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Being Bold During a New Life Stage

March 20th, 2009

Many baby boomers are finding themselves alone at midlife. Fifty-one percent of women in America are now single. Some of this is linked to divorce in the middle years. Being bold is often what’s needed after suffering through a divorce. Author Prill Boyle shared on a teleseminar with the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, www.NABBW.com, that she and a friend have a pact to try one new bold activity a day. What an excellent practice. They hold one another accountable and are living lives beyond their dreams because they’re LIVING with intention and boldness. Consider the following tips... Read More

Taking the Keys from Mom and Dad:
Top Eleven Tips for Living without a Car

March 6th, 2009

“Honey, I\’m thinking of getting rid of my car.” My heart skipped a beat as my mind raced and I blurted back at Dad, “Really?” “Yeah, I think it\’s time to give up driving. I\’m afraid I\’m gonna hurt someone.” “Gosh Dad. I had no idea.” I knew Dad was slowing down because recently he asked me to run a few errands, which was totally out of the ordinary. But I was shocked by this announcement. “Well, if you want me to take you to Car Max or anything, just let me know. I can do that,” I said. “Oh, I think I\’ll get your brother to do that with me,”... Read More

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Boomeritis

March 3rd, 2009

Boomeritis is a term I learned several years ago while reading an article about baby boomers. Since our generation ushered in the exercise craze, it should have been no surprise to learn that boomers were getting arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and many other “itis” type conditions. According to www.medterms.com the proper definition is as follows: Boomeritis: Injuries to older amateur athletes, especially those who are part of the Baby Boom, born when there was a marked rise in the birthrate following the end of World War II in 1945. As the Baby Boom generation began to turn 40 and 50, there... Read More

Balancing New Choices at Mid-Life

February 28th, 2009

What did I want to be when I grew up? I was asking myself the same question at 43 that my children were asking themselves as teenagers. I realized that I was slowly losing my job as caregiver. I have always poured myself into my family. I truly felt needed. As my children reached their teens and became more independent they were less reliant on me for every little thing. I was always doing something by volunteering at church or with other groups at school and in the community. At the same time, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I dropped everything to help in anyway I could. When... Read More

It Doesn’t Matter

February 17th, 2009

With three young adults and their raging hormones bouncing off the walls, it’s hard to believe we ever pleaded with God for a family. “Just one Lord, for starters. It’s been four years and we’re still not pregnant. We promise we’ll never miss church again.” Those days are gone! Matt, the number one son arrived from Korea at the airport. Our daughter, Jessica arrived two years later, at the airport. And Jon, our third child arrived seven months later, at the hospital. Phew! A week after Jess arrived; Matt announced we could take her back to the airport. No wonder he was confused when... Read More

Osteoporosis in Menopausal/Baby Boomer Women

February 11th, 2009

According to reports from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a projected 10 million individuals in the United States today are already estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis – a condition that causes a loss of bone mass or density and increases a risk for fractures. The findings for women – especially women going through menopause, many of whom are baby boomer women – are even worse. Additional findings from the NOF found that out of the 10 million individuals estimated to feel the effects of osteoporosis, 80% are women, who can lose up... Read More

Top Ten Topics to Consider with Boomerangs

February 11th, 2009

The Boomerang Generation describes the generation of young adults born during the 70s and 80s. The term refers to the children of baby boomers who are finding it tough to make it on their own so they are landing back in their parents\’ empty nests. Some have begun or finished college. Others can\’t find jobs. Some have jobs, but want to save money. Others may have young families and can no longer swing the monthly finances it requires to keep a family in tact. Some have credit card or college loan debt they can\’t seem to pay off. Empty nests are filling up, and in some instances,... Read More

Boomer Women: The Ultimate Caregivers Fifteen Tips for Caring for Yourself

January 31st, 2009

“I don\’t know what to do. I need to be in class, but my daughter\’s day care provider is sick. She needs a sitter for my grandson. Dad also needs a ride to his doctor appointment today. I\’ve made the decision not to attend class, but I\’m not sure who to help. Do I pick up my grandson and take him to dad\’s appointment with me?” These are words of a boomer woman at midlife who went back to school to become a nurse. Being a member of the sandwich generation can be overwhelming. When we include our spouses and selves, we are often caring for four generations.... Read More

Sell Us Something. Please!

January 26th, 2009

Baby boomer women are the healthiest, wealthiest and best educated generation of women to ever hit midlife. (Notice I said wealthiest.) We have money to spend and we\’re upset that hardly a soul is marketing to us. We make 80% of the purchasing decisions in the home. We\’re at the peak of our earning potential and some of us are inheriting our parent\’s money. We buy cars, electronics, technology, clothes, cosmetics, food, and household items. We also make lots of travel arrangements. During the past 18 months, I\’ve traveled with my spouse, son, family, girlfriends, with... Read More

Still Dreaming at Midlife

January 16th, 2009

When I was a little girl all I dreamed about was getting married and having kids. This wasn’t the “in thing” for a gal raised during the 60s and 70s. Mothers who felt trapped at home in loveless marriages and/or without careers told their daughters the world was their oyster. They inspired them to “do something with their lives; don’t be dependent on a man.” I was madly in love with my high school sweetheart while friends were speaking of going away to college and pursuing careers. The plan was for my beau to get into optometry school and then we’d marry. The dream came true. At... Read More