My husband loves to recount this story: When we were first married, he came down with the flu. One night, he was having a particularly tough time sleeping. "Honey, wake up. I don't feel well." I barely moved. "Honey, please. Wake up. I can't sleep." Grunt. The pleading got a bit more insistent until I managed to register that someone was talking to me, and I wasn't … [Read more...] about Is Menopause Playing Havoc With Your Sleep?
Aging and Growing Older
When you think about things that cause wrinkles, sagging and age spots, you probably blame the sun. And you'd be right: Sun exposure is the number one culprit in aging skin. But there are many other factors. Some we can control, and others we can't. It's normal for the actual structure of your skin to change with age. Its outer layer thins, and the number of pigment- containing cells … [Read more...] about How to Treat Your Aging Skin
A (younger) friend of mine recently began having debilitating hot flashes and night sweats. She's in her mid-40s and was caught by surprise when her doctor told her she was beginning her menopause transition. With two young children under the age of 10, she thought menopause would come much later— "like, when they're in high school or college!" she moaned. Well, um, no, I said, not for … [Read more...] about The Beginner’s Guide to Menopause
Writers don't just stay home all day and write. Sometimes, we're fortunate enough to go out to interesting events and meet interesting people. VERY interesting people. Yes, that's me with Maria Shriver! The occasion was the Women's Alzheimer's Movement (WAM) luncheon, where grants were awarded to the brilliant researchers who are on the cutting edge of brain science. They're all … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s and Women: My Conversation With Maria Shriver
Menopause happens. Granted, not everyone reacts the same to it. Some people breeze through it without much fanfare. Yet others bemoan its crazy-making symptoms, besieged by one or a combination of these common hallmarks: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disturbances, fatigue and forgetfulness. You can't cure menopause—it's not an illness, after all!—but you sure can … [Read more...] about 10 Secrets to Sail Through Menopause
Height loss is variable, but we'll all end up shorter. I spent much of my teen years slouching and searching for flats to wear. I suppose that’s what happens when you’re five foot nine and all the boys you want to date (and even the ones you don’t) are shorter than you. Read more on getting older and getting shorter on Considerable.com. … [Read more...] about How much do we shrink as we age?
People are twice as fearful of losing their mental ability as their physical ability. What's that word again? What did I come in here to do? I know her...but can't think of her name. You're not alone if you mutter one or more of these phrases on an hourly/daily/weekly basis. And by now, you might be thinking that memory loss and age are two peas in a pod. Well, yes. And, no. Read more … [Read more...] about 5 Surprising Things That May Be Sabotaging Your Memory
Billie Jean King won the battle of the sexes when she beat Bobby Riggs in a winner-take-all tennis match in 1973, but chances are, if she had sustained an injury in the match, things might have taken a different turn. That's because men and women experience pain differently, with women being the losers. Research finds that not only do women feel pain more often and more intensely than men, … [Read more...] about Why Men and Women Feel Pain Differently
With the hotter weather upon us, I thought it would be a good time to dive into the sometimes-confusing topic of water consumption. Drinking eight glasses of water a day is so ingrained in our minds, and so many of us use it as one of our golden rules of health. But it is one rule you can pour down the drain. Fact: Individual needs for hydration vary. The eight-glasses-of-water-a-day … [Read more...] about Myth or Fact: Is Eight Glasses of Water a Day Really Necessary?
I've been reading a lot lately about how harmful our phones can be to our health. And these articles aren't referring to the long-debated concerns about radiofrequency radiation and cancer risk - though if you want to read more about those, Click Here. No, this time they're suggesting a different animal. There's an increasing body of evidence that suggests the time spent on our smartphones … [Read more...] about So This is Why We Can’t Let Go of Our Cell Phones