Thursday, April 19, 2018

UNHAPPILY-MARRIED AGING BABY BOOMERS

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BLOG #30
UNHAPPILY-MARRIED AGING BABY BOOMERS

It's not a news flash to report that countless Baby Boomers are in unhappy, unfulfilling marriages.
It is informative, though, to report the main factors that induce boomers to remain married ... unhappily ever after.

Standard Justifications: Children still live at home, financial concerns, religious beliefs, wedding vows are sacred, et al.

A Prevalent Excuse: Aging boomers are too set in our ways to disrupt familiar lifestyles. Long-time couples stay married to avoid the difficult adjustments that follow breakups. In other words, inertia has set in.

A Deep-Seated and Often Unacknowledged Reason: The fear of being alone.

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The Paradox: Baby Boomers (and others) who are convinced that being in relationships is preferable to being alone, complain they feel alone and lonely in those relationships.

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Boomers Think Forever Is Too Long ...

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

HAVE LONG-MARRIED BABY BOOMERS LOST THEIR SIZZLE?

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BLOG #29
HAVE LONG-MARRIED BABY BOOMERS LOST THEIR SIZZLE?

Are long-married couples romantically intimate? Maybe.
Can faded marital passion be rejuvenated? Possibly.
Does your passion-battery need to be recharged? Uhhhh...perhaps.

Typically, first-wave and midpoint married boomers are either done with, or winding down from, the time and energy-consuming distractions that dampened the sizzling flames of our young marriages - building families and careers. Now if we choose, older healthy boomers are able to commit time and energy to reignite our passion. Yes. It is a choice.

Conversely, most last-wave married boomers are in the midst of hectic, busy lives, i.e. demanding careers, children living at home, elderly parents needing care, et cetera. Naturally, these responsibilities stifle amorous activities - to what extent is also a choice.

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Needless to say, multiple issues other than distractions factor into Baby Boomers' diminished marital passion and subsequent choices.

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Unhappily Married Boomers ...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

LONG-MARRIED BABY BOOMERS

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BLOG #28
LONG-MARRIED BABY BOOMERS

Congratulations to Baby Boomers who have long-standing marriages. In fact, a number of first-wave boomers have celebrated, or are about to celebrate, 50-year golden anniversaries. Wow!

We all are aware that a combination of love, friendship, and laughter are keys to successful marriages. And, we all are impressed if spouses support and respect each other, as well as share common values, interests, and goals.

Boomers give high praise - albeit with a tad of disbelief, a bit of curiosity, and a tinge of envy - to 50-year couples who say they continue to be attracted to, charmed by, and intimate with, each other.

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In fantasyland, long-married couples live in love-filled, compatible harmony. 
In realville, ... well, you know.

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Romantic Married Boomers ...

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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BLOG #27
DATING WHILE EMPTY NESTING, AGING BABY BOOMER STYLE

When adult children leave home to live on their own, Baby Boomers don't immediately celebrate. We usually go through a period of adjustment (mere minutes to few months) before fully enjoying the benefits of empty nests - especially regained privacy and independence.

Single empty nesters appreciate the ability to date and cultivate romantic relationships, free from prying eyes watching our every move. Ummmm ... except if your adult children feel it is their right to meddle and voice opinions, even from afar.

The fiercest responses to meddlesome offspring are summed up by a boomer who unequivocally stated, 'My love-life is none of my children's business and I won't ask their permission to have one.' Definitely fierce.

On the other end of the spectrum are boomers who surrender control to their children, summed up by an empty nester who wept, 'Sure I would like a bit of romance and companionship, but I ended a relationship and gave up dating because it upset my overly protective kids.' Overly protective, or selfish, or ???

Then there are Baby Boomers who reawaken rebellious teenage skills in order to hide forbidden dates. One boomer-teen's justification, 'Sneaking around and having taboo trysts add spicy elements to dating.' Really?

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Why would grown-up offspring deny their parents the joys of romance and companionship? And, why would Baby Boomer parents allow our children to treat us as if we are the children? Why indeed!

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Long-married boomers ...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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BLOG #26
DATING WHILE PARENTING, AGING BABY BOOMER STYLE

How do last-wave Baby Boomer singles - with youngsters still living at home - find free time for dating and romance? HaHaHa...

Fortunate boomers have families that provide backup. Singles arrange dates to coincide with children's sleepovers at the homes of either the other parents or willing grandparents, aunts, et al. It's a great arrangement - if family members are readily available, actually willing, and truly present in the children's lives. More importantly, if the kids are safe and comfortable.

A practical solution works well for those with or without families. Singles set up sleepover exchanges with a couple of trustworthy single-parent friends or neighbors. 'You take my kids one night and I'll take your kids another night.' It's a good arrangement - if the kids get along (and there's not too many of them). And again, if they are safe and comfortable.

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Yep.   Both plans forgo spontaneity and ration dating sprees.
Nope. There are no easy or convenient solutions - but as we all know, parenting is not easy or convenient.

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Empty Nests, Dating, And Aging Boomers 

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #25
AGING BABY BOOMERS HAVE BLIND-DATE NIGHTMARES

Nightmarish blind dates can happen to singles of all ages. A particularly wicked one looms for aging Baby Boomers.

This nightmare unfolds as soon as we catch glimpses of our matches. Not because they are unattractive or unpleasant. It is because they resemble ... our grandparents.

Throughout the date we're distracted by internal chattering, 'Why would our matchmakers think we would be romantically interested in anyone sooooo old?' And, 'Do those setting up the dates see us as that old?' How absurd!

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The nightmare reaches an appalling climax when Baby Boomers wonder, 'Are our dates' internal chatterings focused on how old we look?' Oh the horrors!!!

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Dating While Parenting ...

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #24
AGING BABY BOOMERS GO ON BLIND DATES


Countless Baby Boomers met (and meet) spouses on blind dates.
Hopeful single boomers go on blind dates wishing for similar results.
Others go just for fun. 

Then again, numerous boomers have given up on blind dates after one too many disappointing matches to incompatible people.  

Rather than give up, let's unravel blind date failures from another angle - the matchmaker angle. Generally speaking, we regularly and mistakenly assume all matchmakers respect our likes and dislikes; they arrange dates accordingly.

In effect, matchmakers are comparable to gift givers. Ideal gift givers hand out presents that suit recipients' tastes, not theirs. In contrast, lousy gift givers hand out presents that suit their tastes, not the recipients. If we substitute matchmakers with gift givers, their roles in successful or botched blind dates are evident. Choose wisely.

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Baby Boomers wonder whether lousy matchmakers vicariously live out their personal fantasies when they arrange dates. That is, do matchmakers choose whom they would date ... if they could?

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Boomers Blind Date Nightmares ...

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #23
ARE AGING BABY BOOMER SINGLES TOO OLD TO                                        
                                  DATE?

Are single Baby Boomers too old to date? Nonsense
Who dictates the dating cut-off age? Nobody
How do older singles find dates that lead to romance? Is this a trick question?

No tricks, just reality. With age, the pool of prospective partners shrinks to a puddle, especially for women. Despite the odds, boomers do find romance. How?

Use time-tested, commonsense methods:
~ First, transform reluctance and pessimism into effort and determination.
~ Next, add a huge dose of courage.
~ Then, expand comfort zones - do new things, go new places, and meet new people.
Sheesh!

NOTE
On the whole, Baby Boomers say time-tested, commonsense methods are reasonable. Yet, most agree with the boomer who said, 'Finding suitable dates has become a daunting task, not a fun game.' Many ask, 'What happened to us? We used to be bold, carefree, and adventurous. Did we lose it all to age?'

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Boomers Go On Blind Dates And ...

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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BLOG #22
AGING BABY BOOMER SINGLES

Baby Boomer singles who are content living solo lives reject outdated depictions of sad, lonely, pitiful singledom.

Updated depictions reveal inveterate unattached older boomers are hesitant to disrupt their lives in order to adjust to anyone or anything new. And, staunchly independent singles cherish the freedom to do whatever, whenever - without discussions, negotiations, and compromises.

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None of the above should be interpreted to mean Baby Boomer singles have given up flirtation and romance. Bring it on ... as long as it's cheery, easygoing, and drama-free.

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Are Boomers Too Old To Date ...

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #21
AGING BABY BOOMERS AND 21st CENTURY 
                    INFIDELITY

As mentioned in the previous post, online dating sites have gained popularity among single Baby Boomers. What about married boomers?

It seems a lot of married boomers 'enjoy fooling around' online, 21st century-style.
Defenders claim: Cyber flirting is harmless fun that does not breach the fidelity-line because there is no physical contact.
Critics claim: Lack of physical contact notwithstanding, the time and emotional investment devoted to cyber flirting adversely affects relationships.

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As of now, there is no consensus on 21st century infidelity. Baby Boomers do not need consensus. Individually and as couples, we set our own fidelity boundaries. Of course.

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Are Single Boomers Too Old To Date ...

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #20
AGING BABY BOOMERS AND ONLINE DATING

Online dating sites have gained popularity among single Baby Boomers. The learning curve is doable. (Or, ask a 14-year old for help.)

Experienced online daters tell novices it takes a while to master the art of conveying intelligence, humor, and sex appeal - via cyber chats. It may take a bit longer to unmask the smarmy creeps who hide behind charming veneers.

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Needless to say, boomers who pursue cyberspace-generated matches must drench ourselves in wisdom and caution. With that in mind, have fun. Quite a few successful relationships have originated from REPUTABLE dating sites.

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Do Boomers Engage In 21st Century Infidelity ...

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

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BLOG #19
AGING BABY BOOMERS AND THE INTERNET MIRACLE

Inconceivable to prior generations, Baby Boomers are fortunate to experience the Internet miracle. Numerous boomers delight in using Internet access to find almost anything and anyone.

Let's be blunt: When boomers do make contact with people from our pasts, it can be startling to observe the changes time has wrought. Our former crushes and/or friends look...ummmm...old; a few are downright unrecognizable. Yikes!

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More blunt news: When repeated gestures to connect are ignored, our mature minds accept that certain people choose not to be found. However, our sensitive hearts probably will feel something - hopefully, only a barely noticeable, momentary twinge. It's not worth more than that.

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Boomers And Online Dating ...

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #18
AGING BABY BOOMERS RECONNECT WITH OLD FRIENDS

Many Baby Boomers claim the older we get, the more difficult it is to build new quality friendships.

Some settle for buddies, but others react to this dilemma by using social media to track down former friends - with the assumption that childhood bonding is an excellent starting point for quality adult relationships. Ideally, when we re-connect, the years of separation melt away and friendships are revived.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, the years apart have carved a divide too wide to navigate.

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Quality friendships are rare treasures. Aging boomers are thankful if we are able to grow old with one or two.

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Boomers And The Internet Miracle ...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #17
AGING BABY BOOMERS REKINDLE LOST LOVE

Are you tempted to track down someone you haven't seen or spoken to in decades? Is that someone a former sweetheart?

Why the temptation?
~ Many Baby Boomers want to reconnect with people who share our histories and are fluent in our life-stories. It seems these boomers would rather update their stories than go through the discovery-phase required for new intimate relationships.

~ For quite a few boomers, getting older has reawakened a dormant yearning for their 'first true love.'

~ Or, maybe, it is simply age-related nostalgia for the good old days.

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Not all tales of rekindled love are heartwarming. Because, not all who reconnect with past loves are single. Uh-oh!
Do you know Baby Boomers who broke up their current marriages to reunite with former sweethearts?
Would you?

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Boomers reconnect with old friends ...

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

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BLOG #16
AGING BABY BOOMERS REMEMBER

Baby Boomers' memories of bygone days and bygone lives are evoked by anything or everything or nothing. We see images of long-absent friends and sweethearts, catch glimpses of ancient incidents, and hear echoes of past dialogues. All randomly seep (or occasionally pour) into our minds - uninvited.

For most boomers nostalgia lingers for a while, then fades as we get caught up in our present lives. Usually, but not always. Sometimes, reminiscing motivates action.

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Are you tempted to locate and, perhaps, rekindle former romances and friendships?
Are you tempted to find former adversaries to resolve disputes and release grudges?
Good Luck.

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Boomers Rekindle Lost Loves ...

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
BLOG #14
AGING BABY BOOMERS ATTEND SCHOOL REUNIONS

Aging Baby Boomer school reunions are time machines, of sorts. We travel to bygone days and, for better or worse, observe the aging process - using contemporaries as yardsticks.

It was all fun and games at 10th year high-school reunions when boomers were on the verge of turning 30. Classmates were easily identified and warmly greeted.

At subsequent reunions we greet school chums a bit tentatively, until we put on our readers and see their identifying name tags. Afterwards, we're profoundly curious: At what age did Baby Boomers become unrecognizable?

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Not all boomers attend reunions, especially if school memories are unpleasant. Almost everyone, however, has come across unrecognizable schoolmates, in-person or on social media posts.

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School Reunions Cast Spells On Boomers ...

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