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<p>A smartphone isn&#39;t just a phone. If you own one, and the majority of boomers do, you know just how much you can do on your phone. People now use their smartphones as an everything-device for communication, entertainment, work and photography. It can replace traditional desktops, laptops, and good cameras. So it makes sense that the device should be costly, but the recent uptick in pricing has left a lot of people a little peeved.</p> <p>When Apple released the iPhoneX last year at a price of $999, many critics laughed. However, Apple proved that buyers are willing to pay for processing power, storage, battery life, data speeds, large screen, and perhaps one of the most important features, the camera technology. People attach a high value to their phone, as it&#39;s likely the most important device they own. While many people loudly complained about the price, even more people went and bought it, effectively helping Apple to set a new price point for smartphones.</p> <p>Price is increasing across brands, as well. As <a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/sorry-but-your-iphone-and-android-phone-is-going-to-get-even-more-expensive/" target="_blank">article</a> from CNET contains a chart showing the most popular smartphones and corresponding prices from 2016-2018. If the $999 price tag of the high-end iPhoneX just isn&#39;t affordable or doesn&#39;t interest you, there are still plenty of mid-range smartphones available. However, it may be time to get over the shock of phone prices and accept it as the new normal.</p> <p>If you&#39;re in the market for a new smartphone, the chart is a good starting tool for pricing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Ladies, do you sometimes feel invisible or unrepresented in advertising? You&#39;re not alone, which is exactly why L&#39;Oreal Paris is launching a &#39;golden squad&#39; of stars over 50 to help challenge and change the perceptions on aging. The star-studded group - which includes Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Isabelle Adjani, Iris Berben and Vanessa Williams - is part of a campaign for the Age Perfect range of cosmetics, designed for aging skin.</p> <p>We all might not be quite as gorgeous or stylish as some of these women, but we certainly can identify with the changes that come with aging. Fonda addresses the issue by saying: &#39;You have to be brave and not so invested in looking the way you used to but try to look as good as you can at the age that you are.&#39;</p> <p>That&#39;s not the same as saying that you don&#39;t want to look good and Mirren points that out, adding &quot;I applaud L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al Paris for embracing the fact that women want to look as good as they can at whatever age that they are.&quot;</p> <p>Embracing yourself seems to be the message here. You&#39;ve got laugh lines? Well, that means you&#39;ve had a lot of laughs, so consider yourself lucky to be here with all those laughs under your belt. Still, sometimes it may make you feel good to cover those lines up and L&#39;Oreal Paris wants to help you do that with products made made specifically for aging skin.</p> <p>Kudos to L&#39;Oreal Paris for representing women of all ages. Click Read More to be taken to an article from DailyMail with more details.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson cc-by-2.0</p>
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<p>A lot of things come in a mini version and now it looks like retirement might too. Instead of an early retirement, some people are opting for a &quot;mini retirement&quot;. The term was coined by Tim Ferris in his book, &quot;The 4-Hour Workweek,&quot; and refers to a taking a small break from your career. What you do in that time, and how long that time is, is completely up to you.</p> <p>As traditional retirement seems to be changing and even going away, the notion of early retirement is pretty much a dream for many people. But working straight through and past traditional retirement age isn&#39;t ideal either. A solution for many seems to be a mini retirement. Some people may take a month, others six months, others a year. They may travel the whole time or relocate to one location for that time. The goal is to take enough time away to recharge, to do something meaningful to you, to create a blank slate even.</p> <p>A mini retirement can help rejuvenate your mind, body and soul better than a week of vacation ever could. It could be the perfect time to think about a second career or grow a side business that you just haven&#39;t had the time to focus on. You could work on skills outside of your career, pursue a dream you&#39;ve always had, or spend quality time with your family. You could even plan several mini retirements, spaced out, rather than taking one final retirement.</p> <p>While this all sounds great, it obviously can be a challenge to make it work financially. There are many things to consider and it takes a lot of diligent planning. Mini retirements are catching on with younger generations, especially the Millennials, but it&#39;s not too late to start planning yours.</p> <p>You&#39;re probably curious about people who have actually taken a mini retirement. You&#39;re in luck. Click Read More to read stories from mini-retirees in which they share how they made it possible, why they did it, and where they went. It may give you some inspiration or motivation!</p>
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<p>A smartphone isn&#39;t just a phone. If you own one, and the majority of boomers do, you know just how much you can do on your phone. People now use their smartphones as an everything-device for communication, entertainment, work and photography. It can replace traditional desktops, laptops, and good cameras. So it makes sense that the device should be costly, but the recent uptick in pricing has left a lot of people a little peeved.</p> <p>When Apple released the iPhoneX last year at a price of $999, many critics laughed. However, Apple proved that buyers are willing to pay for processing power, storage, battery life, data speeds, large screen, and perhaps one of the most important features, the camera technology. People attach a high value to their phone, as it&#39;s likely the most important device they own. While many people loudly complained about the price, even more people went and bought it, effectively helping Apple to set a new price point for smartphones.</p> <p>Price is increasing across brands, as well. As <a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/sorry-but-your-iphone-and-android-phone-is-going-to-get-even-more-expensive/" target="_blank">article</a> from CNET contains a chart showing the most popular smartphones and corresponding prices from 2016-2018. If the $999 price tag of the high-end iPhoneX just isn&#39;t affordable or doesn&#39;t interest you, there are still plenty of mid-range smartphones available. However, it may be time to get over the shock of phone prices and accept it as the new normal.</p> <p>If you&#39;re in the market for a new smartphone, the chart is a good starting tool for pricing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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<p>Ladies, do you sometimes feel invisible or unrepresented in advertising? You&#39;re not alone, which is exactly why L&#39;Oreal Paris is launching a &#39;golden squad&#39; of stars over 50 to help challenge and change the perceptions on aging. The star-studded group - which includes Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Isabelle Adjani, Iris Berben and Vanessa Williams - is part of a campaign for the Age Perfect range of cosmetics, designed for aging skin.</p> <p>We all might not be quite as gorgeous or stylish as some of these women, but we certainly can identify with the changes that come with aging. Fonda addresses the issue by saying: &#39;You have to be brave and not so invested in looking the way you used to but try to look as good as you can at the age that you are.&#39;</p> <p>That&#39;s not the same as saying that you don&#39;t want to look good and Mirren points that out, adding &quot;I applaud L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al Paris for embracing the fact that women want to look as good as they can at whatever age that they are.&quot;</p> <p>Embracing yourself seems to be the message here. You&#39;ve got laugh lines? Well, that means you&#39;ve had a lot of laughs, so consider yourself lucky to be here with all those laughs under your belt. Still, sometimes it may make you feel good to cover those lines up and L&#39;Oreal Paris wants to help you do that with products made made specifically for aging skin.</p> <p>Kudos to L&#39;Oreal Paris for representing women of all ages. Click Read More to be taken to an article from DailyMail with more details.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson cc-by-2.0</p>
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Baby Boomers by Babyboomers.com - 1y ago

<p>Ladies, do you sometimes feel invisible or unrepresented in advertising? You&#39;re not alone, which is exactly why L&#39;Oreal Paris is launching a &#39;golden squad&#39; of stars over 50 to help challenge and change the perceptions on aging. The stellar group - which includes Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Isabelle Adjani, Iris Berben and Vanessa Williams - is part of a campaign for the Age Perfect range of cosmetics, designed for aging skin.</p> <p>We all might not be quite as gorgeous or stylish as some of these women, but we certainly can identify with the changes that come with aging. Fonda addresses the issue by saying: &#39;You have to be brave and not so invested in looking the way you used to but try to look as good as you can at the age that you are.&#39;</p> <p>That&#39;s not the same as saying that you don&#39;t want to look good and Mirren points that out, adding &quot;I applaud L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al Paris for embracing the fact that women want to look as good as they can at whatever age that they are.&quot;</p> <p>Embracing yourself seems to be the message here. You&#39;ve got laugh lines? Well, that means you&#39;ve had a lot of laughs, so consider yourself lucky to be here with all those laughs under your belt. Still, sometimes it may make you feel good to cover those lines up and L&#39;Oreal Paris wants to help you do that with products made made specifically for aging skin.</p> <p>Kudos to L&#39;Oreal Paris for representing women of all ages. Click Read More to be taken to an article from DailyMail with more details.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson cc-by-2.0</p>
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<p>A new baby, an unexpected diagnosis, a move, a loss...all of these life events can cause extreme stress. When a family member or friend is in need, whether it&#39;s a happy or sad event, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out how you can best offer your support.</p> <p>While any type support has good intentions, there are several things you can consider to ensure your help goes a long way.&nbsp; A good rule is to offer specific help and avoid vague offers, such as &quot;Call me if you need anything.&quot;</p> <p>Goop.com has put together a helpful <a href="https://goop.com/work/civics/how-to-help-in-times-of-need/" target="_blank">list</a> of different ways in which you can provide support that will make a difference.</p> <p>Ease the burden by taking daily tasks off your friend&#39;s hands: make dinner, do laundry, house an out-of-town guest, offer to babysit or sit with an elderly loved one.</p> <p>Pamper your loved one: give a gift card for a massage or at-home beauty treatment, send a nice new set of pajamas.</p> <p>Remind your friend she&#39;s in your thoughts: send her chocolates or cookies, a specific-situation book.</p> <p>Life events and stressful situations, whether good or bad, hopefully bring support from friends and family, so the person going through the event could benefit from some nice thank you cards, too.</p> <p>No matter how you choose to offer help or support, the fact that you are is the most important thing!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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<p>How would you like to do something enjoyable that also happens to improve your emotional, mental and physical well-being? Then perhaps you should learn to play an instrument. Many people who have never picked up an instrument before, think that it&#39;s too late to learn one as an adult. However, that simply isn&#39;t true. And with today&#39;s increasing lifespans, learning an instrument later in life could leave you with a hobby to enjoy for decades to come. It may seem daunting, but here are just some of the benefits - they may give you that extra push you need to give it a try.</p> <ul> <li>The pleasure of learning and playing music can be extremely rewarding, leading to a great feeling of achievement and satisfaction.</li> <li>There have been studies proving that it helps lower blood pressure and decrease stress levels. It can also help ward off depression and anxiety.</li> <li>It helps protect cognitive function, improve listening skills and memory - all of which are especially important as you age.</li> </ul> <p>In fact, a recent <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170601192721.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">study</a> from Baycrest Health Sciences set out to determine <em>why</em> playing music helps with age-related cognitive declines and the results were impressive. They discovered that listening and hearing skills can be improved over a short time while playing an instrument because of the way brain waves are altered. &quot;This study was the first time we saw direct changes in the brain after one session, demonstrating that the action of creating music leads to a strong change in brain activity.&quot;</p> <p>And an advantage of learning music later in life rather than as a child? You may have more patience during the process!</p> <p>Here is a great article on <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-you-should-learn-a-musical-instrument-2017-05-04" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">MarketWatch.com</a> with more information and tips if you decide to give an instrument a try. Another article lists the <a href="http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-playing-instrument/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">top 10 health benefits</a> of playing an instrument.</p>
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<p>How would you like to do something enjoyable that also happens to improve your emotional, mental and physical well-being? Then perhaps you should learn to play an instrument. Many people who have never picked up an instrument before, think that it&#39;s too late to learn one as an adult. However, that simply isn&#39;t true. And with today&#39;s increasing lifespans, learning an instrument later in life could leave you with a hobby to enjoy for decades to come. It may seem daunting, but here are just some of the benefits - they may give you that extra push you need to give it a try.</p> <ul> <li>The pleasure of learning and playing music can be extremely rewarding, leading to a great feeling of achievement and satisfaction.</li> <li>There have been studies proving that it helps lower blood pressure and decrease stress levels. It can also help ward off depression and anxiety.</li> <li>It helps protect cognitive function, improve listening skills and memory - all of which are especially important as you age.</li> </ul> <p>In fact, a recent <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170601192721.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">study</a> from Baycrest Health Sciences set out to determine <em>why</em> playing music helps with age-related cognitive declines and the results were impressive. They discovered that listening and hearing skills can be improved over a short time while playing an instrument because of the way brain waves are altered. &quot;This study was the first time we saw direct changes in the brain after one session, demonstrating that the action of creating music leads to a strong change in brain activity.&quot;</p> <p>And an advantage of learning music later in life rather than as a child? You may have more patience during the process!</p> <p>Here is a great article on <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-you-should-learn-a-musical-instrument-2017-05-04" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">MarketWatch.com</a> with more information and tips if you decide to give an instrument a try. Another article lists the <a href="http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-playing-instrument/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">top 10 health benefits</a> of playing an instrument.</p>
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Baby Boomers by Babyboomers.com - 1y ago

<p>Ladies, do you sometimes feel invisible or unrepresented in advertising? You&#39;re not alone, which is exactly why L-Oreal Paris is launching a &#39;golden squad&#39; of stars over 50 to help challenge and change the perceptions on aging. The stellar group - which includes Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Isabelle Adjani, Iris Berben and Vanessa Williams - is part of a campaign for the Age Perfect range of cosmetics, designed for aging skin.</p> <p>We all might not be quite as gorgeous or stylish as some of these women, but we certainly can identify with the changes that come with aging. Fonda addresses the issue by saying: &#39;You have to be brave and not so invested in looking the way you used to but try to look as good as you can at the age that you are.&#39;</p> <p>That&#39;s not the same as saying that you don&#39;t want to look good just because you&#39;ve gotten a little older and Mirren points that out, adding &quot;I applaud L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al Paris for embracing the fact that women want to look as good as they can at whatever age that they are.&quot;</p> <p>Embracing yourself seems to be the message here. You&#39;ve got laugh lines? Well, that means you&#39;ve had a lot of laughs, so consider yourself lucky to be here with all those laughs under your belt. Still, sometimes it may make you feel good to cover those lines up and L&#39;Oreal Paris wants to help you do that with products made made specifically for aging skin.</p> <p>Kudos to L&#39;Oreal Paris for representing women of all ages. Click Read More to be taken to an article from DailyMail with more details.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson cc-by-2.0</p>

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