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Two Keys to Aging Gracefully

Although most people think longevity is solely related to genes, it really depends on genes, attitude, lifestyle, and behavior.  Research shows that centenarians believe they are living a long life because of eating well, being optimistic and keeping busy. The Census Bureau estimates that by 2050, there will be 1.1 million people 100 years or older. The question to ask yourself is, D you want to be one of them and do you want to do it with ease and joy?

fullsizerenderMy mom is 92 years old and, while she has macular degeneration, she reads the paper daily, and contributes her own poetry, articles and jokes to her retirement home’s newspaper.… CONTINUE READING

The Journey to Life Satisfaction in Midlife

It’s been suggested that people sixty-five or older are happier than those in their forties, fifties and early sixties.  It seems that younger people are more materialistic, which seems to add to their unhappiness and dissatisfaction.  The strong need to “own” things and to want more than they already have is a source of continual aggravation and misery.IMG_2455

However, you may be saying that you’re not really worried about “things” as much as you are about securing your future retirement years, about caring for your aging parents, about keeping your current job till retirement and about maintaining your physical health. … CONTINUE READING

Grandparents: How to Keep Your Grandchildren Close

When divorce enters a family, everyone is affected.  Sometimes the impact on grandparents is overlooked amidst the turmoil involving parents and children. But the affect can be devastating for grandparents who want to help and also stay in the lives of the children they love.Stay close to grandkids

Grandparents often ask me, “How do I help and stay close to my grandkids when we are geographically separated?”

You do that by maintaining and strengthening the relationship you already have. Here are some ways you can stay in the lives of your grandchildren despite the distance between you.

  1. Create a special Journal of activities that you can share with your grandchildren.

Children at Risk: Witnessing Domestic Violence

Any violence is bad, but witnessing violence towards someone you rely on for your safety and care is horrific.  Children who live in a household with someone being emotionally or physically abused will no doubt be left with psychological scars commonly seen in traumatized individuals. Children could experience cognitive impairment, developmental delays and serious behavioral problems with long term exposure.restoring harmony at home

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it’s a good time to bring awareness of an insidious crime that so many men and women are guilty of.  Failure to protect is a serious offense in many states.  The problem is that many women, for instance, caught in this situation are helpless to protect themselves. … CONTINUE READING

Toxic People: How to Deal with Energy Zappers

You all know people who deplete your energy, leaving you exhausted, riddled with guilt or stressed.  When you are with them, you become drained and worn out.  These people are toxic and can be selfish, nasty, jealous, inconsiderate, narcissistic and abusive.  There are several things you can do so you maintain your energy level and your personal power, and not let these caustic people overwhelm you.

Keep energy zappers away

Keep energy zappers away

  1. You must first be aware of who they are and how they make you feel. Notice if you feel sick or get a tight feeling in your stomach when you see them.