As women (and men) in this so-called midlife, we all should be concerned about our bone health. Bones are one of those things that you don't really think about, until you either break one (guilty- I didn't really think about it until I slipped on a wet bathroom floor and broke my wrist a few years ago); learn that one of your friends has osteopenia or osteoporosis, or you get the results of … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Bones Strong at Midlife
Communication is a skill that's vital - not just in our relationships, but in just about everything we do. By the time we're in this so-called midlife, we hope we've mastered it, but chances are we slip up from time to time. From the insignificant (like your order of a "triple, venti, soy, no-foam latte") - to the noteworthy (like telling the waiter to make sure there's no shrimp in that … [Read more...] about Here’s How to Communicate With Your Doctor
Low energy can sap your poor body and make you feel like bingeing on espresso to get it moving (it won't help). And at the same time, it can bring on depression, apathy and make you feel totally unmotivated and hopeless. Feeling fatigued isn't exactly equivalent to feeling sleepy, according to Mayo Clinic experts, although it can sure feel like it. And while fatigue can be the symptom of an … [Read more...] about Five Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy (Once and For All)
It's interesting how conversations with friends and contemporaries change, taking on new meaning and urgency once we're in this so-called midlife. It feels like not-too-long-ago that our conversations focused on babies; things like how exhausted we were from their constant needs. When will they ever sleep through the night? "No one ever walked down the aisle in diapers, sucking on a pacifier," a … [Read more...] about What’s Happening to Our Health After 50?
Greetings – remember me?? I write that because it’s been a long while since I’ve posted here - and that old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” scares me a bit. I hate to lose whatever momentum I’ve gained since starting this blog back in 2012 (has it really been that long??). So, thanks for sticking with me! As I write this post, I realize I’ve been a bit, well…absent lately. Short … [Read more...] about Menopause, Bloating, Hair Loss, Friends and Cellulite
I'm not going to beat around the bush. (Okay, I realize that is a not-so-funny pun.) Why not get right to the point? Menopause brings many changes, and one of the peskiest being a change in the way your vagina feels, which can lead to itchiness, dryness, irritation (which can even lead to bleeding) and trouble with intercourse. Blame estrogen, or a lack thereof. So many women remain silent … [Read more...] about Menopause and Vaginal Dryness
Our lives are filled with so much motion that can strain our body, a complex, amazing machine. Just thinking about all the possibilities is enough to make us dizzy: we turn, bend, lift, walk, run and move. And even when we're not in motion, that brilliant machine with all its moving parts is still being challenged: It's possible, after all, that sitting, standing or even sleeping in the wrong … [Read more...] about Is Your Everyday Life Setting You Up for Pain?
When I was younger and felt self-conscious about my height, I used to slump a lot. I hated being tall. I wanted to be shorter; petite, even. And now that all seems not only ironic but so foolish. (That's probably low on the list of the foolish thoughts we all did when we were younger. May be folly for a future post...) Now, in this so-called midlife of mine, I don't want to be shorter. But the … [Read more...] about Posture Counts
It happens a lot. I suppose it's because I write about health, beauty, nutrition and fitness, and I'm privy to so many expert opinions and so many different products. Sometimes I'll try them once, and then never use them again. But other times I'm delighted and surprised to have found something I never knew about before - and am delighted when I love it and grant it a permanent place on my … [Read more...] about 7 Amazing Health & Beauty Finds
The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the nation will face a shortage of 12,000 to 31,000 primary-care physicians by 2025. So it's no wonder you may be finding it harder to find a doctor or to schedule an appointment with the one you have. What's fueling this problem? The baby boom generation pouring into older age, an aging physician workforce preparing to retire and an … [Read more...] about Can’t See a Doctor? How to Cope.