It's funny to describe yourself at this age! It is a
wonderful task and I recommend it to all of you. Get out a piece of paper (or
sit at your computer) and write one l-o-n-g sentence about yourself, as if the
reader doesn't know anything about you. Do it now, I'll wait.... Now, sit back and
look at what you've written. Are you happy with your description? If yes,
FABULOUS! If not, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Here's my sentence: Rompin', stompin' woman who has energy
to burn (most days), journalist, rock climber, kayaker, emergency medical
technician, cookbook editor, and soon-to-be nursing student.
Now here's the funny part: I was almost NONE of those things
before I hit 45, before menopause took hold of my hormones and shook them to
At 50 (or just a few months before), I changed my life. I
didn't let the "change of life" change me, I took control. Ok, I'm a bit of a
control freak but more on that later. I was working as an editor and publisher
My brother Andy is getting married on June 4 th . His bride-to-be is Romanian, which means that none of her family can make it to the wedding. Her friends live mostly in Florida, from where she has just recently moved to be with Andy in Ohio, and none of them can make it to Virginia until the night before the wedding for rehearsal. Since the wedding was planned fairly quickly, she only asked me to be her maid-of-honor when she visited on my birthday, which was May 2 nd . I've never been a MOH before, and although I am extremely honored, I'm understandably freaking out because, as I write this, I have exactly two weeks to round up the bridesmaids on agreeable attire, and put together an impromptu bachelorette party which, comically, will involve the bride, myself, and several of my own girlfriends. Scariest part of it all...yet again, having to fit into and pull off looking good in a dress for the big day. Arrrgh!!!
The bride has graciously allowed me to wear a dress that I already ...
Always screen your calls and never pick up when your elder calls with a nasty demanding tone. If you never give in to moaning and groaning, they will eventually stop trying that approach. But if you eventually give in, you are teaching them that all they have to do is continue pushing harder and harder because you will eventually cave in. Never allow yourself to be manipulated.
Set reasonable but strict limits of when you can be available and then hold out until your elder asks for your attention in a reasonable way. Then, immediately respond positively to reinforce the good behavior. Be sure to tell them how much you appreciate the way they have approached you this time and be generous with your praise and affection. If you reinforce the good behavior, you will get more of it.
Getting your elder involved in activities will be the best thing for both of you. Call your Area Agency on Aging to find the local Senior Centers and Adult Day Care Centers and learn about enroll...
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