5 Quick and Easy Tips for Keeping Your Sanity When You're in Pain

  • Posted on: 22 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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From deep knead massage to deep breathing, here are some tips to help manage pain.
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From deep knead massage to deep breathing, here are some tips to help manage pain.

The pain began as a dull off-and-on ache between my shoulder blades. But then, seemingly overnight, it progressed into a persistent, sharp and stinging sensation that moved beyond my neck and down into my arm. The unrelenting pain woke me up—and kept me up—at night.

And the more I felt the pain, the more I tensed up and the tighter my muscles became, which only added to my discomfort.

In no time, I became stressed and sedentary, short-tempered and depressed.

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Menopause and Osteoporosis: How to Take Charge of Your Bone Health

  • Posted on: 15 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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The sharp decline in estrogen that comes around menopause leads to a weakening of women's bones. That's why it's important to know how to take charge of your bone health and prevent fractures.
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The sharp decline in estrogen that comes around menopause leads to a weakening of women's bones. That's why it's important to know how to take charge of your bone health and prevent fractures.

One minute, I was walking across a bathroom floor in my hotel room in Arizona, heading from the shower to grab a bar of soap at the sink. The next minute, I was in the air, with only seconds to defend myself.

In those seconds, my mind told me I was falling, and my body acted reflexively: my hands stretched themselves out in an effort to break the fall. But instead of breaking my fall, I landed on my palm, which put the force of the impact on my wrist.

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Busy Moms, These Self-Care Tips Are Just for You

  • Posted on: 15 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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These self-care strategies for busy moms require little-to-no time and do not cost a dime!
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These self-care strategies for busy moms require little-to-no time and do not cost a dime!

As mothers, we are tasked with countless responsibilities. The modern woman is often balancing parenthood, career, relationships, and more. Additionally, we face pressure to emulate an unrealistic image of motherhood, one that we see on diaper boxes and baby commercials. Those imaginary women are able to do it all—flawlessly, and with perfect hair. Many of us, perhaps unknowingly, absorb this expectation and hold ourselves to that standard. The problem? It is unachievable.

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In Praise of the New RBG Documentary

  • Posted on: 14 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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RBG, a new documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, paints a captivating portrait of the justice's strength and intelligence and reminds women of the hard fight for women's rights.
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RBG, a new documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, paints a captivating portrait of the justice's strength and intelligence and reminds women of the hard fight for women's rights.

Give me an R!

Give me a B!

Give me a G!

What does that spell?

RBG, the title of the new documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The Importance of Early Detection for Colorectal Cancer

  • Posted on: 9 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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Early detection, although not a perfect science, can be your best bet for treatment and remission or prevention of many cancers.
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Early detection, although not a perfect science, can be your best bet for treatment and remission or prevention of many cancers.

When we talk about the war against cancer—a war that, unfortunately, has been going on for a long, long time—there's a basic truth: The best chance of treating a number of cancers is when they're caught early.

But there's another truth, which is sad and frustrating: we cannot screen for and detect every cancer in its early stages. With cancers like pancreatic, ovarian and kidney, they've often grown and spread before they are noticed. By then, it can be too late.

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How Chronic Loneliness Harms Your Health

  • Posted on: 8 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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It's OK to be alone sometimes. It's not OK to feel lonely much of the time. Feeling the pain of loneliness can harm your health.
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It's OK to be alone sometimes. It's not OK to feel lonely much of the time. Feeling the pain of loneliness can harm your health.

There's been a lot in the media lately about the growing epidemic of loneliness and how it can hurt your health. According to AARP, loneliness is a health risk affecting 800,000 older Americans and is a "significant predictor of poor health."

Maybe you live or work alone, or you simply enjoy being alone. Maybe you even prefer being alone to the company of others. Is that a reason to worry?

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Menopause and Weight Gain: What's the Connection?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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Menopause causes many biological changes, including hormonal shifts, that can contribute to weight gain. But there are ways to prevent weight gain and stay fit and healthy.
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Menopause causes many biological changes, including hormonal shifts, that can contribute to weight gain. But there are ways to prevent weight gain and stay fit and healthy.

Menopause and weight gain: a common complaint.

I hear it all the time. When women begin to go through menopause, while they're going through it, and once they're over it, they blame it for their weight gain. "I can't lose weight … get up the energy to exercise … fight my food cravings."

And then, they give up.

But if you're reading this and you fall into that category of thinking, "There's nothing you can do about it anyway," please keep reading.

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What's Your Attitude Toward Aging?

  • Posted on: 17 April 2018
  • By: jleff
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How do you feel about the possibility of living to be 100 years old? Leading experts offer some ideas to think about.
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How do you feel about the possibility of living to be 100 years old? Leading experts offer some ideas to think about.

I recently attended an exciting and thought-provoking event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., called "Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100." AARP and Forbes put on the all-day conference where leading experts in the fields of health, tech, work and personal finance, education and policy gathered to share their thoughts on aging and its implications.

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How to Treat Your Aging Skin

  • Posted on: 11 April 2018
  • By: jleff
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Many forces are at work on our aging skin, and some changes are normal. How can you care for your skin and minimize signs of aging?
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Many forces are at work on our aging skin, and some changes are normal. How can you care for your skin and minimize signs of aging?

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 decreases, resulting in skin that appears thinner, paler and more translucent.

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How to Make Peace With an Aging Body

  • Posted on: 9 April 2018
  • By: jleff
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Aging isn't easy. Our body sometimes betrays us, whether it's high cholesterol, bulging middle or thinning bones. Sometimes all we can do is make peace with ourselves.
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Aging isn't easy. Our body sometimes betrays us, whether it's high cholesterol, bulging middle or thinning bones. Sometimes all we can do is make peace with ourselves.

Lately I've been feeling that my body is aging rather quickly. I know I've always been an optimist, but as I progress in my 60th year and into my sixth decade, I've noticed my body is shifting, and I want to make peace with it.

My Cholesterol Is Rising
"My cholesterol has gone up more than 50 points since last year," I said to my BFF M. "It's at 297. It's my genetic makeup."

"Mine is really high too," said M. "Mine is hereditary too. I'm not worried about it." I wish I could make peace with it like M.

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