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How Baby Boomers Deal with Disillusionment

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Baby Boomers and Aging

Boomers who are young at heart

Active boomers

As today’s baby boomers grow older, the concept of aging has changed.  No longer do retirement, seniors, frail and elderly, apply. Now the negative image of the inactive, dependent elder is making way to the active, involved, healthy, wealthy and eternally young individual who has meaning and purpose in their latter years.

The role and value of boomers is being portrayed in the media as sexually active, community-minded, self-starters.  They are seen as young-at-heart, vital, ambitious, go-getters who are not willing to sit idly, watching the world go by.

Look at these facts:

Each year, 500,000 people over 60 are studying on college campuses.… CONTINUE READING

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How to Stop Being a People Pleaser

Just Love Yourself

The problem with being a people pleaser is that you forget how important you are because you want to be sure the other person is OK.  Here’s the key.  Do not be a martyrTake care of yourself, above all else, to ensure you maintain your health and well-being.  You should never feel guilty about focusing on yourself and on your personal needs.   Nor should you delay your enjoyment or settle for what you don’t deserve. So you need to continuously nurture yourself, just to be reminded that you are significant, worthy and SO very important.… CONTINUE READING

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Tips for Being a Better Listener

Communication is the key to healthy relationships.  The less drama you have in your communicating, the happier you will be.  What that means is that you are not assuming things, generalizing, being disappointed when expectations aren’t met and living by “shoulds” or “ought tos.” Instead you are listening to your partner and expressing your needs and wants effectively.

How do you do that?

  • Good listening skills require you to respond to what you hear by saying, “It sounds like you feel…” and paraphrase what you think the person is feeling.  This indicates you heard and understood what was said.  Be open to the other person correcting you to make sure they are being heard properly. 
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The Power of Friends for Making Changes

Why would you want to change yourself?  After all, for 40, 50 or 60 years things have been going fairly well and life has served you adequately.  In fact, raising your standards is easy to think about, but difficult to do, unless you use the greatest resource for personal change there is – and that’s the support of other people.

Friends hanging together

Your friends are your cheering committee.  They are your helpers, your motivation and your enthusiasm.  Just like a boss setting up coaching and mentoring sessions to help his team develop and increase productivity, your friends will give you honest feedback and objective insights for your well-being and success. … CONTINUE READING

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