Category Archives: Aging

Don’t do this when walking across a parking lot

I recently had one of those life-can-change-in-an-instant moments. The day started with my annual cardiologist appointment, and I left his office feeling very upbeat about my health. Hubs and I had just put our home on the market a few days prior, and we already had our second showing scheduled for later that day. It […]

Eek! My husband has a joint mouse!

At midlife, sometimes I feel like a car that’s out of warranty – that point at which things inevitably start to go awry. You know – leaks, lubrication problems, excessive overheating, smoke from the tailpipe, wear and tear (and I’m not talking about my Subaru). Let’s face it: as we get older, our bodies start […]

13 childhood games updated for today’s boomer

Remember the games we played as kids? There were playground pursuits like tag and Red Rover, party games such as Blind Man’s Bluff and Musical Chairs, and pastimes like marbles or jacks. Now that we’re all grown up, we may not have the fortitude, flexibility or inclination to play the games we did in our […]

Being cautious at our age: Wisdom or paranoia?

As winter has descended on us here in Maine, I can’t help but think about the S-word: Snow. Winter can be a b**ch, to put it bluntly. The whole winter’s-upon-us awareness also has me thinking about how my perception of things like bad weather has changed as I’ve gotten older. When I was in my […]

Toilet talk: Let’s go with the flow

So let’s talk about toilets. That’s what a friend and I did over lunch recently as we brainstormed Boomer Haiku topics. She pointed out that this once-pedestrian bathroom fixture – long a lowly receptacle that no one discussed in polite company – has been elevated to virtual rock star status in some homes. I sh*t […]

It’s not dementia–it’s multitasking amnesia!

There’s a cartoon making the rounds on the Internet that shows a woman saying, “I’ve expanded my skills. I can now forget what I’m doing while I’m actually doing it.” I can relate. How about you? Seriously—how many times have you walked into a room only to mutter, “Now why did I come in here?” […]

Medical upselling: Would you like fries with that?

When you buy a car, you can count on the salesperson to try and upsell you, whether it’s for a more expensive option package or rustproofing the undercarriage. And you can’t buy any type of electronics or appliance these days without being offered an extended warranty. I get it—that’s how folks in retail make more […]

7 ways to boomer-proof your home

Anyone who’s raised children or has grandchildren understands the concept of baby-proofing a home. Well, given certain risks and limitations we face as we get older, I think we should give some thought to boomer-proofing our homes. Now, I’m not talking about the usual advice that experts dispense to help folks remain safe in their […]

Girl Scout badges for baby boomers

If you were a Girl Scout in the fifties or sixties, remember the badges we earned (or didn’t, depending on our proclivities)? Most of them focused on traditional stuff like homemaking, sewing and cooking. Well, we’ve come a long way, baby. So it occurred to me that we should be awarded an entirely different set […]

Finally, a reason NOT to lose weight!

Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne back in the 1930s, is credited with saying, “No woman can be too rich or too thin.” Well, ladies (and gents, too, for that matter), medical science tells us otherwise – at least when it comes to the “thin” part. A […]