Sunday - December 3, 2023


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. [1]

Merriam-Webster officially added the term to its dictionary in July 2006.

Self-care describes a conscious act one takes in order to promote their own physical, mental, and emotional health. There are many forms self-care may take. It could be ensuring you get enough sleep every night or stepping outside for a few minutes for some fresh air.  Some people mistakenly view self-care as a luxury, rather than a priority. Consequently, they’re left feeling overwhelmed, tired, and ill-equipped to handle life’s inevitable challenges.

Here’s a link from verywellmind.com, which further explains self-care:

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”

Briefly, single is the basic filing status for unmarried people who do not qualify to file as Head of Household. If you were not married on the last day of the tax year and you do not qualify to use any other filing status, then you must file your tax return as Single. See the tax rates for Single filers.

To see if you qualify as a Single filer, you must ask yourself 2 questions:

  1. Was I married on the last day of the year?
  2. Do I qualify for any other filing status?

1. If you answered “Yes” to the first question (you were married on December 31), then you cannot file as Single unless you were legally separated. If you were married and not legally separated on December 31, you will need to use one of the married filing statuses (Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Separately).

2. If you answered “Yes” to the second question (you do qualify for another filing status), then you can file as Single, but you may get a bigger tax refund (or owe less taxes) if you use another filing status on your tax return.

For more information, refer to https://wwww.irs.gov or https://www.efile.com/single-tax-filing-status/

According to Wikipedia: Stress management is a wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of and for the motive of improving everyday functioning. In this context, the term ‘stress’ refers only to a stress with significant negative consequences, or distress in the terminology advocated by Hans Selye, rather than what he calls eustress, a stress whose consequences are helpful or otherwise.

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