What Would It Take to Fully Know Yourself?

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know thyselfOn the Temple of Delphi there are 147 maxims carved. Probably one of the well-remembered ones is “Know thyself.”  Socrates added his two cents in when he said “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”

What would it take to fully know your Self? What would you have to do to begin such a process or to extend one if you’ve already begun? I think we could all agree that such a journey would be toward self-awareness as a net result.

Do you know that your emotions all show up on your face as you feel them? Did you know every pound of fat you carry requires seven miles of blood vessels? Are you aware you’re taller in the morning vs. the evening? Did you know your bones are as strong as granite? You will have shed 40 pounds of skin in your lifetime. You could only see black and white when you were born. (more…)

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Midlife Acne – Time to Get a Hormone Check!

Comments (0) Beauty/Fashion/Style, November 2017 KW Magazine

For years I’ve educated women about not only acne in general, but Midlife acne specifically. There’s so much more to it than ‘fighting It all over again’.

If you read my articles regularly, you’ve heard me say over and over and over again ad nauseum: focusing just on the outer surface of the skin is sheer folly. If you wish to have healthy, radiant skin – you MUST start deep within. There’s no way around this truth and it’s all the more crucial to your success when Midlife acne rears its ugly head. (more…)

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Ask Carrie – Receding Gums, Bad Breath – What’s the Matter with Me?

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Question:

I am about to turn 54 and have noticed over this past year, I’m developing bad breath, dry mouth and bleeding gums. My gums are also receding and I’m feeling insecure about smiling! I use an electric toothbrush and floss daily but nothing is helping.  What’s the matter with me?  Ruthie B., Moses Lake, WA

Answer:

Ruthie, I feel your pain- and probably every Midlife woman reading this does too! Ever heard the expression ‘Long in the tooth’…? Well, we’re there.

With middle age comes receding gums, despite costly dental treatments, high end toothpastes, mouthwashes, bleaching kits and electric toothbrushes. (more…)

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Busting Myths and Misconceptions about Osteoporosis

Comments (0) Health, November 2017 KW Magazine

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One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this “silent” disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.

A fragility fracture (breaking a bone by falling from a standing height or lower) can impact day-to-day life, but it can also be an indicator for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. When you have osteoporosis, even daily tasks such as taking your dog for a walk can put you at risk for a fragility fracture of the wrist, leg or even hip. But, a startling 82 percent of postmenopausal women did not identify such fractures as a possible risk factor for osteoporosis, according to results from a recent online survey of over 1,000 postmenopausal women conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Radius Health, in partnership with HealthyWomen and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. (more…)

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Financial Steps to Take Before a Divorce

Comments (0) November 2017 KW Magazine, Relationships/Marriage/Divorce

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Before your divorce goes through, it will be wise to check up on financial matters. It will be better to assess the state of your financial life before the split rather than after.

Find out where you stand financially. Beyond your salary and your bank accounts, how much do you have in the way of retirement savings? What will your monthly income be? What investments do you hold? Will you retain ownership of any real estate, and assume the mortgage payments yourself? Will you be selling any assets or ownership interests?

You should document everything about your personal finances. Everything you can think of. Whether you scan it or copy it, you should have as complete a picture of your financial life as possible. (more…)

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How To Overcome Your Best Excuses for Not Exercising

Comments (1) Fitness Over 40, November 2017 KW Magazine

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Unpack those fitness limitations and find solutions!

exerciseHave you ever heard the quote that goes something like this, “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the made-up story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it?” It comes across as a somewhat harsh self-help rallying cry but I don’t think it is too far off base.

As a health and fitness coach I spend at least 50% of my time hearing about clients’ limitations and the obstacles they face.  We chat a lot about the things that are keeping them in a perpetual cycle of poor health, yo-yo dieting, and often physical discomfort.  These obstacles seem insurmountable for most people.  They feel too big to work around because they have been hiding behind them for so long that it would be frightening to make a change. It would also take a lot of work.  It is much easier for us to stay right where we are, doing the same thing we’ve been doing, using the same excuses we’ve been using than to step outside of our comfort zone and plow right through those road blocks. (more…)

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7 Steps Toward a Merry-but-Manageable Holiday

Comments (0) Food and Drink, November 2017 KW Magazine

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For many, the pressure of the holiday season can be enough to wear away the glitter and magic.

Some 62 percent of American adults define their stress as “very or somewhat” elevated over the holidays, says research cited by Harvard Medical School’s Department of Neurobiology.

But that old chestnut doesn’t have to be true for you. When you plan ahead and keep your expectations reasonable, the season can unfold at an even and enjoyable pace, making room for new and happy memories.

That’s doubly true when you’re entertaining. As long as you’re well-prepared, your event can create holiday cheer and goodwill and even strengthen bonds between friends and family. Consider how these entertaining tips can help you stage a minimal-stress, maximum-impact event at which your guests can relax this holiday season. (more…)

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Why Women Should Write

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“Words turn probability into fact and by sheer force of definition, translate tendencies into habits.” ~ Fay Weldon

My writing career began in the third grade and like a hook in a fish’s mouth, it’s been reeling me in ever since. Telling you how long would be laughable. Trust me: it’s decades! I want to share many reasons for you to write because of how your life will be enhanced. Here’s why: (more…)

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O.M.G. Holiday Breads & Spreads Plus Delicious Recipes

Comments (0) Food and Drink, November 2017 KW Magazine

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Summer is beginning to leave us and the lovely days of autumn are moving in.  William Cullen Bryant described Autumn as “the year’s last loveliest smile.”  It beckons us all to stop and slow down a little, to watch the changing colors and enjoy the falling leaves.  It prepares us for quieter, shorter days and the coming of winter. It truly is my favorite time of the year.  Both outside and inside, I love an autumn day.  During this change of season, my cooking routine is changing too.  I love autumn foods-soups, stews, roasted vegetables and the smell of freshly baked bread.  Of course this time of the year we also begin to think about the upcoming holidays, too.  So for our next couple of times we share together, let’s talk about some recipes you can use to entertain with, or give as gifts during the holidays.  These delightful little holiday breads are three of my favorites that I hope you will enjoy making, eating and giving! (more…)

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The History of Women Astronomers

Comments (0) November 2017 KW Magazine, Women In History

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On August 21, 2017, the first total solar eclipse in 99 years visible from coast to coast became a national event in the U.S.  Millions of people drove to be within the band of totality; millions of others viewed the eclipse from their homes and offices through special eclipse glasses.  This astronomical event causes us to think about the early women astronomers who helped contribute to our knowledge of the heavens.

This month, we are pleased to feature these women astronomers, Maria Mitchell, Williamina Stevens Fleming, Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Vera Rubin.

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Age Ferociously with This Healthy Eating Game Plan

Comments (0) Health, November 2017 KW Magazine

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Healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons against age-related diseases.

Becci Twombley is sports dietitian for USC Athletics and Angels Baseball, overseeing the nutrition of 650 collegiate athletes and the 200 players within the Angels organization. The healthy practices she employs to keep her athletes fighting strong also apply as preventative measures for staying fit and active as we age.

“It’s vital at any age to adopt good habits to live a long and healthy life,” says Twombley. “Exercise and move 30 minutes a day and along with that, pay attention to what you put in your body.” Twombley’s prevention plan starts with a “food first” approach. (more…)

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Constantly Fighting Fatigue? You Might Have Low Iron

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If you’re a woman who feels like you’re constantly fighting fatigue, there could be a physical reason for that sluggishness.

In the US, 1 in 10 women, between 12 and 49 years old, are dealing with the results of low iron, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and that can easily lead to extra fatigue and muscle weakness. Unfortunately, iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), particularly affecting menstruating women, pregnant women, vegans and vegetarians, athletes (especially women) and recent blood donors. (more…)

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Antiperspirants and Menopause – What you need to know!

Comments (0) Health, October 2017 KW Magazine

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antipersperantsSo even though we’ve all made it through the sweltering heat of summer, many of us are in the midst of our very own personal, perpetual heat wave: Menopause.

And if you’re like most women going through this time of Change, you’re combating the Sweltering Sweats any and every way you can think of, including increased and concentrated antiperspirant use.

Some women have even been told that if they apply antiperspirant to the palms of their hands and around their hairline, this will help calm the clammy drips that so often accompany hot flashes.

Hold on! Not so fast!

There’s a study that was published in the not- too- distant past that many missed. This study was published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology and in it some very alarming connections were made between the aluminum compounds used in antiperspirants and Breast Cancer/ Alzheimer’s development. (more…)

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Ask Carrie – Going Gray – A Highly Personal Decision!

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gray hairQuestion:
I’m about to turn 60 and have colored my hair for years. I’m getting tired of all the hassle that requires and am thinking about going gray. What do you think about this and what should I know before taking this drastic step? Quinn P., Nashville, TN

Answer:
Oooh… good question Quinn- and not an easy one to answer! Going gray is a highly personal decision and is not for the faint of heart.

If you’ve been coloring your hair for a very long time, I suspect that your hair color is probably of a darker shade. If this is so, then the only easy way to grow gray gracefully is to get yourself a kicky, short haircut and go through the remaining grow-out process that way.

The only other way to get through the frustrating grow-out process is to cut your hair short and wear wigs while the colored portion of your hair grows out and can be trimmed off. Either way, it’s going to take cutting your hair and then allowing the rest of the colored portion of your hair to grow out, and then cutting again as the gray replaces the colored portion. This isn’t fun and can take time. (more…)

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Sleep Deprivation and How It Affects Women

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With over-scheduled days full of early-morning conference calls and endless to-do lists, it’s impossible to avoid the stress that comes with working hard. Hand-in-hand with all that pressure, a lack of quality sleep can lead to sleep deprivation, aches and pains, stiffness, sore muscles, tingling or numbness in your extremities, general fatigue, as well as an increased risk of getting sick.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night. In fact, a survey by Mattress Firm showed a correlation between stress and those who receive less sleep than recommended.

Twice as many stressed people get fewer than five hours of sleep each night compared to those who are not stressed. What’s more, those who are stressed are five times more likely to experience insomnia at least once a month. (more…)

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Will Your Heirs Receive a Fair Share of Your Wealth?

Comments (0) Finance and Money, October 2017 KW Magazine

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Will your heirs receive a fair share of your wealth? Will your invested assets go where you want them to when you die?

If you have a proper will or estate plan in place, you will likely answer “yes” to both of those questions. The beneficiary forms you filled out years ago for your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), your workplace retirement plan, and your life insurance policy may give you even more confidence about the eventual transfer of your wealth.

One concern still remains, though. You have to tell your heirs that these documents exist. (more…)

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Getting Caught Up in the Comparison Trap

Comments (0) Fitness Over 40, October 2017 KW Magazine

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Each day we watch the highlight reels on social media.  Perfect bodies, perfect families, perfect houses – the list goes on and on.  If we believed everything we saw on Facebook it would seem as though we were the only people on earth with any troubles.  It is incredibly difficult to keep from getting caught in this comparison trap.  Intellectually, we know not to compare ourselves to other people’s photoshopped happiness and perfection. Our emotions are a different story though. Our emotions are sneaky and very susceptible to comparison.

The same holds true in the world of fitness.  We are bombarded with images of 6-pack abs and hard bodies, tanned and toned to perfection.  We think, “Why don’t I look like that?” or “What am I doing wrong?”.  In reality, the bodies in these images are not what we should be striving for.  Success looks different on everyone.  Healthy does not mean that we are a size 6 or weigh 140 pounds or have abs of steel.  Very few people will achieve that without eating broiled cod and broccoli all day long, and that’s not living!  Being healthy and fit is about how you FEEL on the inside. It is about your body, but it is also a state of mind. Getting healthy may involve losing a significant amount of weight to get to where you need to be but please don’t make yourself a slave to the scale. The scale never tells the full story and is often given too much power.

As you start your fitness journey turn your attention inward.  Be mindful of non-scale victories and celebrate them along the way.  Are you clothes fitting better or getting loose? Do you have more energy and find that you are sleeping better?  Are you noticing an increase in confidence, general happiness and a bounce in your step that has been missing for some time? All of these things should be just as exciting as seeing that number on the scale drop. (more…)

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Gratitude and the Flood – Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

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Our beloved editor had her toes very close to Hurricane Harvey’s spew in August and, with compassion for all who felt his wet wrath including Sandra, it made me think about any lessons we might all learn from such disasters.

Please don’t think I am diminishing or disrespecting the inconvenience and suffering of the many. I am not. I am just waxing philosophical over on the other side of all that because I am absolutely convinced that only good is happening ultimately. I did a bit of research using the good behind Hurricane Harvey in Google and here is some of what I discovered. It’s most interesting. (more…)

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Zoodles and Spirals Are Changing the Way We Eat Vegetables

Comments (0) Food and Drink, October 2017 KW Magazine

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Have you tried zoodles or spiralizing yet?  It’s such a fun new trend and can really spruce up things at mealtime! The idea has been around for some time, but has really been revolutionized over the last few years.   It seems everyone is doing it and you should too. Almost any fruit or vegetable can be spiralized-carrots, zucchini, squashes of all kinds, cucumbers, apples, beets, and cantaloupe are just a few of the items on a very long list of possibilities. Spiralized fruit and vegetables can be boiled, sautéed, stir fried or served raw, and the finished products are low in carbs and many can be used in place of pasta in endless dishes.  The devices used to spiralize come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are available at prices ranging from under ten dollars to 50 dollars or more. Choose the model that is right for you and give it a try.  Have fun with the vast array of beautiful, colorful and oh so tasty ribbons you can create.  Here are a few ideas to inspire you in the fun new technique called spiralizing.  Enjoy! (more…)

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Women Who Worked to Improve Human Health

Comments (0) October 2017 KW Magazine, Women In History

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radium girlsThe 2017 book, The Radium Girls, describes the terrible illnesses the women who painted radium dials on clocks and watches for their employers suffered. The book describes how the women’s lawsuits against their employer eventually led to both federal and state legislation to protect employees in the workplace.  One of the important figures mentioned in the book is Dr. Alice Hamilton.  Dr. Hamilton, who is credited as the founder of the field of occupational medicine, received a Lasker Award in 1947.  The Lasker Award recognizes the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease.  This month, we are pleased to feature Lasker Award recipients Dr. Alice Hamilton, Dr. Florence Sabin, Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Nancy Brinker.  As well as the Lasker Award, all of these women have been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Distracted Driving Isn’t Just an Issue for Young Adults

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Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.

More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, both with handsets and hands-free, the National Safety Council reports. Considering many states and countries don’t yet compile and report data on cellphone use following a crash, this number is likely much higher.

Distracted driving isn’t just an issue for young adults. High technology use means this is a problem across generations. For professionals in particular, the expectation to stay productive and reachable means a constant temptation to use cellphones when driving. (more…)

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Ooey Gooey Grilled Cheese Recipes Just in Time for Fall

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Are you noticing a golden hue to the sunlight, the earthy aroma of bonfires and a slight chill in the evening air?

As autumn officially kicks in, we’re turning our thoughts to all the good things that come with the season, including football, cozy sweaters, apple orchards, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the warm comfort food that pairs well with crisp fall days. (more…)

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Navigating the Fitness Maze Over 40 – 50 & 60

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fitnessIn this day and age, it can feel intimidating to even hear the words “fitness” and “nutrition” muttered in the course of polite conversation.  The concept of health and fitness has become so confusing and convoluted over the last several years that many of us don’t even know where to begin.  We know that we need to do something, but the thought of wading through the piles of contradictory advice and fancy gyms on every corner leaves us feeling defeated and tired.

This recent fitness craze is both good and bad, in my opinion.  It is great that people are starting to understand the impact of fitness on their long-term health. We know so much more about exercise physiology now than we did even 5 years ago.  There are fantastic options that are effective, efficient, and don’t take 3 hours and lots of equipment.  (more…)

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Bag Lady Syndrome – How to Avoid It

Comments (0) Finance and Money, September 2017 KW Magazine

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You must avoid it. Think about tomorrow, not just today.

Provided by Ronit Rogoszinski, CFP®

bag lady syndromeNo woman wants to end up a “bag lady” – impoverished, out of options, left to fend for herself on the streets. Only a tiny percentage of women from affluent households will experience this retirement nightmare, but that does not mean the risk should be dismissed.

This is the financial circumstance you may fear more than any other. What can you do to counter that fear and guard against running out of money in retirement?

The first step is to plan. You must plan with the knowledge that you might outlive your spouse; that you might spend some, or even all, of your retirement alone. Because of your potentially longer lifespan and the lack of a spousal safety net, it is not unreasonable to assume that you may need 150% of the retirement money that a man in your situation might need. That may be stunning, but it is worth realizing. Imagine your children having to bear the financial burden of taking care of you when you are elderly. If you have no children, imagine having to rely on welfare and Medicaid at that time. Surely that is not the future you imagine or want. (more…)

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T.A.I.L.S – 5 Signs of Aging Pets!

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aging petsIt seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.

Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so changes happen at different times. What’s more, age-related changes can be easy to miss because they appear so gradually over time.

Being aware and proactive is the best thing pet parents can do to help their aging pets stay healthy as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that pets have a senior screening at about age 7. This allows the veterinarian to address any current concerns or potential health risks, including nutritional considerations. (more…)

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Back to School – The History of Women College Presidents

Comments (0) September 2017 KW Magazine, Women In History

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When September and fall arrive, students head back to school and college.  Although women college presidents are more prevalent today than ever, there is still a long way to go before we reach parity.  This month, we are pleased to feature Elizabeth Agassiz, M. Carey Thomas, Johnnetta B. Cole, Donna Shalala, Shirley Ann Jackson, and Drew Gilpin Faust.  Before we share their stories, think about the words of the cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead.  She wrote:

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. (more…)

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Cooking for One – Delicious Recipes to Make Just for You

Comments (0) Food and Drink, September 2017 KW Magazine

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Once again, you are the honored guest at your table. So let’s get cooking for one and make some more awesome meals just for YOU! Continued from our August Post

Good Morning, Sunshine! Start the morning off right.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee and whip up this Quick and easy coffee cake. It’s ready in just minutes and is so tasty. (more…)

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Ever Wonder What’s Holding You Back? Tips for Entrepreneurs

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Do you ever wonder what’s holding you back? A lot of people have all the skills and opportunities they need to reach their personal and professional goals, yet they fail to truly succeed.

In reality, the path to success isn’t so clear, and when you add fear and doubt into the mix, it’s easy to lose drive. Smart entrepreneurs know that success is more than just raw ability; it comes from having certain traits and staying dedicated through all the highs and lows of the journey.

Here are a few important aspects of those traits to help you reach your full potential: (more…)

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9 No-Fail, On the Run Breakfast Tips

Comments (0) Food and Drink, September 2017 KW Magazine

As the sun shines through the curtains, you hit the snooze button again. Suddenly you bolt up, realizing you’re running late. You skip breakfast, grab your bag and rush out the door. Stress levels skyrocket and your day has barely begun.

The race against the clock at the start of the day is a common problem. Mornings shouldn’t be difficult and certainly not something you dread. To get out the door on time and with a grin on your face, consider these nine no-fail breakfast tips. (more…)

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Ask Carrie – Brittle Nails

Comments (0) Ask Carrie - Health and Beauty Tips, September 2017 KW Magazine

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Ask your most pressing Midlife Skin Care/Health/Beauty Questions and get answers!

Question:
I’m 54 years old and for the past 10 years my fingernails have all but stopped growing. My nails stay stubby, break and peel a lot and no matter what I try, I can’t get them to grow or strengthen. I’ve spent a fortune on high end nail growth treatments and cuticle creams but nothing works. I’m embarrassed at how my hands look now. What’s wrong and how do I fix it?!  Annabelle Q.- Cupertino, CA (more…)

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Dropping Acid – Deciphering the 5 Primary Beauty Acids for Maximum Midlife Skin...

Comments (0) Beauty/Fashion/Style, September 2017 KW Magazine

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Arriving at Midlife is a privilege not everyone receives.

Reaching Midlife is indeed an achievement, and to some, all the blotches, wrinkles, gray hairs and pooch-y places that go along with it are a Badge of Honor; a testament to one’s endurance, stamina and bravery. Yet to others, those hallmark signs of Aging are unwelcome. VERY, VERY unwelcome. But there’s only so much that mainstream skin care products and protocols can do to help us cope with these Midlife issues- let alone overcome them.

If you’ve been a regular reader of this column – and also the Ask Carrie segment of Kalon Women Magazine – you know I’ve done everything within my power to arm you with all you need to know to make your skin care and beauty regimens as potent, effective and affordable as possible. You will also note that I’ve always stressed the importance of regular exfoliation as a way to keep skin fresh looking, polished and radiant. For the Record: There’s exfoliation and there’s EXFOLIATION. (more…)

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Putting the Men in Menopause – How doing so can lead to new and profound levels of...

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Female Menopause is NOT a ‘Women Only’ rite of passage. Far from it!

The process can -and often does- tear marriages and longstanding relationships apart, destroy families and cast hearts, minds, spirits- and inanimate objects adrift.

Female Menopause -mishandled- can be a nightmare for all parties involved, and women have done their mates and themselves a great disservice by shutting men out of the process and out of the bedroom. (more…)

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Seeking a Small Business Loan? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Small businesses still struggle to obtain credit; nearly half of those who applied for credit in 2016 didn’t get all the funding they sought, and 17 percent of those who didn’t apply for financing skipped it because they didn’t think they could get what they needed, according to the Federal Reserve Banks’ Small Business Credit Survey. However, a growing number of small businesses are turning to alternative sources of financing. (more…)

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We’re All Wonder Women!

Comments (0) August 2017 KW Magazine, Women In History

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The protagonist of the movie Wonder Woman fearlessly pursues her passion.  Many women on whose shoulders we all stand pursued their passions as well – passions that have provided significant benefits for society as a whole.  In this month’s column, we profile some wonder women who changed the world.  We are pleased to feature Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rosa Parks, Annie Dodge Wauneka, and Dolores Huerta.  Let’s share their stories.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Born in about 1722, Eliza Lucas Pinckney was running three plantations in what is today South Carolina when she was a teenager!  The family had moved from the West Indies to the colonies in hopes of restoring her mother’s health.  Pinckney was quite enterprising and encouraged by her father, who was in military service in Antigua, she experimented with a variety of crops.  The demand for rice had decreased and the British wanted a supply of indigo which was not provided by the French.  Pinckney’s perseverance in experimentation was rewarded – the 1744 indigo crop was a good success.  Indigo would sustain the economy of the Carolinas (not yet split into North and South) for thirty years, until the advent of the Revolutionary War.  After she married, Pinckney had four children, three of whom survived to adulthood.  One son would sign the U.S. Constitution.  The other would serve as governor of South Carolina.  When Pinckney died, General George Washington requested that he be a pallbearer at her funeral.  (more…)

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A Woman’s Financial Reality

Comments (0) August 2017 KW Magazine, Finance and Money

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Your financial future is up to you … and no one else.

Provided by Ronit Rogoszinski, CFP®

Will this be your future? Did you know that 30% of American women age 65 and older rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their incomes? Did you know that SSI represents virtually the only source of income for 36% of unmarried, divorced or widowed American women who are 65 and older?1

As Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) expressed a few years back, “Social Security is literally a lifeline for most elderly women.” That lifeline is barely adequate. The average woman 65 or older gets $13,100 from America’s retirement program annually. (Men in the same age group receive an average of $17,200 a year in SSI.)1,2

With inflation and other economic pressures, a mature woman relying on Social Security income may have to choose between food or medicine, or rent or car repair, or contend with other stressful money dilemmas. (more…)

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Be Somebody – Teach Your Children to Be Part of Something Bigger than Self

Comments (0) August 2017 KW Magazine, Boomer Life

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Emerson once acknowledged, “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

As every parent ultimately realizes, we get only one chance to raise our children.  A brief moment in time to instill discipline, confidence and self-respect, while also teaching them to be a successful part of something larger than self.

I played baseball, football, basketball and track as a boy. As a parent I actually coached forty youth soccer teams and was a high school referee for years.  Surrounded by many more critics than volunteers, we continued our important work.  Consequently, nearly 500 young boys and girls learned a little something about Soccer, and hopefully a little more about life. (more…)

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The Art of Cooking for One! Plus YUMMY Recipes

Comments (0) August 2017 KW Magazine, Food and Drink

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Cooking for one can sometimes be a difficult task, but with a little careful planning it doesn’t have to be, and it sure beats eating something out of a can or a box or the frozen food section.  You can easily prepare a meal for one that you would be happy to serve special company. And you can set a beautiful table for one with some great thrift store finds.  I love collecting plates and am on the lookout for sweet ones everywhere I go.  Most can be found for less than a dollar.  The same is true of pretty goblets and flatware.   So for now, YOU are the honored guest.  Set a table with a pretty little plate and linen napkin and invite yourself to a meal made for a very special person – YOU!  (more…)

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Will I Die Like My Mother? First Daughter Traits

Comments (0) August 2017 KW Magazine, Holistic Living/Life

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During my growing up years, I heard the stories of the women and men in my family and with my fertile imagination, they impressed me deeply.

I am the First Daughter of a First Daughter. My mother was the First Daughter of a First Daughter. My grandmother was the First Daughter of a First Daughter and my great grandmother was the First Daughter of a First Daughter. Who knew if it went back yet another generation? This “First Daughter” idea was cute and appealing to me when I first learned it during my grade school years.

Subsequently, another layer was added to that story and this was an ugly layer. My grandma and her mother had both died of pancreatic cancer. In those days, pancreatic cancer was considered incurable. And then my mom manifested pancreatic cancer at the age of 58 and passed away the following year. (more…)

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Take Care of Your Skin: Drive Sunny Skin Safe

Comments (0) August 2017 KW Magazine, Boomer Life

Summer Time Car Trip

By Brandy A. Schaffels for AskPatty

The sunny days of summer are here, which means that now is the time to be especially aware of your sun exposure. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is associated with most cases of skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans over a lifetime.

Each year in the U.S. more than 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people. SkinCancer.org estimated 76,380 new cases of invasive melanoma were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016.

When I drove a convertible, I always kept sunscreen in the glovebox and baseball caps on the back seats to protect my passengers from the sun. Living in sunny Los Angeles meant my top was down a lot, so sunscreen and hat/ponytail hair were a part of my daily routine. (more…)

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Don’t become the “Bank of Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa”

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Most people want to help their children pay for a quality college education, but it can be difficult to balance personal financial goals and funding your kids’ educational aspirations. When retirement savings is sacrificed for college costs, it can be a disservice to the entire family.

To help guide you in determining the best way to pay for your kids’ college while still funding your retirement savings, personal finance expert and host of the So Money podcast Farnoosh Torabi offers seven smart tips. (more…)

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Do You Have Testicular Fortitude?

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If you’re a woman do you even need it? Unfortunately there is still the idea that drive and getting ahead seem to be eternally equated with high levels of testosterone. Testicular Fortitude is a term to describe a person who is successful in their chosen field.

Well it seems that women are doing just fine without testicular fortitude; We have our own unique brand of fortitude and it is working. According to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2014 was the tenth year in a row in which the majority of research doctorates awarded to U.S. citizens went to women. Women now earn 57 percent of bachelor degrees and 59 percent of masters degrees. More doctorates are awarded to women than men in the humanities, social sciences, education, and life sciences and medicine. Women now serve as presidents of Harvard, MIT, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and other leading research universities. Their position in the corporate world has increased exponentially as well. (more…)

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50 Things Women Should Acquire by 50

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By the age of 50, every woman should have acquired:

  1. An old boyfriend who makes you smile with melancholy when you remember him and an old boyfriend who makes you proud of how far you’ve come.
  2. A piece of furniture that has never been previously owned by anyone in your family that you bought with your own money and makes you happy.
  3. An outfit that makes you feel invincible if your future employer or man of your dreams calls to meet you in an hour.
  4. A set of lingerie that you would not be ashamed to be seen wearing.
  5. At least one scar on your heart where HE hurt you.
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some money set aside to help fund it.
  8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you.
  9. A dream so big it scares you.
  10. At least One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a pair of totally unpractical shoes.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  13. The belief that you are worthy of treating yourself with respect.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, a push-up bra and a great pair of spankx
  15. At least One recipe you cook well to impress the fussiest of guests
  16. A place to go just to think… where you can be completely alone with your thoughts.
  17. At least one child who looks to you for guidance and advice…even if he or she isn’t your own.
  18. The knowledge on how to break-up with a man or confront a friend without losing your temper or your self respect.
  19. At least one lover who knew exactly how to touch you to make your toes curl.
  20. The memory of a kiss so powerful…just the thought of it could sustain you into old age.
  21. The medical history that runs in your family so you can take care of YOU!
  22. The ability to live on your own and not be dependent on anyone.
  23. An outfit that feels like you are in a cocoon and safe from the world…its usually fleece or flannel
  24. The ability to let go of the hurts from your childhood and embrace the fact that your parents did the best they could with the skills they had
  25. One secret that makes you smile.
  26. A memory that makes you cringe….because those memories were lessons that brought you to here
  27. A journal full of your deepest thoughts
  28. A person you can call at 4 in the morning because you’re in a bind
  29. The knowledge of what you are willing to accept and what you are not in a relationship
  30. Something you do that’s just for you and no one else.
  31. A piece of jewelry that has sentimental meaning
  32. An older woman in your life who embodies the traits you wanna develop in your old age.
  33. A spirituality that feeds your spirit and nourishes your soul.
  34. A soundtrack to your life that when you hear it on the radio you sing at the top of you lungs
  35. Someone or something you LOVE with your whole heart
  36. A to do list that never gets completely checked off
  37. Enough money to run away in case you have to
  38. A purpose to rise out of bed every morning
  39. The ability to look in a mirror and love the ripples and bumps and wrinkles that stare back at you….because you earned them all over time.
  40. The ability to say NO without having to add anything further.
  41. A hobby that you can get lost in for hours.
  42. A hole in your heart from losing someone you have loved deeply…
  43. Done at least one thing kind for someone that has no way to ever repay your kindness…
  44. A “Been there – Done that” T-shirt to starting over from scratch..whether it be from a divorce, a career change, a massive loss or surviving life’s curve ball.
  45. A photo album full of memories..even if it’s on a flash drive or saved to the cloud.
  46. A passport… Up to date and ready to be stamped for the next adventure.
  47. At least one grey hair, wrinkle and saggy body part…. If you don’t.. Something’s wrong.
  48. An accomplishment that’s all yours…outside of your children, not tied to your spouse…something you have done or created all on your own.
  49. The knowledge of who you are as a woman. What makes you happy and what is no longer tolerated.
  50. The understanding that 50 is not over the hill…its not even close to the hill…. There is no hill even on the horizon….cuz you still have shit to do….

NOTE: This was not written by Kalon Women. We would be happy to give credit to the original author if anyone knows who it is definitively

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The Beauty of Aging Love

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How many of us, especially when we were younger, have looked at our parents or grandparents and shook our heads, not understanding how they could possibly still be together? The thought of them mature couple 2actually loving each other probably didn’t even enter our minds.

The still common perception about ‘old’ love is that at best it’s turned into a habit. After 20 or 30 or more years together, couples just seem to co-habit instead of LOVE living together, instead of LOVING each other.

It turns out that the rose-colored glasses that we wore in our ’20s and ’30s are not giving us the vision that we need. And it turns out that all kinds of older men and women are so fantastically in love with each other, that they make The Notebook seem like kid’s play. (more…)

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Smart Fashion Tips to Keep You Looking Stylish and Fabulous at 60 Plus

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Muumuus and mom jeans or spangled capris and Aloha shirts — is this really all the fashion world has to offer women over the age of 60? Do mature women who desire to dress fashionably for summer really have to choose between “frumpy and fogey” or “too young and trendy?”

Not at all, says Catherine Brock, who blogs about style on thebudgetfashionista.com.

“Reaching a certain age doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of fashion, or that you can’t be stylish,” Brock says. “In our youth-obsessed society, many fashion trends are geared for young women, but truly stylish clothing can work for women of any age.” (more…)

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Not Quite Divorced: When Your Financial Affairs Are Still Married

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We have all known couples whose marriages are basically over but, who, for the sake of their children, stayed together. They are not legally separated in the traditional manner and they are willing to forego a divorce to stay together as a family unit. It is a workable arrangement for all.

But what about couples who have adult children or no children at all? Why would they stay together in the netherworld of the “not-quite-divorced?” (more…)

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Are You a Manifestor?

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Do you wish you could just snap your fingers like a genie and make your desires all come true? Are you one of the people who have been learning, understanding and using The Law of Attraction, or does it all just seem like nice words with kind of vague concepts? Do your background and your upbringing have you relying on something other than your Self to pray for such answers?

Sometimes, if it appears too good to be true, it is. That is not the case when it comes to manifesting what you want. Regardless of your childhood trainings, you can learn to manifest with the best of them. I’m smiling when I tell you that you can walk across any lake once you learn where the rocks are. Yes, kind of like that. (more…)

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There Are Times When Your Happiness Depends On Walking Away

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Recently a very good friend was terminated from a position she truly thought was her dream job. Spending long hours, and expending enormous time and energy to do her absolute best for this job was something she didn’t mind doing. She was very good at what she did. The reason for the termination was nothing more than a personality conflict with her immediate supervisor who, by the accounts of many co-workers, was a difficult person to work with.

My friend is having a hard time getting over not having the job that she really loved and at which she excelled. Letting go of what occurred and walking away from a closed door is difficult. It is human nature to want to stop and bang on that door in the fierce hope that it will open up again and let us in. (more…)

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CHOLESTEROL is a Girl’s Best Friend – Debunking the ‘Lower is Better’ Myth

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Over the course of the past year, I’ve hosted several cream- of- the- crop Physicians and Naturopaths on the ‘Magnificent Menopause and Beyond©’ radio show and I’ve noticed a trend that fills me with hope; each one of these stellar guests has stated two things emphatically and with unflinching clarity:

  • Cholesterol is VITALLY important to overall health and vitality. Our bodies can’t and won’t function without it.
  • Statin drugs are one of the most dangerous class of drugs on the market and are setting up a new -and much younger- generation of Alzheimer’s patients, more numerous and younger than we’ve ever known before…

(more…)

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11 Fears That Are Holding You Back

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It’s been said that FEAR stands for “Forget Everything And Run.” It’s that uncomfortable, disconcerting feeling that causes us to take a back seat in our own life and prevents us from proactively moving forward to reach our goals and aspirations. Instead of facing a situation head on and taking control of the proverbial handlebars of life, fear causes us to turn the other way, freeze in our tracks, or poke our head in the sand.

One way to counteract fear’s adverse impact on your life is to recognize the type of fear that might be defining you and driving your actions – or lack thereof. (more…)

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4 Simple Tax Tips to Protect Boomers from Cybercriminals

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Tax season is a busy time for everyone. From accountants and small business owners to families and individuals, especially as more people choose to file their taxes themselves. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time of year for cybercriminals who use the flurry of activity to swindle sensitive personal information from unsuspecting victims.

In fact, the Norton Cyber Security Insights Reports revealed that online crime has become so prolific, 36 percent of U.S. consumers believe it’s only a matter of time before a criminal steals their identity. (more…)

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Mama’s Mama Knows Best

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The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what to do with the placenta after delivering.

Never without a smartphone in hand, armed with an app for everything, always connected or “on,” millennials were born in an era of emerging technology between 1980 and 1995, and have grown up in an ever-increasing digitally-enhanced environment. Access to technology and social media has defined every aspect of her life, including the expectant millennial’s approach to pregnancy. It’s a drastically different world than when her own mother was pregnant. (more…)

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Is Hearing Loss Affecting Your Memory?

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Intrigued by all the brain-training products out there to keep your mind sharp and spirits young? You may want to consider something else: A hearing test.

That’s right. Mounting evidence links untreated hearing loss to impaired memory and diminished cognitive function. What that means is, if you keep brushing off that suspected hearing loss of yours, your cognition may pay.

Researchers have found that when people with unaddressed hearing loss strain to hear, they tend to do more poorly on memory tests. They may figure out what is being said, but because so much effort goes into just hearing it, their ability to remember what they heard often suffers.

Experts believe this has to do with what they call “cognitive load.” That is, in order to compensate for the hearing loss and make out the words, people with untreated hearing loss may draw on cognitive resources they’d normally use to remember what they’ve heard. Experts say that untreated hearing loss may even interfere with the person’s ability to accurately process and make sense of what was said or heard.

In fact, research shows that people with poorer hearing have less gray matter in the auditory cortex, a region of the brain needed to support speech comprehension.

Other research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia. One Johns Hopkins study found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. Another found that hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. And a third revealed a link between hearing loss and accelerated brain tissue loss.

Some experts believe that interventions, like professionally fitted hearing aids, could potentially help.

The bottom line is we actually “hear” with our brain, not with our ears.

So if you think you may have hearing loss, do something about it. Make an appointment with a hearing health care professional, and get a hearing test.

After all, research suggests that treating hearing loss may be one of the best things you can actually do to help protect your memory and cognitive function.

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) offers a free, confidential online hearing check where people can determine if they need a more comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health care professional. Access the BHI Hearing Check at www.BetterHearing.org.

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Over 50? You’re at Risk for Shingles!

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A few years ago, a Harris Interactive-sponsored poll* found that Americans consider 50 to be the “perfect age” to live forever in good health. For many, the half­-century mark can be a time when experience and opportunity balance perfectly — as told by the saying “50 is the new 30.” At 50 there may be more time to spend on your hobbies or other activities that interest you. (more…)

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Put a Plan Behind Your Passion to Get in Shape

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To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year’s resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen.

If you’ve tried and failed to get in shape or lose weight as part of a New Year’s resolution, it’s time to put a plan behind your passion. Below are five tips from BiPro’s 31 Ways in 31 Days challenge. They are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, so use them to start your own wellness resolution, whether it’s on Jan. 1, March 1 or whenever you’re ready to make a healthy change. (more…)

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Seniors Face Many Challenges When It Comes to Downsizing

Comments (0) Boomer Life, Home and Garden

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For one reason or another, you’ve determined the house you’re living in has become too much to handle. Seniors, empty nesters or those moving from a suburban home into a loft or apartment in the city all face similar challenges when it comes to downsizing.

For example, after Judy Raphael’s husband was diagnosed with dementia and moved to a nursing home, it became difficult for her to take care of her large house the couple had lived in for 23 years. At first, Raphael tried to maintain the house by herself, but things started to pile up and soon the house was in need of serious repairs. (more…)

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Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

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A single choice doesn’t matter most of the time. Having dessert one night, taking a walk on another and deciding to skip an outing with friends aren’t life changing choices. A daily choice is small, like a pebble. But like pebbles, when you keep reaching for the same choices, they can amass into something significant.

If you want to improve your heart health, science tells us that making simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. And better heart health is undoubtedly on the minds of many Americans. One in three adults live with one or more types of cardiovascular disease, according a review published in the journal Circulation. Over time, changes in the heart and blood vessels can lead to a host of devastating problems, including heart attack, heart failure and stroke. (more…)

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Impress Your Guests with These Holiday Prep Tips

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Shared meals and get-togethers are among the holidays’ best moments, but they can also be the most stressful. In fact, 90 percent of Americans feel stress during the holidays, a Healthline survey found – and holiday cooking was cited as one of the stress-drivers.

“Cooking family recipes and feasting with your loved ones is what makes the holiday season so special,” says Chef Jason Vincent of Giant restaurant in Chicago. “And there are some simple steps that are meant to relieve meal-prep stress and improve the taste of dishes so families can make the most of their meals in the kitchen and focus on celebrating traditions around the dinner table.”

If you ever wondered how chefs effortlessly whip up a big meal, wonder no more. Chef Vincent offers six tried and true tips for acing holiday meal prep along with a delicious recipe for your leftover turkey: (more…)

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How Small Changes Have a Big Impact on Your Health!

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You want to be healthier, right? But try as you might, it always seems like something’s standing in your way. Time and money are two of the largest obstacles, and you may think it’s impossible to improve your health without a significant time or financial investment.

The good news is, however, that’s not true. Even the smallest changes can have a big impact on your health, and you can start improving your wellness today with these six simple steps. (more…)

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Help at the push of a button: The Most Reliable Medical Alert Systems Found By Reviews.com

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This was originally featured on Reviews.com: http://www.reviews.com/medical-alert-systems/

Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they prefer to live in their own homes, and most expect to stay there. It’s called “aging in place” and put simply: no assisted living facilities. Family members want to respect these wishes, but the risks are real. According to the National Council on Aging, one in three adults age 65 and older experience a fall each year, let alone other emergencies. The best medical alert systems address these risks with reliable devices that can connect seniors with help, keeping them safely independent — and giving family members one less thing to worry about. Our top pick, Bay Alarm Medical, goes even further with attentive, personable service. In an emergency, we’d feel comfortable with a loved one in the company’s hands.

LifeCall popularized the personal emergency response system (PERS) with infomercials in the 1980s — “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” — and while the technology has come a long way, their core function hasn’t: Press a button and you’re in touch with someone who can send help. (more…)

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7 Stress Relievers to Slow Down, Regroup and Refocus

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Juggling family, work and obligations can be enough to stress anyone out in today’s hectic world. If you need a breather now and then, the Mayo Clinic suggests seven ways to slow down, regroup and refocus:

  1. Exercise – A quick jog in the midst of a chaotic day—or even a brisk walk around the block—can get feel-good endorphins going.
  2. Connect – Your stress instinct may be to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Instead, reach out to family and friends—doing so can offer distraction and provide support.
  3. Meditate – Close your eyes for a few minutes—visualizing places you enjoy can help quiet the competing thoughts crowding your mind and causing stress.
  4. Journal – Writing down your thoughts can help release pent-up emotion. Don’t think about what to write — just let it happen. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling, either!
  5. Flex – Try yoga—just 10 minutes of controlled poses can help you slow down and relax. Take a class, or research online for some guidance to get started.
  6. Listen – Listening to (or playing) music is a stress reliever because it decreases stress hormones and reduces muscle tension. Set aside 15 minutes or so and let your mind absorb it.
  7. Laugh – Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response. Get the giggles in by hanging out with friends in the break room, reading a few jokes (or telling some!), or watching a half-hour comedy.

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The Important Roles Grandparents Play

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Grandparents play a unique, important role in caring for family members of all ages. Here are some ways that you can help keep babies and moms safe and healthy.

Helping babies sleep safely

Grandparents can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. To help your grandbaby sleep safely, make sure you:  (more…)

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Fall Tips for Cozy, Comfortable Entertaining at Home

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Whether an afternoon tailgating before the big game or a fun-filled evening under the dazzling autumn stars, the forecast for this season’s entertaining is trending toward cozy, comfortable and outdoors.

“I think the big lifestyle shift right now is toward eating out less and entertaining more at home, and autumn is the perfect season for taking your get-togethers outside,” says Keith Winkler, marketing manager for dinnerware giant Replacements, Ltd. “Think about it — the temperatures are cooling down following our record breaking summer heat. You can have more people at outdoor gatherings than you can generally fit in your home. Plus, there’s more flexibility because you can easily have one or more set ups, whether that means setting up tables for dinner or having canapés and finger foods around a fire pit.”

Fall is a great season for ditching the paper and plastic and taking your dinnerware outdoors. Tableware industry experts say there are many positives to introducing your “good stuff” to Mother Nature. It won’t blow away like paper plates, and it’s far more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam.

Mix it up

While serving finger foods on small plates is extremely popular and encourages your fall entertainingguests to mingle, there’s a definite return toward the comfort and connection of a sit down meal. To set the perfect fall table, designers encourage mixing and matching patterns to reflect your distinctive style.

“I generally start with a pattern that sets the tone for the evening, one that reflects what I’m feeling for this particular gathering,” says Replacements’ designer Julie Robbins. “Whether that’s a cute salad plate that’s going to sit atop the dinner plate, or a fun color I want as my main design element or theme. I then add pieces that either draw out that feeling or ground the place setting to give me the ambiance I want for my entire table.”

Robbins says that may mean pairing a current fall favorite, such as a dinner plate in Woodland by Spode, with vintage American amber glass from the 1940s. She also mixes different pieces. For example, adding a hued glass accent salad plate creates another layer of dimension, while a bright goblet can infuse a much needed pop of seasonal color.

Light up your evenings

There’s really no need to go heavy on the decorations for fall outdoor entertaining. Bright leaves, pumpkins, seasonal berries and other naturals create the perfect autumn décor. Experts say you don’t need a floral centerpiece if you have nature all around you. Instead, use candles to light up your evenings.

“It’s time to upgrade from the Mason jar look by mixing glassware and candles,” says Robbins. “Lighting can truly set the mood for your gathering, which is why I’m big on creating an eclectic grouping down the middle of my table by mixing glass and metal candlesticks with hurricanes, clear decanters and other pieces I can use to hold candles. If you don’t think you have enough pieces, old tumblers make great votive cups, while you can also turn wine glasses and goblets upside down and place candles on the inverted base. This is beautiful for daytime entertaining, and when lit, creates a simple, warm feeling on those nights when you’re just starting to feel a nip in the air.”

Looking for more fall inspiration? Robbins and team suggest checking out Replacements’ website at www.replacements.com.

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The Dangers of Keeping Up With the Social Joneses

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The desire to “keep up with the Joneses”—that is, match a lifestyle—has spread to social media, with the circle of “Joneses” wider than ever, according to recent survey by Harris Poll and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The results of the survey reveal a pattern: most of us feel envious of our social media friends who share lavish experiences and purchases online, but we also share lavish experiences and purchases online. (more…)

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Steps to Rebuild Your Self Confidence After 50

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Virtually everyone struggles with a lack of self-confidence at some point in their lives and it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure of yourself in certain situations. However, if you find a lack of confidence is holding you back from fully enjoying your personal life, or achieving your professional goals, it may be time to take action.

“There are actually steps you can take to rebuild your confidence, even when you’re struggling to feel self-assured,” says Susie Moore, a motivational speaker, best-selling author and life coach. “Confidence is a real-life super power that affects every aspect of your life, from your relationships to your career and social life, but it’s also more attainable than you think.”

Moore shares tips on how you can be your most confident self and live a fulfilled, unconditional life: (more…)

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Four-Point Joint Health Maintenance Plan

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Keep on cruising with a regular maintenance schedule for your joint health!

Whether it’s a brand-new Bentley or a classic 1970 Mustang, most people have a car they dream about. If they’re lucky enough to own it someday, you better believe they’re going to take care of it. Regular maintenance is an essential part of keeping a vehicle in tip-top shape. The same is true of the human body, particularly the joints. (more…)

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Overcome Your Gym-Timidation!

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No one really relishes the idea of growing older and experiencing the health issues that can accompany aging. If there was one thing you could do to significantly improve your chances of staying mentally sharp, physically healthy and independent throughout your golden years, wouldn’t you do it?

Exercise has health benefits for people of all ages, and it’s especially important for seniors. Regular exercise can allow people 65 and older to live independently, reduce their risks of falling and breaking bones, and lower their chances of developing serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease, joint issues, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet only about 40 percent of Americans between 65 and 74 meet physical activity guidelines, and activity levels decrease even more as people grow older, the CDC says. (more…)

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Renovations for Empty Nesters

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Now that your kids have launched lives of their own, you may be considering how to maximize the extra space they left behind.

Making renovations can be a fun way to turn their now-empty rooms into a useful and/or relaxing space for your own enjoyment. And your timing could be spot on; a recent survey found half of empty nesters of pre-retirement age are opting to stay in their family homes instead of downsizing. (more…)

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Cellphone Memory Saving Tips for the Untechy

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senior woman with cellphone

We all love the convenience of modern cellphones. They’re so much more than just phones – they’ve become our cameras, calendars, mailboxes, entertainment consoles and internet browsers.

But all those apps, photos, videos and games compete for a limited amount of room in which to operate. If you’re not careful, your phone’s memory will quickly become the digital equivalent of a traffic jam. Suddenly, space is hard to come by, so everything slows down – and when it does, we no longer love our cellphone quite so much. (more…)

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Tips to Ditch Your Desk for Lunch

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You’re running out the door, already late and thinking about that important 8 a.m. meeting. Lunch is the last thing on your mind. In fact, you usually just pick something up from the deli line or local fast food place and hurry back to your desk. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Only one in five people actually ditch their desks during their lunch hour. When you feel your stomach growl, it’s all too easy to grab something from the vending machine or – if you remember – to pack a cold turkey sandwich. But there are plenty of easy ways to spice up your lunchtime routine at work.

Here are some tips to improve your mediocre midday meal and ditch your desk : (more…)

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The Overlooked Vitamin E – Why You Need It!

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vitamin e

You get your fill of vitamins C and D by eating oranges and soaking in a little sun each day, which is good for your body and mind. Small habits like these can have a big impact on your overall health and help you feel your best each day. However, vitamins C and D aren’t the only vitamins your body needs to thrive. Take vitamin E, for example. This overlooked vitamin is essential to our well-being and yet, many people don’t know anything about it. Let’s take a moment to learn about the super vitamin, and what you can do to get your daily intake. (more…)

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Boomers and Boomerang Kids

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boomerang kids

Moving back home to live with parents after college no longer carries a stigma.

Boomers housing boomerang kids is the new normal, says blogger Mary Quigley in a recent AARP.org feature on the subject. Quigley cites one survey that found millennials believe it’s acceptable to live with parents for up to five years after completing college. (more…)

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Seniors Attempt Suicide at Astonishing Rates

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suicide in seniors

While teenagers are the age group most associated with suicide risk, the terrible truth is that another group is killing themselves at even higher rates: seniors.

Adults aged 65 to 84 are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as 15 to 24-year-olds, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Beyond age 85, the suicide risk is 70 percent higher.

What’s even more concerning is older adults are six times more likely than teens to complete their suicide attempts. Unlike younger people, seniors are more decisive and more likely to have access to lethal means.

Why are seniors attempting suicide at such astonishing rates? The Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line provides insight. At the country’s only free 24-hour crisis call center for seniors and disabled adults, trained volunteers speak with seniors for a variety of reasons. (more…)

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Heart Healthy Foods that Actually Tantalize Your Taste Buds

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heart healthy foods

What does oatmeal, beans and skinless chicken have in common? They are all heart healthy foods, yet don’t do a whole lot to tantalize the taste buds. Fortunately, eating for heart health doesn’t mean a life sentence of bland foods or boring flavors.

By thinking beyond the oatmeal box, you can reinvent your meals while keeping heart health top of mind. This is important for everyone because heart disease – which includes stroke and other cardiovascular diseases – is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

Mindful eating is one of the best ways to maintain heart health. With these 10 heart-healthy foods, you won’t mind sitting down to a wholesome meal that supports the hardest working muscle in your body. (more…)

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Debunking Common Myths About Alzheimers Disease

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It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimers disease.

Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimers, it’s not a normal part of growing older. And while there’s not yet a way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of the disease, people with Alzheimers can benefit from detecting it early. During June – Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging everyone to learn the truth about Alzheimer’s disease. (more…)

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Tips and Recipes for the Perfect Summer Bash

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summer bash

You’ll likely host a party or two this summer, and you want it to be an event guests remember. From dinner parties and backyard barbecues to an easy Sunday morning get-together, the most important thing at the end of the day is that you, along with your guests, have a really great time. Why entertain otherwise?

“Creating a seamless summer party is all about preparation,” says Nate Berkus, noted interior designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. “I always tell people the most important thing is that everyone, including the host, is enjoying themselves. Make sure you brew coffee ahead of time, set out a pitcher of lemonade and decorate with a bouquet of fresh flowers. Don’t over-complicate anything from food to decor, and everything else will fall into place.”

Tips to Create the Perfect Summer Bash:

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Seniors Most At-Risk for Identity Theft

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Seniors are one of the five groups most at-risk for identity theft, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report. Because your cellphone or smartphone likely contains personal information about you that may include your name, home address, phone number and financial account information, a lost, stolen or hacked phone can be a treasure trove for criminals.

Consumer Cellular, which specializes in no-contract cellphone service and phones primarily for people 50 and older, offers some advice for securing your cellphone: (more…)

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How Blue Light is Affecting Our Vision

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danger of blue light

It’s everywhere — inside as well as outside your home. As digital device usage increases, you’re exposed to more and more of it without realizing how it may affect your vision in the future. We’re talking about blue light. (more…)

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Healthy Aging Tips for Women [Infographic]

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The fact is, aging women and men differ in the diseases they face and their exercise and health needs.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women around the world – closely followed by breast cancer. Because most medical conditions and ailments that women face can be controlled and sometimes treated, there is a great possibility of reducing the number of deaths attributed to these illnesses.

Research has shown that a healthy diet, exercise and regular medical checkups are the key ingredients for healthy aging for women.

In this infographic, The University of Florida Online took a closer look at health issues that face women as they age and strategies to help prevent many of the diseases and illnesses they face.
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Will I Ever Get Enough Sleep?

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insomnia

If you are struggling with insomnia, it can seem like you have many questions that are often hard to answer: “Will I ever get enough sleep? What am I doing wrong? What can I do to help get more rest?”  But experts’ understanding of insomnia is evolving, so why am I so awake?

Scientific discoveries have shown that there are two systems in the brain that each play a role in helping us stay awake and fall asleep. The wake system sends out signals that put your brain into an alert, or awake, state. This helps you stay awake during the day. The sleep system sends signals that help you fall asleep and stay asleep at night. (more…)

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Take a Break

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KW Quote love yourself

KW Quote love yourself

Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone, to experience, appreciate and love yourself…

Great quote by Robert Tew – how often do you take a break for yourself?

 

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First Steps

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KW Graphic - Step

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Hitting the Pelvic Floor

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pelvic exercises

Have you made your annual New Year’s resolution? Make one more – try something new – something that takes a little effort but delivers big.

Try hitting the floor — your pelvic floor. No gym membership required. This is one set of muscles you can exercise virtually any time, anywhere: in the car, at your desk, in line at the grocery store, even during long elevator rides.

Pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFME) can help strengthen the muscles under the uterus, bladder and bowel, which tend to weaken after childbirth and around menopause. If you’ve experienced bladder leakage — one in three women will at some point in their lifetime — PFME is first line treatment, according to the American College of Physicians and the American Urologic Association. (more…)

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Tips to Make Sure Your Business is Up to Task in 2016

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women in business 2016

Is there any time of year more important for a small business than right now? The business you do in these months will go a long way toward not only determining your day-to-day success, but the very outlook for the rest of 2016. So how do you make sure your small business is up to the task and makes the most of the here and now?

Small businesses everywhere are asking these same questions, and to help, Susan Solovic, The Small Business Expert, offers these helpful tips. (more…)

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Love Your Heart with Omega 3’s

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love your heart

Across the globe, heart health is becoming a growing concern. In order to combat a rising epidemic of heart disease and other heart-related illnesses, more and more Americans are placing a greater emphasis on the critical role of nutrition and a balanced diet.

More than likely you’ve heard about the importance of a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and its associated health benefits. However, despite this knowledge, it can be difficult to consume enough Omega-3s through diet alone. Knowing where to find the best sources of Omega-3s can be key to a heart-healthy lifestyle. (more…)

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Moisture concerns: How to spot the good and the bad before it gets ugly

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middle-aged woman and moisturizer

From creams and gels to serums and oils, moisturizers are often at the forefront of a woman’s beauty routine. However, moisture can also be regarded for the negative effects it can have on skin, as in the case of sweat and surface wetness that can lead to a range of various conditions. These quintessential examples of “good moisture” and “bad moisture” demonstrate that we should consider both when it comes to a comprehensive skin care routine.

Dove Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur shares the difference between the good and the bad, while offering her tips for achieving softer, smoother skin from head to toe. (more…)

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Four Tried and True Tips for Successful Entrepreneurship

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mature black woman

For some Americans, the best part of life starts at retirement. In a perfect world this new stage of life means no more answering to upper management, battling a 40 hour work week or being stuck in rush hour traffic. They can come and go as they please. And while spontaneous trips to the shore and the relaxing mood of an empty house may be a draw for some, for others, the novelty wears off quickly and there is an undeniable void. They feel a need to get back to work and often become entrepreneurs as a way to balance their desire for independence and their passion for success.

Contrary to popular belief, entrepreneurship is not just for the millennial generation. In fact, people over 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs in the U.S., according to a recent Gallup study. But what does this booming sector of the country need to know before making the leap post-retirement? Here are four tried and true tips for a successful entrepreneurship later in life. (more…)

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Is the extra year worth it?

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mature asian woman

When my father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he said that he would only go through treatment because he wanted just two more years. He was also quite afraid of dying all of a sudden, where before he hadn’t shown any fear of dying, only fear of suffering or wasting away. He really wants to be able to golf right down to the end.
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What Makes Someone a Good Leader?

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woman leader

What is it that makes someone a good leader? What kind of qualities must you have in order to make tough decisions when required, inspire devoted loyalty from your team, and boldly steer your company through sometimes choppy waters toward success?

According to conventional wisdom, it is society’s extroverts—those who are naturally more assertive and sociable—who are best suited to leadership roles. This would seem a reasonable assumption to make—after all, extroverts are outgoing and can easily and happily perform the networking and public speaking duties routinely required of a leader. Conversely, it’s often assumed that introverts—those who are quieter and more passive in nature—are better suited to roles behind the scenes where less interaction is needed. (more…)

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Risk Avoiders are Also Opportunity Missers

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business risk

Small business owners, can you relate to these scenarios?

– It’s time to open a second retail store branch—and you fully intend to—but you’re not quite ready yet. You found a possible location but it doesn’t seem perfect, and besides, you’re not sure if the local marketplace conditions are right. Maybe next year would be better.

– Yesterday, you met the best natural salesperson ever. Instinctively, you know she’d be perfect for your team and she hinted that she might be in the market for a job change. You’d love to hire her, but the time doesn’t seem right to hire a new person—money is tight and you’re far too busy to go through the hiring and training process right now.

These hypothetical owners may think they’re just avoiding unnecessary risk. But if you read the scenarios again—and if you’re honest with yourself—you’ll have to admit their reasons reek of excuse making. And here’s the real problem, says author Tom Panaggio: Risk avoiders are also opportunity missers. (more…)

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Dry Winter Skin? Try These Tips and Tricks!

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dry winter skin

According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 81 million Americans are impacted by dry, itchy skin in the winter with the worst conditions occurring between the months of November and March. This year, representatives from the O’Keeffe’s Company are offering simple tips to help people prevent their hands and feet from developing these painful dry winter skin symptoms.

1. Hydrate to achieve relief.
Use a moisturizer made with a water base instead of oil. Oil-based products form a barrier on the skin that makes it difficult for the skin to draw in moisture. They also leave skin feeling greasy which can make it difficult for people to use their hands while performing daily activities. (more…)

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Your Last Act may be decades away, so plan accordingly!

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active seniors

Americans are living longer these days from an average 47 years in 1900 to more than 78 years as of 2010. We are also experiencing a deluge of adults reaching retirement age now that includes 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day.

By 2030, when the last of the baby boomers have turned 65, nearly one in five Americans will be retirement age, according to the Pew Research Center’s population projections. Money will be a big problem for many of them, especially if boomers develop health problems that affect their ability to live independently, says insurance expert and CEO of Life Care Funding Chris Orestis. (more…)

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Does Our Smartphone Obsession Come with a Downside?

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smartphone obsession

We love our smartphones. There’s no denying it. In fact, we love them so much that we never want to put them down. Most of us constantly check for text messages, emails, and the latest Tweets and Facebook updates at all hours of the day, whether we’re in a meeting, at lunch with a friend, or just at home in front of the TV. Of course, it’s easy to justify our smartphone love. They help us get more done. They allow us to stay plugged into what’s going on at the office. They help us organize our schedules, remind us when to pick up our dry cleaning, and manage our growing social ne

But, says Vickie Milazzo, our smartphone obsession comes with a definite downside. She explains that our smartphones may be making us less rather than more smart and productive.

“Being overly tapped into what’s happening on our smartphones isn’t a good thing,” says Milazzo, author of the New York Times bestseller, Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman.

“It prevents us from making the most of a networking event because we’re texting and emailing the whole time. We suffer burn out from always being plugged into work, and as a result, our overall productivity suffers. Our relationship-building skills suffer because we aren’t used to communicating with people face to face. And in some respects, we stop thinking. For example, if your smartphone died, would you know when your next meeting was, what time your flight was leaving, who’s supposed to pick up the kids from school today? I know plenty of people who wouldn’t.” (more…)

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The Beauty of Our Wound

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beauty of our wound

‘The wound is the place where the Light enters you.’ – Rumi

Four days before this past Christmas, Life delivered a kick to my gut that sent me reeling -on many levels- and drove me so hard to my knees, I struggled for two weeks before I could remotely regain my footing.

During this time, I was shaken to my very core. Unable to eat or sleep, or find my way in the bleak blackness of it all, I began noticing a very strange phenomenon.

As I struggled through my days and nights, folks started coming out of the woodwork complimenting me. ‘You look great!’ ‘There’s so much light in you!’

I’m a very private person, so these compliments came from folks who knew nothing about my loss, or the ensuing grief that threatened to consume me.

This got me thinking… (more…)

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10 Great Immunity-Boosting Foods to Fight off the Flu Season

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immunity boosting foods

Flu season has significant costs for everyone. According to a National Business Group on Health report, the flu indirectly costs employers about $76.7 million a year in employee absenteeism and other indirect costs. A typical employee has flu symptoms for five to six days and misses between a half day and five days of work.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicting flu activity to increase in the coming weeks and months, now is the time for employers to prepare. One important way is help employees boost their immune systems, the front-line for flu protection.

Get ready for the flu season by stocking the right foods in your kitchen. The 10 great immunity-boosting foods are: (more…)

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Over 50 and Looking for a Job?

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Menopause Mania

Yes, discriminating on the basis of age is illegal. But as any over-50 job-seeker will tell you, it happens all the time, often in ways too subtle to pinpoint. Yet a growing percentage of the population hopes to work past the traditional retirement age. So, in this era of aging baby-boomers, what are the best strategies for landing a job after age 50?

“The key,” said retail hiring manager Tim Applebee, “is helping the interviewer understand that you are the solution to his problem.”

Applebee offers five tips for showcasing your value rather than your age: (more…)

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Say No to Pills: Natural Ways to Improve Sleep Quality

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sleeping woman

Good sleep is like sex or money: You don’t really miss it until it’s absent from your life. So when my friends join in a chorus of how poorly they’re sleeping these days or how little sleep on which they’re forced to make it through their days, it’s difficult to reach any conclusion except that sleep deficits and disorders are an epidemic. In the U.S., statistics support this assumption that my small sampling of friends is representative of the population as a whole. Americans presented 60 million prescriptions for sleeping pills to pharmacists in 2011, an increase of 130 percent in five years, according to a study by the journal BMJ. (more…)

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Treat the Patient, Not the Age

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pilates instructor

My Pilates teacher is a fantastic person. Seeing her long auburn hair swinging as she walks around a room greeting new students is an inspiring sight. Cate exudes health, is beautiful, and in top condition. She’s also 63 years-old even though she doesn’t look like the antiquated stereotype most people have of a woman that age. But when she suffered a minor back injury on a skiing trip and was sent by her doctor to a physical therapist, her looks and health were discarded and she became simply another ‘senior’ citizen. Her age, not her strength, determined the attitude and the condescension of her physical therapist and his office. (more…)

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What to Do About Hair Loss During Menopause

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hair loss and menopause

‘Crowning Glory’… throughout the centuries, a woman’s head of hair has been romanticized the world over, and for good reason.

Not only does a woman’s hair represent sexuality, passion, beauty and lust- total unadulterated Femaleness; it also provides an accurate and very public picture of her innermost  health, and a glimpse into her personality as well.

On a sad note,  it’s now estimated that 1 in 5 Menopausal women experience significant hair loss.

It’s well documented that Menopause dramatically alters the texture of hair follicles, at times completely altering the wave patterns and structure of the hair, aside from the usual color changes so often associated with the passage of time and the onset of the Menopause process. (more…)

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Is Your Number One Business Goal to Make Money?

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woman making money

Picture this: You’re relaxing on your couch and watching your favorite crime drama after a long day at work. You’ve halfway tuned out during a commercial break when something catches your attention. “Come see what we have to offer. We’re proud to be second in area sales and customer satisfaction since 1992!” an announcer enthuses while a giant yellow No. 2 flashes on the screen.

Sure, it sounds absurd. But according to Joseph Callaway, author of the New York Times bestseller Clients First: The Two Word Miracle, while most of us pay lip service to our desire to be our customers’ first choice, our actions may say otherwise.

“Any time you don’t make the client your top priority, you’re tacitly agreeing not to be their top priority,” says Callaway, who, wrote Clients First along with his wife, JoAnn. (more…)

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Please, May I Have Lousy Service?

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lousy customer service

Have you ever bought a product or hired a company and said,“May I have lousy service, please? I’d like to be frustrated by the experience of doing business with you.” Doubtful.

We’ve all experienced lousy service – whether that’s due to long lines at the checkout, a botched order at a restaurant, over promises that were under delivered, or just a crummy attitude. Certainly nothing you’d ask for.

However, “good” service should be an expectation. And, depending on the product and the price, you have higher and lower definitions of “good.” For example, you do not have the same expectation at a fast food restaurant as you would a fine dining establishment. You pay more and expect more. You pay less and expect less. A real estate transaction is a pretty high priced item, so the expectation should be high. (more…)

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