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Friendships Decrease Inevitable Stress

On the way to Machu Picchu, outside of the marketplace, I talked with this engaging group. Women gathering with children and connecting is a given when traveling in other countries. And here at home, friendships become even more critical at times of family transition – when children grow up, leave for college, then often boomerang back. Findings from a MacArthur Foundation survey show that the emotional security and social support these relationships provide have been a survival strategy in adversity. And a landmark UCLA study, developed by Drs. Shelley Taylor and … Continue reading

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Sandwich Generation: Focus on Friends & Family

Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to be lonely on Valentine’s Day. As members of the Sandwich Generation, focus on these tips that can reach far beyond a love relationship and perk you up: Pay attention to the positives in your significant relationships. Notice who you enjoy spending time with and what about them brings you pleasure. And remember that your personal character and qualities make them want to be your friends. Relax into your friendships as you enjoy fuller and deeper conversations. Connect often with others. Going … Continue reading

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Baby Boomers and a Call to Action

Reagarding the economic stimulus package, early in the week President Obama said, “No plan is perfect, and we should work to make it stronger. Let’s show people all over our country who are looking for leadership in this difficult time that we are equal to the task.” The last couple of days, pushing hard to get a plan passed, he remarks, “The time for talk is over, the time for action is now.” As Baby boomers in a tough economy, do these words apply to you? Are you doing all … Continue reading

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We got ahead of ourselves yesterday, so let’s back up. For the Sandwich Generation, long before the Thanksgiving meal, there’s a lot riding on family. This can create pressure for everyone. With blended families, there’s the challenge of logistics – accommodating the needs of others and still not compromising your own too much. And when family members live in different cities it’s hard to determine which is easier, going back home or having visitors on your turf. Of course, there are all the memories of holidays past coupled with the … Continue reading

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