A Solution For The Baby Boomer Retirement Crisis – It's Not What You Think!

It creeped up on you before you knew what happened. Maybe you were downsized and left with the decision to seek new employment or retire.

Perhaps you bought to remain in the work for a few more years, only to find out that the marketplace really changed for 50+ year olds. As a matter of fact, the good jobs for your age group, were gone.

How many of us Baby Boomers have experienced this or something similar? The realization of aging suddenly kicks in and it sucks!

What about the current lifestyle that we have become accustomed to? Are we going to have to cut back?

If we have a spouse in the work, what happens if the same thing happens to them? Do not even want to think about that.

All of a sudden, the fear starts to set in and the scarcity mentality is in full gear. The house needs repairs and both cars are aging … How are we going to keep up?

Let's put a stop to all of this right here and now. There is a course of action that will alleviate all of this. What is it?

What say we tap into the power of the internet and start our own online business. The entry fees are very low and the potential is unlimited.

There are no age barriers on the net. There will be no bosses on the web. We are in charge to build our business the way we would have it.

Probably, the first objection would be: "I know nothing on the tech side of things." Fair concern. Problem solved with what I have in mind!

Second objection would probably go like this: "I have no clue as to what to do to earn money on the internet." There is a training platform that will take care of that. Thousands are reaping the benefits and making money.

Third objection might be: "How do I know I can trust what you are saying?" That's easy … Everything is wide open and transparent, as to what I am telling you.

You might be saying something like: "This sounds like an alternative to what I am facing in the job market.

Head on over to my site and see what is going on here. I think you will be pleased at what you see and it will not cost you anything. Use the resource below and I'll see you over there!

Continued success,

Baby Boomers and Music-Inseparably Connected

Baby Boomers, in case you've never heard of us, are people that were born between 1946 and 1964. My own family of origin happens to have five baby boomers: myself, born in 1948, a sister born in 1950, a brother born in 1952, a sister born in 1955 and a sister born in 1960. We all love music and great up with radios, hifi's and finally stereo's blaring. Even though we were preacher's kids we loved the popular music of our day. I have fond memories of my sister and me standing on the sidewalk outside our home, holding sticks as pretended microphones and singing "Standing on the Sidewalk, Watching all the Girls Go By."

When I was about six years old I started hearing about Elvis. Now my Daddy was a preacher and in SC in the mid-50's, Elvis was definitely not someone my parents wanted me listening to. I remember hearing "Jailhouse Rock" and "Blue Suede Shoes" on the radio at a neighbor's house and feeling scandalized but I was not sure why.

I turned 13 in 1961 and vividly remembering listening to the Beatles sing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." I thought their music was wonderful and to my surprise, my parents let me stay home from church one Sunday night to watch the Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan. I was thrilled! I loved all the Beatles music as well as the Motown groups and most of the British invasion groups like Herman's Hermits and the Dave Clark Five. I loved Petula Clarkand Dusty Springfield and probably day-dreamed that one day I might have a group of my own. Instead, in real life, I turned to classical music and practiced scales and Beethoven sonatas for hours a day. Still, while a piano major in college, I fell in love with the music of Elton John and Cat Stevens. I bought a book of Elton's top hits to play on the piano when my professor was not around and it bought me wicked good fun!

In 1971 I got married. You can see the wedding picture on my site http://www.babyboomerarticles.com . My husband and I loved the music of Elton John and soon I discovered Billy Joel, the piano man, and so many others. Every decade for the boomers has had so many memorable hits. Do you remember the first time you heard "Afternoon Delight"? I do and just hear a couple of bars of any of the above songs takes me instantly to another time and place. Music is magical! Music is mystical! Music is better than a plane ticket for taking you to another time and place when life was simpler and teenagers were in love. Let's always remember this music and it's messages of "Give Peace a Chance," "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "Up, Up and Away!"

Happiest Jobs for Baby Boomers Looking to Change Careers

Are you singing "I can not get no satisfaction" when it comes to your job? Do you find yourself daydreaming about a career change? Do you feel bored, dissatisfied, or exhausted? Do you have the career burnout blues? Or have you recently lost your job or retired and want to keep working but yearn to change directions?

You're not alone. Many baby boomers feel the same way. A career change can be scary. Perhaps financial worries, a fear of failure, or a less than enthusiastic spouse has prevented you from leaving your comfort zone so far. But, keep in mind, the biggest rewards come from taking the biggest risks, says life coach Caroline Adams Miller, author of Creating Your Best Life. "Otherwise, you may be filled with regret at the end of your life-and that prospect helps put steel in your spell," she says.

Studies show that up to 80 percent of baby boomers plan to do some sort of paid work until age 70 to stay mentally sharp, keep engaged socially, and achieve financial security in retirement. That leaves a couple of decades after 50 to work. Sometimes that's why more and more boomers are contemplating an "encore career" to pursue their passions and create a fulfilling life they can enjoy.

But is it really possible? Certainly!

The American Institute for Economic Research looked at people who changed or tried to change jobs after age 45 and found that 82% of people aged 47 and older who took up new careers in the last two years were successful, with half of them making more money .

"Do not view your age or your experience as a liability. It's a benefit to companies to have a multi-generational workforce," says Oriana Vogel, vice president of global talent acquisition at American Express. "One of our goals … is to hire employees that can provide a variety of different perspectives and experiences." Age does not come into consideration when it comes down to hiring the best people, she says.

A report from the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement found that "boomers are just as likely or more likely to be engaged in their work than are the youngger Generation X or Millennial generations."

So, yes, it's possible to find a different career you love after the age of 50. But which job will make you the happiest? To help you decide and possibly narrow your choices, I did a bit of research on America's happiest and unhappiest jobs:


Kununu created a "Career Happiness Index," looking at nearly 200,000 employee reviews from 2016 to name three of the nation's happiest industries of 2016.

Public administration topped the list, due due to government employees enjoy great benefits, hours, vacation policies, job stability, and support from management. In addition, employees felt that they were working for the common good, serving the public, the study noted.

Consulting is a booming industry with a projected growth rate of 18%. Workers found their work challenging and enjoyed working with others.

Interestingly to me, since I work as a writer, the arts and entertainment industry made the top three. Creative pursuits may not make you rich but could help you be happier.

In another study, CareerBliss created a ranking of the Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in 2016 and listed recruiters as the happiest employees. "Finding great jobs for other people creates a happy work environment for recruiters … many recruiters find joy in helping others find jobs and learning bonuses for doing so, "said CareerBliss CEO Heidi Gollege.

A USA Today article listed jobs involving caring for, teaching, and protecting others as well as creative pursuits as the most satisfying.

Research published by NORC at the University of Chicago listed the top five positions for job satisfaction, in ascending order, clergy, physical therapists, firefighters, educational administrators, and artists.


You may want to steer clear of the jobs that do not have people jumping for joy. What practitioners seem to make people grumpy and miserable?

According to kununu's data, professionals in healthcare / pharmaceutical, legal advice and real estate / facility management described the lowest for happiness.

CareerBliss listed sales account manager as Unhappiest Job. Rounding out the bottom five are security officer, merchandiser, cashier, and driver.


A word of caution. Remember, an encore career that brings you happiness is not all about pursuing your passions. As the research above proves, when considering your choices, do not forget to consider practical work issues such as job security, pay, benefits, work-life balance, and office environment.

For example, just because you love a hobby does not mean you'll enjoy it once you add the stress of making a living. Take it from me, I chose to write professionally – and no regrets – but it was not near as fun and carefree when writing was something I did for my own pleasure.


Another option? Many boomers approaching retirement are choosing to become entrepreneurs and starting their own businesses. They want to continue working – but on their own terms.

In fact, a new Gallop study shown adults over the age of 50 are one of the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs in the US An overwhelming majority – 83% – say their main reason for launching a venture was a lifestyle choice or to increase their income. This poll suggests that boomers are searching for independence, a flexible schedule that leaves room for volunteer and traveling. And they want to pursue their interests and passions before it's too late.

Keep your mind open and be creative. Consider wearing more than one hat and find a customized solution that puts you in control of your life. For example, you could combine writing, public speaking, teaching, and consulting. The Internet has opened up new freelancing opportunities.

The good news? Since the hard work and dedication required to start and run a small business, 94 percent of US entrepreneurs are happy small business owners, according to a new survey by the online small business community, Manta.


Do not rush into any decisions or immediately quit your job. Prepare and take it one step at a time.

Depending on your financial situation, "you might have to do it [a career change] incrementally," says Kerry Hannon, author of Great Jobs for Everyone 50-Plus. "You need a job that pays the bills now." Then, on the side, take the classes you need, build those skills you need, "she suggests.

Do the necessary research. Learn about the new career you're interested in, including pay, job satisfaction, and trends in the industry as well as the skills, qualifications, certificates, and credentials you'll need. Strategically network with people in the field. Keep your skills up-to-date and utilize LinkedIn and other social media sites.

Internships and volunteer work can help you gain hands-on experience and test-drive a new career path before quitting a job.

Keep these tips in mind and you can move forward with confidence to reinvent your life and start that new career!

Tips for Staying Attractive in Your 50s

Boomers and Gen X generations are both known for their great love of being physically fit. These are the generations who made jogging, aerobics, and gym membership popular!

Now that you're in your 50s, it's no time to stop being active. Most midlife singles like you want a mature mate who's physically active to feel attraction. However, now in your 50s, you want to be sure to pursue physical exercise activities which will not stress your joints.

What are some of your options? Maybe it's time to do low-impact aerobics or join a yoga class. Check with your doctor about the condition of your joints getting stressed if you still want to keep jogging.

Staying active in your fifties is not just about your looking attractive. For mature singles , it's about your being attractive. They are attracted to mature singles who enjoy and seek to share their active lifestyles with a potential mate. You might be a jogger, but your senior date may bike or enjoy moderate hikes.

In order to find and attract a physically active mature midlife mate , you'll want to look in a number of different places. In addition to online dating, you'll want to go to venues and activities where you're likely to meet mature singles with an active lifestyle. Seek out for local activity groups. Engage in activities which are not exactly the ones which you regularly pursue to stretch yourself and meet active singles with complimentary interests to yours.

In addition to going to the gym when mature singles might be there, it means you want to attend thing like dance classes. Sure, there's ballroom dancing. They're great fun. But many of them can not provide you with a regular dance partner. Plus, it's at least a 6 week commitment which might not yield any potential dates.

Instead aim for dances with mixers like English Folk Dances and Contra Dances . Unlike some other dance types, both of these folk dance styles often start their dance nights with a mini-class. So, if you're new to the dance style, show up early. Now, of course if you're a smart single in your 50s, even if you're already skilled in the dance style, show up early so you can meet the new dancers that night! Also, their getting to partner with someone like you who is more skilled really helps and supports them as a new dancer.

While not every dance done that evening will be a mixer, not all of the dances will be with one partner either. Invariably, you'll have the opportunity to dance briefly with many of the other dancers there and meet them all. Then during the breaks, hang out by the food and water area. Why? Because after dancing, everyone will be drinking lots of water. You can easily chat up the other dancers!

Do keep active to stay attractive in your 50s, and while you're doing so, who knows who'll meet you? Maybe your next midlife mate!

Baby Boomers Are Downsizing, But Millennial Children Do not Want Family Heirlooms

Whether we've become empty nesters or are following the latest trend of decluttering, many of us baby boomers are downsizing.

That means less space for all those sentimental family heirlooms passed down through the generations and stuff we've carefully collected over our lifetime. We may assume our children will be thrilled when we give them our most prized possessions.

Think again. Turns out the Millennials are not so hip on family heirlooms. Maybe this is what they mean by generation gap these days.

Do our children want all those photo albums we gingerly created over the years? Nah, our kids do not know half the people in them anyway. You're likely to get a request to scan the important photos and email them. And who uses photo albums anymore? Our grown-up children are busy capturing their own life moments digitally through Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

That gorgeous formal dining room set and china passed down through the generations? Where would our kids put it? Beside, Millennials entertain much less less than we did back in the day. They prefer a more minimal lifestyle instead of the fussy, bulky, and formal furnishings we grow up on. You may very well get a polite no thank-you.

How about all those old report cards, trophies, and artwork you carefully tucked away for your children? All those sweet homemade cards that lovingly made for you? Surely, they'll want their own sentimental treasures. Not so much. It seems Millennials are not as nostalgic as us boomers.

Odds are our grown children are following the current trend to live minimally themselves and do not own a home with an attic or basement to store stuff. They may travel or move a lot.

Several articles have been written slowly regarding this phenomenon and the resulting clash between the generations.

Should this cause hurt feelings on our part? Should we try laying a little guilt to knock some sense into our children's heads? "This means so much to me." "I paid a lot of money for this." "This is part of our family history."

Heck no! There's a fine line between bestow and burden. I say we should listen to and respect our children's wishes. Formoremore, we should be proud of them.

Our grown-up children refuse to be defined by their possessions. Is not that a good thing? Did not we snub our noses during the 60's at people for being too attached to material possessions? Our children have become independent adults now, making their own decisions and creating their own lifestyle – not copying ours. Is not that what we raised them to do?

So what should baby boomers do with all heirlooms and possessions?

Save those items that you can not bear to lose. Use your china everyday instead of storing it. But do not hang on to items year after year because you can not bother to sort through your marriages.

Remember, all those heirlooms and possessions served their practical purpose. You used and enjoyed them through the years. If you think these things are still useful, sell or donate them to someone who really wants and will appreciate them.

With love in their hearts, your children made homemade gifts and cards for you. You relished them through the years and the gifts greeted you joy. The gift-giving cycles is now complete. Keep a few items and let the rest go.

Whatever you do, do not force your children to deal with all the clutter after you've passed away. Do your children a favor and have an honest discussion. Allow your children to take items they really love and that work for their lifestyle.

Then go through the sorting process now while you're still healthy. And take heart. Your children do not need that ancient massive armoire to remember you fondly and keep you in their heart.

The Benefits of Infant and Pediatric Massage in Healthcare

Expectant mothers planning for the arrival of their newborns may contemplate writing a birth plan, doing research on important decisions regarding breastfeeding, circumcision, vaccines, etc, and more and more women today are also beginning to consider the significant health benefits of incorporating massage therapy to their newborn care and life beyond. Thus, midwives, nurses, and other healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to administer and teach massage therapy while caring for infants and mothers during the postnatal period and when providing pediatric care. The ancient practice of massage therapy has been utilized the whole world over, although only recently it has begun to gain increasing attention in the west as new studies have revealed it's numerous health benefits, possibly most extensively documented in regard to preterm infants.

Infant massage stimulates the development of the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Tiffany Field, PHD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine states "When you're giving your baby a massage, you're actually stimulating her central nervous system. produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that's secreted in response to stress. In preterm infants the autonomous Nervous System, which is responsible for managing stress responses, is immature. Recently the University of Louisville School of Nursing published a study in Early Human Development showing that massage therapy does in fact improve premature infants' responses to stressors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).

As if that were not enough information to encourage healthcare providers to assimilate massage therapy into their practice, there are many other reasons as well! The digestive system, circulatory system, respiratory system, and immune system are all enhanced as a result of massage therapy. Common symptoms of colic, such as prolonged crying and gas, can be reduced or relieved by simple massage techniques. "Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents, so they're great ways for you to bond," says K. Mark Sossin, PhD, director of the Parent-Infant Research Nursery at Pace University, in New York City. Furthermore, premature infections who are at risk for developing infection and respiratory difficulties receive an advantage from massage. Literally all infants can and should benefit from massage!

Beyond infancy, massage has the potential to be a critical therapeutic component in pediatric care for patients with conditions such as Autism, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, and Cerebral Palsy. Autistic characteristics, including aversion to touch, decrease with massage. And in response to the therapeutic massage, pediatric cancer patients report less stress, anxiety and depression associated with their disease and consequent treatments or procedures. Less pain and better ease of breathing is noted by patients with cystic fibrosis receiving massage therapy. Children with Cerebral Palsy gain range of motion and experience less muscle tension after a massage. Here, it is clear to see the importance of implementing massage therapy in pediatric medical practice and likewise in neonatal care. Therefore, healthcare workers are optimally positioned to assist in supporting this crucible wellness movement.

Movie Studios Really Screwed Up With The Baby Boomer Market

The Question

Ever since I wrote the post 10 movies to Recommend to your teens from before they were born, I have been thinking about the scarcity of movies made for the teen audience before the mid 1970s. Baby Boomers are considered to be people born between the years 1946-1964. So by the mid 70s half of all baby boomers were no longer teenagers and by the time that the 80s teen movies started to appear, almost all baby boomers were adults. If most of the baby boomers were teens in the 60s and 70s, why where more teen movies not made then?

70s and 80s

The change began with a baby boomer himself, Steven Spielberg, with Jaws when the blockbuster was created. After Jaws came Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and ET While these Movies were not made solely for teens, it was the teens that went to see them multiple times. With the exception of Animal House and Grease in 1978 (which severely count since the actors where much older) teen movies about teens did not really start until the 80s, most notably with the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Pretty in Pink.


The movie studios sure did catch on to the teen audience and now most movies are made either specifically for teens or for teens and others. Baby Boomers are still only thought of around academy award time and as people that only like depressing serious dramas. But why we are still ignored is a whole different subject.

Questions and Theory

Did the studios not realize that a baby boom was going on? Did they not realize that teens would flock to movies if they made movies for them? Did they not realize they had the largest audience of all time with very little other forms of entertainment competing for their time? Maybe it was because the studios were still controlled by a generation that did not know how to deal with hippies with long hair. Just one possible theory. Any others?

Luckily the Baby Boomers had the best music ever!

Brilliant Actions for Nursing Yourself During Your Work Day

Another day taking care of sick people. You love your job but the stress of your day is encroaching on your health. Maybe you find yourself tired all the time no matter how much sleep you get. Or you are finding that those scrubs, usually loose, are now fitting tight around the middle. Does your diet consist of donuts, soda and coffee to make it through the day? Having worked at the bedside as a Registered Nurse for years, I know my job took a toll on my health. My weight sky rocketed, I felt overwhelmed and tired. I did not work out, chose unhealthy food options and I dreamed about patient alerts going off and missing meds! I got to the point of feeling altogether beat up. My dream job began negatively affecting my health. I knew I had to change. And I did. It took me a while to figure it out but I succeeded. My hope is that this article provides a few tips to help you better take care of yourself during your stressful work day, so your work day works for you. These ideas can help bring a bounce back to your step, promote self-care and extremely leave you living brilliant!

Identify a buddy.

Once you have received nursing report, work with your buddy to identify how you can support each other. Ideally this buddy will be the nurse next to you so you can assist each other during the day. Create an agenda of when each of you will go to lunch. Create a positive environment by complimenting each other on their work. Smile at each other! This simple act can easily boost each other's mood. It's easy to get lost in patient care, so check in with each other often. A simple gesture such as 'I will check on your patient in room 29' can help someone feel supported and promotes teamwork so you can thrive through your work day.

Take some time for yourself.

A day at the bedside taking care of a patient can get out of control in an instant. Your day that was planned with a lunch break all of a sudden becomes a whir of doctors and nurses running in your room. Your stable patient just coded and your patient in the next room develops projectile vomiting. Welcome to the life of a nurse. These stressful events can throw off even the most seasoned nurses. When an appropriate time presents itself, take a moment to yourself. Thank yourself for doing a great job. Take a few deep breaths and tell yourself you are doing your best in this moment. Appreciate what went well during the stressful times. Here's a simple meditation to bring yourself back to the present: place your hand over your heart, breathe deeply, feel your feet in your shoes, and say out loud 'I love myself and I am doing my best'. Acknowledging yourself for doing your best can help alleviate any negativity that may have built up with managing challenging events.

Talk positively to yourself.

I know when I worked at the bedside I would usually beat myself up for the things I did not get done. By the end of a 12 hour shift, with the demands of patients, families, doctors and other staff, I was emotionally, physically and spiritually drained. Instead of beating myself up, I needed to nurture myself. Do not wait until the end of your day or your day off to take care of you. By then, overeating has set in! During your work day, be kind to yourself with words. Find a journal with a design that speaks to you and brings it to work. Take a few moments a couple times during your work day to write in positive comments to yourself. Embrace and celebrate the hard work you are doing with a big written pat on the back! Maybe a comment such as' Wow! I just shared a beautiful moment offering support to my patient '. Or, 'I am a rock star! I gave all my patient's meds on time! ' Is this part of your job? Of course it is. But that does not mean you can not celebrate. Feeling so overwhelmed you can not find any positive thoughts about you? Engage your colleagues in the fun and positivity. Ask your buddy to write in your journal a positive comment about your work as a nurse. We are our own worst critics and seeing someone else write a positive comment that can make a world of difference.

Working as a nurse at the bedside can be stressful but rewarding. I hope these simple and straight forward tips support you in your work day and allow you to be the brilliant nurse that you are!

Vitamins for Improving Brain Health and Function

Nootropic stimulants and supplements, also known as memory enhancers, cognitive supplements, or even "smart drugs," are becoming more prevalent in our society on a daily basis. From the "Adderall Epidemic" sweeping across college camps, to the variety of natural cognitive supplements derived from B Vitamins and other natural sources, people are interested in finding methods to improve their cognitive function. Many consumers are becoming wary of taking prescription-strength pharmaceutical drugs to increase their cognitive function, as they are mostly made using a combination of amphetamine salts and other synthesized substances that can cause a variety of negative side effects, including loss of appetite, disruption of sleep patterns, depression, anxiety, psychosis, and death. Prescription-strength pharmaceutical nootropic drugs also have high potential for abuse and addiction; Many are classified as controlled substances by governments across the world, and buying, selling, or possessing them without a valid prescription can lead to felony charges.

Fortunately, there are a variety of naturally-occurring vitamins that can help increase cognitive function just as well, without the negative side effects or possible legal ramifications. B Vitamins, especially Vitamins B6 and B12, are extremely important to improving cognition. Vitamin B6 aids chemical reactions that carry oxygen through your brain, providing essential fuel to power your brain. It also helps metabolize glucose into energy. Vitamin B6 can be found in most meats (including fish), bell peppers, potatoes, yams, green peas, broccoli, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, wholewheat bread, chickpeas, lentil, and kidney beans, as well as a variety of over -the-counter Vitamin B Complexes and Cognitive Supplements. Vitamin B12 is another essential vitamin to increase cognitive function and maintain brain health. Vitamin B12 helps stop brain shrinkage by breaking down the amino acid homocysteine, fighting cognitive decline, especially for seniors and Alzheimer's patients, and can be found in salmon, trout, dairy, beef, cheese and eggs.

Many health professionals recommend adding a Folic Acid supplement to a B Vitamin regimen, because it works in conjunction with Vitamin B12 to hunt and break down homocysteine ​​and helps to build and maintain cells in the brain and body. Folic Acid also assists Vitamin B6 in converting food to energy. Folic Acid can be found in foods such as lentils and beans, spinach, asparagus, avocado, peanuts, eggs, corn and most berries.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is another Vitamin that can help increase cognitive function and fight mental decline. It is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals that can damage your brain cells, and also assists in converting glucose to energy. ALA is also water and fat soluble, so it can work in all cells in your body and brain, destroying the bad waste bodies make when converting food into energy. It can be found in red meat and yeast.

Phosphatidyl Serine is quickly becoming known for increasing cognitive function as well.

It is proven to increase thinking skills, improve athletic performance, fight Alzheimer's disease, and is even known to be an effective natural treatment for ADD or ADHD. It helps maintain cellular function in brain cells, and is part of the structure for brain cells. Supplementing your diet with added Phosphatidyl Serine can definitely help to improve cognitive abilities and increase brain health. You can add more Phosphatidyl Serine to your diet by eating cabbage, soy beans, tuna, crayfish, most lean meats, carrots, milk, and potatoes.

There are many cognitive supplements that conglomerate the above ingredients with various other natural vitamins to create effective cognitive enhancers in pill or capsule form. They can provide 100% + of the vitamins needed to maintain and improve cognitive function, and similar to their pharmaceutical siblings, do not have the risk for abuse or addiction, and will not cause death from overdose. These cognitive supplements are being used every day by college and university students, business professionals, active baby-boomers and retirees, seniors looking to increase their memory and energy, and even athletes and bodybuilders who are seeking a mental edge in their performance. While the motives behind use may vary, vitamins to improve cognitive function are here to stay, and will only get more powerful and more effective with further research and design.

A Day in the Life of a Zombie Nurse

I knew nursing school would be rough, and I was willing to sacrifice my sleep to get my degree. I would arrive in class like something from the walking dead. I managed to get through the tough times in nursing school because I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and there was. But jeez, can we turn the light off sometimes and just all go night-nights?

Well, as you've gathered by now I'm a zombie nurse. I graduated 6-years ago, and I work on a busy med-surg floor. 12-hour shifts are the norm, and I work mine three-in-a-row. I guess you could say, I'm a glutton for punishment, and you'd be right. Many nurseries choose to separate their shifts throughout the week so that they will not be so tired. But me? Nah, I'm a diehard. I figure, if I'm already working, I may as well continue through till I'm done, then enjoy being off for four days. My boss thinks I'm crazy, but I would never admit that she's right about that, because she already thinks she's Einstein's ghost.

My day starts out at ridiculous oclock. I've already slammed the alarm clock three times, but it refuses to shut-up. It's like Groundhog day all over again. It's so early that the bats are still up and flying around. I open my eyes again, only to realize I slept through the last snooze, and I've got one minute and thirty seconds to get in the shower, get dressed, eat, make coffee and drive to work … way to go stupid ! I curse, then roll my butt out of bed cursing and sweating that I'll be smarter tonight and go to bed earlier, so I can get up easily the next day. But it never happens. I'm such a liar!

I take a freezing cold shower to wake my lazy cells, then thank God and WonderWink that I get to work in my pajamas. Man, I love my scrubs. I run downstairs, tear open the fridge and grab a moldy, unrecognizable piece of fruit ?, (or something) and I do not have time for coffee. Yeah, I hate my life about now.

I look like Dog-doo cause I do not have any make-up on. Maybe that's okay for some nurses. You know, the ones who are typically fabulous at 6:00 O'clock in the morning, but not my ugly butt. I look like I've been dragged through a bush back, and it never fails. No one can shut their mouth about my appearance at work. It has to be, "hey, you do not look like you feel good," or "wow, you look tired." Yes, I'm tired, and no, I'm not sick, I'm just freaking ugly without my Estee Lauder Halloween mask.

Trying to eat breakfast while listening to report is a challenge, even for me. Now, I've got a strong stomach but why does every one of my patients have to have all the poop, vomit and pus problems? I listen as I gag my half-rotten banana down my throat and envy someone else's McDonald's. Everyone else looks so much more organized and fresh. I can barely keep my eyes open to listen to the report. I seem to have gotten Ms. Nurse, "I want to get the heck outta here." to give me report, because she's giving report like she's Speedy Gonzales, and she just keeps hurriedly uttering, "It's in the chart," when I ask any questions. Gawd, it's gonna be a long day.

I feel like I've run a marathon, and it's only 7:30 am. Time flies when you're having fun! Assessments and passing meds, does not sound too bad, right? Haha, wrong. All my patients are trainwrecks today, on a million-and-one meds, and we do not have half of them. It's call down to the pharmacy time, and I'm now doing the zombie chant, "I love my job, I love my job." out loud.

I'm already daydreaming about bedtime, but I complete my evaluations without too much trouble. Well, except for the sweet old, demented lady that keeps asking me to find her socks, (when she has them both on). The patient next to her thinks the Mafia is dropping to kill him and Mr. Gross, who keeps asking me to give him a bed bath. Tell me why I became a nurse again?

I finish up my morning charting, and I feel like I've hit a brick wall. If I do not get massive quantities of heavily caffeinated coffee, I'm gonna be on the floor. It's time for a quick run down to the cafeteria to grab some. Ah, what da ya know? They have some, but it's so old and strong, it's about ready to grow legs and walk off by itself. What the hell, I need coffee! So I pay their stinkin million bucks for a large coffee and dash upstairs for more "Nightmare on Elm Street," starring my boss as Freddie Krueger.

She's hell on wheels today, as she is most days. She sits at the desk and barks orders at us, and she's fairly clueless about what real nursing is all about. The only time she raises from the dead to lend a hand is when the Joint Commission is here, and she suddenly becomes Nancy Nurse and has everyone reciting the mission statement.

While I was gone one of my patients fell out of bed, trying to run away from the Mafia that guy came to visit. All I can think about is more paperwork. The patient is totally fine, but I have a hundred years worth of paperwork now. As I start the work on the book I have to write, another patient's family member comes to visit. She wants to talk to me, so I stop what I'm doing and rush to the patient's room. She tells me that she's not a nurse and says, "I'm not trying to do your job, but a friend of mine works at a nursing home, and she does something medical. and that she's on the wrong kind. " Hmmm, really? By this time I've reached my boiling point, but I'm still trying to be nice. "Well, let me check on that and I'll get back to you." I cheerily say, while muttering under my breath as I walk away.

8 hours go by, and I'm still flying around like a witch on her broomstick. My charting still is not done, and I'm getting further behind with every step I take. One great thing about being a nurse is that the time ticks by so quickly because you never come up for air.

At the end of every day, my bladder aches from the need to pee. I think I could win a hold-your pee competition hands-down! I'm a beast! My stomach is gurgling from the lack of food and this day is fast becoming more like tales from the crypt. All I can think about is getting the heck outta dodge. But over-time is fast becoming a haunting possibility. When will this end?

I manage to wrap up my paperwork, and my patients are finally happy, (for now). Could it really be over? My relief arrives, and I run into her arms like a corny love story. I'm elated that it's over for today. I can go home. Yay! I run to my car, noting that it's a full moon outside, although I could have told you that without looking. I get in my car, start my engine and breath a sigh of utter relief. I look in the rearview mirror and jump out of my wits in fear. There's a scary monster looking back at me. Oh wait, that's just me after the 12-hour shift from hell.

On my way home I reflect on my day. I realize that I'm a wreck, but in a good way. I would not take anything for the witches I work with and the little-devil patients I occasionally encounter. I love my life as a nurse and would not trade it for all the money in the world. It may be nuts, but it's my life and I love being a zombie nurse. Maybe I'll just resign myself to sleeping when I'm dead.

This is dedicated to all my zombie nurse friends around the world. Happy Halloween Zombie Nurses! You're totally awesome!