A Special Video Summit for Post 50 Women

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersReserve your front row seat! On February 19th, I’ll be a featured guest for an online video summit from author Andrea Pflaumer entitled “Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50.”  Taping occurred via Skype a few weeks ago and I haven’t seen the episode yet. (Hope I kept my neck up during the interview so my wrinkles didn’t overwhelm the screen.)

Shopping for the Real You

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Andrea Pflaumer is author of “Shopping For The Real You.”

Andrea Pflaumer is the author of Shopping for the Real You – 10 Steps to a Better Wardrobe for Every Women: Fashionistas, Fashion Phobes and the over 50. Her articles on art, fashion, and shopping have appeared in local and national publications, including the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express, San Francisco Weekly, and the East Bay Monthly. As an educator, she has trained thousands on the principles of image and personal branding. Andrea is also a leader in the human potential movement through her work as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

In in the past few years Andrea has had conversations with her readers about fashion and style. But as much as they’ve discussed these topics, they’ve also explored what our lives are going to look like moving beyond our 50’s.

“Women want to know how to keep looking good, but we also want to know how to stay relevant, hip, and lively into our 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and beyond,” said Andrea. “That means how to stay healthy, how to maintain a sense of humor, how to engage in activity that is meaningful for us, how to expand our horizons and our circle of friends and acquaintances so that we keep growing instead of shrinking – literally and figuratively.”

“Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50″ Online Video Summit
For her online video summit, Andrea interviewed a group of experts in fields ranging from personal style to health and wellness, from joyful aging to entrepeneurship – all geared toward those post 50 – as well as other midlife women, as she says, “who will be in this category before long!”

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Speakers include an Emmy winning makeup artist, a stylist who regularly appears on the Today Show, health and wellness experts featured on Dr. Oz, a makeover expert from the Oprah Show, successful business women and those who are forging new careers, plus a variety of national best-selling authors offering tools for maintaining happiness and vitality throughout life.

They also include women who have been there and done that: a grandmother of 20 who manages a beautiful award-winning lifestyle website, experts in comfortable footwear and undergarments, and a terrific wellness coach who shares ways to get your mojo back.

Watch JudiBoomergirl’s Interview On February 19th

JBG_HoffPost4During my interview, Andrea asked me about how and why I started blogging, how I created an award-winning blog, and why I continue to blog. She wanted to know about my transformation journey after losing my spouse, selling my house, emptying out my nest, and retiring from my full-time corporate career.  It was interesting to share my perspectives on these topics and other parts of my ever-evolving life after 50.

“I love every one of these guests and you will too. It’s an incredible learning experience to listen to these talented women,” said Andrea. To join this free event, which starts this Thursday, February 11th, and runs through Tuesday, February 29th, follow the link below and gain access so that you can be notified of each daily speaker and their topic. Each video is up for 48 hours, and remember, my interview is on February 19th. This is a private website but please tell your friends to reserve their front row seat too! Note you have to register to participate, but Andrea assures me you will not be overwhelmed with emails.

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See you at the online video summit!

Judi

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How To Prevent A Fall During Your Life After 50

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenOne of the reasons I study and practice yoga is to maintain my balance during my life after 50. We do poses to improve our balance on two feet with poses such as Warrior and on one foot with poses such as Tree. Being better balanced can help prevent a fall as we age.

As the snow piled up on my doorstep this weekend, I was reminded of how easy it is to slip on icy and wet surfaces during the cold weather months. Several family and friends fell on black ice last winter. One friend fractured her elbow.

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In yoga we practice balancing on one foot. Note the shoes in this picture are not shoes I wear to yoga!

According to the National Safety Floor Institute (NSFI), falls account for the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits. AARP Bulletin in December 2015 reported that “Injuries caused by falls are affecting adults ages 45 to 64, just as they are for those 65 and older, according to data collected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s national injury-surveillance system.” Not a positive story.

So now that you know falling is a serious health issue, what can you do to prevent a fall?

“Shoes Designed With Your Sole In Mind”
Besides practicing yoga for balance, I was interested to learn about a line of shoes that was engineered to be slip-resistant. “We are a footwear company that make casual flats and sandals for women. However, we use a fully patented outsole that provides the strongest grip on all slippery surfaces. We focus on primarily shoes designed to prevent slips-and-falls,” said Rhea Footwear’s cofounder John Lee in his email. He offered to send a pair for me to try.

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Rhea Footwear makes slip-resistant shoes and flip-flops.

Per the Rhea website, John and his cofounder Paul Ahn brought together the technology that provides superior grip on all terrains and a stylish design while at Cornell University (my alma mater). During their time in Ithaca, New York, a place where it rains and snows more often than it shines, they were unable to find shoes that were practical in the rain and snow while being stylish. Rhea was founded under the mission to deliver high quality shoes that integrate style with technology. (Wish I had these shoes when I had to climb Libe Slope to make it to class during winters in the ’70s. Half the time I felt like when I put one foot forward the other foot went backward.) Continue reading

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A Captivating Day At “The New York Times” Travel Show

life after 50, boomer travel, over 50More than 29,000 people attended the 2016 The New York Times Travel Show at Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC last weekend and I was one of them. With 545 exhibits, it was a captivating day.

According to a recent AARP Travel survey, America’s 76 million Baby Boomers spend over $120 billion annually in leisure travel. So, I was interested to see what I could glean about travel from this year’s show.

Learning From Travel Experts
I attended on Friday Media Day, which kicked off with several seminars. My favorite speaker was Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and one of Fast Company magazine’s 2015 Most Creative People of the year. MET was named the world’s #1 museum by TripAdvisor. The MET Costume Institute exhibit is a trip I enjoy each spring. You can purchase advance tickets for “Manus x Machina – Fashion in An Age of Technology,” on display from May  5 – August 14, 2016.

Sree told us that online sites like TripAdvisor and other mobile tools have become very helpful when booking travel. “My wife used her iPhone to book everything for our trip to Italy,” said Sree. (I did the same – TripAdvisor, VRBO, Homeaway, and Airbnb topped my daily ‘to do’ list last week as I perused apartments and villas, reading reviews on my iPad. I’m happy to say that my 2016 family vacation to Italy is almost completely booked. I also used Expedia to check flights and Allianz to buy travel insurance.)

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Speakers: (clockwise from top l.) Sree Sreenivasan, Lorraine Sileo, Erin Bender, David Callaway.

Lorraine Sileo, svp of research at Phocuswright, a global travel market research company, said that “TripAdvisor is the most influential source of travel advice or information.” She said that “many people share so much of their vacations via social media that they don’t need to share any highlights when they get home.” (I hear you Lorraine. I do share pics from my travels at JudiBoomergirl on Facebook and Twitter. However, I wait to write my blog posts until I get home. Readers can find past travel posts on my Travel and Leisure page. ) Continue reading

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How To Be “Younger Next Year” With Exercise

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessHappy New Year!

I’m back from the gym and finished my aerobic exercise with 20 minutes on the elliptical. My heart rate was at 70 – 85 percent of my target – a high endurance workout. (Go Judi! Go Judi! Go Judi!) I also completed some strength training and stretching with an hour yoga class. (Go Judi! Go Judi! Go Judi!)

Dr. Henry Lodge (also know as Harry) and Chris Crowley, authors of the Younger Next Year series would be proud. Harry’s first rule to help limit decay in an aging body is to “exercise six days a week for the rest of your life, especially during your life after 50.”  I had heard about this series, but never read any of the books until Younger Next Year for Women and their latest Younger Next Year The Exercise Program review copies arrived.

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Henry S. Lodge, M.D. (Harry) (left) and Chris Crowley are authors of the “Younger Next Year” series.

Younger Next Year for Women
“Harry’s Rules will change your life,” says Dr. Oz. “It’s got all the tools that women need to achieve longer, sexier, and more passionate lives,” says Dr. Hutcherson, Codirector of New York Center for Women’s Sexual Health. Wow-o-wow. With more than 1.5 million copies of the series in print and a 10 year history of helping change lives for the better, I was curious to find out what passionate followers had discovered. Continue reading

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It’s Time to Positively Rock In the New Year!

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersThe new year is almost here. Feels like the past 12 months flew by. Does time speed up as we age? Some say it does.

Reflecting In The Rearview Mirror
While I’ve been doing a good job of practicing mindfulness and living in the present, come December I find myself looking back in the rearview mirror. There are more wrinkles on my post 50 neck and  face, but not for lack of anti-wrinkle creams and serums. Thanks to all the nice  PR reps from Loreal, AHAVA, EB5, and Beverly Hills Cosmeceuticals for keeping my skin care in check in 2015.

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Thanks to all the PR reps who sent me anti-wrinkle creams and serums.

My blogging brought me other good fortunes this year, with a trip to Portugal on my first-ever Viking River Cruise and my first-ever international trip with my boyfriend L. It was an adventure and the best part is that L and I still love each other after eight days onboard.

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My boyfriend L and I took our first-ever Viking River Cruise to Portugal.

In addition to my travels, 2015 brought great personal and professional growth as I started my training to become a yoga instructor at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies in Camden, NJ. Being a student again after more than 35+ years has not only physically stretched my body, but also required me to emotionally open my mind and spirit. The best news is that I passed my first semester. (Go Judi! Go Judi! Go Judi!)

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In 2015, I started my training to be a yoga instructor.

Time To Rock In The New Year
The January magazines are on my night stand with bold headlines for 2016: Vogue says “Be Yourself!” InStyle shares “How To Get Away With The Best Year Ever!” AARP The Magazine advises “Experts Agree: Slow Down To Live A Longer, Healthier Life.” Oprah says in O, “No moment but this one is guaranteed, so I’m ready to be in each as the healthiest, strongest, fittest, most conscious, most alive me I’ve ever been.”

I hear you all. My headline is to “Positively Rock In The New Year!” That’s right. I plan to positively welcome 2016 with my BFF L and her hubby and my boyfriend L when we celebrate New Year’s Eve together – if we can all stay up until midnight. Then my plan is to continue to positively rock in 2016 – each and every day. (BTW, I’m wearing a Rock Cotton – Cotton For Your Body, Rock For Your Soul – tee-shirt dress that the nice PR rep N sent to me. Each shirt comes with a matching rock necklace. My rock was onyx – with properties of strength, positivity and stamina. Perfect for my 2016 theme.)

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I intend to rock in the new year wearing my Rock Cotton tee shirt dress.

So Excited For 2016
I know I’m supposed to live in the moment, but there are so many things I’m excited about in 2016: Continue reading

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How To Practice More Gratitude During Your Life After 50

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersTomorrow will mark eight years since my husband M died. As my grief instructor S said shortly after M’s passing: “The hole in your heart will get smaller, but it will never fully close.” S was right.

My life has evolved a great deal since those dark days of December 2007. One of the biggest behaviors that has created positive change in my life after 50 is having an attitude of gratitude. Like yoga and mindfulness, having an attitude of gratitude is an awareness practice. With gratitude I’m learning to have more contentment for all the things I have and all the things I can do, versus being disappointed with the things I don’t have or can’t do.

For example, when I see my friends celebrating their 25th or 30th wedding anniversaries sometimes I am sad that M and I will never have an opportunity to achieve such a milestone. Then the gratitude meter checks in and I become grateful for the 24 years we did have together. It’s more than many couples get, especially with the rate of divorce in this country.

Wearing Gratitude On My Wrist
I wear a MyIntent bracelet on my wrist with the word “GRATITUDE.” It acts as a constant prompt to be thankful for all the things I can do. “Breathe because you can,” said my yoga teacher N in today’s class. N is right, I am grateful that I can breathe.

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I chose the word GRATITUDE for MyIntent bracelet.

A Bucket Full of Gratitude
If I could hold all my gratitude in a container, it would fill up a huge bucket. In that bucket would be my daughter A and my son D, my boyfriend L, my BFF L and BFF R, my sister N, my late mom and dad, and many more friends and family members. I’d add the gratitude for my beautiful home and my condo on the corner at the shore, top that with my yoga and meditation practice, and for the retirement I earned from my full-time job that is enabling me to live life to the fullest during my second act. There’s more, more, more gratitude for you, my blog readers who bring me great joy each week when we connect through my posts. Continue reading

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My Post 50 Yoga Journey: Learning How To Expand My Prana

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessMy post 50 journey to become a yoga instructor has been an enlightening experience so far. I’m becoming a student of awareness and stillness. As the master poet Rumi says, “you cannot see your reflection in running water, it is only in stillness that you can see clearly.”

One of the most important things I’m learning in my yoga training at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies is how to expand my prana. Prana is the Sanskrit word for “life force.” According to Wikipedia, “prana enters the body through the breath and is sent to every cell through the circulatory system.”

“Prana is the bridge that connects the body to the mind,” said our teacher M. “You can’t touch your prana but you can make it move through the breath. Yoga works better with prana. Yoga opens the prana blockages.”

In yoga you usually breathe through your nose rather than your mouth. “It filters the air more when you breathe through your nose,” said M.

“Our lungs have the capacity for five liters of oxygen,” said M. “Yet we normally only breathe in one to two pints. Prana runs through the spinal cord. When you keep your spine flexible you will live longer.”

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Our yoga teacher M helps us understand pranayama.

Practicing Pranayama
So how do you improve the flow of prana? By practicing yoga breathing, also known as pranayama. These wonderful breathing techniques have been found to reduce stress and help lower blood pressure. Speaking of stress, since this time of year is so stressful, I thought I would share two yoga breaths with you. You can use these breaths during the day to help you calm down if you’re anxious or at bedtime to help you relax your monkey mind for sleep. Continue reading

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My Favorite Things For This Year’s Gift Giving Season

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenEach summer I attend the NY NOW Show – The Market for Lifestyle, Home + Gift – at the Javits Center in New York City. It’s fun to walk up and down the aisles filled with home decor, jewelry, housewares, artisan crafts, paper goods, and a whole lot more. Since it’s the gift giving season, I thought I would share some of my favorite things from the show. I’ve included items only where I know you can purchase them online.

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, perhaps you’ll find an idea for the perfect gift for a loved one or maybe a treat for yourself. Plus read down all the way, as I’m giving away some of my favorite things during JudiBoomergirl’s  December giveaways!

For Those Who Love Jewelry

You can find this Portland designer’s handmade glass enamel jewelry at www.taliasjewelry.com.

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Talia’s Jewelry is handmade with glass enamel.

If you want to sparkle, check out handmade gems at AnneVaughanDesigns.com

These pieces are on the pricey side but handcrafted in Himalaya. Check them out on Etsy.

Since “life is a process of becoming,” these delicate jewels are adorned with positive words. Find them at www.becomingjewelry.com.

Becoming Jewelry

Becoming Jewelry

For Some Zen Time

I love snow globes, so I totally love these Zen Snow Globes. Namaste! Go to Cool Snow Globes to buy one.

Do you love snow globes as much as I do? Check out these Cool Snow Globes.

Do you love snow globes as much as I do? Check out these Cool Snow Globes.

When I heard Taschen was publishing On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace with photographs by Michael O’Neill, I asked if I could get a preview copy. I told them I was a yoga teacher in training. It is a beautiful gift for the yogini or yogi in your life. I display it on the coffee table near my in-home yoga studio. Continue reading

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“The Age of Aging” Is A Powerful Show

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessI had a chance to preview “The Age Of Aging,” from National Geographic Channel’s newest series “BREAKTHROUGH”. It’s a Ron Howard and Brian Grazer produced series that follows the different story lines of scientists working on breakthroughs that will change the world of tomorrow, today.

The show will premiere this Sunday evening, November 29th, on the National Geographic Channel (check your local listings in your area). I highly encourage you to watch it or set your DVR to record. (If you miss it you can likely watch at a later date online.) It is a fascinating look at what a group of experts are researching in regards to aging. Instead of just treating each disease associated with aging separately, the team is working on a breakthrough that they hope will slow the overall aging process, impact all the diseases at once, and enable older people to live longer, healthier lives.

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ron Howard with Nir Barzilai, and James Kirkland, two members of the expert team. (photo credit: Asylum Entertainment)

Aging Is A Sensitive Subject
While I don’t think I want to live to be 200, I do think it would be wonderful if people had a chance, as one of the doctors said, “to be less sick at the end of their lives.” This is especially important for our aging society. According to Ron Howard, who moderates the show, “by 2050, people over 65 will double in the U.S.” Continue reading

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It’s Time To Be Kind To Family Caregivers

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November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to be especially kind to those who care for aging family members. Many of those who are family caregivers are boomer women, sandwiched between the needs of their parents and their own kids. They give, give, give to loved ones, while often sacrificing their own needs.

The Life Of A Family Caregiver
I’m familiar with the life of a family caregiver. I was a caregiver to my late husband during his illness. For many months, I visited him in the hospital each evening, driving a long distance after a full day of work, then home to make dinner for my son, leaving little time to rest, and start the routine all over again.

Shortly after my husband died, my sister N and I became more active caregivers to my mom. We were grateful that mom lived on her own for most of her senior years. Yet when she became ill at 89 and we had to give care from afar (since mom lived in Florida and N and I lived in the northeast), it became quite difficult.  We decided it was best for mom to move into an assisted living environment where she would have the ongoing care she needed. As devoted daughters, moving my mom was a tough decision. We were glad mom thrived in her new home. She passed in her early 90s.

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My sister N and I were caregivers to my mom until she passed away a few years ago.

Being a family caregiver is a major commitment. Many of my friends who have aging parents tell me of their challenges. When their dad falls and  breaks an ankle or hip, when their mom forgets to take her medicine due to dementia or Alzheimers, when they have to play the parent to their parents and take away driving privileges — so much debating and deciding ‘what should I do?’ issues pile on the family caregiver that their shoulders begin to weigh down. Continue reading

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