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Sex Dreams: Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Sex Dreams

Sex Dreams

By Boomeryearbook.com

Sex dreams can be common for both men and women although they are generally not discussed and considered a taboo topic. It is strange that it should be so today, considering how sex is so prevalent in today’s society. We see it everywhere from television to bill board ads and even in song lyrics. Yet, we rarely discuss the subject matter as it relates to dreams. Perhaps it is less embarrassing to watch someone else’s sexual fantasy on television or listen to someone else talk about them than to actually do so ourselves.

Whether you talk about your sex dreams or not, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Like all other dreams, it is simply the unconscious mind working its many wonders as we sleep. The famous psychologist, Sigmund Freud, believed that people had sexual dreams because of repressed sexual desires and emotions. Of course, in his time, sex was very much a taboo topic. It was never discussed or displayed the way that it is today.

However, I suppose that it is possible that one could experience a sex dream because of repressed desires and emotions. Especially for the elderly and the baby boomers generation that did not grow up speaking as freely about sex. A dream could be about a particular sexual fantasy or about a particular person. A lot of times if a person has something (or in this case, someone) on the mind it will manifest itself in a dream. You may not even be thinking about that person in a sexual manner. Yet, the dream may bring to light some hidden or unwanted romantic feelings you may be feeling towards a person.

Even with all of the Freudian type theories, psychological articles inform us that it is also entirely possible that your sex dream meant absolutely nothing–nothing sexual anyhow. It could be that you are dreaming about a particular person from your past. This doesn’t mean that your marriage is in trouble or that you have feelings for someone else. It could just symbolize a particular time in your life. Maybe at that point you had adventure in your life or particular freedoms of the past. Perhaps it reminds you of a time in your life when you were not tied down with so many responsibilities.

Just remember when you have a dream of a sexual nature; it is nothing to be ashamed of or to be alarmed about. You should not immediately interpret the dream as something negative. Dreams often leave us puzzled and confused. We want to search for answers as to why we would dream a particular dream, especially if it is an embarrassing dream or something we think we should feel guilty about. Yet, we cannot control what our unconscious mind may be trying to accomplish. So do not over-think the situation and remember—it’s only a dream, or as Freud would say, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”.

We at Boomer Yearbook agree with Freud. What do you think?

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A Psychological Analysis of Archie Comic Book Characters

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Why We Love to Love Archie and Betty &
Love to Hate Reggie and Veronica

By Boomeryearbook.com

Archie Comics … there’s so much you could write about them but you can’t say all that much in about five hundred words .. So let’s consider this blog as just a starting point. Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and of course Archie are unforgettable. Even if you weren’t an avid reader (I have serious doubts anyone of us from the baby boomer generation can claim that) I’m sure you know the characters; they’ve become household names. Archie made his debut in December 1941, as a character in Pep Comics #22 and he and his original buddies, with a few additions, are still in print today. The triad of initial creative and business genius behind the Archie Comics was Vic Bloom- writer, Bob Montana- art design, and John. L. Goldwater- editor and publisher.

While the comics lack a strong plot or intricate story line, what made (and continues to make) them a hit were the fictional, but psychologically genuine, characters.

Archibald “Archie” Andrews is a red headed teenage boy from a middle class family who’s obsessed with girls. (i.e., in the boomer years we referred to this as ‘dating”). He’s a bit awkward and pretty accident prone. (Baby boomer parents may have found him reminiscent of the film character, Andy Hardy played by Mickey Rooney).

Betty, Elizabeth Cooper, is the boomer version of the all American cheerleader or girl next door. Betty is sweet, open hearted, good at school and athletics, and in her spare time, doesn’t mind getting dirty by doing mechanical work on a car. She’s indeed the all rounder.

Ronnie, Veronica Lodge, the dark haired rich elitist beauty, is Betty’s best friend and along with Betty, a contender for Archie’s affections. She’s considered a raven haired knockout when compared to Betty’s blonde sweet wholesome looks, but actually Bob Montana drew Betty and Veronica with identical face and figures; their only difference is hair color and clothing. Now who said that blondes have more fun? Not typically in Archie comics as Ronnie and her huge wardrobe usually had the upper hand over Betty in winning Archie’s attention.

Jughead, Forsythe Pendleton Jones III, is Archie’s best friend, known for his jaded sense of humor, and enormously large appetite. Jughead is smart, stick skinny and not interested in girls; he reminds most of us of some boomer guy we knew who used sarcasm as a way to cover up his ill ease, awkward teenage stage.

And Reggie, Reginald Mantle III, is the privileged rich, snobby, arrogant male conter to Archie’s adolescent naivety. Reggie is on the high school tennis team, (considered an elitist sport in 1941) and is fond of flaunting his upper crust athletic prowess in Archie’s clumsy adolescent face.

Archie and his friends grow up in the “fictional’ town of Riverdale, (probably fashioned after the real Riverdale (Bronx, New York) where Goldwater attended Horace Mann High School.
The real Riverdale, NY is indeed a middle class American community, but Horace Mann high school, located in Riverdale, is anything but an average middle class institution. Over the past years, the Wall Street Journal has consistently ranked Horace Mann as the seventh best high school in the United States as measured by student admission rates to exclusive colleges such as Harvard, Yale, and Princton. Admission to Horace Mann is highly selective and Horace Mann’s Boys Varsity Tennis team is noted for it’s excellence and has won many New York City Mayor’s Cup Team Competitions. As Reggie would say, “Tennis anyone?” Well probably not Archie.

Archie is the embodiment of a classic small town 17-year-old teenager attending a Middle American public high school. He’s portrayed throughout as affable, generous and well mannered. He’s perpetually in pursuit of Betty and Veronica and can’t seem to decide which one to date. Archie’s the lead singer of his band and an average athlete. So what’s Archie’s appeal? Simple. He is representativative of many baby boomer teenagers, an all around average teenage guy.

Ronnie is the daughter of the richest man in Riverdale. She gets her first name from the actress Veronica Lake and her last name from the Lodges, a prominant 1940’s Boston political family. She’s seen as busty, (i.e., “stacked”) black haired, beautiful and slender. Numerous psychological articles have informed us that eyebrows have been raised at the way girls have been portrayed in the comics. Veronica represents a certain type of sex appeal, though this isn’t as evident in the comic since sexual stereotyping can easily be passed off as a certain naivety or teenage wit. She’s rich, and doesn’t have to work hard for anything. At a time when the baby boomer generation was in its teens, she became the fancy of many girls who dreamed of a lifestyle like hers; and certainly coveted her wardrobe.

However, Betty Cooper, the sporty cheerleader, was many a teenage baby boomer women’s favorite. Her middle class upbringing and the fact that she actually is Archie’s neighbor makes her the quintessential girl next door. She plays the tambourine in Archie’s band and is fond of writing and keeping a journal. Betty’s the one you’ll find no reason not to love. She’s smart, works hard, and she’s got a great heart.

Jughead Jones as the lanky, tall, hamburger loving best friend is a bit of an oddity and non-conformist; but he is really smart. A fast runner, Jughead hones his skills trying to be the first in line for food. But this brainiac, (possibly modeled after the many brainiacs at Horace Mann high school) often surprises snobby Reggie and Veronica with what he knows about Shakespeare, history, sports and science.

In doing a psychological analysis of the characters it is impossible to overlook the strong division between the wealthy and middle class and the paradox that existed in the baby boomers generation society regarding sexual stereotyping. Archie is shown as a teenage boy who is constantly battling between going for the rich, beautiful Ronnie who has material success, and Betty, who is sweet, intelligent, good humored, low maintenance, and what many baby boomers parents would have considered “marriage material”.

While most baby boomers were great fans of Archie and his friends, many psychological articles have pointed out that the characters hid their stereotyped motives behind forced wit and juvenile behavior. But just because it lacked overt sex and violence it doesn’t mean that the baby boomer generation were fooled by the characters deep desires. Nope, we got it. We loved to love Archie and Betty because so many of us identified with their middle class status and need to struggle to succeed in an unfairly balanced world. And we loved to hate Ronnie and Reggie because many of us were jealous that they did not have to work hard and so many life advantages were handed over to them just because they were born rich.

And then there were the times when the baby boomer generation may have mistakenly been accused of viewing the characters as too shallow and only linearly developed. But wrong again. We baby boomers got that in Archie Comics, the male led the way and acted as the “deciders” and the women were supposed to be the “passive” objects of these decisions, or cat fighting against each other to vie for the boy’s attention.

Ah, and there it is. The seemingly simple Archie Comics are the psychologically sophisticated embodiment of the baby boomers generation class and gender warfare.

Or at least that’s how we see it at Boomer Yearbook. What do you think?

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Ellen DeGeneres Makes Boomer Women Proud

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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By Boomeryearbook.com

Good news for the boomer women; Ellen DeGeneres is the new face of Cover Girl. Rumors had started to circle way before the successful comedian announced officially in September on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she’d be “the new face of Cover Girl.” She’s already started shooting commercials for them and says that the experience is a “very cool thing.”

The talented Ellen has won eleven Emmy awards throughout her career as a stand up comedian and talk show host. She hosted the 79th Academy Awards and of course, who can forget her as Dory in the cute Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. She has indeed come a long way from winning the title of the funniest person in America in an HBO sponsored event in 1980. Her success story gives courage to the boomer women reminding us of who we are and how far we have come.

She started working with Cover Girl Cosmetics in September and her advertisements started running in January of this year. The reason why Ellen working in a beauty campaign is surprising is not because she’s not good looking, it’s just that she has very unconventional looks; and is a proud openly gay, untraditional woman. Ellen has been dating girlfriend Portia De Rossi since 2004. The couple married in 2008 when the ban on same-sex marriage in California was overturned. The woman is anything but conformist. She doesn’t dress girly and she doesn’t wear a lot of girly makeup. But her advertisements for Cover Girl are amazing and Ellen looks glam. Way to go for the boomer women!

Cover Girl has signed a contract with Ellen under which this proud boomer women will be marketing the new Cover Girl Simply Ageless foundation. The timing for the deal couldn’t be better because Ellen, while far from old, turned 51 in January of this year as did many of the boomer women. She represents the segment of women in society who want to still have fun and look good even though their age in numbers might try to indicate otherwise. Cover Girl’s pick for their new line shows the changing attitude of our country. Who ever thought that a woman who is a comedian by profession and isn’t sexually straight would ever be chosen to represent makeup for a fashionable hot brand? Call me narrow-minded, but we sure never thought something like this would happen. It has though, and we’re all the better for it. Ellen has immense appeal, as shown by the smashing success she’s had with the American Express ads and the wide viewing of her show.

Ellen will, of course, be showing clips from her photo shoots with Cover Girl on her show. The move to put someone as diverse as Ellen on the face of a campaign is a clever stroke of genius on the part of Cover Girl. It’ll send the competition scrambling to find something or someone different. But there’s no one like Ellen and she is as original as it gets. Ellen has that open “every person” easiness to her while still being different from the crowd. Cover Girl will also be able to capture the market for the boomer women thanks to this smart move.

We at Boomer Yearbook say kudos to Cover Girl for choosing Ellen.

Boomer Yearbook, a free social networking site for the baby boomers or those concerned with the elderly problems of the baby boomers generation, is based on the vision that the baby boomers want to connect and reconnect, but in our own way and on our own terms.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Karen Turner provides free psychological articles on baby boomer relevant topics such as dream analysis, coaching, self-help, baby boomer relevant forums, fun online optical illusions and brain teasers to keep our brains sharp and help ward off senior moments, depression and Alzheimer’s, the latest news on baby boomers cosmetic enhancements and weekly updates on the baby boomers generation mental and medical wellness.

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Elderly Problems: Sex in Nursing Homes

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Sex in the Golden Years

By Boomer Yearbook

Sex is an integral part of our lives and is as undeniable as any other bodily need. It is a normal, healthy human drive, and down playing its importance in nursing homes will create an unnecessary disturbance as we, the baby boomer generation start residing there.

First and most importantly, psychological articles and research reveal that most elderly people exhibit a diminished sex drive due to common elderly problems but our sex drive does not completely disappear. Therefore, sex in nursing homes is an issue that needs to be discussed and properly addressed. One thing is certain. The baby boomer generation and our beliefs about sexual freedom and civil rights will surely bring about a change in many current “restrictive” aspects of the nursing home environment which will undoubtedly include sexual activity.

Psychological articles report that younger people are uncomfortable with the older generation engaging in intimate acts. They argue it’s hard for them to imagine their parents having sex, let alone their grandparents (or anyone of an older age). It is therefore important that concerned agencies explain to nurses and staff the importance of sexuality for older adults, identifying and attempting to eliminate barriers of any elderly problems to fulfill sexual desires and devising strategies to assist the residents. Sometimes rearranging the furniture or arranging the bed for someone who requires physical therapy is all that is required.

Psychological articles frequently remind us that our senior years can be very lonely and intimacy and companionship can go a long way in alleviating the elderly problem of these negative emotional states. Being a part of the baby boomer generation, sexuality means more to us than just its physical aspect, as it is also a great way to ease loneliness and depression. Barring elderly nursing home residents from this normal part of life will almost guaranteedly cause difficulties for the nursing home administration, and additional elderly problems for the populace. Moreover, if sexual interest is present in the elderly nursing home population and psychological articles tell us it is, it will continue to manifest regardless of any elderly problems such as unavailability of a suitable partner, lack of privacy or poor health.

In many psychological articles, Viagra is touted as a miracle medication as it assists sexuality by allowing the baby boomer generation to overcome elderly problems and be able to participate in sex. However, this oral administration of virility amongst aging boomers and booming senior men is an increasing concern for the administration of nursing homes as it allows more residents to engage in sexual behaviors. On the positive side, psychological articles have reported that Viagra has forced nursing home administrators to address this issue and rethink their ignorant or provincial attitudes towards elderly sex.

It is important to take note that some of the nursing home administrators and family members concerns regarding elderly residents’ sexuality are valid and should not be overlooked. For instance, adult children of nursing home residents and other family members may worry about the health of their elderly loved one if active sexuality is pursued, and how these new relationships might take a toll on their parents’ well being. It is therefore imperative that administrators ensure that all elderly residents’ behaviors are safe and do not in any way compromise health. And then there is the emotional issue wherein the elderly resident’s children might fear that the bonds of a new sexual relationship might be strong enough to lead to exploitation or the adult child’s taking a back seat in importance compared to the elders new intimate partner.

In addition to the aforementioned elderly problems, there are other safety measures that need to be addressed. For instance, residents need to be properly educated about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and some might even need extensive physical therapy to achieve coitus. However, the most complicated situations arise due to residents suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, as their inappropriate sexual behavior creates havoc for themselves, their potential partners, their family members and nursing home staff.
Religion and beliefs play an important role in this situation as well. There are some nursing homes which are run by religious groups that might oppose the baby boomer generation mindset of liberal sexuality. The staff members view their work as a religious motivation and thus would view this issue from the perspective of their religious beliefs and ethical teachings.

Nursing homes administration and staff need to adjust their attitude towards elderly sex and recognize residents as consenting adults who have the right, within reason, to do what they want to do. The family, too, should encourage their elderly loved ones to enjoy life despite their elderly problems.
We at Boomer Yearbook recognizing that nursing home sex can be a sensitive subject. We welcome your thoughts and opinions.

Boomer Yearbook, a free social networking site for the baby boomers or those concerned with the elderly problems of the baby boomers generation, is based on the vision that the baby boomers want to connect and reconnect, but in our own way and on our own terms.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Karen Turner provides free psychological articles on baby boomer relevant topics such as dream analysis, coaching, self-help, baby boomer relevant forums, fun online optical illusions and brain teasers to help ward off senior moments, depression and Alzheimer’s, the latest news on baby boomers cosmetic enhancements and weekly updates on the baby boomers generation mental and medical wellness.

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Our Brains: Use It or Lose It

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Rotating Snake by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Elderly Problems Alert

By Boomeryearbook.com

The brain is one of our most important organs; and just as the rest of the body requires exercise to stay healthy and active, so does the brain. Listen up boomers! According to psychological articles and research, online optical illusions and brain teasers such as those presented in Boomer Yearbook, are fun, proven ways to help ward off loss of memory, depression, and dementias! Let’s stop complaining about senior moments and do what psychological articles and research tell us we can to keep our brains active and alive.

An optical or visual illusion is an image or an illustration that tricks the brain’s ability to identify between the real and the imaginary. It is a play upon the brain which sometimes leads it to see things that are not present or be unable to see what is present.

Optical illusions fall into 2 categories: physiological and cognitive. A physiological illusion is one that is induced by stimulants like light, color and movement, whereas a cognitive illusion refers to those tricks played on the mind by the accidental interference of the eyes with the brain. Optical illusions can occur either naturally or by an external, deliberate stimulus. In case of the latter, certain areas of the brain that work on assumptions are targeted and led to believe and perceive what is not true.

Brain teasers, on the other hand, are challenges posed to the brain to make it think in a way that is different from its usual way of perception. These ask for the use of:

• Categorization
• Reasoning
• Lateral thinking
• Logic
• Play on words and numbers

According to a review of psychological articles by a team at Boomer Yearbook, the website for baby boomers, providing stimulating exercises to the brain leads to not only an improvement in memory but also assists in effectively managing stress, and can enhance motor functions such as speed and hand eye coordination.

Psychological articles and research stress that our brains need new levels of stimulation to keep alive and active; and that online optical illusions and brain teasers can help build new networks of neural cells, ward off the elderly problems of depression, and even positively impact the decrease in Alzheimer’s related memory impairments.

Some activities that can help keep the aging boomers out of the way of certain elderly problems are as follows:

1. Specially designed memory games can be a great benefit for memory improvement, as these games act on particular areas of the brain that are in charge of storage and retrieval of information.
2. Puzzles force the brain into thinking, processing and learning. They also make for great fun activities to be enjoyed with family and friends. Common examples are Scrabble and crosswords.
3. Training our brains to think and process information in new ways is extremely important to keep it from “rusting”. Keeping this important organ fit through exercise is even more necessary than exercising the rest of the body. Encouraging it to stay alert through puzzles and online optical illusions and brain teasers can assist in preventing a lot of elderly problems such as depression, anxiety, and of course, Alzheimer.
4. Games such as Risk which makes one form complex strategies in order to play are amazingly beneficial in exercising our grey matter.
5. Riddles are an ancient and fun way of stimulating the brain into ways of thinking in and out of the box.

Whatever method you choose, remember that we baby boomers more than ever need to work on our bodies and minds in order to keep healthy. Failure or neglect in exercising our brains could lead to some serious health issues.

So stop complaining about senior moments, and get involved with Boomer Yearbook’s Games online optical illusions, and brain teasers. Your brain will thank you.


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, a free social networking site for the baby boomers or those concerned with the elderly problems of the baby boomers generation, is based on the vision that the baby boomers want to connect and reconnect, but in our own way and on our own terms.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Karen Turner provides free psychological articles on baby boomer relevant topics such as dream analysis, coaching, self-help, baby boomer relevant forums, brain games and online optical illusions, the latest news on baby boomers cosmetic enhancements and weekly updates on the baby boomers generation mental and medical wellness.

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Crafts for the Boomers

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Crafts: A great boomer hobby

Crafts: A great boomer hobby

By Boomeryearbook.com

Crafts, or hand making a decorative or practical object, is a hobby that seems to be synonymous with children and elderly people; however, there is more to crafts for the elderly than paper chains, dolls and paints. Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy papier-mâché, clay and markers too, but one should not limit crafts to such activities alone and understand that crafts for the aging baby boomers generation can help relieve many elderly problems such as boredom and stress and should be more complex.

One way to keep aging boomers minds and hands feeling useful and alive is to encourage the aging baby boomers generation to continue any hobby or profession they had when then were younger. Baby boomers who were jewelers or tailors should continue making jewelry or clothes. An interesting and enjoyable choice for baby boomer men is clock making, building birdhouses, or making toys of the workshop craft variety. They can also consider miniature models, sculpture and science crafts.

Not surprisingly, crafts are more popular amongst baby boomer women. A lot of our baby boomer women are adept at knitting, crocheting and quilting, which make great craft activities. Sewing, and fine needle work is another craft that many baby boomer women have perfected and should continue as a hobby. Baby boomer women can also use their skills at these crafts to raise money for charity, or start small businesses of their own.

Another popular choice in crafts for the aging baby boomers generation is painting. Many baby boomer men and baby boomer women paint in oils and water colors, and why shouldn’t crafts for the aging boomers have arts incorporated in it? Baby boomers can join memoir-writing workshops and can either share them with grandchildren or consider getting them published through small publishing companies.

Crafts do not have to be limited to the common perception we have of them and the following activities can be choices for crafts for the elderly and baby boomers generation:

• Making handmade pictures, greeting cards, posters, wall hangings
• Ceramics
• Cooking
• Gardening
• Making gift baskets
• Origami
• Beading
• Candle and Soap making
• Woodworking
• Fresh water aquariums
• Collecting rocks, gems, minerals
• Cooking
• Flower Arranging
• Pottery

Interests vary with individuals and the baby boomers should choose craft activities that appeal to their creativity and means of expression. Though some baby boomers may have physical disabilities that inhibit them from some of the more complex craft ideas, the main message we at Boomer Yearbook are trying to get across is that the baby boomers should continue to do something they enjoyed when they were younger, pursued as a profession, or just simply do whatever they find enjoyable.
We at Boomer Yearbook would love to hear your thoughts and see pictures of your crafts.

Boomer Yearbook, a free social networking site for the baby boomers or those concerned with the elderly problems of the baby boomers generation, is based on the vision that the baby boomers want to connect and reconnect, but in our own way and on our own terms.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Karen Turner provides free psychological articles on baby boomer relevant topics such as dream analysis, coaching, self-help, baby boomer relevant forums, online optical illusions and brain teasers to help ward off depression, senior moments, Alzheimer’s or dementia, the latest news on baby boomers cosmetic enhancements and weekly updates on the baby boomers generation mental and medical wellness.

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Aromatherapy: Benefits and Cautions

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The Truth About Aromatherapy

By Boomeryearbook.com

 Aromatherapy and Elderly Problems

Aromatherapy and Elderly Problems

Aromatherapy can be an attractive notion for the boomer generation because of its holistic approach in treating some of the elderly problems from which the boomer generation suffers. However while appealing, aromatherapy is not a science.

Psychological articles and research define aromatherapy as the use of plant oils to provide physical and psychological benefits; ostensibly using plants known for their aromatic properties for therapeutic purposes. Although the actual term aromatherapy originates in the 20th century, the actual practice of aromatherapy dates back thousands of years. The Chinese appear to be the earliest practitioners of aromatherapy, and psychological articles indicate that in later years, the Egyptians began to experiment and utilize aromatic plants for curative and restorative objectives.

The boomer generation will remember a time when aromatherapy was hailed as the cure for almost any illness. The question is- how far was this hype justified? Psychological articles have asked numerous “experts” about their opinions on the physical curative effects of aromatherapy and most researchers are cited as replying in the negative. Thus the psychological articles inferred that while aromatherapy does not have any physical curative power, it can in fact help in the psychological realm through the stimulative or calming emotional impact of particular aromatic plant oil.

According to the experts reviewed in psychological articles, while aromatherapy is not necessarily a cure for any illness, it can in fact be an excellent compliment as it elevates or calms mood and can emotionally enhance almost any medical procedure.
One of the greatest advantages of aromatherapy, and one that might help the boomer generation with some of the elderly problems we face, is the fact that it has been found to be beneficial in cases of stress, depression and fatigue. Thus while aromatherapy is not without its benefits, it cannot be thought of as a medical science replacement.

One of the things the boomer generation must be wary of as far as aromatherapy is concerned, is that there is a lot of online misinformation. If used incorrectly, the aromatic essential oils can prove to be quite dangerous. As in many things, it is imperative to become informed either through well reviewed psychological articles and research or if you are particularly interested, a great way to learn more about the subject is by taking a good aromatherapy class. A class (from a credible institution) can easily separate the facts from the fiction and help filter the misinformation from the truth. Many products claiming to be aromatherapy are actually not, and these substances can prove dangerous and even deadly. A good course will help you recognize which oils are toxic and choose the correct essential oils for various emotional benefits. Psychological articles have agreed that aromatherapy can help with stress, fatigue, headaches and muscle pain. However, as in so many self-help situations, please be informed, as certain oils can have seriously negative effects, and some oils must never be used by children or the elderly.

Though not credited as a science there are still examples of aromatherapy in the NHS:

• 70% of cancer centers offer aromatherapy as care for cancer patients using appropriate massages such as Hammersmith, Royal Marsden and Charing Cross
• One cancer centre (Neil Cliffe) offers an inclusive support for aromatherapy services providing information about aromatherapy to the patients for home use.
• Aromatherapy is an age old practice for midwives and some modern day obstetricians are using aromatherapy treatments during labor and find that it effectively reduces the negative emotions of fear and anxiety.
• Aromatherapy plays a role in many other environments such as -working with the deaf, patients suffering from autism, addictions to drugs and alcohol, and various allergy related problems.
• Aromatherapy has also been shown to help induce emotional relaxation or mood elevation (depending on the aromatic oil used) in the elderly and emotionally disturbed.

Though aromatherapy may seem to offer attractive ‘cures’ to some of the elderly problems that our baby boomer generation may face, it is essential to understand that it has its limitations as a science and is mostly used as a supplement to medicine. We at Boomer Yearbook urge the boomer generation to be cautious in using this treatment and to consult an expert.
Boomer Yearbook, a free social networking site for the baby boomers or those concerned with the elderly problems of the baby boomers generation, is based on the vision that the baby boomers want to connect and reconnect, but in our own way and on our own terms.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Karen Turner provides free psychological articles on baby boomer relevant topics such as dream analysis, coaching, self-help, baby boomer relevant forums, online optical illusions that may help to ward off senior moments, depression, Alzheimer’s and dementia, the latest news on baby boomers cosmetic enhancements and weekly updates on the baby boomers generation mental and medical wellness.

Join now to discover the numerous ways in which this online baby boomer social networking website can contribute to optimal physical and emotional wellness. The baby boomers generation changed the world. We’re not done yet!

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Elderly Problems: Natural Treatments for Constipation

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Elderly Problems: Healthy Foods to Relieve Constipation

Elderly Problems: Healthy Foods to Relieve Constipation

By Boomeryearbook.com

While constipation has troubled all of us at some point or another, to the aging baby boomers generation, it might seem like a chronic problem. Though there are variable causes, most commonly it is due to poor life style choices such as unhealthy eating habits, inadequate exercise, not getting enough fiber and not drinking enough water.

There are a number of natural remedies that the baby boomers generation should consider, the key ones being:

Exercise

Constipation is caused mostly by lack of physical activity, one of the elderly problems that the baby boomers generation has to face as we age. Any type of regular exercise, especially walking, is a great natural remedy for constipation. Exercise keeps the heart in shape which has the additional benefit of stimulating the bowels as movement encourages the passage of food through the intestine.

Eating right

An all natural food diet is a recommended life style choice for the aging baby boomers generation. It’s a matter of digestibility. If your intake consists of natural food products then your body will know how to digest it. Processed food and refined sugars and chemicals are hard for your body to digest, and can cause constipation. Many processed food ingredients just gets stored as waste and weakens the overall system. We boomers should know this by now but it bears repeating. Stick to the natural and stay away from processed.

Water

The all rounder for over all good health; Water is also one of the best cures for constipation. 8 glasses a day is highly recommended.
Fiber
One of the most effective remedies that the aging baby boomers generation can adopt is to increase fiber intake. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and having them as juices is especially effective because they become easily absorbable. Some of the best fiber providers, and also great natural remedies for constipation are:

• prunes
• dried beans
• raisins
• popcorn
• figs
• pears
• oatmeal
• nuts

Herbal remedies

The best cures for constipation are listed above, however if additional help is needed, there are herbal remedies that have laxative properties and are much better than the harsh laxatives that are found in stores. Amongst these are aloe juice, senna, cascara sagrada, medicinal rhubarb, root of dandelion and plaintain seeds. As with everything, overuse can be harmful so be cautious and follow proper directions.

Try to de- stress

It has been shown that relieving tension is a remedy for constipation. Relaxation loosens the bowels so do whatever helps calm you down; books, music, or yoga.

Medication

Because of the elderly problems they face most of the aging baby boomers generation is on some sort of medication. Many medications can aggravate and even cause constipation. Antacids for example, contain calcium or aluminum which can cause constipation. Antihistamines and medication for Parkinson’s can also be a cause for constipation amongst elderly patients. Diuretics are widely known to cause constipation as are the following:

• calcium supplements,
• narcotics,
• phenothazines,
• tricyclic antidepressant medications
• sedatives

We at Boomer Yearbook are aware that constipation can be a chronic problem amongst our aging retirement baby boomers generation. These natural remedies should go a long ways towards eliminating (no pun intended) this elderly problem.

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Treating the Boomer Pet for Arthritis

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Elderly Problems in Dogs

Elderly Problems in Dogs

Elderly Problems in Dogs

By Boomeryearbook.com

Arthritis is one of the elderly problems that a lot of our retirement boomers are familiar with. However, arthritis isn’t restricted to our species alone; our pets suffer from it to.

Like us, our pets are living a lot longer, and because of their extended life span there are more pet related elderly problems. Psychological articles and research have reported that if they live long enough, all mammals develop arthritis. However, because of the multiple ways that symptoms can be shown, a lot of the retirement boomers may not even be aware of their pet’s condition. However the situation can be easily attended to by monitoring pets carefully and getting regular vet checkups.
Basically arthritis is a chronic, slow progressing disease that is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in your pet’s body. As that occurs, bones begin to rub against one another resulting in pain and discomfort. There are numerous causes for arthritis, the most common being: genetic malformation of bone structure, trauma or infection to joint surfaces, torn supporting ligaments or tendons, poor nutrition, being over weight and auto-immune conditions.
Treatments vary, but here is a list of possibilities that our retirement boomers can consider:

The Holistic Approach

The holistic approach is simple- take care of the overall health of your pet, and not just the arthritis. Exercise is a must and do not let your pet become overweight. A fat pet is the owner’s, not the pet’s fault.

Non Steroidal Anti- Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

NSAIDs stop pain by inhibiting inflammation in the joints. However, retirement boomers should make sure that their pet is properly monitored by a veterinarian because this drug has some serious side-effects such as:
• kidney related diseases
• gastric ulceration, and
• bleeding.

Disease Modifying Osteoarthritic Agents:
DMOAAs are an attempt by doctors to use added drugs which are natural and help in curing or relieving symptoms of arthritis. They have two categories called Nutraceuticals and Chondroprotectants. So far DMOAAs have not been found to have any side effects and increased research is showing that they are as effective as NSAIDs. Also when used in combination with NSAIDs they decrease the amount of NSAIDs required to relieve pain. They basically work by rebuilding cartilage, providing vital nutrients and decreasing inflammation which causes discomfort to our pets.

Glucosamine Sulfate & Glucosamine HCL

Dietary supplements are often recommended for pet related arthritis treatments, and we suggest retirement boomers consider this an option. The substance glucosamine whose common forms are mentioned above, are becoming quite popular amongst pet owners and veterinarians. Basically glucosamine is a type of amino sugar that is involved in the production of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans, substances that make up cartilage and inhibit the production of enzymes that degrade them. These compounds reduce the inflammation of joints, regenerate cartilage, and gradually repair the damage caused on cartilage from trauma or infection. Glucosamine is available in capsule form but research shows the liquid form to be much more effective as it is easily absorbed and takes less time to relieve pain than pills. The most popular brand is Synflex Glucosamine, and is a safe and effective choice for your pet.

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Elderly Problems: Detecting a Stroke

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Elderly Problems: Detecting a Stroke

Elderly Problems by Boomeryearbook.com

In a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, it was found that though the elderly are most likely to suffer a stroke, they most often fail to correctly recognize the symptoms.

The same health problems that are responsible for a heart attack are also responsible for a stroke, and elderly people are more susceptible because of the elderly problems of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis and diabetes.
One of the major conditions that increase the risk of a stroke is Arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Arteriosclerosis can narrow or block the carotid arteries, which are large arteries in the neck, and cause a stroke. Elderly problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, cause arteriosclerosis of the small blood vessels inside the brain, thus escalating the risk of a stroke. However, psychological articles on elderly problems have also said that there are cases of persons who experience a stroke for no identifiable reason.
Basically a stroke occurs when an area of the brain is deprived of its blood supply; either due to a blockage or a burst blood vessel. If deprived of oxygen long enough, vital brain tissue can die, and it is essential to take immediate action. Detecting the symptoms of stroke is therefore critical, and although at times some strokes seem almost asymptomatic, (without symptoms) being able to identify stroke symptoms, as with most health related elderly problems, can help save your life!

Stroke is a major concern for anyone dealing with elderly problems. Understanding the early symptoms of the onset of a stroke can help to prevent loss of life. At Boomer Yearbook, the website for baby boomers, we are trying to assist people in understanding problems faced by our generation in the hope that it may help them better understand our aging bodies and needs.

Amongst the manifested symptoms of a stroke is paralysis or loss in sensation in one side of the body, such as the arm or leg. Loss in verbal lucidity, slurred or nonsensical speech is also a symptom. Some people are unable to swallow, have unexplained memory loss and double vision. Drooping on one side of the face is known to occur as is unexplained memory loss, severe headache and sudden mental confusion.

Although some disabilities caused by strokes are irreversible a new treatment, called thrombolysis, can reduce disability from stroke. However, it must be given within three hours of the onset of symptoms, so time is of the essence. Other common elderly problems related to medical conditions such as high blood sugar, dehydration, and hazardously elevated blood pressure may also require immediate attention. Even if the damage done by the stroke is not recoverable, it is very important to understand the cause of the stroke so future incidences can be prevented. Psychological articles and studies have shown that the sooner patients receive physical therapy and rehabilitation, the better the chances of recovery.
If a person has already suffered a stroke, more strokes can be prevented only if the cause of the previous stroke is understood. There are many treatments and preventive measures available depending upon the nature of the stroke. If it was the blockage of the carotid arteries that caused the stroke, surgery can help increase blood flow through the veins. Blood thinning medicines (anticoagulants) can help if the blockage is less severe or if blood clots have formed that might break off and travel to the brain. If high blood pressure is the cause, which tops the list of elderly problems related to health, than it should be kept in control. Also, alcoholic beverages are hazardous to those who have already suffered a stroke and should be avoided.
Strokes can be successfully treated and can also be prevented. Following a healthy diet, monitoring your blood pressure, getting regular exercise, controlling alcohol intake, and not smoking, can dramatically decrease the chances of suffering a stroke.

We at BoomerYearbook are committed to the health and quality of life of the baby boomers generation and hope you will check in for weekly newsfeeds and updates.

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