Going Grey the Sexy Way for Baby Boomer Women

I'm often asked by clients if they should go grey or not. The question comes down to you. If you are willing to invest the time and money in keeping your hair colored and cut regularly to cover the grey, then go for it. However, if you know you are the type of person who can not be bothered seeing your colorist for two hours every 5 weeks, then you should think about going grey. If you've decided you are ready to embrace your grey like Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, or Judi Dench, then follow these tips to make sure you stay chic with your new do.

Keep your hair healthy

When hair is grey it has a tendency to look dry and brittle. Keep it silky and sultry with regular deep conditioning. When hair is healthy it keeps its shape, looks better longer, and keeps you feeling beautiful throughout the day. Silver is sexy, so make sure your hair makes people want to touch it because it is so healthy.

Get an interesting cut

Grey hair tends to make you invisible if you have a boring cut. With a great cut you demand attention. Try an asymmetric cut or a blunt bob to stop people dead in their tracks. A great way to see what styles look best on you is to visit a wig store. Once there, you can let your imagination run wild with any style you like. I also suggest taking photos of yourself in wigs that you like in order to show your hairdresser and help in the transformation process.

Up your make up

Grey lightens your natural coloring, so it is important to up your make up once you have gone grey. Foundation is key, as are eyes that pop and a little more blush. If you are not used to wearing much make up, this may feel like too much, but you will see that once you start creating more drama with your make up you will increase your presence and perception to others.

By following these quick tips, grey hair can be sexy. They key is not to let everything else go along with your hair color. Grey hair still requires maintenance, a good cut, and more make up to pull off successfully. Do not be afraid to grey. The sooner you embrace it, the quicker you will be able to channel your inner Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep and be that sexy, silver, starlet.

Baby Boomers And Their Bucket Lists

So what's on your bucket list? Does it include an inventory of exhilarating adventures like climbing Mt. Whitney, skiing Mak-M-Stairs-Plunge in Colorado, backpacking The Appalachian Trail or cycling through the hills of Tuscany? Or maybe something a little less intimidating but equally thrilling, like swinging a golf club at an uncooperative dimpled little ball and driving it 200 hundred yards down a pristine fairway or smashing an explosive forehand down the line to convincingly win your match and secure the title of Baby Boomer Open Champion. Whatever your dream yoga can help.

Frequently it is the nagging, noisy chatter of the mind more than the snap, crackle and pop of the body that hijacks our best intentions and keeps us from reaching in to that bucket and eagerly attacking our list. However sometimes all we need is a little encouragement and a lot of team work and that is where yoga is at its best. Team work is all about cooperative effort and yoga teaches us that it takes the integration of mind, body, breath and spirit working cooperatively to tackle and overcome the physical and emotional objections we so often succumb to.

I am frequently asked if there are distinct yoga asanas (poses) or sequences to support specific activities like golf, cycling, hiking or skiing. I always give a very clear and straight forward answer. Yes and No.

I am completely convinced that a well rounded yoga practice will help improve ability with all physical activities, whether it be the demands of running a 10 minute mile or lifting a gallon of milk on to the top shelf of the refrigerator. The more you understand how to balance strength with flexibility, improve balance and concentration and rely on the breath as your most trusted friend, the more you will be able to reach into your resource bag of experience when a particular muscle protests at the most inconvenient time and place. However, different activities do demand more work from specific muscle groups and their supporting structures and targeting those areas with focused awareness can help direct energy where it is needed most, improve agility and heighten your enjoyment of the experience. Warning: Many Type A Baby Boomers are at serious risk of minimizing the importance of enjoying the experience while chasing the goal. Fortunately, yoga can help with this, as well. Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination.

What makes yoga different from other "training" methods is that in addition to teaching you how to prepare your body, it helps you learn to focus the mind, incorporate the breath and bring acceptance to the present while pursuing the future.

We all need bucket lists. They remind us that we are never too old to have dreams and never too old to set new goals and add to our bucket lists. Goals and dreams keep us young at heart and physical challenges keep us strong in mind and body. We are never too old to experience the pride and sense of thrill that accompanies every accomplishment.

One of the goals on my bucket list is to encourage others to establish their own lists and then help them achieve their goals. My yoga practice has made profound changes in my physical abilities and emotional well being which has allowed me to complete challenges that I was not capable of in my pre-baby boomer years. It can do the same for you.

I will be writing a series of short articles about how yoga can provide support and training for specific physical experiences and athletic activities. I will keep the articles brief and focused so that the reader can attempt to integrate and apply the information quickly and easily. When appropriate, I will attach links for those who wish to pursue more detailed information on anatomy and movement.

Baby Boomer Health – More Than Meets the Eye

Baby Boomer Health is more than what most people think. When I bring this topic up to people in my age group (forty five plus) they first think about losing that 20 extra pounds they have accumulated over the years. Or they think about doing what they can to prevent cancer, Alzheimer's or other life threatening diseases.

No I tell them, Baby Boomer Health is so much more. It is about creating positive change and optimizing performance, physically, mentally / spiritually and emotionally, from a neurological (system based) approach.

The two key words are optimize and performance

Optimize – Operation of a system to make it as good as possible, to modify to achieve maximum efficiency; and

Performance – The way in which someone functions : manner or quality of functioning

Everything you do is your performance:

  • How and what you think and feel.
  • Whether you have a strong connection to God.
  • Whether you are pain free, maintain a reasonable body weight / shape and are doing all you can to prevent serious sickness and disease within the constraints of your genetics and environment.

The great thing is we can have all of these if we concentrate our efforts on the nervous system and take advantage of the neural plasticity in the brain.

Baby boomer health is one of the most important factors for those of us entering the third and fourth stages of our lives. We have spent the first half of our lives becoming who we are now we are entitled to and deserve optimal physical, mental / spiritual and emotional health to enjoy the second half.

Baby Boomers Embracing Senior Sexuality – Discovering the Dating Game and Sex Over 50

Is there sex beyond our fifties? You bet there is!

Sexuality for single baby boomers is full of surprises! Stick around, and you will see!

We came from the rocking era, of sex, drugs and rock and roll, and now we are embracing the future, with a new set of rules.

While, for most of you, the music has changed and the only drugs you reach for now, are for your aching muscles.

But sex and relationships are running full steam ahead!

Are you a Baby Boomer, entering into a new relationship?

Have you concerns about taking the next step?

Wondering what the next step is?

The next step is enjoying and experimenting with your sexuality, with hardly any rules!

Sex is so different from when we were in our twenties and thirties, and most of us did not have a clue what we were doing. As we have matured our sexual freedom has blossomed. We have learned to unleash sexual inhibitions, and enjoy sex more than ever.

Finding myself single again, a question had kept popping into my head.

Was it the right thing to be doing? To sleep with someone in my fifties? Were we not meant to hang up our "sexual" fantasies, and be more worried about our health care and paying the bills, instead of exploring our sexual freedom and sexy undies?

I do not think so!

Relationships, love and sex, do not just disappear as the years go by.

After all, we are human, and we still desire touching, closeness and intimacy. And yes, we can still enjoy great sex, however unappealing the idea might be to our children and grandchildren!

When we look towards the future, we think that sex and falling in love in our fifties, sixties and seventies, will cease to exist as the wrinkles appear and our bodies add those few extra pounds (or more).

The fact of life is, we are NOT DEAD! We are very much alive and kicking! Bursting with all the needs, desires and passions of years ago (probably even more!)

The rules have changed. We no longer have to be married to enjoy sexual pleasure. Many Baby Boomers may never marry again, but can enjoy a sexual relationship with a partner.

Explore the amazing benefits of a sexually satisfied relationship!

Baby Boomer Skin Care – 5 Tips For A Glowing Skin

Baby boomers, who are now in their middle age, have developed a passion for looking young. This is reflected in commercials, especially those that target women, which maintain that it is possible to maintain a youthful skin irrespective of your age.

Vanity could be the reason for a baby boomers passion for youthful skin; however, it can not be denied that baby boomers consider working toward a youthful skin worthy of their time, energy, and money. Another goal of baby boomers is to maintain physical fitness. They want to be fit and beautiful because they are traits of youth.

Just as baby boomers have enhanced their awareness of coronary disorders, cancers, and other medical disorders that come with age, they should also inform themselves of the changes in lifestyle that can make their skin remain in a healthy condition and serve them well throughout their life .

Usually, we do not bother about our skin. We take it for granted simply because it can take care of itself and heal itself of minor ailments. Not many of us ever bother to think that the skin is the largest, most vital organ of our bodies and that it deserves our care and love just as much as the other parts of our body do.

Of all the organs of the body, the skin receives the toughest treatment. But tough though the skin may be, it can become wrinkled, dry, and susceptible to a number of skin disorders. Here are some skin care tips for baby boomers:

1. Protect your skin from extremes of temperature. Extreme heat or cold can dry the skin and can age the skin faster.

2. Be cautious about exposing your skin to the sun. Getting a tan will make you look beautiful for a short time; however, the long-term results are not that great.

3. Do not use a harsh soap to clean your skin, and dont 'scrub your skin too hard. You must maintain cleanliness; at the same time, you must bear in mind the fact that being too aggressive with skin can destroy it utterly by stripping it of its natural lubrication and the natural cleaning agents that it releases.

4. Quit smoking because it destroys your skin. Just observe the skin of a person who has been smoking throughout his or her life. The wrinkles and the damage suffered by the skin should be enough to make you decide to toss your cigarettes out of the window.

Skin care is just as important as tooth care or the care of any other part of your body. To take adequate care of your skin, you need a dose of common sense and good habits. If you brush your teeth, you will damage them; similarly, if you wash and clean your skin too much, you will damage it. Taking care of the skin is a lifestyle issue; in other words, it should be incorporated into your life.

5. Use coconut oil every night because it will make your skin smooth and healthy. Moreover, massaging your skin with coconut oil can be a very pleasing experience. Take a diet rich with vitamin A. Include plenty of carrot juice, fruits, and vegetables into your diet.

If you follow these simple tips, you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful, and youthful skin throughout life. Baby boomers can reap the benefits of a lifetime of regular skin care as they move into the evening of their lives.

Retiring Baby Boomers May Want to Become Locum Tenens

Baby Boomers are continuing to age, many will be considering retirement within the next few years. With this large segment of the workforce leaving there will be many industries that will be affected and also a large number of immediate vacancies to be filled immediately. One of the biggest industries that will be greatly affected by this vacancy in the workforce will be healthcare. The Physician crisis will only grow further with a large number of physician's retiring.

There are more than 79 million Baby Boomers who have reached the age of retirement and are planning to leave the workforce in the next few years. According to the Kansas City Journal many of those 79 million retiring Baby Boomers are physicians. However, some doctors are concerned that there are not enough physicians who are qualified to take the places of these retiring physicians.

"Retirement for a physicians practice creates all sorts of complexities," David Thompson, a director for CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory Services, told the news provider. "And you really need to plan for how you're going to deal with those."

There are some other options for a retiring physician that might not be ready to completely step out of the workforce when he or she has reached the age of retirement. For the many physicians who are planning to retire within the next few years, some may want to consider entering a locum tenens practice as a way to ensure patients are still being treated and also ease themselves into retirement.

Review – The Baby Boomer's Guide to Online Income

Wow … Look at him go! That must be some yummy grub! Oh, sorry … I was distracted for a moment, watching the dog devour the food I gave him a minute ago. He sure seems to enjoy it … I just hope I will not have to fight him for it in a few years.

It does sound kind of funny, does not it? A guy eating his pet's food .. Everyone's heard a joke about "Grandma eating dog food" because her social security check does not stretch far enough. And yet, when you think about your own retirement someday, you cringe at the thought of not having enough money to live comfortably. Suddenly, there is not much to chuckle about, is there?

What makes this even more disturbing is the financial condition the country is in today. It's not just a matter of a few companies having trouble or a small group of people making bad investments. This time EVERYONE is getting hit .. It does not seem to matter where your nest egg is – IRA, 401K, mutual funds, stocks .. We are ALL getting spanked!

So what can you do about it? Do you wait for the government to magically fix it? Hmm … based on past experience, I somehow do not feel real confident about that! And I do not think any of us want to rely just on Social Security! The real trouble is time. Odds are that things will get better with time, how MUCH time is another question! For the "Baby Boomer Generation", there simply may not be enough time for our investments to recover before our retirements. Some of the "Boomers" are starting to enter retirement right now, MILLIONS more will retire in the next few years!

The only real way to assure yourself a comfortable retirement is to develop new sources of income and the sooner, the better. You really can not count on your employer to provide all the income you need … Just ask any of the MILLIONS of currently unemployed folks out there. How many of those jobs will come back? It's anyone's guess.

There is however, a bright spot in all this gloom! There has never, ever been a better time than right now, to start your own business! Think about it for a minute … What choices did people have during the great depression? Selling pencils from a cup on the corner? Pushing a cart down the street, peddling fruit and veggies? Today, ANYONE can start a business on the internet, right from their home, with little or no start up costs! There are thousands, if not millions of people earning money on-line RIGHT NOW … And there's plenty of room for you too.

Research forecasts that on-line retail spending will exceed $ 140 BILLION in 2010. How much of that would you need to be financially secure ?? You've already heard of the giants on the internet – eBay, Google, Amazon … The list goes on and on. But you do not have to be a large company to earn a substantial income on-line. With the right program, you can develop a fantastic income stream, all by yourself!

The secret to starting a successful online business is choosing the right system or plan. There are hundreds of "junk" programs out there, just waiting to separate you from your money! Some plans are outdated or not practical, some require more time than you may have, some are just scams!

I have bought more junk than I care to admit, looking for the right program. Then recently I found a system that actually delivers what it promises!

While Googling for info on the Baby Boomer Generation, I found an eBook called "Baby Boomers Guide To Online Income" It is a clear, concise guide that shows you exactly how to get started online, in an easy to understand form. It gives you a step-by-step road map to creating a large internet-based income. With it's proven methods and insider shortcuts, this guide is the most comprehensive book I have read on earning a living online!

Although anyone can benefit from the valuable information this book provides, it seems to be especially targeted to the Baby Boomer Generation. And the price is surprisingly low, less than what it costs to take the family out to dinner! Frankly, I've spent hundreds of dollars on other plans that did not contain a fraction of what this guide covers. Additionally, the publisher offers a 100% risk-free guarantee if you're not satisfied with the program.

If you are ready for financial independence and a better, more secure standard of living, I highly recommend that you check out the "Baby Boomers Guide To Online Income."

Some Baby Boomers Need The Help An Assisted Living Residence Provides

An assisted living residence is also sometimes known as an assisted living facility. This kind of care for elderly residents falls somewhere in between the 24 hour a day care that is provided in a skilled nursing facility and a senior retirement community.

In general, the folks who live in assisted living facilities need some help during the day and at night but they do not need or want the kind of personal attentions that comes with being a resident in a nursing home.

In the past couple of decades, the amount of people who are living to retirement age and better has increased tremendously. Not only are there more and more baby boomers as a group, but because of increases in the quality of medical care and increases in the general standard of living, more people are living longer.

In some cases people are living a lot longer. The median life expectancy for people who are retired has increased nearly 5 years across the board just in the last few years. This means a big increase in the number of people who are in need of a place to live when they retire.

Its not that folks can not simply stay in their homes they have lived in for the other parts of their lives, it's that sometimes they need some extra help and care in dealing with the activities of daily living. In some cases, this means they might need help with getting the washing done, or the meals prepared or the apartment cleaned.

In other cases, it means that a nurse has to help with giving the medication that they need. Most of these things are regulated by the states and the different states in the US have different rules about what kind of care is not allowed to be given in an assisted living residence.

In general, if retirees are in need of 24 hour a day care, they need to be in a nursing home type of facility, not an assisted care facility. But some retirement communities are quite large and inclusive and have a policy of aging in place, so that the residents can stay there in that community no matter what kind of care they need.

Baby boomers will soon be retiring in very large numbers and this will add a lot of people into the population of folks who are in need of the care they can get in an assisted living residence. That makes it a very good thing that so many more places are being built to accommodate all the people who need places to live.

The Baby Boomer Retirement Revolution In America

A recent documentary just aired on PBS called the “Retirement Revolution”. It addressed the many issues,worries, and concerns for those in the Baby Boomer generation. Some of us are already at the age when our parents were beginning to retire or,at least, slow down a little. Many of us wonder if we will ever be able to quit working.

Aside from the fact that the Baby Boomer generation has been the worst generation at the practice of saving money, I am always reading of couples who have saved & managed their money meticulously, only to be wiped out by an emergency or a turn of the economy. Of coarse, when we put some dedication, effort, and sacrifice into a savings/emergency fund, this will get us through the majority of smaller emergencies or crisis that may come our way. Most of us, including me, certainly will consistently fall back on credit sources or borrowing when we hit those bumps in the road. Since our daily cost of living keeps creeping upward (Yikes, just look at gasoline ) and many of our incomes are not, most of us are setting ourselves up for a disaster.

I think that the majority of our parents managed their money very well and used credit sparingly. They learned many financial lessons very well from their parents of which many had gone through the Great Depression. I definitely can remember my parents trying to teach me lessons or principles of money management (especially by example) But, it’s amazing how little of that I retained or put into practice in my individual life as I’ve grown older.

I’m think that many of us Baby Boomers are very much the opposite of our parents in the way we manage our money. Most of us were raised in relatively affluent times and have been accustomed to getting what we want and getting it now.

Personally, I have always struggled to manage my money, or finances, effectively. Savings has never been the proper priority it should be. As a consequence, I will be one of the many who will need to work in some capacity as long as I am capable. Since we were a generation that was largely pampered and spoiled as we grew up, it caused many of us to become the “I want it Now” generation. While some of us are able to support that lifestyle, I fear many of us are not.

Tips For Baby Boomers – Retirement and Panic

If you’re a Baby Boomer, you know that you are part of a great generation. There are more of you in your generation than in the generations before or after you. Yet, many of you are wondering how you are going to fare from age 65 and going forward.

There is a lot of uncertainty in Medicare, social security benefits, pensions. Younger works fresh out of college seem to scoop up the jobs, get paid more than you do, and have a handle on skills that you do not have.

How can you rise above your worries to create a significant and abundant time for yourself in the years ahead, especially from a financial standpoint?

Get Clear About Your Strengths

When fear takes over, it’s easy to forget the wealth of character traits, talents, and skills you have developed over the years. I’m guessing you have a treasure trove of abilities and skills based on your years in the work force.

The challenge is to take an inventory. Put together a portfolio of your experience. Make a list of your many accomplishments and achievements during the past decades of your life.

Get Clear About Your Mission, Vision, and Goals

Many of you, I’m guessing, have a good handle on the practice and discipline of strategic planning. Go back to the drawing board and reflect: Over the course and seasons of your life, your mission, vision, and values may change. But you can’t chart a course if you don’t know where you’re going.

Consider Hiring A Career Coach

If you live in a metropolitan area, you may want to look into some of the community colleges or universities in your area. Or you may want to do some online research into career coaches who specialize in working with the Boomer population. Having an impartial coach on your side can help you through the process of defining who you are and where you want to go.

Consider Starting A New Business

Cash flow is often the top concern for retirees when they find out that they have not saved enough, or that their pension is not what they thought it would be.

I encourage you to start increasing your financial intelligence. I’m not only talking about traditional financial planning. I’m talking about the type of financial IQ laid out by Robert Kiyosaki in his Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books.

If you can think and act like an entrepreneur, you will be on your way to creating possibilities for increased cash flow in your life. In order to do this, you will need to know your values and passions; you will need to know the type of customers you want to serve; you will need to learn to listen to your potential customers so that you know their problems; and you will need to design solutions that can help them in their lives.

This may seem challenging, but there are resources all around you! So what if you need to take a job at Starbucks, or a retail store, or elsewhere. That part-time job will put money in your pocket while you go about the real job of creating a business you can own and leverage.

I encourage you to start making a habit of learning about small business at your local library; hanging out at business networking groups; and dreaming and planning for your ideal business.

Consider Becoming A Freelancer or Consultant

In the course of talking with your career coach, you may realize that you have specific skills and work experience you can leverage into consulting jobs. Go to your library, once again, and read up on becoming a freelancer or consultant.

Make These Resources Part of Your Daily Financial Diet

I am including no links here: I am not an affiliate. However, I have found these authors/bloggers to be very helpful to me as I develop an entrepreneur’s mindset:

Type these words into Google, Yahoo, or Bing search engines on your internet:

The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss.

Multiple Streams of Income, by Robert Allen.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi.

The Smart Passive Income Blog, by Pat Flynn.

I hope these strategies will give you hope. You did not learn the skills you have learned overnight: they took years of practice. Devote the next 10 years, I challenge you, to becoming the best that you can become in your area of endeavor. Change you mindset from that of a victim or a cringing senior citizen to that of a victor and sage warrior.

You can do it!!