womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Thursday, Dec 10th 2009

Loneliness Does Not Bode Well for Health

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Perhaps it's the gray, rainy day; the realization that winter has finally struck and the 60 degree days are merely an anomaly rather than the rule. Or maybe it's the fact that for the past month, because of hubby's multiple surgeries and a lot of my own work, I've been holed up a bit more than normal. But lately, loneliness has been sharing my space with me.

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Monday, Dec 07th 2009

Who Cares?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

That's what I used to think when people complained about taking care of someone who was sick. I used to think that they were being selfish; after all, it wasn't about THEM, it was about the person who was sick. THEY were the ones who needed the attention; they were the ones who were suffering.

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Friday, Dec 04th 2009

Too Young to Worrry About Body Image

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I don't have daughters - but instead, two sons - yet I can't help feeling disturbed by a recent study that found half of all girls studied who were between the ages of 3 and 6 worried about being fat. And about one-third of these girls said they'd change a physical attribute such as their hair color or weight.

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Monday, Nov 30th 2009

New Studies on CPR, Pets, Falls and Diets

authored by Sheryl Kraft

In case you have gotten too busy with life to keep up with all the health news - it's impossible, after all, to hear and read everything - here are a few interesting, if not unrelated, tidbits I've come across recently...

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Tuesday, Nov 24th 2009

Overweight Concerns in Overdrive?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I know that obesity is a real serious health risk. I know that a lot of college students put on the famous freshman fifteen. And I also know that it's the job of a college to educate its students. But is it going too far when the college stops its students from graduating if they're overweight?

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Tuesday, Nov 17th 2009

Must-Watch TV: Superstar Cancer Survivors Sing and Skate to Educate and Empower

authored by Gwynn Cassidy

Mark your calendar or set your DVR for Thanksgiving Day, November 26, at 4 p.m. ET on FOX. Why? Because that's when “Kaleidoscope"—a holiday special featuring legendary Scott Hamilton (in his first television performance since being diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago) and Dorothy Hamill—skate to the music of fellow cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John.

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Thursday, Nov 12th 2009

Does Being Sick Have to Mean Abandonment?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If you're a regular reader, you may know that my husband recently had hip replacement surgery.

I am now his caregiver. I am suddenly on the other end of things.

It's a role I'm not used to, save for when my children were little and needed me to care for them. And it's a role I'm not all that comfortable with, for whatever reason. Am I doing it right? Am I doing enough?

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Monday, Nov 09th 2009

Would You Want to Live To 1,000?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If you're interested in anti-aging, this is interesting stuff. It's something my own doc was all excited about a year ago when he told me about a new exciting discovery scientists had made on the cellular level.

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Wednesday, Nov 04th 2009

Stress and Eating: What's the Connection?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I have a friend who, every time she's under stress, drops 10 pounds. Just like that. She just can't eat, she says. I don't see her very often, but when I do I can take one look at her and instantly know how her life has been going.

But for every one of these types of friends, I know ten others who gain weight when they're under stress. And who isn't under stress these days? I'll bet most of us are.

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Monday, Nov 02nd 2009

Should Breast Self-Exams be Shown on TV?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm a bit uncomfortable with something I just came across on the Internet. It's about a television station in Washington D.C. airing an actual breast self-exam, with real demonstrations done by real women.

And some parental watchdog groups don't like it much.

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