Refers to style or fashion that is not visually connected to any age group and looks attractive on those still relatively young and those much older.
According to top New York stylist and author, Kendall Farr, author of “Style Evolution: How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond”, "The goal as you get older is to look effortless, sophisticated, current and cool. It’s about not looking too young or like you’ve given up.
"A woman with ageless style looks individual and plugged-in to what is current, BUT she interprets things her own way. She has a good understanding of what the trends are and makes the right ones work for her. She looks grown-up AND youthful. The heart and soul of the book lies in the trend section. There you’ll see how little it takes to actually look current."
According to Farr, Baby boomer Women seeking to dress with ageless style ought to learn to "Choose flattering shapes for your body and look for interesting fabrics. Buy fewer, better things and embrace the power of clothing."
Refers to style and trend that is suitable and attractive for a particular age and physicality, as well as to the venue for which the style is worn.
Women born from 1946 to 1964, making them part of the demographic cohort called Baby Boomers. There are approximately 38 million Baby Boomer Women in the United States.
Also see: Baby Boomers
Person born during the Post-World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964. Following World War II, several English-speaking countries – the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – experienced an unusual spike in birth rates, a phenomenon commonly referred to as the baby boom. The terms "baby boomer" and "baby boom", along with others expressions, are also used in countries with demographics that did not mirror the sustained growth in American families over the same interval.
The look or appearance of the Boomer generation, and the clothing styles they favor.
Refers to books like "Forever Cool" and "Steal This Style" by NABBW Fashion Expert Sherrie Mathieson, whose main focus is the Boomer generation's style issues.
Caregiver, or care giver, also called a 'carer" in the UK and Australia, is a term normally given to unpaid relatives or friends of a disabled individual who help that individual with his or her activities of daily living.
The words may be prefixed with "family" "spousal", "child" to distinguish between different care situations, and also to distinguish them definitively from the paid version of a caregiver, a Personal Care Assistant or Personal Care Attendant (PCA).
Around half of all carers are effectively excluded from other, paid employment through the heavy demands and responsibilities of caring for a vulnerable relative or friend. The term "carer" may also be used to refer to a paid, employed, contracted PCA.
Terms such as "voluntary caregiver" and "informal carer" are also used occasionally, but these terms have been criticized by carers as misnomers because they are perceived as belittling the huge impact that caring may have on an individual's life, the lack of realistic alternatives, and the degree of perceived duty of care felt by many relatives.
More recently, Carers UK has defined carers as people who "provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner". Adults who act as carers for both their children and their parents are frequently referred to as being members of "the Sandwich generation," referring to the care provider as the "meat" in the middle of the two ends of care giving.
A widely-accepted official definition of a carer/caregiver is "[s]omeone whose life is in some way restricted by the need to be responsible for the care of someone who is mentally ill, mentally handicapped, physically disabled or whose health is impaired by sickness or old age.
With an increasingly aging population in all developed societies, the role of caregiver has been increasingly recognized as an important one, both functionally and economically. Many organizations which provide support for persons with disabilities have developed various forms of support for caregivers as well.
A chronic illness is a long-term illness that generally has no cure and is often difficult to treat. Examples of chronic illnesses include such autoimmune diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, as well as many others.
A Chronic Illness or CI Coach is a professionally trained coach who specializes in working with individuals living with chronic conditions or illnesses. Chronic Illness Coaches help their clients honor their limits and build rich and significant lives, of which illness is only a part.
The term refers to style that has endured over a many years and enjoys a certain timelessness, simplicity, quality and easy recognition. Classic style is natural, unforced and unpretentious. Examples of classic style include shirt dresses, basic blue jeans, A line skirts, turtleneck sweaters. The "Brooks Brothers" look epitomizes classic style. Kate Middleton is known for her classic style, as was Jackie Onassis.
As used as an organization term, this refers to the area of the home or office where a category of items are kept until needed. There are closets for clothing, linens, office supplies et al.
The debris that results when decisions to pare down, put away and clean up are avoided.
Coaching is the art, science, and practice of partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires and releases them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Also see "caregiver."
Traditionally eldercare has been the responsibility of family members and was provided within the extended family home. Increasingly in modern societies, elder care is now being provided by state or charitable institutions. The reasons for this change include decreasing family size, the greater life expectancy of elderly people, the geographical dispersion of families, and the tendency for women to be educated and work outside the home.
According to Family Caregiver Alliance, the majority of family caregivers are women:
“Many studies have looked at the role of women and family caregiving. Although not all have addressed gender issues and caregiving specifically, the results are still generalizable [sic] to women because they are the majority of informal care providers in this country. Consider: • Estimates of the percentage of family or informal caregivers who are women range from 59% to 75%. • The average caregiver is age 46, female, married and working outside the home earning an annual income of $35,000. • Although men also provide assistance, female caregivers may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than male caregivers.”” 
In most western countries, elder care facilities are freestanding assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).
Empty nest refers to a situation where the children have left home and the parents are left feeling lonely and perhaps unneeded, as there is no one left at home to be cared for. The feeling of loneliness is generally thought to be more common in women.
Empty nest syndrome is a general feeling of loneliness that parents or guardians may feel when one or more of their children leave home; it is more common in women. The marriage of a child can lead to similar feelings, with the role and influence of the parents often becoming less important compared to the new spouse.
A strong maternal or paternal bond between the parent and child can make the condition worse. The role of the parent while the child is still living with them is more hands-on and immediate than is possible when they have moved out, particularly if the distance means that visits are difficult.
Empty nest syndrome has become more prevalent in modern times, as the extended family is becoming less common than in past generations, and the elderly are left living by themselves.
Generally refers to a style of clothing, or fashion, that is fleeting but is a popular trend for a period of time--and goes in and out of public favor.
As used in organizing, it refers to placing papers into a system that yields them on demand.
"Going green" or environmentalism is a social movement that seeks to influence the political process by lobbying, activism, and education in order to protect natural resources and ecosystems.
Grief is a multi-faceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something with whom or which you have formed a bond or a relationship.
Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement often refers to the state of loss, and grief to the reaction to loss.
Losses can range from loss of one's home, employment, status, a sense of safety, order, or possessions, to the loss of loved ones (including pets).
Our response to loss is varied and researchers have moved away from conventional views of grief (that is, that people move through an orderly and predictable series of responses to loss) to one that considers the wide variety of responses that are influenced by personality, family, culture, and spiritual and religious beliefs and practices.
While many adults who grieve are able to work through their loss independently, accessing additional support from licensed psychologists or psychiatrists may promote the process of healing.
Grief counseling, professional support groups or educational classes, and peer-led support groups are primary resources available to the bereaved. In the United States, local hospice agencies are often an important first contact for those seeking grief support.
Healthcare or health care is the treatment and prevention of illness. Health care is delivered by professionals in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied health.
The social and political issues surrounding access to healthcare in the US have led to vigorous public debate and the almost colloquial use of terms such as health care (medical management of illness), health insurance (reimbursement of health care costs), and public health (the collective state and range of health in a population).
The health-care industry incorporates several sectors that are dedicated to providing health care services and products. According to industry and market classifications, such as the Global Industry Classification Standard and the Industry Classification Benchmark, the health-care industry includes health care equipment and services as well as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences. The particular sectors associated with these groups are: biotechnology, diagnostic substances, drug delivery, drug manufacturers, hospitals, medical equipment and instruments, diagnostic laboratories, nursing homes, providers of health care plans and home health care.
According to government industry classifications, which are mostly based on the United Nations system, the International Standard Industrial Classification, health care generally consists of hospital activities, medical and dental practice activities, and other human health activities.
The last class consists of all activities for human health not performed by hospitals, physicians or dentists. This involves activities of, or under the supervision of, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, scientific or diagnostic laboratories, pathology clinics, home, or other para-medical practitioners in the field of optometry, hydrotherapy, medical massage, yoga therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, chiropody, homeopathy, chiropractics, acupuncture, etc.[
The general impression that a person presents to the public.
A professional who manages and advises on all matters of public impression.
Journaling refers to the process of keeping a personal journal or diary which you write in, ideally, on a daily basis.
Proponents of journaling believe that it fosters personal growth, and can have a profound effect on one's efforts toward self improvement.
Some people journal during a trip, an illness, or other discrete period of time, such as the years they might serve in a specific job or train for a task. Others keep journals throughout their entire lives.
Proponents of journaling claim that when you keep a journal you push yourself to always reflect on your life. You don't just go through your life day by day. Instead, you look at how your life is going and take lessons that you can use to improve your life. This is important because it allows you to learn from your experiences. This way you will learn much more and improve yourself faster.
In addition, journal writing trains you to be observant. Since you need something that you can write in your journal, your mind will always be on the lookout for new ideas that you can write down. This is a very good habit to build because you will get a lot more ideas this way.
It also helps you look at your progress over time. Since you record your life journey in your journal, you can clearly see what you've gone through in your life. You can see how much your progress has been. Knowing this is good to keep your motivation high. Knowing that you've been through difficult times in the past helps you face new challenges with strength and confidence.
Those who advocate journaling also insist that it is important to write in your journal regularly. Make it a habit to write down whatever lessons and ideas you get. Once you make it a habit, you will get a lot of benefits for your personal growth.
While journaling may be therapeutic, and is supposed to be private, there are others who have successfully turned their journals into novels or autobiographies.
This is a behavioral modification term related to not rewarding bad behavior which comes from dolphin trainers. A recent New York Times article on animal trainers was written by Amy Sutherland (June 25, 2006). http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/fashion/25love.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
We all know that animal trainers immediately reward a desired behavior with a small food treat. Dolphin trainers at Sea World San Diego use a term they call least reinforcing syndrome (L.R.S) when a dolphin exhibits an undesirable behavior or does something wrong.
The trainer does not respond at all. The trainer stands still, does not look at the dolphin and after a short time goes back to the work of training.
The basic psychological principle behind this is that ANY response from the trainer whether a positive or a negative response reinforces the behavior. If there is no response from the trainer the behavior is likely to be extinguished, to go away.
Sutherland’s article explains that she has tried this effectively with her husband, and subsequently others have tried it effectively on dogs and small children.
A term used to define the act of taking your life in a second (or third or more) direction at midlife. For example, a corporate executive decides to volunteer with disadvantaged kids, a lawyer decides to become a chef, or a stay-at-home mom faces a newly empty nest and decides to write a book, go back to college, get a job or take on a volunteer project of significant magnitude.
Quite often, Baby Boomers look at reinventing their lives at retirement, after caring for a parent who dies, or some other change in their lives precipitates a period of awakening, as happens after a "midlife crisis."
NABBW Associate, Karen Batchelor is a Life Reinvention Expert.
Male menopause or Andropause is a name that has been given to a menopause-like condition in aging men. This relates to the slow but steady reduction of the production of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone in middle-aged men, and the consequences of that reduction.
Unlike women, middle-aged men do not experience a complete and permanent physiological shutting down of the reproductive system as a normal event, though a steady decline in testosterone levels with age (in both men and women) is well documented.
The impact of low levels of testosterone has been previously reported and include loss of libido and potency, nervousness, depression, impaired memory, the inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia, hot flushes, and sweating.
researchers have found that their subjects' symptoms improved dramatically when they were given replacement doses of testosterone.
Some of the current popular interest in the concept of male menopause has been fueled by the book "Male Menopause," written by Jed Diamond, an NABBW Associate.
According to Diamond, male menopause is a change of life in middle-aged men, which has hormonal, physical, psychological, interpersonal, social, sexual, and spiritual aspects. Diamond claims that this change occurs in all men, generally between the ages of 40 and 55, though it can occur as early as 35 or as late as 65.
Diamond claims that, in terms of life impacts, women’s and men’s experience with menopause are somewhat similar.
The concept of andropause is perhaps more widely accepted in Australia and some parts of Europe than it is in the United States.
Menopause is a term used to describe the permanent cessation of the primary functions of the human ovaries: the ripening and release of ova and the release of hormones that cause both the creation of the uterine lining and the subsequent shedding of the uterine lining (a.k.a. the menses). Menopause typically (but not always) occurs in women in midlife, during their late 40s or early 50s, and signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman's life.
The transition from reproductive to non-reproductive is the result of a major reduction in female hormonal production by the ovaries. This transition is normally not sudden or abrupt, tends to occur over a period of years, and is a natural consequence of aging.
For some women, the accompanying signs and effects that can occur during the menopause transition years can significantly disrupt their daily activities and their sense of well-being. In addition, women who have some sort of functional disorder affecting the reproductive system (i.e. endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, cancer of the reproductive organs) can go into menopause at a younger age than the normal time frame; the functional disorders often significantly speed up the menopausal process and create more significant health problems, both physical and emotional, for the affected woman.
The word "menopause" literally means the "end of monthly cycles" from the Greek word pausis (cessation) and the root men- (month), because the word "menopause" was created to describe this change in human females, where the end of fertility is traditionally indicated by the permanent stopping of monthly menstruation or menses. The term is synonymous with "end of fertility".
The date of menopause in human females is formally medically defined as the time of the last menstrual period (or menstrual flow of any amount, however small), in those women who have not had a hysterectomy. Women who have their uterus removed but retain their ovaries do not immediately go into menopause, even though their periods cease. Adult women who have their ovaries removed however, go immediately into surgical menopause, no matter how young they are.
Menopause is an unavoidable change that every woman will experience, assuming she reaches middle age and beyond.
Menopause can be officially declared (in an adult woman who is not pregnant, is not lactating, and who has an intact uterus) when there has been amenorrhea (absence of any menstruation) for one complete year. However, there are many signs and effects that lead up to this point, many of which may extend well beyond it too. These include: irregular menses, vasomotor instability (hot flashes and night sweats), atrophy of genitourinary tissue, increased stress, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, forgetfulness, mood changes, and in certain cases osteoporosis and/ or heart disease.
These effects are related to the hormonal changes a woman’s body is going through, and they affect each woman to a different extent. The only sign or effect that all women universally have in common is that by the end of the menopause transition every woman will have a complete cessation of menses.
Midlife, also referred to as "middle age" is the period of age beyond young adulthood but before the onset of old age. Various attempts have been made to define this age, which is around the third quarter of the average life span of human beings.
The US Census lists middle age as including both the age categories 35 to 44 and 45 to 54, while prominent social scientist, Erik Erikson, sees it ending a little later and defines middle adulthood as between 40 and 65.
The act of shifting your home or office from one location to another. This is often a very stressful time, especially for those who are downsizing and need to determine what goods and furnishings will stay, as well as what to do with those you are not keeping.
Founded by Dotsie Bregel, The National Association of Baby Boomer Women is the only association devoted to addressing issues concerning 38 million of the healthiest, wealthiest, and best educated generation of women to ever hit midlife, Baby Boomer Women. With the goal of connecting, encouraging and supporting all Baby Boomer Women, we are dedicated to empowering women to explore their passions and live life to the fullest.
Note: the 38 million figure refers to Baby Boomer Women in the United States. There are, of course, Baby Boomers in Canada, Europe, Australia, as well as in the rest of the world.
Boomers grew up at a time of dramatic social change. In the United States, that social change marked the generation with a strong cultural cleavage, between the proponents of social change and the more conservative. Some analysts believe this cleavage played out politically since the time of the Vietnam War to the mid-2000s, to some extent defining the political landscape and division in the country.
In 1993, Time magazine reported on the religious affiliations of baby boomers. Citing Wade Clark Roof, a sociologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the articles stated that about 42% of baby boomers were dropouts from formal religion, a third had never strayed from church, and one-fourth of boomers were returning to religious practice. The boomers returning to religion were "usually less tied to tradition and less dependable as church members than the loyalists. They are also more liberal, which deepens rifts over issues like abortion and homosexuality."
It is jokingly said that, whatever year they were born, boomers were coming of age at the same time across the world; so that Britain was undergoing Beatlemania while people in the United States were driving over to Woodstock, organizing against the Vietnam War, or fighting and dying in the same war; boomers in Italy were dressing in mod clothes and "buying the world a Coke"; boomers in India were seeking new philosophical discoveries; American boomers in Canada had just found a new home and escaped the draft; Canadian Boomers were organizing support for Pierre Trudeau. It is precisely because of these experiences that many believe those born in the second half of the birth boom belong to another generation, as events that defined their coming of age have little in common with leading or core boomers.
As used by Zen Organizer Regina Leeds it refers to artful ways of putting possessions away for transport or use at a later date.
Philanthropy is the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind.
Probate is a legal document. Receipt of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's property under a will. A probate court (surrogate court) decides the legal validity of a testator's (person's) will and grants its approval, also known as granting probate, to the executor. The probated will then becomes a legal instrument that may be enforced by the executor in the law courts if necessary. A probate also officially appoints the executor (or personal representative), generally named in the will, as having legal power to dispose of the testator's assets in the manner specified in the testator's will. However, through the probate process, a will may be contested
Various means (usually unconscious) to delay the good one deserves in life as a human being.
A person who creates order out of chaos and invents systems to keep it all in place.
Resilience is a term which refers to Baby Boomer Women's life-saving ability to readily recover from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; it is our dedication to living life with buoyancy.
Retirement is the point at which a person ends employment completely (or decides to leave the labor force if he or she is unemployed). A person may also be semi-retired, which indicates they have reduced their work hours.
Many people choose to retire when they are eligible for private or public pension benefits, although some are forced to retire when physical conditions don't allow the person to work any more (by illness or accident) or as a result of legislation concerning their position.
In most countries, the idea of retirement is of recent origin, being introduced during the 19th and 20th centuries. Previously, low life expectancy and the absence of pension arrangements meant that most workers continued to work until death.
Most developed countries have systems to provide pensions on retirement in old age, which may be sponsored by employers and/or the state. In many poorer countries, support for the old is still mainly provided through the family.
Today, retirement with a pension is considered a right of the worker in many societies, and hard ideological, social, cultural and political battles have been fought over whether this is a right. In the United States, however, due to the recent recessions, many Baby Boomers anticipate that they will end up retiring without the benefit of any sort of pension other than their US Government sanctioned Social Security payment, which is technically not a pension.
The Sandwich Generation is a generation of people who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children.
In the United States, July is recognized as "Sandwich Generation Month" - a month of awareness to commemorate and celebrate the dedication, patience and caring of adults who are part of the Sandwich Generation - those caring for their children as well as their own aging parents.
According to the Pew Research Center, just over 1 of every 8 Americans aged 40 to 60 is both raising a child and caring for a parent, in addition to between 7 to 10 million adults caring for their aging parents from a long distance. US Census Bureau statistics indicate that the number of older Americans aged 65 or older will double by the year 2030, to over 70 million.
Carol Abaya categorized the different scenarios involved in being a part of the sandwich generation.
* Traditional: those sandwiched between aging parents who need care and/or help and their own children.
* Club Sandwich: those in their 50s or 60s sandwiched between aging parents, adult children and grandchildren, or those in their 30s and 40s, with young children, aging parents and grandparents.
* Open Faced: anyone else involved in elder care. 
Merriam-Webster officially added the term to its dictionary in July 2006.
Self-care within the context of chronic illness coaching is personal health maintenance care with the intention of maximizing an individual’s quality of life while living with chronic diseases or illnesses. It could include but is not limited to following your doctor’s treatment plan, accepting your limitations, pacing yourself, getting sufficient nutrition and rest, asking for help from friends and family members, cultivating hobbies and habits that nourish your spirit and soul, and more.
A sex toy is an object or device that is primarily used to facilitate human sexual pleasure. The most popular sex toys are designed to resemble human genitals and may be vibrating or non-vibrating. The term can also include BDSM apparatus and sex furniture such as slings, but it is not applied to pornography or birth control items, such as condoms.
Alternative terms include adult toy and marital aid, although "marital aid" has a broader sense and is more appropriately applied to drugs and herbs marketed to supposedly enhance or prolong sex.
NABBW Associate and Boomer Women Sexuality Expert, Dr. Dorree Lynn writes about the use of sex toys in her NABBW columns and in her book, "Sex for Grownups: Dr. Dorree Reveals the Truths, Lies, and Must-Tries for Great Sex After 50"
A distinctive appearance or fashion, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed or assembled together.
A professional who guides, advises and procures everything from clothing to home furnishings for a client.
The title Professional organizer and NABBW Associate Regina Leeds uses to describe herself.
Leeds is the author of several books on the topic of organization:
“The Zen of Organizing; Creating Order and Peace in Your Home, Career and Life”
“Creating a Place Without Losing Your Space: a Couples Guide to Blending Homes, Lives and Clutter” (Alpha Books).
In 2002 she ghost wrote a book for a shelf help guru on an aspect of getting organized.
“The Idiot’s Guide to Decluttering” (Alpha Books) was published in May, 2007.
New York Times Best Seller “One Year to an Organized Life” (Perseus) hit bookstores in January, 2008.
“One Year to an Organized Work Life” debuted January, 2009.
She wrote book seven, “One Year to an Organized Financial Life” with writer and financial planner Russell Wilde.
Book number eight, written with Meagan Francis, is "One Year to an Organized Life with Baby."
Regina was a regular contributor for two years to Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 114 and their web site Lime.com. A one-hour TV special called ‘The Zen of Organizing’ was created for the Fine Living Cable Network in the spring of 2003 and continues to air.
The ‘Zen Organizer’ has been featured in national magazines, including Bon Appetit, Redbook, Delta Airlines’ Shuttle Sheet, The Utne Reader, New Age Magazine, In Style, Women’s World, TV Guide Canada and Los Angeles Magazine among others. The latter named her the ‘Best Organizer in LA’. Regina was a regular contributor to VegNews Magazine during 2006. She has been featured in the Home section of the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. She was the resident expert for the Home and Garden Channel at iVillage.com for 5 years.
Thrifting refers to the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a cheap price.
A larger philosophy permeates the act of thrifting which celebrates the recycling of formerly-owned items, finding new use and new love for vintage material goods which had been thrown out, and the thrill of imagining what the former life of the item was like.
NABBW Associate, and Thrifting Expert Barb Tobias, who calls herself the "Thrift Talk Diva," writes a column for NABBW on thrifting, and says that thrifting is not only a journey of personal transformation, but it also teaches a newly frugal nation how to purchase, purge and profit from thrift. She's written a book on the topic, titled "Tossed and Found."
Using time effectively in order to achieve your stated goals.
Transformational Coaching is coaching that facilitates inner spiritual, emotional, and mental transformation that results in observable external changes in behavior and relationships.
A person's entire collection of clothes.
A professional who advises on style and procures clothing and accessories for a client.
The goal of dressing with youthful style is to conjure a feeling of youth without being actually "young".
The style of organizing created by professional organizer Regina Leeds. It is a holistic approach taking into account not only the client's literal space but her goals and her past experience.