womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Friday, Oct 21st 2016

Help Prevent Osteoporosis: "Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future"

authored by Judy Freedman

"Did you have your bone density scan?" asked Dr. S during my annual gynecological examination earlier this year.

"Yep, I had my last scan in February 2015, and it indicated that I had osteopenia, a lesser degree of bone loss, which may lead to osteoporosis."

"OK," said Dr. S. "No medication is indicated at this time." Dr. S recommended that I get a Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan every two years to check my bone health.

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Friday, Oct 21st 2016

How to Navigate a Complicated Health Care System as You Age

by Tracy Layden

So, you will soon be turning 65. Congratulations, you will officially be a senior! That title comes with esteem, respect and senior discounts at your local restaurants. It also comes with a slew of changes in your insurance that you need to deal with—nobody's idea of fun.

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Monday, Oct 17th 2016

What Comes After Breast Cancer?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Life events can be a series of the simple and straightforward.

A situation happens; we deal with it. And then, we move on.

Except when they're not simple and straightforward.

Consider breast cancer. Those two words are often fraught with a much more complicated and oftentimes knotty web to navigate.

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Tuesday, Oct 11th 2016

How to Stay Heart-Healthy After Menopause

authored by Sheryl Kraft

All women need to be aware of the things we can do to stay heart-healthy—especially around menopause, when we lose the protective effects of estrogen.

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Tuesday, Oct 04th 2016

Do You Use a Fitness or Activity Tracker?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

And, if so, how's it going for you?

I bought a Fitbit for my husband a few years ago, when they were new to the market. It was a birthday gift, and the purchase coincided with a long-awaited trip to Italy, where we were going to be doing a lot of walking.

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Friday, Sep 30th 2016

My Travels On "Rhineland Discovery": Adventures in Amsterdam

authored by Judy Freedman

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Tuesday, Sep 27th 2016

Steer Clear of Falling

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Falls are serious. They're costly, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs associated with injuries caused by falls tops $30 billion.

One thing that frightens me about getting older is losing my balance and falling.

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Monday, Sep 26th 2016

My Travels on "Rhineland Discovery": First Stop Beautiful Bruges

authored by Judy Freedman

Our first stop for our pre-trip on "Rhineland Discovery" (courtesy of Viking River Cruises) was the beautiful medieval city of Bruges, Belgium. My boyfriend L and I spent time exploring on our own and with a Viking guide.*

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