Drug Addiction and Baby Boomers

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Drug addiction among baby boomers Recently I wrote a post about why I don't drink anymore. After its publication, I was contacted about  the opportunity to interview Dr. Barbara Krantz, recently featured in the Booming section of the New York Times, about the rise of addiction to alcohol and  prescription and illegal drugs among baby boomers. Dr. Barbara Krantz is the … [Read more...]

Decide.Create.Share. Plan For the Future Today

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I am a member of the blogger kitchen cabinet for AARP's Decide.Create.Share. initiative on long-term planning. No couple wants to talk about what will happen if... One of you gets sick One of you dies You run out of money You need to move to an assisted living facility Your family isn't nearby to help care for you These are tough topics to broach with your … [Read more...]

Aging As Youthfully as We Can

One of the biggest problems with getting older is that everyone else is getting older too. Day to day, the aging process is slow and steady -- it comes in daily increments, little by little, so that we barely notice the changes until, of course, we do. "Where did that wrinkle come from?" we wonder. "When did that spot appear?" we think as we look at our hands, our … [Read more...]

How to Make Friends

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The  close friends I have now, for the most part, are friends I made when my children were very young. The pre-school rule that mandated all students in the class be invited to every birthday party may not have been as important for the kids as it was for the parents, who all stood around chatting and getting to know each other as their little ones tumbled or sang or painted or … [Read more...]

Empty Nesting for the Second Time

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Adjusting to the empty nest is difficult, there's no doubt about it. When my youngest left for college in the fall of 2010, I felt as though my life's work - being a full-time mother - was over, and I wondered - a lot - about what I was supposed to do next. I missed my kids, but almost more than them I missed my daily sense of purpose - the time-consuming and emotionally … [Read more...]