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Salsa Dance and Music

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Salsa Dancers

Salsa Dancers

By Boomeryearbook.com

SALSA-what comes to your mind when you hear the word? A captivating rhythm, dancers with swift, sensuous movements to match the flow of the music, and the vibrant colors of the Caribbean; the sights and sounds of the rich Latin American world!

In the Spanish language Salsa is a spicy sauce but actually it means a “mixture of ingredients”, which helps explain the diverse components that comprise the music and dance we call Salsa. And then there is the vernacular understanding of the root of the word Salsa, which says, “a word with no precise meaning but with vivid associations”.

MUSIC SALSA

The definitive origin of Salsa music is still open to debate. Max Salazar, the Latin music historian, traced it back to the 1930s, when it was defined as a ‘danceable Latin music’. Salazar explained that it was a blend of multiple styles with its closest relatives being Cuban mambo, Son orchestras of the early 20th century and of course Latin Jazz.

Even today Salsa is the most played music in Latin dance clubs, and considered the most popular dance music in Latin communities. The particular style of Salsa that is most popular today is called salsa romantica; a sexy form of couples dancing music with a sensuous beat and very few or repetitive lyrics.

ORIGIN OF SALSA

It’s difficult to define Salsa dance and its origins, but to give it a try; it can be described as a tree with many roots (i.e. origins) and many branches that are the styles evolved over many centuries of time.

People have the misconception that Salsa is Cuban or Puerto Rican. While it is not primarily Latin, it is a form of a French and English country dance that has been infused by Latinos with first the African Rhumba, then later with, Son, a mixture of Spanish Sonero and African drumbeats. Thus, when Latinos poured African elements into the amalgamated blending of music and sound, they created the exotic mix known as Salsa. Technically Salsa is a mix; a distillation of many African, Caribbean and Latin .fundamental elements.

MODERN DAY SALSA

How has Salsa come to have its present face? Bands of musicians from various countries like the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba and others with various styles of music, brought their music to Mexico City and New York. Once reaching these big cities, they various styles were promoted and synchronized and thus the mainstream, modern day Salsa was created.

Today’s Salsa contains many of the mixed elements of Son, Cumbia, Guaracha, and old Merengue; old styles with modernized beats that have morphed with its dancers revealing primary elements with various twists and personalization.

STYLES OF SALSA

Broadly considered as a partner dance, Salsa has also recognized solo forms, line dancing called Suelta, and group dancing Rueda de Casino-in which partners are exchanged. The dance has mostly side to side movements, performed with a set pattern or improvised. The majority of current Salsa steps come from the Son, but the Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, Changui, Palo Monte, Rumba, Abakua Comparsan and even Mozambique influences are clearly visible.

The history of Salsa is full of contradiction. It has been reincarnated many times over the years, enjoying world wide recognition and popularity. It’s considered the most dynamic musical phenomena. Today Salsa is a dance oriented genre of music with Salsa music players claiming it as emotionally and culturally genuine since it reflects and projects elements of the vibrant Latin culture.

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Rose Optical Illusion

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Optical Illusion-Naturally Occurring

Optical Illusion-Naturally Occurring

This is an example of a natrually occurring optical (visual) illusion. It is a real picture taken on a gorgeous sunny day on a sandy beach. At first glance this looks like just a beautiful rose. But keep looking and see if you can find the hidden picture inside the rose.

Have you found it? Here’s a hint. It is an ocean creature.

Answer:

Still can’t see it? Check around the center middle top of the rose and you will see a swimming dolphin.

Are you still having trouble finding the hidden image? As in many things in life, practice makes perfect, and we at Boomer Yearbook hope you will check out our many Online Optical Illusions and Brain Teasers. Enjoy!

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Acupuncture

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Baby Boomer getting acupuncture face lift

Baby Boomer getting acupuncture face lift

Elderly Problems:

By Boomeryearbook.com

Acupuncture is based on the belief that living beings have an important energy called “chi” that passes through twelve imaginary energy lines which circle around the body. Each line is linked with different parts of the body. Elderly problems can occur when there is a disruption in the flow of ‘chi”.
Acupuncturists insert needles into special points along specific relevant lines in order to bring back balance to the flow of “chi” and thus treat the elderly problem. There are more than 1000 acupuncture points in the body. This article on our website for baby boomers will summarize some advantages and disadvantages of acupuncture.
Some of the most common elderly problems include sleeplessness, persistent low back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Boomer Yearbook, our website for baby boomers suggests that the proportion of having back pain is significantly greater in the aging baby boomers generation than younger adults; And degenerative knee disease with the back spinal collapse is invariably one of the most common elderly problems.

One of the most important advantages of acupuncture is that as long as performed by a recognized and well trained expert, there are no contraindications or side effects. It can be easily performed on the baby boomers generation as there are no age specific restrictions to the practice of acupuncture. It can treat all elderly problems without inflicting pain; or with minimal discomfort (i.e. the soles of the feet can be quite sensitive). Psychological articles have reported that acupuncture helps improve memory and enhances the body’s resistance against infections. It can give immediate relief to the most common elderly problems like back pain, knee pain, sleeplessness and low energy. The NIH (National Institute of Health) has reported that acupuncture has reduced severe effects without negative side effects, which cannot be said for traditional allopathic medications and other medical methods adopted for treatment of these conditions. Thus, acupuncture does not pose negative risk factors for the treatment of common elderly problems.

Acupuncture needles are safe as long as they are sterilized, used once on only the one person, free of any infection, and administered by a qualified professional. Certain standards are set for acupuncture needles especially while treating elderly problems as the baby boomers generation, due to our aging, are at higher risk of catching infections.

According to the research done by Boomer Yearbook, our website for baby boomers, each session costs roughly between $ 60 to $ 80 which can be quite expensive for the retirement boomer as it is usually non-insurance “out of pocket” money. Since bone loss, arthritis, and pain conditions are common elderly problems, we feel that before embarking on a treatment of acupuncture, that we warn the baby boomers generation that it is costly and in some cases, even if performed by an licensed well trained expert, that there can be soreness and bleeding and irritation around the entry sites.

Every person reacts differently to acupuncture; And in the vast majority of well performed service, it can bring significant benefits. However, Boomer Yearbook wants to caution all baby boomers to seek a licensed practitioner, carefully observe that the needles the practitioner is using are from a sterilized “sealed” package, and be on the lookout for bleeding and bruising. The biggest negative Boomer Yearbook website for baby boomers uncovered in the psychological articles warned that improperly treating elderly problems with acupuncture could cause series infections and even organ perforation.

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Boomers Need Long-term Planning for Long-term Care Insurance

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

adult-day-care-health insurance

by BoomerYearbook.com

Planning for the future for Baby Boomers involves much more than picking out a retirement community or diversifying a portfolio. The first Boomers became eligible for Social Security in 2008. The last Boomers won’t be eligible until 2026. Regardless of your year of eligibility for Social Security, there are other avenues you must travel to secure your future, as far as long-term care is concerned.

When referring to long-term care, we mistakenly generalize our thinking to exclusively include our grandmothers and grandfathers in assisted living or nursing facilities. What we must realize is that anyone may require the services of long-term care. Although such conditions as Alzheimer’s disease are quite common in long-term care facilities, any number of conditions can require long-term care. A stroke, paralyzing accident, or chronic illness may strike a person of any age, often catching the patient off-guard. And many people do not know that neither conventional medical insurance nor Medicare is designed for the coverage of long-term care.

What do I need to do, you ask, to make certain I am covered in case I need long-term care? Long-term care is a broad term referring to the services supplied to those who need assistance with their daily activities beyond a normal recuperative period of illness or accident. Naturally, the longer people live, the greater the chance that they will need long-term care. The options for long-term care coverage are limited, making long-term care insurance a recommended choice for ensuring adequate long-term care.

Long-term care insurance is not the same as traditional medical insurance. Long-term care insurance varies by available options on selected policies, and may include such services as nursing home care, assisted living, home health care, and adult day care. According to the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the average annual costs of long-term care services include the following: nursing home, $66,795; assisted living, $35,460; home health care, $24,700; adult day care, $16,896. If you are unsure of your ability to financially sustain long-term care for yourself or an immediate family member, long-term care insurance is a viable choice.

One important point to note, premiums for long-term care insurance are set based on age and likelihood for coverage. The younger you are when you purchase your coverage, the lower your monthly or annual premium. Another factor to consider when purchasing long-term care insurance is the type and amount of coverage you desire. As expected, the more coverage you think you will need, the higher the premium. Information regarding long-term care insurance may be obtained through an insurance agent, your employer, or even through the internet. It is recommended that you gather as much information as possible before making your decision.

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Annuity 101 for Baby Boomers

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Retirement-recipe

By Boomeryearbook.com

Most of you Baby Boomers have probably heard that annuity plans are a great way to save your money for the future, and can also save you some tax payments. It can also generate a steady flow of income for you when you are no longer working. But some of you may be wondering how annuities really work.

Purchasing an annuity plan is just like investing in a product, or a company. You entrust your money into a certain company, given the guarantee that this company will work for you, and will make your money earn over the years. It is an agreement between two parties (you and the company) and just like any formal, legal and binding agreement, it is sealed with a contract, in this case it will be the policy which details all the responsibilities and entitlements of each of the two contracting parties.

One item specified in the policy is the premiums you are required to pay (or the money you need to invest). You see Baby Boomers, we can pay this investment in a lump sum or in installments over several years. Of course, you choose the one most convenient to you. You also specify how much you want to invest, and in return the insurance company will tell you how much you will be entitled to, after a specific number of years.

The other significant item that will be specified is the payout, or the manner in which you will get your money (and its earnings) back. Just like the payment of premiums, payouts can be handed out in a lump sum or in installments. Lump sum will be desirable if, say, you want to buy a country home where you’d want to spend your days and nights just being idle and listening to the wind. Installments on the other hand will be useful if you still want to have a monthly income of sorts, which will take care of your household expenses.

Always bear in mind that the specifications in the annuity plan will always be dictated by you – remember that this is your retirement you are planning on, so take time to consider the important details. You should also evaluate several proposals prior to signing up with any insurance company. Free quotes can easily be had online and make sure to compare several quotes first. You can even ask your kids to help you evaluate these proposals. While you should hasten fixing your retirement plan, it wouldn’t do any good to rush into a decision.

Is there anything else you’d like to know about annuities? Please feel free to post your questions on boomeryearbook.com. Who knows, it might also be on another Baby Boomer’s mind!

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When Alzheimer beats Boomer

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

When Alzheimer beats Boomer

When Alzheimer beats Boomer

by BoomerYearbook.com

The latest 2008 statistics show there are at least 5.2 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. And with an increasing trend in the number of new cases, it will be doubly hard for the U.S. healthcare system to undertake the weighty task of care and treatment.

The recent projection reveals that the disease will remain a significant multi-faceted issue to plague the country in the next decades. The numbers suggest that by 2050, there will be close to a million new cases and that Alzheimer’s disease would be the seventh deadliest disease in America. The figures also manifest that the risk is greater among women in contrast to men.

The overall projection of 10 million cases even makes the scenario more alarming since the ratio is pegged at 1 out of every 8 baby boomers.

The impact of having boomers experiencing this high-risk disease can be visibly understood in terms of the boomers’ higher purchasing power and the expanding circle of caregivers that are either children or grandchildren.

Even federal health insurance programs recognized the significance of the issue. Medicare cushions the trebling cases by spending thrice the amount of money on those afflicted with the disease than it does for an average Medicare recipient. Medicare is expected to spend $160 billion by 2010, a number that will be an increasing trend by 2015 when it continues to rise to $189 billion each year.

The projected figures, as reported by the Alzheimer’s Association, also imply the need for increasing long-term care systems instituted for home and assisted living facilities; an even more problematic situation as these costs are not covered by most health insurance.

Research spending on the disease remained relatively low at $640 million as compared to the $5 billion annual budget on cancer research and $3 billion annual budget on heart disease. Unless more money is spent on research and testing to find a cure for the disease, the disease will continue to plague many millions of baby boomers.

Alzheimer’s and care giving for loved ones with Alzheimer’s is a troubling boomer concern. But you do not have to suffer alone! Come join others at boomeryearbook.com for information and support.

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