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Baby Boomers,

Don't you agree that today is another magnificent day in paradise?

Sometimes, I am amazed at how blessed we are to wake up each and every day on this wonderful planet with all of it's beauty and stunning opportunities just waiting for us to take advantage of them.

So, let's get something right out in the open first.  

My friends think I am strange, my family thinks I'm a bit peculiar, people I do business with think I'm a little bit offbeat and the reaction of people on the street that I meet for the first time is: "this guy is a really unusual and weird."

Why is this?

Because 90% of everything I do involves using a "discount" or "deal-of-the-day:"coupon.  I like to save money. I work hard for my money and really hate to waste any.  So, I won't eat out at a restaurant, book a trip, see a concert, watch a ball game, visit a museum or get a message without knowing that I am getting at least a 40% discount.

Does that sound cheap to you?

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Let's face it, everyone loves a great deal.

Thanks to the ability of the Internet to create the world's most ultra competitive marketplace, there are literally hundreds of websites offering deep discounts on everything from golf games and hot air balloon trips to wine and even hypnotherapy sessions. 

A little research and time spent signing up for their emails will get you the best prices available.

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Some of these websites: Groupon, Local Flavor, Living Social, etc offer a "Deal of the Day which sometimes runs for a specified period of time or until a certain amount of the discount coupons are purchased.

They are usually good to use for several months from the time you purchase them online.

An added benefit is, if you find you haven't redeemed the coupon it is still worth what you paid for it when originally purchased. 

Say you found a coupon for a $40 meal for only $20 at your favorite Mexican Restaurant.  You didn’t notice that it expired April 1, 2015. Well, you can still bring the coupon to the restaurant at any time and redeem if for the original $20 you paid for it.    You lose absolutely nothing by purchasing these discount coupons. 

Can that be right? 

What is this world coming to? 

Pretty soon we will be seeing acts of friendship and kindness of biblical proportions, people will be dancing in the streets,cats will be playing with dogs, complete mayhem, total anarchy.... you get the point if there is one.


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Many of these website programs are national and offer national products but they can be targeted by you for your local city or even zip code. 

Over the past couple of years here are some of the deals I have taken advantage of:


       MONEY SAVING WEBSITES

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50% off or more at local restaurants

 I'm talking good ones too like family restaurants, high end steak houses, bar-b-que places, pubs, bars and even fast food restaurants. 

Folks living in the Phoenix metropolitan area will recognize names like The Wrigley Mansion, Dillon's, Taps, Studio Movie Grill, Dickie's Bar-B-Que, My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, Manny's Mexican Restaurant, Rosati's Pizza, Long Wong's and Sal's Tuscan Grill. 

I'm sure that the list of restaurants that are utilizing discount coupon sites in your town is just as extensive.


I carry my coupons in my car wherever I go in a nice little black plastic pouch that sits snugly in the side of my seat so if we are trying to decide on a place to eat I have a handful of money saving suggestions at all times. 

That's not unusual or peculiar is it?  

Even when I travel on vacation or for business, I stock up before leaving on coupons for the local restaurants in the areas I will be visiting. 

Who says you can't save a little money when traveling?


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70% off on travel

This includes specials at hotels, resorts, wineries, etc.

In the last 12 month's I  have used discounts in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Key West, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach, FL. 

Locally, in Arizona, I have saved over 50% at resorts/hotels like the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, the Biltmore Hotel, Talking Stick Resort and Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix and the Hotel La More in Bisbee. 

I recently used a promotion from DealChicken.com to stay 2 nights at the Porto Vista Hotel in beautiful Little Italy in downtown San Diego.  The street value of the stay was $482.00 but we stayed for $129.00.

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50% or more off of entertainment

This includes incredible deals like a day at Dolce Spa or an hour session with Jonnata Mata at Mind Over Matter Hypnotherapy

Nothing beats a lazy afternoon at the old ballpark watching Spring Training games.

I saw a half dozen in March all at half price or better. 

I will never again pay full price for tickets to see our major sports team in Phoenix like theArizona Rattlers Arena Football games, Phoenix Suns NBA games, Phoenix Coyotes NHL games or even college games at Arizona State University. 

I have seen the Phoenix Symphony and even the stage show of Monty Python's Spamalot at the Comerica Theater. 

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So,  it bears repeating.......get on board and start saving some money.

Keep those retirement funds where they belong...in those off-seas bank accounts we prefer not to talk about.  

Use these "fun coupons" wherever you go.




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Another  popular money saving program that has grown in popularity recently is  the internet shopping "Deal of the Day".

There are dedicated sites that are devoted to selling a single product at a highly reduced price for a 24-hour period.

These include websites selling clothes, trips, wines, sporting goods, even appliances and home furnishings.

Many major retailers have adopted this strategy for their websites as well.

Take a look atWoot, Amazon, Ebay, Overstock.com and even Big Lots.

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The bottom line here is to spend a few minutes getting signed up to these programs.

I can assure you that I have experienced absolutely no adverse consequences from supplying my personal information to these sites.

They send you the emails with each new offer.

They are absolutely free.

You can stop the subscriptions at any time.

So, start saving tons of money and then start planning your fun.

Below is a list of the most popular programs I know of or have heard of. 

They are in no particular order and I'm sure there are hundreds' more out there geared towards your neighborhood or tastes. 

When looking them up either Google them or just add a .com after the primary name below. 

Good hunting and have fun saving. 

When you find yourself saving sooooo much money and if you truly feel the need to part with some of your savings, feel free to contact me and we'll figure out an easy way ( this is a shameless plug to use the PayPal donate buttons you find throughout my website pages) for you to send this money to me. 

I hope you enjoyed my suggestions. If you have a second, please make sure to add your tips, ideas and suggestions in the "COMMENTS" section below.

I would love to hear about your "money saving" experiences, what coupon programs are your favorites and how you save money on restaurants, events and travel.

This blog is a two way street and I really do enjoy getting comments and suggestions from you.

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Groupon

Living Social

CBS Local Offers

Local Flavor

Restaurant.com

Woot (Including wine Woot, shirt Woot, kids Woot)

Yipit

Ideeli

TheDailySave

RapidBuyr

Gilt

EverSave

HauteLook

BuyWithMe

GetSugar

FlyCoupon

Thrillist

WhiskeyMilitia

DealRadar

TripAlerts

Twongo

Dealster

NimbleBuy

Inbundles

Pricebunch

SlickDeals.Net

FatWallet

DealFind

OzarkDailyDeals (This one is for my Grandkids out in Missouri)

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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below...............................


 
 
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Baby Boomers,

Have you ever seen this telephone number pop up on your phone?

(845) 842-1177

This is a "Spoofed" phone number.

Over the last couple of weeks I have received at least 25 calls from this number.  I never answered because I don't answer numbers that I don't have in my address book.

I have over 400 names listed in my Droid address book.  If you are not in my phone book then chances are I don't want to speak with you.  
If the call is so important, the caller will leave a message and then I might call them back.  If it's worth it, I will add the new number to my address list.

That's what I do.

That's "how I roll."


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How about you?

Are you cautious in how you treat incoming calls?

Well, I finally answered a call from (845) 842-1177 and guess what?

It was a telemarketer.  He wanted to sell me pet supplies.  I don't have a pet.  Nicely, I asked him to remove me from his calling list.  He continued to try and sell me pet supplies.

Not so nicely, I asked him to remove me from his calling list.  I think I hurt his feelings.

Should I care?



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So I decided to do some research on this number to see what was really happening in the background to share with you.

(845) 842 - 1177 is a "spoofed" number.

Sounds like fun doesn't it?

It's not.

Actually, a "spoofed" number is a technological wonder of the modern computer age.

Here's what happens.......................

A unscrupulous telemarketer (is there any other kind?) purchases (or hacks) a telephone list from a reputable company.  They set up shop in a steamy, dark, abandoned warehouse somewhere in a run down industrial neighborhood in a major metropolitan area. They hired poor, off-their-luck indigents to make calls to unsuspecting people all over the country. These destitute and impoverished phone jockeys are given scripts to read from in order to sell you a product or service you do not need. It is a contest to see who will break first. You listen to their "spiel" and buy their product, the phone jockey wins and receives a small stipend for his enormous amount of effort.

You ask to be removed from the call list and threaten to report the number to the Attorney General's Office the phone jockey loses and he moves on to his next number.


Has this ever happened to you?

At the very least an inordinate amount of psychological energy is expended in these phone battles.


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But the totally cool part of this transaction is that you have no idea where this phone call came from.

In order to maintain anonymity and stay one step ahead of the authorities, the telemarketers purchase (or hack) a computer program
that  "tricked" your caller ID into displaying an incorrect phone number.

You get "spoofed."


Is that creative or what?


But can this get even worse?

In this day and age of computer wizardry....Heck Yes.

The telemarketers don't even have to use their own "spoofing" software.  They can rely on the expertise of their favorite neighborhood "spoofing service" to do their dirty work.

That's right, you can find your very own "spoofing service" on line.

The telemarketers hook up with these companies, supply them with the n
umbers they want called and give them a fake number (and sometimes name) for themselves that they want to appear on the target’s Caller ID.

The "spoofing service" then
places the misleading info into the Caller ID system.  Making matters worse, "spoofing" services are readily available over the internet, and they are disturbingly cheap.

O
ne of the most popular, Spoofcard.com, charges only $10 for 60 minutes of call time.

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Do you sometimes feel like you are being scammed like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz?

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain".


Like the "Great OZ" these "spoofers" can convince you that you are getting calls from just about anyone from the Pope to
Julian Assange.


Can anyone do this?

Do you have to ask?

This is the United States, land of entrepreneurial spirit and the free market system.

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It's so easy it's scary.


I read that i
n 2006, Paris Hilton was using Spoofcard to send evil and nasty messages to her arch rival Lindsay Lohan and her friends.

It got so bad that Spoofcard had to suspend her account.

I imagine if Paris Hilton can navigate this type of scam, any human being (or anthropoid for that matter) with a preschool education can.



 

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Honestly, this activity can be dangerous and alarming.

For instance, some of the more creative and sinister scam artists are beginning to use spoofing to trick people into giving up their credit card information, posing as representatives of the victim’s credit company, and having the Caller ID to “prove” it.

Do you see where I am going with this?

Don't believe everything you see, especially a caller ID name.

Is there anything you can do to combat this predatory behavior?



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Well, there are a couple of actions you can take to reduce the amount of "spoofing" in your lives.

1. Once you figure out that you have been "spoofed", ask to be removed from the said calling list or ask to be put on their "do not call" list.  That may not solve anything but legally the telemarketer is required by national law to accommodate you.

2.
The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which was signed into law Dec. 22, 2010, prohibits caller ID spoofing for the purposes of defrauding or otherwise causing harm. In June 2010, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules implementing the Truth in Caller ID Act bill to make it illegal.


3. Write down the name and number and add it to public "watchdog" websites like "CallerComplaints.com."  You can see my addition by clicking on this link: 

http://www.callercomplaints.com/SearchResult.aspx?Phone=845-842-1177


4. If all else fails, get yourself a 1-800 number and hook up with your neighborhood "spoofer" and have some fun calling every telemarketer you can find and try to sell them a training class on ethics and good behavior.



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Here are 3 great tips that I found on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) website that will help you avoid troublesome telemarketers and save you from exposing yourselves to their scams.


  • Don’t give out personal information in response to an incoming call. Identity thieves are clever – they often pose as representatives of banks, credit card companies, creditors, or government agencies to get people to reveal their account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords and other identifying information.
  • If you get an inquiry from a company or government agency seeking personal information, don’t provide it. Instead, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book, or on the company’s or government agency’s website to find out if the entity that supposedly called you actually needs the requested information from you.
  • Please let the FCC know about ID spoofers by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC or filing a complaint at www.fcc.gov/complaints.

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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below...............................



 
 
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Baby Boomers, 

Are you "Happy?"

Don't take this the wrong way or look upon me unkindly but every morning I wake up I am really freaking "Happy."

My life may not be exactly what I want (yet).

My health is not perfect.

My finances are not to the point where I can retire without watching what I am doing.

But I am "Happy."

Certifiably, assuredly, unquestionably, indisputably and without a doubt "Happy."

I often wonder why.

Are you "Happy?"

Do you know why?

I get a ton of emails (my choice) from a million different
sources with a multitude of assorted messages.

One that caught my eye this morning is fromJune Silney, a new "life hack"
expert.

Do you know why it caught my eye?

Because it talked about being "Happy."



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Have you ever noticed that some people are innately "Happy?"

They are born that way.

Me.....perhaps.

But there are others who wouldn't be "Happy" if you gave them everything they wanted on a silver platter and then some.

What causes "Happy?"



Let's dedicate a few minutes to this topic.

Here are 5 interesting facts about happiness that you might find very surprising.  Hopefully they will help you make sense of what I am talking about.

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5 Interesting Facts About Happiness



1. Happiness is a life-long pursuit


Even if you are one of those lucky folks that are born happy it's not something you can choose to ignore.  Happiness needs to be nurtured, fed and grown.  Sure, everyone experiences some degree of short term happiness in their lives whether it's from school or work achievements, life celebrations (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc.) or pleasurable experiences like vacations or holidays.

But most folks treat these as temporary moments.  They are not "Happy" until the next diversion comes along.

Staying "Happy" actually requires some work and that never ends.  You have to recognize that you are at your best when you are "Happy" so you have to concentrate on finding happiness where you can.

If it doesn't come easy to you try harder.

Live each day as "Happy" as you can.

You know what they say: "A day without happiness is a day........................



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2.  Happiness is a choice

There are may times in your life when your happiness will be tested.  
If there is one thing us Baby Boomers have learned as we have gotten older is "nothing is perfect."  But it is up to you to make the right decisions and
often they are tough choices.

When you wake up in the morning and face a
list a mile long of things that need to be done at work, then pick off a handful of the priorities and get them completed.  The satisfaction of getting them finished will make you "Happy."

If you had a fight with your spouse the night before and you want to be angry, make the decision to apologize and talk it out.

That will make you "Happy."


If you look into the mirror and see a little too much "gut" hanging over your pants then go take a walk.  Just the idea that you are doing something to improve your health will make you "Happy."

When given a choice, make the decision that will bring you the most happiness.


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3.  Happiness is a skill

When life hands you lemons you know you can still make lemonade. The first step in being "Happy" is to learn which behaviors make you "Happy."

Do you ever just catch yourself smiling?  Figure out why you are smiling and continue to reinforce that behavior.

When dealing with repetitive tasks in life do you find that one way of tackling them brings more happiness than others?  Then continue to build on those habits.

Plan to be "Happy" just like you would plan a presentation at work or a family vacation.  Create a lifestyle template that directs you toward "Happy" choices and helps you develop "Happy" behaviors.


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4.  Happiness is contagious. 

It is a proven fact.

Have you ever been watching a TV show or around friends where everyone is laughing uncontrollably and for some strange reason you can't help but laugh as well.  You may not even know why you are laughing.  It's because your body, your soul, your psyche knows that you need to laugh and you need to be "Happy."

Everybody does.

We are all connected.  How others feel affects our mood.  How we feel affects how others feel about us.  When you are "Happy" others around you get "Happy" too.

Take some time to smile at the people you meet today.

If you make eye contact, I bet they will smile back.


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5.  Happiness gets better with age


Again, it's a proven fact.

There are numerous studies on Baby Boomer psychology that have found that the older you
get, the happier you become.   Experts have discovered that seniors tend to remember the good times more than bad ones.

Baby Boomers are better equipped to seek out choices and behaviors that make them "Happy."  
Everyone knows that "Happy" people live longer.

So start simple.

  • Learn to tell a joke.
  • Buy a dog.
  • Go dancing.
  • Have sex.
  • Get together with a "Happy" friend.

Happiness is simple.

Get "Happy" and
you’ll live longer.


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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below...............................



 
 
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Baby Boomers,

Do you remember when shopping malls first came on the scene?  What a fantastic modern day invention.  Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It was Sunday afternoon.  Everyone would gather into the family station wagon anticipating a day of window shopping, fun treats and indoor excitement.  It was almost like a short vacation.  

You would visit exotic locations like "Montgomery Ward"s, "Famous-Barr", "Marshall Field's" and "Goldblatt's".  There were stores....so many stores. Stores that had everything.  You could buy shoes at "Thom McAn", suits at "Robert Hall", sporting goods at "Oshman's", toys at "Kiddie City" and virtually anything imaginable at "Service Merchandise". 

The very first shopping mall opened was the "Country Club Plaza", founded by the J.C. Nichols Company which opened outside of Kansas City, Missouri in 1922. I know that's before our time, but it gives you an idea of how long they have been around.  

Check out the little slide show below for a nostalgic walk through shopping mall history.........

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The first totally enclosed mall was called "Southdale" and it opened outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1956 the year I was born.  In the 1980's, what we called giant "Mega-malls" began springing up around the country.    Do you remember?

In 1977, "Rockaway Townsquare Mall" was opened in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.  One visit and you would say "Fahgettaboudit."  Rockaway, which is still open today, was  a two-level super regional shopping mall.  It had a marble floored center court, an expansive food court and even a glass elevator.  The mall covered a total area of almost 1,500,000 ft². Can you image?  It took all day to walk the place.

In 1980, the "Sherman Oaks Mega Mall" opens near Chicago, Illinois - it was the start of "Galleria Shopping."  

And, the "West Edmonton Mall" in Alberta, Canada, opened in 1981 - with more than 800 stores and a hotel, amusement park, miniature-golf course, church, water park for sunbathing and surfing, a zoo and a 438-foot-long lake.

Shopping and the structures that held these wonders were incredible.....and getting bigger and more extravagant every year.  Where will the future of mall shopping end up?  

In China.  Check out the video below of the new shopping center in Chengdu, China.  The only way to describe it is .  It is the largest single structure in the world.

Who's says the age of mall shopping is dead?

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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below...............................


 
 
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Are there any other Baby Boomers out there, like me, that have been married and divorced a couple of times?  I don't think it's out of the ordinary any more.  In fact, it seems to have become a common trait of our generation.

I have been married and divorced twice.   I know it's probably not one of my most admirable achievements to underscore and I know I have not been the most incredibly perfect role model for my children.  But who wants to be Ward Cleaver anyway?

You know what?  Even though I have been through 2 divorces, I don't consider my marriages as "failed."  In fact, they were great experiences. I believe both myself and my ex-wives are better people because of what we experienced and shared together and even more so because of what we have achieved separately afterwards.  We remained good friends.  I think we understand that what we shared in our marriage was good and although it came apart on some levels, we could still have a positive relationship without guilt or blame.

In a way, my 2 divorces have been excellent examples for my children. Don't do what I have done but if you do build on your mistakes.  But most people are not as lucky as me. They may not be able to carry on civil relationships with their ex-spouses.  There may have been too much damage for them. There could have been too much incompatibility.  Maybe, there was too much family pressure, spiritual differences or financial hardship.   There are a myriad of reasons why marriages fail and trust me, they are all complicated.


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My friend, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and trained Mediator, Nancy Hetrick recently wrote an intriguing article that I would like to share with you about one of those complications that can bring a marriage to the edge of collapse: "Infidelity."  But, it's not a betrayal of the typical sort, that you would normally think happens in a relationship but it does.  In our Baby Boomer generation, where most of us experience job security, solid incomes and a secure economic future, money problems seldom become a concern in marriage.  But you will see that it does as Nancy talks about the painful reality of "Financial infidelity." 

"Marriage is challenging in many different ways but if dishonesty is in the mix, it can be disastrous.  Trust must be the foundation of any good relationship and erosion of trust will destroy a marriage at record speed.  When we talk about infidelity, most people’s thoughts immediately turn to the cheating spouse who’s taken a lover.  

But there’s another, more subtle and potentially even more devastating, infidelity that is often overlooked.  Financial Infidelity can show up in a wide variety of ways and can range from minor offenses like that credit card he doesn’t know about to far more serious deceptions like filtering money to family members over many years to siphon off a personal nest egg from marital assets. 

How do you know if it might be happening to you?" 


There are 5 signs that you should watch for:

READ MORE........................

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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below...............................


 
 
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Baby Boomers,

Did you know that hearing loss is probably the most common health condition affecting the quality of life for older adults? Roughly 1/3 of all Boomers in the United States have some degree of hearing loss.  Even scarier is the fact that, by the time we become 75 years old, 1/2 of us will have a significant amount of hearing loss.

Can you hear what I am saying?

This is important stuff and it can affect anyone.  Did you realize that Ex-President Bill Clinton wears a hearing aid?  So do actors Rob Lowe, Kiefer Sutherland and Halle Berry.  If you have any type of hearing loss you are in the same good company as Rush Limbaugh, Robert Redford and legendary “Who” guitarist Pete Townshend.

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Hearing deficiencies come in many forms. They can range from a mild loss of high-pitched sounds to constant aggravating hissing noises all the way to complete and debilitating loss of hearing.  Strangely enough, hearing problems can be hereditary or they can result from disease, trauma, certain medications or long-term exposure to loud noise.

So, do you think you might have a hearing problem?

In many cases, Baby Boomers may be experiencing a hearing problem without realizing it. Others, unfortunately, might realize they have an issue, but are too embarrassed to tell their doctor, family or even friends about it. 

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Let’s start by having you ask yourself a couple of key questions:

If you answer "yes" to three or more of these questions, you probably have a hearing problem and may need to have your hearing checked by an appropriate doctor.

  • Is it hard to hear conversations on the telephone?
  • Do others complain that I have the volume on the TV or radio way too high?
  • Do I have trouble following a conversation when I’m in public?
  • Do the people I talk to mumble or speak unclear?
  • Do I find social situations stressful and tiring?
  • Do I misunderstand what others are saying and sometimes respond inappropriately?
  • Do I find myself asking people to repeat themselves?
  • Do I find myself saying “what” or “huh” more often than not?
  • Is it harder to understand the speech of women and children?
  • Do I hear a ringing, roaring, or hissing sound when it is quiet?
  • Do I feel like people sneak up on me more often?
  • Does “Rock N’ Roll music seem way too loud?


       OK, maybe the last question is not appropriate because “Rock N’ Roll” music can never be too loud can it?


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But seriously, if some of the behaviors touched on in the questions above are creeping into your daily life then you need to see a hearing specialist. The first thing you need to do, if you suspect you might have a hearing problem is to schedule an appointment with your family doctor. In most cases, they can administer a battery of simple tests that can identify your problem and then prescribe an effective course of action.

In some cases, your doctor may send you to an “Audiologist.”  An Audiologist is an expert who identifies, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss and balance disorders.  The majority of hearing issues cannot be treated with medication or surgery, but can be treated by an “Audiologist” through specific rehabilitation including hearing aids, assistive listening devices, auditory exercises and counseling.   Don’t worry; the tests that an “Audiologist” performs are painless.  Also, they do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery.


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If things are worse than expected, your doctor may also refer you to an “Otolaryngologist.”  This is just a “fancy” name for an “Ear, Nose and Throat” or “ENT” specialist.  And by “fancy” I mean an Otolaryngologist is only ready to start their practice after completing up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training. Pretty fancy huh?

An “ENT” will target why you have a hearing loss and the causes.  The “ENT” will review your medical history and your family’s medical hearing history.  They also conduct thorough hearing exams and, based on what they find, they will prescribe any further tests.  They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), and some cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.

So, for those of you who haven’t been listening to me or can’t hear what I’m saying, if you have any trouble hearing whatsoever, go see your doctor.


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You know, as we age we all are susceptible to a condition known as“Presbycusis.”  No, that doesn’t mean your nose if going to grow bigger and bigger.  


“Presbycusis” is gradual hearing loss and can occur due to changes in the auditory nerve or the form and function of the ear itself.  There are several things that cause it or worsen its effects including:

  • Exposure to loud noise - remember those rock concerts?
  • Heredity
  • Past head injuries
  • Past infections
  • Past Illnesses
  • Certain prescription drugs
  • High Blood Pressure

Also, listen up for “Tinnitus” the ringing, hissing or roaring sound in the ears frequently caused by exposure to loud noise or certain medicines. Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease and it can accompany any type of hearing loss.  Tinnitus many times is a sign of other important health problems, like allergies and problems with your heart and blood vessels. Tinnitus can come and go, or it can persist for long periods of time.



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Like I said earlier, some folks may not even know they have a hearing problem because symptoms develop so gradually.  Then there are some stubborn Baby Boomers, like me, that may not want to admit they have trouble hearing.  If you ignore your hearing problems you may find yourself becoming depressed or withdrawing from others.  Don’t let yourself become frustrated or embarrassed about not understanding everything that you are hearing.  Who the heck wants some young whipper snapper pointing fingers at us, calling us older people confused, cranky or befuddled just because we don't hear well?


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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: “I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on television.”  But, I do know that taking care of your hearing is very important and I ask you (LOUDLY) to get your hearing checked out as soon as you can especially if you suspect it’s starting to fade.  

A great man (or woman, I’m not sure) once said:

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening.”

 

Make sure you continue to reward yourself by taking care of your hearing.

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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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 Baby Boomers,

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend.

If you watched any television you saw that there were hundreds of ways and a hundred different reasons to celebrate over the weekend. 

You have to love those 3 day weekends right?

So how did you celebrate the Memorial Day holiday?

Did you have a big get-together with your family and friends?  Attend a ballgame?  Have that big backyard bar-b-que?

Did you watch old John Wayne movies?

Did you celebrate the beginning of summer?  Buy a new car or maybe some new furniture?

Did you catch up on some yard work or tackle that huge outdoor project that you have been thinking about?

Let me ask you this.....Do you really know why we celebrate "Memorial Day" in the U.S.?

Something to do with veterans and war and freedom right?

Well, you are on the right track anyway.

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Beginning somewhere in the early 70's, the Memorial Day holiday was conveniently established to be officially observed on the last Monday in May. 

As part of this accommodating action, it soon lost it's true meaning and became known as the unofficial start of the summer replete with three day trips to the beach, sunburns, barbecues, blockbuster movie openings and car and mattress sales.

It has merely become another reason to fly the flag and use red, white and blue napkins at our bar-b-que.

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Traditional observance of Memorial Day has faded over the years. Many Americans have forgotten its meaning and traditions.   At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored if not neglected.  Most people no longer remember to fly the flag at half-staff for the day. 

Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day.

No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.


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Some of us current Baby Boomers never had to feel the sting of being enlisted and serving for our country.  We fell between armed conflicts.

A lottery drawing - the first since 1942 - was begun on December 1, 1969, at Selective Service National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  This new system determined the order of call for induction during the following calendar year.

In 1974, the year I was first eligible for the draft, the lottery was ended and the U.S. converted to an all-volunteer military.

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Although I was never in the military that doesn't mean I wasn't touched by the service and sacrifice of others. 

My older brother, Steve fought in Viet Nam. 

My Dad John, my Uncle Wally and their closest friends fought in World War II. 

I understood the commitment of their personal service. 

I remember the fear of living through the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the genesis of a nuclear retaliation world. 

Serving your country, going to war, being a patriot, flying the American flag and standing with your hand over your heart during the National Anthem has always meant something compelling to me.





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Three day holiday weekends aren't bad in themselves.  

Maybe we use the fun and family gatherings as a way to keep the suffering and death endured by others in maintaining our freedoms out of our thoughts as much as possible.

It's more fun concentrating on the start of summer or picnics or something else. 

If that's the case, then there is nothing wrong with that.

But let's not forget to take a personal moment to remember the heroes.  That doesn't have to be done in the course of a three day weekend.  It can be done anytime.  It can even be done today.

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Next time you meet a veteran, shake their hand and Thank them for their service. 

Go out and buy something that you know a current soldier would really like ( grooming items, books, cell phones, popcorn, clean freaking underwear) to have as he fights in the deserts of the Middle east and donate it to "Packages from Home". 

Stand up and cheer at sporting events when service people are recognized and maybe buy one a beer. 

At the very least, every so often just stop for a minute and appreciate your freedoms and remember why you have them.

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More than a million American fighting men and women have given, as Lincoln termed it at Gettysburg, their last full measure of devotion to their families, friends and country.

Their valor and sacrifice made possible our freedoms, our values and our very existence.



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Memorial Day should be a time of solemn reflection on some of the most sacred of human ideals: faith, family, duty, commitment, heroism and honor.

We are so profoundly indebted to all those who have served and have given their lives defending us.






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It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.                                                           — George S. Patton









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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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Baby Boomers,

Have you ever noticed how some "stuff" just doesn't ever disappear from the internet?

I admit that I am one of the happiest people on this planet because of the fact that the internet and everything it has to offer sprouted and has grown up in my generation.

There has never been a more significant invention in the entire history of the human race as far as I am concerned.

But with every great advancement comes the inevitable misfortune of corruption and misuse by the misguided, ignorant or uninformed percentage of our society.

Here's a case in point.

For probably the fifth time in the past couple of years this PowerPoint below has shown up in my mailbox.

Unfortunately, it was sent to me by one of the most trusted and honest and caring people I have ever met on this planet.

Unfortunately, this person is older and not as enlightened as most when it comes to the truthfulness of what is traveling around as "expert advice" on the world wide web.

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This information is "FALSE."

Do not believe it !!!

This "supposedly" helpful e-mail began its life on the internet back in June 1999, and in the spring of 2004 a PowerPoint presentation of it began circulating online.

Those kindhearted souls who started it on its way likely had no inkling the advice they were forwarding could potentially be harmful to someone undergoing a heart attack, but that is indeed the case.

If you knew "exactly" what you were doing, this procedure might help save your life.

If, however, you were to attempt cough CPR at the wrong time (because you misjudged the kind of cardiac event being experienced) or went about it in the wrong way, it could make matters worse.

In other words, the procedure might be the right thing to attempt or it might be the very thing that would kill the afflicted depending on which sort of cardiac crisis is being experienced.

Without a doctor there to judge the situation and, if cough CPR is indicated, to supervise the rhythmic coughing, the procedure is just far too risky for any layman to attempt.

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I am not a doctor nor do I play one on television.

It's OK if you don't believe me.

Check out the information available on the internet or talk to your family doctor.

Here's a couple of responses from experts that I found
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1. The American Heart Association "does not endorse "cough CPR," a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet. As noted in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, “cough CPR” is not useful for unresponsive victims and should not be taught to lay rescuers."


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The American Red Cross "cannot advocate teaching the technique until it has been thoroughly tested in national studies and found to be effective.  While self-initiated CPR is possible; however, its use is limited to clinical situations in which the patient has a cardiac monitor, the arrest is recognized before loss of consciousness, and the patient can cough forcefully. To date, there is insufficient scientific research concerning the efficacy of Cough CPR."

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The American Heart Association recommendation:


"The best strategy is to be aware of the early warning signs for heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them by calling 9-1-1. If you're driving alone and you start having severe chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (the scenario presented in the Internet article), pull over and flag down another motorist for help or phone 9-1-1 on your mobile phone."


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Fellow Baby Boomers...........

Help me get rid of this dangerous "stuff" that continues to circulate on the internet.

Please forward this message to anyone you feel needs to see it.

If there are any other unfounded, inaccurate, false or misguided information you have seen on the internet that might pose a danger to someone, please send it to me so I can spread the message.

Even if we help one person it is worth the time and effort, right?

If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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Don't you wish there was some common sense like this left in the world today?


Sometimes a rock to the face is all the inspiration some people need.

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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

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Baby Boomers.

Today, as promised, I bring you the final episode of my 5 part series titled “The 5 Things Baby Boomers Miss Most.”

The 5 Things That Baby Boomers Miss the Most:

1. Playing Competitive Sports
2. Having the Eyesight of a Young Person
3. Drinking without Lasting Side Effects
4. Eating Your Favorite Foods
5. ???

Today’s “thing” that I talk about today will probably be the “hardest” of the 5 to discuss.

I am “hard-headed” yet "firm" believer in maintaining the most "rigid" standards of writing quality and I have always “held” myself to “hardened” and “unbending” principles on “discharging” and dispensing only “upstanding”  and “elevated” levels of content that is “exposed” to my “yearning” followers.

After today, you will probably no “longer” believe that about me.

But I beg of you to remain "hard and fast" in your convictions and keep a “stiff” upper lip and see this blog through to it's "climax."


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Any idea what the 5th "thingy" I miss the most from my youth is?

Well, as embarrassing as it is to admit, the 5th thing I miss the most from my youth is “morning wood.”

That’s right I said it aloud.

The "erection", "boner", "stiffy", "chubby", "woody" or whatever you call it that I used to get all the time when I was younger.

But it’s true.  I have come to notice over the past few years that my “little dancing friend” doesn't show up as often in the mornings.

As a youngster, I grew accustomed to lying in bed a few extra minutes waiting for the blood to rush back to my “other” head.  Now, not so much.

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I really miss this.

The morning erection, or as the scientific community refers to it “nocturnal penile tumescence” has always “stood” as a "big" symbol of my manhood. 

My research shows that I am definitely not the only man concerned about it.  But, my objective here today is not to construct a complete scientific explanation of the physical and psychological causes of this phenomenon.  There have been plenty of expert and not so expert studies on why men experience erections when they wake but nothing conclusive has yet to be proven.


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Some researchers say it is caused by having a full bladder and the dire need to urinate after a long night sleep.  That makes sense.

Since I often find myself doing the “nighttime tango” multiple times during the night, it's only logical that I wouldn't wake up erect with a penis full of pee pee.

Other’s seem to think that men experience a series of multiple nighttime erections due to vivid, lifelike dreams and that we wake up “standing tall “on the tail end of one of those dreams.

I can relate to this too.


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In my younger days I had re-occurring dreams that were incredibly animated, graphic and sexy.

I would often find myself floating effortlessly; face up on a smooth flowing stream under a canopy of naked women.  Kind of like the erotic dream sequence in the classic movie  "The Big Lebowski."

Or at other times my dreams involved large groups of nubile participants on beaches or warm pastures frolicking with each other in pairs and triplets and groups.

And these dreams involved friends and neighbors and women I met on the street and my high school math teacher, Ms. French.

But I digress.  I don’t think my dreams now-a-days are as provocative.  Unfortunately, most of the time I am dreaming about work, things I need to do or the next day’s blog topic.

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However, I can tell you that “morning wood” is perfectly normal, natural and common throughout the male kingdom.

If you are not experiencing it on a regular basis anymore, there are hundreds of expert and scientific websites with intricate explanations of how and why the issue arises for you to research if you are interested.

My goal today is just to point out the angst I feel because this is no longer a daily event.  My "morning wood" was like an old friend.

I really do miss it and even more than I miss the other 4 "things" we discussed earlier in my blogs.

It is unfortunate that we have all taken these "things" for granted in our youth.



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I don’t know about you, but I literally hate the fact that I have to grow physically old.  There’s no stopping it.

So why not fight to keep what you got and enjoy every minute like it’s your last.

I pose this challenge to each and every Baby Boomer that is reading this blog:

Tomorrow, we should all throw away our reading glasses, get drunk, play some baseball, football or something, eat a couple of hot dogs loaded with chili and onions and cucumbers and go to bed dreaming about having sex with Sophia Vergara (for the women that would be George Clooney or Brad Pitt).

The hell with missing things from our youth.

Hopefully, the next morning the sun will rise right along with your "morning wood."


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If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too. 

It's easy to tell them about it.

Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.

The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!

Thanks for joining me and don’t forget to rate this blog below...............................