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Boomers Take on the Third Age

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In the Tolkien Lord of the Rings, the Third Age was a time of all-out war. Now, in the 21st century, the Third Age has a different meaning. It is the time of life for those 55+. Now, that means a lot of Boomers. There are those who might think it’s appropriate to call it […]

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How to Handle it When Mom and Dad are Getting Older

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Who’s the busiest person you know? I can describe the person I know is one of the busiest, if not the busiest: Female Aged between 40 and 55 Has a spouse and children who may be grown May have grandchildren Works outside the home: in a job or volunteering Works inside the home: cooks, cleans, […]

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2 Things to Think About When You Talk to Your Aging Parents

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For some reason lately I have heard a spate of statements like: “She won’t listen to me.” “He’s so stubborn. Even if it makes his life better – and healthier – he still won’t do what I tell him.” “My mom just refuses to let me help. She says she is capable of doing everything […]

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As Mom Ages – Mother/Daughter Roles Reverse

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Mothers constantly worry about their children from the time they’re born until they’re grown and beyond. “You feel hot. Are you getting a fever?” “Why is quiet? What are you getting into?” “Why did you get a D in math? You need to study more.” “It’s midnight! Where is she? She knows her curfew is […]

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They’re Getting Old, How Can I Get Them to Listen to Me?

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I recently read a statistic that took me by surprise: While only 25% of the aging parents surveyed report that they are stressed because of their adult children, nearly twice as many adult children report being stressed because of their aging parents. Our kids are worried about us – and doesn’t that explain a lot? […]

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What’s the Reason You Keep Secrets from Your Kids?

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Recently my 79-year-old neighbor, Grace, was sitting in my kitchen for coffee and a chat. I was a little startled when she leaned in, grinned, and said, “I’m taking tango lessons and none of my kids know.” At first I wanted to laugh because I think that’s delightful! But I stopped before spitting out my […]

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How to Prevent Being Alone from Gnawing Away at Your Sense of Security

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“The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.” – Doris Lessing Isn’t that a great quote? I know I don’t know how to get older gracefully. Some days […]

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