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Posts from ‘March, 2008’

Boomer’s Biggest Worry – Are the Kids OK?

A recent article in USA Today sparked my interest. It was about parents and their concern for their adult children or teens having difficulty figuring out their lives. It also addressed the difference between parents being a support and being supportive. Should we be worried?

As a mom of 2 grown children in their 20’s, can I draw the line between being the supportive, but not meddling mom? If I ask too many questions, am I prying? I want to be sure my kids are independent, responsible, bright young adults and therefore, don’t I have the right to find out what’s going on in their lives?… CONTINUE READING

The Challenge of Maintaining Cognitive Function

I saw an article in my local paper about brain fitness. As boomers, we are all aware of the cognitive decline we may experience that is associated with aging. Most researchers agree that a challenged, stimulated brain is the answer to staying alert, vibrant and active.

According to Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of “Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years,” the brain regenerates its brain cells by responding to new challenging learning experiences. More brain cells translates into better mental alertness and processing, faster response time and quicker reflexes. Even more important than the number of new neurons, is the intensity of the connections, which are strengthened and enhanced through brain stimulation.… CONTINUE READING