Red Light Skin Therapy: Reverses Skin Aging

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Like 90 million Americans who use anti-aging products, you too may be interested in trying to maintain a more youthful appearance as you get older.  Nothing wrong with that!  In fact, I encourage it.  Like many older people, you may still be in the workforce, and plan to be for some time.  You have to compete with younger colleagues every day and you want your experience to speak for you rather than your appearance.  You’ll be happy to know that there are several technologies out there that will allow you to feel happier and more confident about your looks.   I’d like to tell you about one that is an effective, rejuvenating treatment that you can do at home. Continue reading “Red Light Skin Therapy: Reverses Skin Aging” »

Extend Your Life By Doing Just 1 Of “The Magic 5″

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I often get asked about things that help someone live longer.  Although there are many factors, including your general health, the overall health and strength of your heart is a good indicator for what your life expectancy might be. To strengthen your heart and increase your lifespan, you’ll want to do at least 1 of, what I call, “The Magic 5” type of exercises a few times a week.  Let me tell you about them… Continue reading “Extend Your Life By Doing Just 1 Of “The Magic 5″” »

The Sardinian Diet: These Foods May Increase Your Lifespan

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In an earlier newsletter I told you about the Okinawan Diet as being both heart healthy and longevity increasing.  Okinawa, Japan is a region that belongs to what researchers are calling “Blue Zones” – areas and cities around the world where the inhabitants have unusually long life- spans.  There are several Blue Zones around the world and one is right here in the United States. Continue reading “The Sardinian Diet: These Foods May Increase Your Lifespan” »

Hot New Trend for Boomer Gals: The Golden Girls of 2013

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Rather than live alone after a divorce, or the death of a spouse, and have all the expenses and upkeep of a big, frequently lonely home, many over-50 women are opting to share homes with several women, depending on the size of the house.  In fact, it’s a hot new trend that’s sweeping the country, reported AARP news recently.

Data reported recently from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that 500,000 women, or a little over 1% of women 50 and older, are currently living with non-romantic housemates.  The trend has grown more in the last few years, influenced by the economic downturn, job/pay cuts, divorces, widowhood, etc.  With the idea that two, and more, can live more cheaply than 1, women who become housemates share the total expenses of the home equally – utilities, rent or remaining mortgage payments, household maintenance/repairs. These savings can result in a lot more money to put in retirement accounts, use for traveling, or to just pay down/off existing bills.  The bottom line is women (or anyone) sharing a large home is a good move towards greater financial security.

More than 1200 women, age 45 and over, were asked about their opinion of sharing a home with friends, other women, and over 400 answered that, yes, they would consider it providing it included their own private space.  Living together “communally” comes somewhat naturally to the Boomer generation, many whom lived in communes in the 1960’s.

While there may be the typical disagreements of people living together under one roof – most housemates set up agreements on shared chores, cooking times, number of visitors, laundry, etc.  In addition, there are many positives to such living arrangements such as often getting more square footage than you might renting a small apartment, having people around to visit with when you want, living in a home in a neighborhood where you can feel safe, and just knowing that there are other people in the house, adds to feelings of greater security for older women.

Think you might want to look into joining a housemate commune? There are several organizations across the country that cater to women looking for other housemates to share their homes with or find a place in someone else’s home.  Two of them are Golden Girls Housing based in Minneapolis or the National Shared Housing Resource Center in Chicago.

By Rhonda Brandt

Keep Your Skin Healthy Using Natural Oils

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It’s winter in many parts of North America  and many people may start to be bothered by “winter itch”, that dry , flaky, reddened skin condition that may occur when heated homes become dry.  Even if you live in a warmer climate, you could be like some of my patients who experience oilier, break-out prone skin, especially if you perspire more often. Continue reading “Keep Your Skin Healthy Using Natural Oils” »

Being Overweight Could Be Making You Forgetful

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Older people who have larger waistlines, high blood pressure and other risk factors associated with a condition doctors call “metabolic syndrome” may be at higher risk of memory problems, a new study suggests.

In the large French study, older adults with metabolic syndrome were 20% more likely to have cognitive decline on a memory test than those without it.

“Our study sheds new light on how metabolic syndrome and the individual factors of the disease may affect cognitive health,” study author Christelle Raffaitin of the French National Institute of Health Research in Bordeaux said in a press statement. “Our results suggest that management of metabolic syndrome may help slow down age-related memory loss, or delay the onset of dementia.” Continue reading “Being Overweight Could Be Making You Forgetful” »

An In-Depth Look At Ways To Quit Smoking

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With a new year around the corner, many of my patients are looking at ways to improve their health.  Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to better your health almost immediately with progressive benefits the longer you stay off cigarettes.  Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer,cervical cancer and heart diseaseplus other health concerns such as premature aging.  It is responsible for close to 4 million deaths a year. Continue reading “An In-Depth Look At Ways To Quit Smoking” »

When Mental Illness Strikes the Elderly

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More than 19 million Americans struggle with depression every day, but for the elderly mental illness is often misdiagnosed, overlooked, and deemed “part of the aging process.” But elderly depression and mental illness is a serious and debilitating condition. Subtle and often difficult to immediately diagnose, depression and mental illness trap the victim within an invisible prison: inhibiting the faculties for lucid thought, healthy feelings, social relationships, and daily tasks. Because it frequently occurs in conjunction with other medical conditions, the symptoms and telltale signs of elderly depression frequently go unnoticed by healthcare practitioners. And yet, depression affects more than 6.5 million Americans over the age of 65. Continue reading “When Mental Illness Strikes the Elderly” »

The Medical Tests You Need at 50 and Up

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Institute For Healthy Aging
It’s a New Year, and many of my patients are coming in for their annual check-ups. Maybe you’re scheduled to visit your doctor for your annual physical as well. I always like to remind my patients of the old Ben Franklin adage – “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nothing could be truer where your health is concerned. Prevention, however, comes in many forms, from making sure you get the optimal nutrition, rest, and exercise to being proactive and getting the right medical tests to screen for any possible issues. Continue reading “The Medical Tests You Need at 50 and Up” »

Summertime Protection for Mom and Baby — Inside and Out

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(ARA) – Whether relaxing beachside on vacation, picnicking in the park or strolling through the neighborhood, warm weather offers many opportunities for outdoor fun. However, these activities can lead to dehydration, sunburn and fatigue if you’re not careful. Continue reading “Summertime Protection for Mom and Baby — Inside and Out” »

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