recent blog posts
- Menopause and Anxiety (Revisited)
- The Number One Muscle Women Neglect to Strengthen
- It's Time to Be Kind to Family Caregivers
- The Truth About Your Postmenopausal Body
- Mammogram Guidelines Change—and Differ—Once Again
- Celebrating 60 in Italy
- My Foodie Retirement Project: "1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die"
- 7 Ways To Fall Off the Exercise Wagon
- Do You Want To Be Happier in 2016? "Choices" Can Help!
- The Awesome Pregnancy Perk a Start-Up Company Offers
Monday, Nov 30th 2015
You probably already know that strength training and building muscle has a lot of health and other benefits. It helps increase bone density and decrease the risk of osteoporosis. It helps control your weight and helps you look and feel better.
But there's another muscle—a hidden one—that many women often neglect to strengthen. Exercising this one isn't about fending off osteoporosis or having Michelle Obama's sinewy, toned arms.
Monday, Nov 23rd 2015
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to be especially kind to those who care for aging family members. Many of those who are family caregivers are boomer women, sandwiched between the needs of their parents and their kids. They give, give, give to loved ones, while often sacrificing their own needs.
The Life of a Family Caregiver
Tuesday, Nov 17th 2015
Going through menopause means a lot of things to a lot of women. While many parts of the "transition" are individual (for instance, my sister suffered nary a hot flash while I was continually bathed in sweat), one universal truth is this: our bodies change.
Monday, Nov 16th 2015
I don't particularly love getting older, but I do love to travel. So, when faced with turning 60, I decided to celebrate with a trip.
My husband and I also will observe our 25th anniversary next month, so it wasn't hard to talk him into a special trip to celebrate both occasions. Early in the year, we chose Italy for our destination, but because neither of us is great at planning, there were moments we weren't sure we'd pull it off.
Monday, Nov 16th 2015
Tuesday, Nov 10th 2015
We're approaching the time of year where, despite our best efforts, schedules and obligations start to crowd out common sense.
There are shorter days with less sunlight. Once 5 p.m. comes around, we take the sun's retreat to heart and feel like curling up and calling it a night.
Monday, Nov 09th 2015
Midlife blogger and designer Kimberly Montgomery wrote to tell me about the Choices Notebook she was launching. "It's a labor of love, three years in the making and something I'm very passionate about," she wrote. "It's a 12-month planner to help goal-oriented, successful people enjoy today and remember to live in the moment. So often, high achievers are so focused on the goal, they give up happiness today in a mad race for success."
Tuesday, Nov 03rd 2015
When it comes to health, so many of us have good intentions.
We know the health rules, but remembering to actually do them or finding the time to fit them in remains a colossal challenge. We're busy. We're tired. We're cranky.
Who has the time for one more thing, anyway?
Monday, Nov 02nd 2015
My feet feel so happy in my sneakers. With their cushioning and abundant support, they're right in sync with my love of walking, allowing me to tread comfortably for miles on end.
But I must admit, I still love heels. Yet while it's true that I no longer believe in being a slave to fashion at any cost, you have to face the fact that sneakers don't exactly make the best look with skirts, dresses or evening attire.