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Ages & Changes: I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Parts

As some of you may already know, Be Brave. Lose the Beige is a place for Baby Boomer women — Lady Boomers as I like to call us (as I most definitely fit into this demographic).

I write about issues facing our generation.  I started writing back when we were struggling with how to fill our empty nests, followed by how to cope when it filled back up and emptied for a second and third time. The issues have transitioned in the ensuing years to (1) navigating retirement retirement options, (2) the advent of grandchildren in our lives,  (3) our changing bodies, and  (4) caregiving and health care issues.

Aging, as the pundits say, “is not for sissies”.  So true for me as I face a myriad of joint issues, thinning hair, feet issues, and a wrinkly neck. Remember Nora Ephron’s quote in her book,  I Feel Bad About My Neck:

“Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth. You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t if it had a neck.”

She was 65 when she wrote that book (not long before her untimely death six years later).

At 63, I’m really relating.  I find I’m obsessing about the shampoo/conditioning protocols to deal with my dry hair; shoes (I’m totally obsessed with finding shoes that can help me manage a Morton’s Neuroma and Plantar Fascitis); even makeup (what can help keep up the lie on my face, as Ephron put it). So…periodically I will post tips from experts on these topics.

I read with interest a recent article in The New York Times entitled “There Is a Right Way to Wash Your Hair”.  I actually clicked on it and received good information about:

  • The right way to brush your hair.
  • Using a vegetable derived oil to moisturize hair as opposed to conditioner which can weigh down your hair.
  • The right kind and amount of shampoo depending upon the nature of your hair
  • The correct way to rinse your hair
  • Even the correct method for towel drying your hair

 

I’m not much of a girlie girl (if I can even use that reference at my age) but I found this article fascinating.  I hope you will too.  I’ll post tips from other experts soon.

(Disclaimer:  I researched neck enhancement tips but they all looked incredibly painful!)


liz-kitchensLiz Kitchens is a writer and blogger.  Her blog, Be Brave. Lose the Beige, reaches out to Lady Boomers, women of the Baby Boomer generation. Liz also blogs for Growing Bolder and Vibrant Nation, two sites devoted to aging issues. Liz conducts workshops on the health benefits of creativity and is an ambassador for the Creative Caregiving Initiative sponsored by the NCCA, The National Center for Creative Aging. Liz founded the Jeremiah Project, an after school and summer creative arts program designed to foster self esteem and encourage creative thinking among at risk middle school aged students.

Check out Liz’s blog, Be Brave. Lose The Beige, and follow her on Facebook.

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