirement community could ease the anxiety. Knowing that someone else is never far if something happens can contribute greatly to your peace of mind.

Sadly, fear of crime is another legitimate concern of many seniors. With crime rates in many neighborhoods climbing, you may feel that you are not safe in your own home. Living in a secure retirement facility with controlled access will not eliminate the possibility that you’ll fall victim to a crime, but it will reduce the chances dramatically.

Social Perks

Image via Flickr by Tony Alter

Your children are busy juggling work and home life, and your grand kids are pursuing great things in school and college. That may leave you feeling lonely at times. In a retirement community, you have other people nearby who are around your age. The potential for cultivating meaningful friendships is endless.

A retirement community also offers activities for you to take part in alongside those friends. Some communities offer especially worthwhile perks. Westminster Village in Indiana, for example, offers creative writing classes, interesting day trips, a computer lab, an athletic club, and much more to keep you and your friends busy and engaged. Continue reading »

About JT Ripton

A Business Consultant and Free Lance Writer on a myriad of topics, everything from business, to retirement, parenting and more

Mar 102014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgYou wrap it in scarves, decorate it with necklaces, and swoon when it gets a kiss. Your neck gets a lot of attention, but, unfortunately, not the attention it really needs. See, situated in your neck between your voice box and collarbone, and wrapped around your windpipe, is your thyroid—and it affects everything you do and are.

The small, butterfly-shaped gland pumps thyroid hormone straight into your bloodstream, where it circulates throughout your body to influence practically every system in your body. For example, it’s responsible for keeping your brain focused, energy up, reproductive system churning, and skin, nails, and hair luxurious and beautiful.

So when it goes on the fritz—and it has for 20 million Americans—everything suffers, and get this: most of those victims are women, according to Dr. Daniel Einhorn, M.D., an endocrinologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Lucky us, right? The primary cause of thyroid disorders is the immune system attacking the body’s thyroid, and since women are more prone to developing autoimmune diseases (such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis) than are men, we get the bulk of thyroid conditions, including hyper- and hypothyroidism. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, women over 50 are at the greatest risk for thyroid disorders. Continue reading »

Mar 032014
 

Thought you were done learning about your body at age 12? Well your uterus and your ovaries might disagree!

Listen up ladies, perimenopause arrives unscheduled, uninvited, and often sooner than you think.  There is no one- size-fits all age when perimenopause begins.  Many woman start experiencing perimenopausal symptoms as young as 38, others may be 48. There is no right or wrong age, and you won’t receive a “save the date” to let you know when the festivities will begin.   When you have been without a period for 12 consecutive months you are officially in menopause.  The average age of menopause is 51.  Many women find that they experience premature menopause, which means that your period has stopped for twelve consecutive months before the age of 40. Premature menopause may occur as a result of one’s genetic make-up, an illness, or medical procedures such as a hysterectomy. Continue reading »

Feb 242014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgDo you love those male enhancement commercials on television as much as I do? Ever notice that the men are 50-something and the women appear to be late 30′s, early 40′s? Is there an unwritten rule somewhere that men should have a healthy sex life until old age, while women lose interest in sex altogether? It certainly seems that way. There are countless products that support a man’s virility. Women, on the other hand, are left wondering if it’s a lost cause, resigning ourselves to live out the second halves of our lives as though we’re holed up in a convent. The reality is the older we get, the more in tune we become with our bodies. As we learn to identify and adjust to our menopausal symptoms, we take comfort in knowing we’ve had the time to learn what we want in a sexual experience. Women have the right to toe-curling, earth shattering orgasms, just like men. But due to what seems to be a double standard, having a fulfilling sex life after menopause just isn’t a reality for all women.

Ladies, there’s now a light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading »

Feb 172014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgAs little girls, we dressed up in white dresses and held make-believe weddings. We dreamed of a future on Prince Charming’s arm every Valentine’s Day, and assumed happily-ever-afters included marriage.

Forget that! All grown up now, increasingly more women are trading their childhood dreams for a new, marriage-free future. Whatever you want to call the cause–independence, a love for cats, or just thinking outside the engagement ring box — the U.S. marriage rate is its lowest in more than a century — and down 60 percent just from 1970, according to a 2013 study by Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Marriage and Family Research. Meanwhile, women are marrying later than ever before, at the ripe old age of 27. OK, that’s really not that ripe — or old — but our grandmothers would sure say otherwise!

So who isn’t getting hitched this Valentine’s Day? Is it women in their later years who are going through perimenopause or menopause? In actuality, it’s just the average woman who either hasn’t found love — or who has, but just isn’t interested in all of the trappings of marriage. Maybe that includes you. Continue reading »

Feb 152014
 

If you want to enhance the accuracy of your MiniRAE 3000, it is possible to perform a second Span calibration in addition to the Zero and Span ones that you are already familiar with. This will require the use of ProRAE Studio software and a computer, as well as a higher concentration of testing gas.

Begin by performing both the Zero and Span calibrations. After the first span test is completed, a second one can be performed. The gas used, however, should be of a higher concentration – it can be fed into the device using either a 500 cc/min regulator, a Tedlar bag or a demand-flow regulator.

Entering Calibration
As you are already in the correct menu, there are less steps to complete. The MiniRAE 3000 will offer you the following options (usually you would opt for the second, but not in this case):

  • Press [Y/+] to enter the Span 2 process.
  • Press [N/-] to skip the Span test and return to the Zero one.
  • Press [MODE] to exit the Span screen and return to the top menu.

If you have entered the Span 2 process, the name of your Span gas (the default is usually isobutylene) will be displayed, as will the span value in parts per million (ppm). A “please apply gas…” message will also be displayed. This means that you are ready to begin the test. Continue reading »

Feb 102014
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgTiny candy sugar hearts with endearing messages, chocolates in red heart-shaped boxes, flowers, sexy lingerie – it’s Valentine’s Day! Want to fall in love this Valentine’s Day? Before heading to the corner bar or the latest online dating site, think about when you last sent yourself some love. The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research found that college students who base their own self-worth on what others think, and not their own value as human beings, often pay a mental and physical price for it. So, ladies, this Valentine’s Day – let’s channel Mae West, “I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself!”

Here are 4 lovey-dovey tips to help you become your own perfect Valentine:

Start with yourself! Then send the love forward.

Make a mental note to love yourself – find some self-compassion. Value your wisdom, your life experience, your potential. Make a list of all the loving qualities and characteristics that make you an amazing person and take them to heart. (Go YOU!) Look at yourself as you do your best friend – with kindness, admiration and love. In referencing a study by psychologists Ed Diener of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Shigehiro Oishi of the University of Virginia, Psychology Today notes, “True happiness lasts longer than a burst of dopamine, however, so it’s important to think of it as something more than just emotion. Your sense of happiness also includes cognitive reflections, such as when you give a mental thumbs-up or thumbs-down to your best friend’s sense of humor, the shape of your nose, or the quality of your marriage.” Every life lesson you’ve experienced has added to your wisdom Continue reading »

Feb 082014
 

Every day an estimated 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, according to the Pew Research Center. As one of America’s largest demographics enters retirement, its members are living a more active and dynamic lifestyle than past generations. Of course, their financial strategies need to be as flexible and focused as they are. Read on to learn more (click t enlarge).

WorldFinancialGroup_RetirementInfographic_72dpiProvided by World Financial Group. 
Feb 032014
 

Ellen Dolgen Menopause MondaysNext time you’re with a group of girlfriends, look to your left. Then look to your right. Of the three of you, one probably has heart disease, the number-one killer of women in the United States.

More than one in three women have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association, and every 90 seconds, one of them suffers a heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Now only 53 percent of women recognize that cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women,” says Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. “Said another way, almost half of women still do not know. Importantly, among the 53 percent, most do not feel that cardiovascular disease is their leading healthcare threat, so women continue to fail to make the numbers personal.”

I first encountered heart disease at the young age of 11, when my lovely father, who was 42 at the time, suffered his first heart attack. Through the years, my family watched him go through one open-heart surgery, countless diet and lifestyle changes, and, ultimately, his passing at just 58 years young. Continue reading »

Jan 272014
 

Ellen Dolgen Menopause MondaysAs women of 2014, we have grown to have a keen sense of intuition. This intuition has not only driven us throughout our lives, but has allowed us to act upon and make decisions regarding situations we are not fully comprehensive of, per say, a sneaky cheating ex you just knew was doing you dirty! We gain knowledge and act upon this intuition more and more as we grow older, which is beneficial getting into the menopause and susceptible cancerous stages of our 2014 lives.

Earlier this past year, 63-year-old Molly took a bathroom break on the drive home from a family vacation and noticed a small red speckle on her toilet paper. This postmenopausal woman hadn’t had a menstrual cycle in five years and immediately had her guard up. Of course excuses such as a bladder infection came immediately to mind, but she knew deep down there was something just not quite right—and an hour later she found another drop. Continue reading »

Jan 252014
 

Hello Boomer Folks, my name is Randy Gabbard and I’m am a guest blogger. Why I’m taking up your time is a fact finding and exchange of information type thing. That sounds really official, sorry it’s actually a music thing deal. I work with a band, Brother Rock, and we make classic rock music for Boomers. No, I’m not asking you to buy anything, if you want to check out what we do, that would be cool. The reason I’m here, is to ask you to help us out with a video we’re working on. It’s for a song called “Rockin’ Chair”. The song is basically about oldsters out having a good time on the town, and maybe raising a little hell (dancing, hootin’ and hollering’ a little, and enjoying themselves). This is a point of distaste for some of the young folks also out having fun. And the chorus of the song is; Take a picture Darlin’, this is our version of a “Rockin’ Chair”.  It’s not meant to be mean, and is pretty much tongue in cheek. Continue reading »

Jan 202014
 

Ellen Dolgen Menopause Mondays

To HRT or not to HRT? The debate over hormone replacement therapy is one that has confounded doctors, confused the menopausal, and, ultimately, jeopardized the health of millions of women. Not on my watch! So buckle up and get ready for a crash-course in all things hormone replacement therapy!

First, let’s get something straight: Most of the confusion out there isn’t the spawn of some evil plot. It’s simply about the misinterpreted findings of one landmark, long-term study called the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The study examined estrogen and combination hormone therapy use among menopausal women to establish their effects on women’s most common causes of death, disability, and poor quality of life–cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. However, the study ended prematurely after an interim review found an increased risk of adverse health events associated with combined hormonal therapy of conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) and medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA). Continue reading »