The 7 Things Every Woman Over 50 Needs to Do

According to the Social Security Administration, a woman turning 65 years old today can expect to live, on average, until the age of 86.6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that between 2013 and 2014, overall life expectancy for white women fell slightly, from 81.2 years to …

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Vacation Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Maybe you think you’re doing your boss a favor by skipping that vacation… or just “forgetting” to use those comp days and sick days that seem to be always adding up.  Think again!  Research shows that taking vacations makes us happier, healthier, and more productive.  And now, as the new …

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7 Ways to Make Mindfulness Work for You This Year

I have a friend who believes in meditation. She’s well aware that it can help relieve stress, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and even calm the stomach. She also knows that it’s not complicated, and doesn’t require any special tools or techniques. “Sit still and be quiet!” she says. “What …

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Successful Goal-Setting for Women—How to Use Your Strengths

Have you set your goals or resolutions for 2018? Or have you given up on the idea? Estimates are that by February, 80 percent of people will have abandoned their resolutions. Only eight percent actually keep them all the way through the end of the year. These statistics may discourage …

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Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia

Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia: A Guide for Family Caregivers

When you are a caregiver for a family member with dementia, the holidays are a mixture of many things: practical organizing and preparations, as well as a jumble of feelings and emotions. It is not uncommon for family caregivers to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or sad, as they look forward to …

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How to Prepare for the Emotional Effects of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery has a lot of benefits for obese women. Studies have shown that for the majority of patients, it results in significant and lasting weight loss, and helps lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. (See our previous post, “Weight-Loss Surgery: What Women Need to …

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TED Talk: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — …

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What Women Can Do to Overcome Panic Attacks

You open your mouth, but you can’t breathe. Your chest is tight. Your heart is pounding. You feel the perspiration sting at your temples. Something is wrong, but you don’t know what. You sit down and put your head low, but you still can’t breathe. You can’t breathe. Your friend …

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Happiness and Health

When was the last time you laughed or felt happy? If it’s been too long or you can’t remember, consider this old adage: Laughter is the best medicine. Bobby McFerrin had it right when he sang, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Research “Multiple studies confirm that cultivating positive emotions has enormous …

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Free the Clutter, the Rest Will Follow

A few months after Gretchen Gavacs-Squier quit her job, she began de-cluttering her house. She finds herself doing major purges every six months or so, when she gets overwhelmed with papers and her kids’ things. “After purging, it’s like a weight has been lifted!” she says. “It’s liberating!” Clearly, cluttered …

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