Jul 062015
 

InsomniaAre you Sleepless in Seattle? Does Disney’s Sleeping Beauty make you hostile? Does the sight of a blissfully snoozing infant make you weep? Do memories of teenage sleepathons that last 12 hours make you misty with nostalgia? Take heart, you’ve got a lot of company.

Insomnia is a problem many women encounter when they enter perimenopause. I have always been a very busy, multitasking kind of person, who worked hard in the daytime and slept hard at night (including falling asleep mid-conversation, but we don’t need to get into that). All of a sudden in my forties, not only was I having trouble sleeping, but multitasking became more difficult, too. My focus and memory kept failing me. I felt like an alien had taken over my body and I was no longer in control. My insomnia was getting the best of my … what was I just about to say?

If you’re suffering through insomnia, you are not alone. Only 45% of peri-menopausal women report getting a good night’s sleep almost every night, says the National Sleep Foundation. Hormones connect your brain and body. When they change, the way your brain and body function does, too. Progesterone is a very important hormone for sleep, but progesterone levels drop when you enter perimenopause, making your body chemically less capable of sleeping well.

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) lists trouble falling asleep as one of their main five symptoms of menopause. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), most women complain of sleeplessness during perimenopause to post-menopause, with about 61% of post-menopausal women having issues with insomnia.

A study conducted in 2013 by scientists at the University of California San Francisco found a lack of sleep can put adults at risk for a variety of chronic health issues. A report published in Harvard University’s Harvard Women’s Health Watch in 2006 says adults who sleep less than six hours a night can suffer from such issues as memory loss, poor cardiovascular health, irritability, and problems with their metabolism and weight. Continue reading »

Jun 302015
 

Stuck in the Passing Lane CoverThere’s no scarcity of dating advice for millennials, but little for Baby Boomers. Yet it’s Baby Boomers — many of whom carry the psychological detritus of decades of relationship suffering and failure — who need the most help. Where are articles helping them sidestep the mental boogeymen preventing them from enjoying someone new?

Nine years ago, I got divorced after a long marriage. I was excited to begin dating again, though I felt like Rip Van Winkle; I went to sleep 23 years earlier — when dating depended on chance encounters in bars — and awoke to vast catalogs of available women provided by online dating. I soon realized, though, that what looked like dating heaven, wasn’t to be for a Boomer like me, someone who needed a tractor trailer to tote around all his relationship “baggage.”

I found myself deconstructing my dates. Before sharing a single thought, I’d be checking for what’s wrong with her; searching for my ex-wife’s personality traits, ones that took ten years to “bloom,” and another thirteen to elude enough marital counselors to prove they were insurmountable, divorce being the only option.

With her having said only “I’ll have the fish,” I’d decided that she’s probably dissatisfied with her life, ultimately blaming feelings of inadequacy and incompleteness on me. Before criticizing a thing — the food, weather, government regulation — I feel her interpreting everything about me — how I’m holding my water glass, where I’m focusing my eyes — as controlling or condescending. Jokes she makes are snide rather than playfully sarcastic. My jokes, like about the PR industry she works in, elicit smirks deeming me unsupportive, and proving she’s thin-skinned and can’t laugh at herself. And so it goes, on and on; ascribing to everything its most negative connotation, artifice that prevents any relationship, new or déjà vu. Continue reading »

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About Jed Ringel

Jed Ringel is an Ivy League dropout who’s been a failed sculptor, a morally bankrupt Wall Street lawyer, and the founder of an IT company, the sale of which allowed him to retire at 50. A father to three daughters and a mentor to children aging out of the foster care system, he is an avid cook and award-winning gardener. Jed splits his time between Montauk and New York City’s Lower East Side -- where, along with far-flung locales like Russia and Singapore, many of the events that inspired his debut published memoir, Stuck in the Passing Lane, take place. Stuck in the Passing Lane (About Face Press) is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and in bookstores nationwide.

Keep Up the Flame in a Long Term Relationship

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Jun 292015
 

download (1)Long relationships are often a product of really deep bonds between people, and that often requires a lot of work and sacrifice which, while impressive, can become a bit strenuous on people. Keeping the relationship alive and healthy for a long time can be a daunting task and in most cases becoming too comfortable with your partner can really trick you into taking them for granted. Here are a couple of ways to keep your relationship alive and well and to spice it up a bit.

Romantic Getaways

Seeing the same person over and over again in the same home can become really tiresome and after a while kill any sort of magic that was once there. This is especially true if you have kids or have to live with somebody else. One of the best ways to bring back a bit of life into your relationship is to take a getaway for a weekend or a couple of days. Be spontaneous, you don’t have to plan for it too much, figure out when your partner is available and ask them if they want to join you for a romantic getaway. Breaking up the standard life routine from time to time can do wonders for your relationship.

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What You Want

One of the biggest issues in bedrooms among couples that have spent a lot of time together is the fact that after a while one side simply spends too much time trying to satisfy the other. If you are not happy in your bedroom, tell that to your partner. Nothing worse can come out of it if you are already not happy with the state of things. Not speaking about it can only lead to more trouble in the future. 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.

Jun 252015
 

Here is another press release about Baby Boomers!

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Peoria Mayor Tours Trilogy Expansion, Touts Economic Impact

of Incoming Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers are buying lots and signing contracts daily on houses being built in a new neighborhood at Trilogy at Vistancia and in the process providing a huge boost for Peoria’s economy, according to newly elected Mayor Cathy Carlat.

Carlat toured the Shea Homes project earlier this month and touted the long term economic impact of the new community on her city.

Baby Boomers make great citizens,” Carlat said. “They participate in civic and cultural events, they contribute time and money to worthy causes, and they bring amazing buying power that every day pumps the tires of businesses far and wide.”

Research from the American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, backs up the Mayor’s claim. The group contends Baby Boomers hold 80 percent of the Nation’s personal net worth, allowing them the dollars needed to invest in a resort-lifestyle like that offered at Trilogy and still have money to regularly spend on shopping, dining and entertainment.

Carlat said she welcomed the impact the new housing construction would have on the City’s coffers, but admitted her focus is more on the people who will live in the homes.

The homeowners themselves are the reason we encourage this kind of project,” Carlat said. “They are the key to a healthy economy that benefits everyone in Peoria, whether they live at Trilogy or as far away as our historic downtown.” 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

Buying the Best Gaming Laptop: A Simple Guide

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Jun 222015
 

68fe23b3e2a45e83abe27f2c1f6fce4d.image.300x300Although desktops are considered a better choice for gaming than laptops in general, it is possible to buy a good laptop for gaming that will satisfy most player’s needs. And as technology advances, it will be possible to fit even more powerful units into the limited space of a laptop. But, just because there are limitations it does not mean that laptops are inferior and that they cannot compete or even be equal to desktops of similar configuration.

One of the important parts of a laptop

For your laptop to be great and to be able to tackle demanding games, it is necessary to have a great and powerful graphics card. And unless you can find a laptop that has a good one, you should not even consider looking into buying that one. On the other hand, you need to make sure that your graphics card also has enough included memory to be able to process the information needed to play demanding games. The bottom line is that you need to focus your laptop choice around the Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) and its features.images

Is more RAM always better?

Generally people tend to have more resources so that their laptops can become beasts and handle all the demanding new games, but in general, more RAM does not mean better performance. Unless you want to handle heavy duty processing and rendering, having a decent amount of memory in your laptop will be enough to handle most of the games you can play nowadays. 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.

Jun 202015
 

Night sweats, the nocturnal cousin of hot flashes, are uncomfortable, disrupt your sleep and will be experienced by as many as 75% of perimenopausal and menopausal women.

What are Night Sweats?

Medically termed as “sleep hyperhidrosis”, night sweats aren’t actually a sleep disorder, but a common perspiration disorder that occurs during sleep in both perimenopause and menopause. These episodes of nighttime sweating can range in severity from mild to intense, and are caused by hormonal imbalances combined with environmental factors, such as an excessively warm sleeping environment. The symptoms can drastically disturb sleep patterns, which means the next day you will be fatigued, irritable and moody. You may also experience brain fog which means you cannot focus or concentrate. The stress and exhaustion that comes from a poor night’s sleep will also contribute to a reduced libido.

Managing Night Sweats

The good news is that some of the environmental adjustments we discussed previously to assist with managing hot flashes will also improve night sweats like wearing light weight clothing, maintaining cooler room temperatures, cutting back on hot, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. You should also start exercising every day and making better nutritional choices. Losing some weight would improve sleep which would improve some of the symptoms that you are experiencing. Meditation, deep paced breathing, yoga and acupuncture can also be helpful. Drinking more water will also contribute to cooling down the body.

There really is nothing better than a good night’s sleep!

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

Essential Factors When Buying a Suit

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Jun 182015
 

2015-Spring-Man-s-New-Fashion-Slim-Denim-Blazer-Coat-Plus-Size-Fall-Formal-Business-CoolFinding a perfect suit can often drain your budget and in most cases you may feel like you really don’t know what you’re doing. The worst part about it is that if you miss some small details along the way, all that time and money that you have invested can end up being for nothing. This is why it is important to know what you are getting and how to choose the best suit that you will really like.

Tastes and Styles

There are many different suit styles and your taste is really important as this is something that you will have to wear. With American cut, European cut, long and short collars and many other different styles all bringing something different, it can be really hard to choose the type that you like. In general, the three most common styles that you will run into are the American, British and Italian styles. American style is often referred to as Sack, Ivy League or long cuts. Today most suits that you would classify as the American style come with looser cuts which is great if you have to work a lot in such suits. Such suits are often single breasted with 2 to 3 button layouts. Another modern addition to the American style are the padded shoulders. Italian style mostly focuses on flashiness and slim cuts close to the body. Usage of light cloths, less padding and slim cuts is generally attributed to Italian styles. British, or sometimes referred to as European, style suits are cut closer to body with narrower arm space and expansive shoulder space. These suits are generally some of the most popular ones as they fit most people and their body types.larger-bigger-big-size-men-blazer-formal-wear-jacket-vest-suit-coat-nicholaslai-1409-01-nicholaslai@2

Choosing Color

When it comes to colors, men’s suits are not particularly diverse. The colors which you can choose from often don’t offer a lot of difference at the first glance, but they do leave plenty of space for creativity. Most Italian style suits for example will focus on shiner smooth blue or dark blue colors that are more in tone with sporty suits. Darker tones like black can look great on a variety of suits, and colors like light gray, charcoal gray and similar variations work great on British style suits. In the end, there are no particular colors guidelines that you should really focus on. In most cases it all comes down to your personal taste. 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.

Single Female Baby Boomers

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Jun 162015
 

Here is an interesting press release I received:

No Signs Of Stopping: Single Female Baby Boomers Professionally Fulfilled And Financially Savvy – Latest Del Webb Research Finds Demographic Ranks High in Job Satisfaction, Savings High Priority Among Those Retired

ATLANTA, June 9, 2015 — Today’s single female Boomers are showing no signs of slowing down in their personal or professional lives. In fact, 50 percent of female Boomers are still working and 79 percent are satisfied in their current job position according to new data from Del Webb, a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), one of the nation’s largest homebuilders and the leading builder of communities for active adults.

The second in a series of newly released data from the 2015 Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey (conducted online for PulteGroup by Harris Poll among 1,020 single female U.S. adults ages 50-68) finds 51 percent of single, working Boomer women plan to stay at their current job for at least five more years, and 34 percent plan to retire between the ages of 65-69. These findings are consistent with trends seen in Del Webb communities, which show the average age of a homebuyer to be 62 and that many residents continue to work after moving into the community.

“We’ve seen that single female Boomers are happier, healthier and more confident than ever, and our survey results show that those who are still working aren’t rushing to retire,” said Lindy Oliva, the company’s division president. “At our Del Webb communities, we know a growing number of these empowered women continue to work well past the age of 65, simply because they love their jobs. These single Boomers are carving their own paths professionally and personally.” 

Mariann Estes,[i] a single female living in Sun City Mesquite by Del Webb in Nevada, is one Baby Boomer who shows no signs of stopping. “To me work has always been about doing something I enjoy, being useful and getting paid as well!” said Estes, who is also an active volunteer with organizations that support children in need. “I still work part-time from home editing a monthly newsletter for a California labor organization and I enjoy the challenge. The key for me is to keep doing things that keep me happy, and right now work is still a part of that mix.” 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

Jun 152015
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgMy husband David and I met 39 years ago on a blind date.  Yes, ladies go on those blind dates!  You just never know, you might meet your soulmate!! David is my life partner. Over the many years we have been together, we try to encourage each other to lead healthy and rewarding lives. I came to the marriage with high cholesterol and David came with periodic migraines.

I take great care to eat healthy and exercise. David supports me in this by doing the same. Over the years, David has found a fabulous migraine specialist who has figured out the right protocol to take care of those migraines when they hit. This is all well and good, but now that we are in our 60’s, I wanted to figure out if there was something we could do to help prevent  those migraines instead of managing them after they occur.  So, with that in mind, David made an appointment for a consult at Scripps Integrative Medicine.

The doctor suggested that David try TM, (Transcendental Meditation). He explained the science behind it and added that he and many medical professionals, corporate executives, even celebrities mediate twice a day for 20 min. I was a bit skeptical, but willing to try anything that would help David. On the way home in the car, I called the TM center and made an appointment for us to have the training. I thought if I did it with him, it would help David do it.

When we arrived for the training, we were each taken to a different room with a different trainer. There was something very calm about this place.  I couldn’t put my finger on it.  As I sat with my trainer, I thought, this is so easy and is going to be so helpful to David.

After maybe a minute, I was quite sure that the 20 minutes was almost up. When was the last time I sat calmly for 20 min? I was perplexed by how relaxed I felt. I learned to let go and just “be”, something not very familiar to me, or for that matter, our culture as a whole.

That’s when it hit me…….perhaps it wasn’t just David who needed to learn to meditate! OY!

TM where have you been all of our lives!!?? Continue reading »

Jun 122015
 

With hot weather already here and another scorching summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about decking your garden or backyard with adequate outdoor furniture. Indeed, there’s nothing to round off a long summer day like a leisurely al fresco drink with your partner, or a lazy weekend BBQ session with neighbors and family laughing and recounting funny anecdotes. Here, we bring you some useful tips on how to pick best outdoor furnishings and ensure thoroughly relaxing backyard lounging sessions this summer.

Strong and Weatherproof: Cast Aluminum

To ensure a long lifespan of your outdoor furniture, look for pieces made from durable and weatherproof materials like cast aluminum or stainless steel. A great option for homeowners living in humid and coastal climates, furniture made from cast aluminum or stainless steel will not go rusty or get corroded with the passage of time. Still, it would be wise to cover your metal furniture with a heavy fabric on days of scorching sun, or avoid directly exposing it to bright sunlight on hot summer days, since metals tend to absorb heat, which can get rather uncomfortable if you sit on a chair that’s been out in the sun all day.

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That Rustic Feel: Teak, Oak, Maple and Other Hardwoods

A unique way to add some rustic ambiance to your garden, furniture made from teak, maple, oak and other hardwoods is both lovely and comfortable, so you may want to consider it if you’re looking to create a homelike feel in your yard. However, unlike metal furnishings, hardwood pieces require regular maintenance and are not as weather-resistant as their metal counterparts, so you should clean them once in a while and polish them to preserve a fresh look. Also, make sure you keep your hardwood furniture stored indoors or covered with water-repellant sheets during rainy seasons as wood tends rot if exposed to high moisture for extended periods of time.

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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.

Jun 122015
 

Finding a way to kill time is what hobbies exist for, and choosing one that can help you to have fun and learn all kinds of new stuff can be just as interesting as the hobby itself. One of the first things that you should do is see what sort of stuff you really enjoy and try to find a hobby that has some similarity to that. If you combine what you are good at with some of the things that you like, you can be sure that your new hobby will be something that you will really enjoy. In case you are all out of ideas about what you could try out, here are some of the most popular ides that you might enjoy.

imagesMiniatures

If you are a history fan or you simply like indoor stuff, miniatures may be a thing that you would like. Things like creating highly detailed miniature models from various time periods can be extremely fun and rewarding. Searching through historical records or the right set of colors of uniforms, shaping the miniatures and doing similar stuff can be really interesting for people. You can even share your hobby with other people as well by playing some of the many popular board games like Warmachine, Warhammer and many others.

Boating

Getting away from the everyday life and all the work that you have to do is what is done by people who are into boating. You can dedicate some of your time to simply get on your boat and escape everything. Taking care of a boat and the money needed to get one can be an issue for some, but the great relaxation time that it brings is simply amazing. This is also a great way to try fishing as well.

downloadHiking

Fans of nature will definitely enjoy hiking, and the numerous places like national parks, forests or even ordinary parks can be great places to really enjoy nature. Hiking is a great hobby that can really allow you to experience the best that nature has to offer and the best part is that you will get some fresh air as well. Besides being fun, hiking is also incredibly healthy with tons of benefits for you. 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.

Jun 102015
 

senior citizen fraudAlthough Arizona is currently known as the Copper State, owing to its large deposits of copper as a natural resource, it is setting itself up to be known as the Silver State because of how many Baby Boomers are starting to call it home.

Arizona has warm weather year-round and none of the stifling humidity that is characteristic of Florida–another common destination for Boomers. Arizona’s infrastructure is great, the people are friendly, and it is the second fastest growing state right after neighboring Nevada.

But Arizona isn’t all sunshine; it has a darker side too, one that is significantly impacting Baby Boomers.

The Rise of Fraud

A recent report issued by the federal government pinned Arizona near the top of its lists of states with high rates of identity theft and fraud; Arizona is 9th and 16th in the nation for identity theft and fraud, respectively.

The report indicates that fraud will continue to rise in Arizona. The most common fraud schemes detected include:

  1. Imposter scams
  2. Debt collection scams
  3. Bogus bank and lender scams
  4. Telephone scams
  5. Car-related scams

Identity theft is also a rampant problem, with the top sources of identity theft in Arizona coming from:

  1. Information stolen from government documents
  2. Government benefits scams
  3. Telephone scams
  4. Utility scams
  5. Bogus banking scams

Having high rates of identity theft and fraud lead to other forms of criminal activity. One specific type of fraud that is prevalent in Arizona is chargeback fraud. Continue reading »

Jun 092015
 

Can Marketing Professionals Help your Small Business

Running a small business has always been a difficult task, but also a very rewarding one if you get things right and your business grows into something that brings in money and employs more and more people. As the world becomes more and more interconnected, thanks to the internet, local small businesses have it even harder as they need to compete with companies that are many times their size and which can offer deals that they just cannot.

Because of this, but also because you always wish to enlarge your customer base, you need to do marketing, no matter how small your small business is or what it is you are actually doing. For small business owners/managers, the question that needs to be answered next is whether to hire professional marketing people to do it.

The matter of expertise

Most business owners have very little formal knowledge when it comes to marketing. Sure, we have all seen ads for different businesses and we may believe that we have enough knowledge to do our marketing ourselves, but in reality, it is not that simple. Marketing is a much more complex field where constant improvement and formal education go a long ways.

When you decide to hire a marketing agency to do some small business marketing for you, you know that you are hiring people who have a particular set of skills, and who know a lot about how to promote your business, definitely more than you do. They will also know how to take care of the “technical” aspects of marketing, such as market research, all kinds of analysis, tracking and much, much more.

When it comes to expertise, marketing professionals can definitely help your small business. Continue reading »

About James Burbank

James D. Burbank has been involved in marketing and small-to-medium business promotion for years. He currently blogs and shares the insights he acquired over the years.

Jun 082015
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgOnce in a while, when I can’t remember where I put my keys or forget someone’s name, I think about my brain, and wonder if I take good care of it.  After all, it is one of our biggest organs, weighing about 3 pounds. I think my hips are next in weight, but not defined as an organ….but I digress!

A few years ago, I needed an MRI of my brain as I was having some sudden scary dizziness (fortunately it turned out that I just needed to tweak my thyroid medicine…who knew??). After I got off the MRI table my first thought was that I was relieved they found a brain in there! Good to know. As a boomer, sometimes I experience things that make me think mine is shrinking.

Our brains have a HUGE job! The brain consists of some 100 billion nerve cells. It is comprised of two kinds of matter…gray and white. (mine probably has orange in it-my fav color). The brain houses our thoughts and highly coordinated physical actions, and regulates our unconscious body processes, such as digestion and breathing. It gives us the capacity for creating and enjoying art, language, moral judgments, and rational thought. It’s also responsible for our individual personality, memories, movements, and how we sense the world.

So what happens if that brain becomes injured? How does it heal? How do you find your path to being “Okay” again? Ruth Curran, author of Being Brain Healthy shares the car accident that resulted in her brain injury and then she meticulously walks us through the recovery from that injury and how it taught her how to build better thinking skills and changed her life. You feel like you are inside her brain, experiencing it all firsthand. Continue reading »

Jun 062015
 

image 2 (2)Masquerade balls are those events that give you the opportunity to channel your inner goddess, dress up in a fancy outfit, and have some fun.

As you already know, masquerade parties or balls are all about the right mask and costume and a fabulous time.

Different masquerade parties carry out different themes and you need to adjust to the whole thing. You might think wearing a mask is all it takes. However, for your look to be complete, you need to style the whole thing with the appropriate outfit, shoes and accessories. Further, your hair should be properly styled to suit the occasion.

Masquerade Masks

Obviously, the mask is the most important part of a masquerade party outfit. The wonderful thing about masks is that there are many different styles and types available.

image 3The type of mask you are going to go with is the most important aspect of your entire costume. So, decide what type of mask you want to purchase.

You can choose among masquerade masks that cover half of the face, the whole face, and masks that only cover the eye area, with holes for the eyes. These masks can come with a ribbon, which you tie around the head to keep the mask in place, or with a stick on one side of the mask, for you to hold. 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.

Jun 052015
 

Hot flashes – what are they and what causes them?

While nobody actually knows the mechanism for a hot flash, we do know that there is an area in the brain called the hypothalamus that regulates body temperature. For whatever reason, during the transition through perimenopause and menopause, the hypothalamus sends signals that cause women to get hot. It starts out as an ascending flush in the chest, goes up the neck, into the face and turns your face red. There is no rhyme or reason as to which woman will have a mild flash and which woman will have a severe one. Genetics can play a part, though. There is a relationship between when our mothers and sisters transition and the severity of their symptoms. So now would be a good time to talk to your mother and sisters to find out more about their experiences.

Treating Hot Flashes

According to the North American Menopause Society, many women will not need any treatment for hot flashes. If hot flashes are bothersome, they can often be reduced with one or more of the lifestyle changes listed below:

  • Identify and avoid personal hot flash triggers like external heat (such as a warm room or hair dryer), stress, hot drinks, hot or spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and cigarette smoking.
  • Try meditation, yoga, bio-feedback, positive visualization, acupuncture, or massage.
  • Stay cool during the day by dressing in layers.
  • When sleeping, wear light cotton nightclothes.
  • Use sheets and garments that absorb moisture from the skin onto the surface of the fabric where it evaporates.
  • Wash your hands in cold water when you get a hot flash to cool down and feel refreshed.
  • Keep a small fan on your desk, by your bedside, even in your purse.
  • Keep a frozen cold pack under your pillow and turn your pillow frequently.
  • Learn techniques for getting back to sleep when awakened.
  • Take slow deep abdominal breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth at the beginning of a hot flash.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight

About 80 percent of women are going to experience hot flashes, which is the most common menopausal symptom. The average duration for experiencing hot flashes is 7 years. Some women will experience flashes for over 20 years! So do not let your hot flashes get you DOWN. Get UP and do what you can to feel better!

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

Jun 022015
 

Estrogen promotes the growth and health of the female reproductive organs. It also affects practically every tissue in a woman’s body, including the heart, brain, bones, eyes, skin, colon and so forth. Fluctuating and ultimately reduced levels of estrogen can result in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, palpitations, insomnia, fatigue, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, irregular bleeding, bone loss and heart disease. Estrogen replacement therapy is considered the gold standard for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.

Progesterone

Progesterone is the hormone that prepares the lining of the uterus to accept a fertilized egg. During perimenopause, ovulation becomes unpredictable and so does the production of progesterone. During perimenopause, fluctuating levels of progesterone can cause periods to become heavier, longer and irregular.

When considering the use of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms, progesterone is necessary for women who still have a uterus. If you have had a hysterectomy, you do not need to take progesterone. Progesterone has only one job, which is to protect the uterine lining from abnormal overgrowth caused by the estrogen being taken to reduce menopause symptoms. It is the estrogen that is helping with your symptoms. It is the progesterone that is protecting your uterine lining. If you have had a hysterectomy, you do not need progesterone. Continue reading »

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

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In the current scenario, where the majority of people live a sedentary lifestyle, our health is what’s getting affected the most. While our routine life continuously takes a toll on our health every day, we hardly spare any time to just sit back and think at least once about our daily nutritional requirements. People remain so immersed in their professional and personal commitments that they forget that their most priceless possession, ‘their body’, may be getting harmed. Hence, it is important that one must realize the critical nature of this situation and take certain measures that lead to a healthy lifestyle. So why not start with healthy meals plans?

If not now, when?

Honestly, no one ever bothers to ask about how many calories he/she has consumed during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Many of us would probably never think twice about eating fried snacks such as pizzas, burgers, nachos or french fries, as we sometimes do. Well, we are not trying to say that someone feeling hungry should starve to death, not at all, but at least they could try replacing those unhealthy meals with healthy options.

For example, why not start the day with a high fiber food such as oatmeal, which is known for making you more full sooner and also preventing food cravings throughout the day? This will not only curb your appetite but also prevent you from having to binge on unhealthy snacks, and this will reduce the possibility of weight gain. Or, another option could be snacking on fruit such as a pear or apple if you feel the need to eat something in-between meals. This will help you manage a more healthy and nutritional lifestyle. However, this does take willpower, but properly outlined meals plans, and of course healthy flavorful food recipes, will help you stay on track. Continue reading »

About Rajeev Thakur

I am web enthusiast and a passionate blogger who dreams, observes, and listens.loves to learn new things and share useful information, tips & ideas with readers.

May 312015
 

June 21, 2015 is Baby Boomers Recognition day!  Since this is The Boomer Blogs, and since I’m a Baby Boomer myself, we wholeheartedly support this event!  Here is some information from The Boomers Recognition Day Coalition web site

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Do you remember those younger days when we danced, had fun and rocked the world? Everyone paid attention to us and what we were doing. Celebrating that fun-loving side of ourselves is what Baby Boomers Recognition Day is all about. So join the fun on June 21.

Baby Boomers Recognition Day on June 21, 2015 will be a time of merriment, revelry and appreciation for the many contributions made by Boomers to our society. This practice began in 2011 when bloggers first designated the day in posts online. The first day of summer, June 21, was chosen for this remembrance. It has grown each year since then. In 2015 the awareness and celebrations have taken a big step forward.

And, about the coalition:

The Boomers Recognition Day Coalition is a voluntary network of Boomer sites, blogs and active individuals who are working together to promote this day of celebration and enjoyment of life by Boomers everywhere.

Its chairman is Sanford Holst, who also serves as National Coordinator of the annual Baby Boomers Recognition Day in the USA.  Margaret Sacaretsanos serves as the National Coordinator for Canada.

Take a look at their site and join the fun!

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 282015
 

LED luminaries are the latest technology where energy efficient lighting is concerned. LED or the light emitting diode is a semiconductor that enables the conversion of electricity into light. These lights are super energy savers and they use almost 85% less energy as compared to the incandescent or halogen lights. LED downlights have gained a huge popularity for its significant bill saving power and long life span unlike the traditional light bulbs.

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About LED downlights
LED downlights are luminary bulb lights that are alternatives for outdoor and indoor lighting.  These light fixtures shine from a hole that is installed in the ceiling. The light is produced from a light emitting diode as opposed to another light source. They illuminate the whole area shining down broadly. They may also have a narrow beam shining like a spotlight.  LED mini downlights are also available. They have a high output of light with a wide spread beam covering places like hallways, bathrooms, etc.

Basic features of LED downlights
Here are some features.

  • The light source is created by the LED qualifier in these types of lights.  This is different from other lights which are lit glowing from the resistance to an electric current.
  • Though they are found with a variety of colors, the most commonly selected colors for LED downlights are neutral white or warm white. Only red light was originally available from these lights.
  • They lack of heat emissions, which is one of the reasons regular light bulbs burn out quickly.
  • Generally, these downlight dim out at the end of their lifetime, rather than burning out. Their light production lowers down to 70 percent of the originally emitted light as they near near the end of their life.
  • The wattage of these lights range between 4.5 watts to 14 watts (which can produce similar light outputs as a halogen Bulbs).
  • Such an LED product shows higher luminous intensities. A 200 lumen light consumes about 3 watts of electricity which equates to 66 lumens per watt, showing their efficiency.
  • The beam angle is as important as the lumens, being the spread of light from the light source.

The beam angle is as important as the lumens, being the spread of light from the light source.  A narrow beam provides concentrated light that is better for accent lighting. A more general softer light is obtained from a wide beam. Cool white LED downlights are ideal for kitchen and laundry areas while warm white helps in creating a more intimate atmosphere for bedroom and living room areas. Continue reading »

Several Ideas for Moving To A New Home with Ease

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May 282015
 

Once you’ve made your mind to make a move to a new house, dealt with all family issues, and eventually found a new property, you are still far from settling down into a new nest. You have made a great decision, for sure, but what awaits you is one of the most stressful jobs – the D day of moving. With a lot to organize and keep on mind, the emotions are high and decisions are hard to make.

I hope this doesn’t sound too discouraging, as that is not intended, but it’s simply a warning that many things can go south unless you have prepared thoroughly. With a number of hidden dangers and room for errors which could burst as your moving day draws near, it’s essential that you plan everything in advance and be prepared for whatever comes next. Here’s how to do it.

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Write Everything Down

No matter how organized you are, or how much information you can maintain in your head, moving is an important life event and shouldn’t depend only on your mental strength. Put everything on paper and save yourself the stress of trying to remember every detail. There’s always good chance that you’ll forget something. The details you need to consider include how much time you have for each operation, how many days will the process last, and eventually when your furniture is going to be delivered. Determine what things go and what you cannot move to a new address.

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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.

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
 

Here is a cool infographic from 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