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Women over 50:: Tidbits of Wisdom


As a woman over 50, I’m amazed at the number of products and plans to help me stay slim, healthy and young.  As if I better do something now or else I will get old, ugly and fat!

I had the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Weight Watcher’s before I graduated from high school.  I also knew about the state of ketosis, fasting, and complete protein shakes before I started college.

I remember going on a cleanse and becoming a vegetarian in 1978, and believe me, not only was it considered odd, but so was I.

I even had the perfect morning yoga routine down in 1980 when I was 22 years old that incorporated Pilates!  Funny enough though, the older I get the more relaxed I become and all the rituals, along with the “should’s” in my head are disappearing.  And I feel good.

Lately I’m meeting more older women who become instant friends, and after talking with them for a short while, I feel like there is some sort of magical transference of wisdom that makes me smile.

For instance, I met Helene at the Swiss Club that I belong to the other night.  I was hungry and there was this incredibly addicting spinach dip that was mostly sour cream and mayonnaise.

I looked over while dipping my umpteenth pita chip into the dip, and saw Helene doing the same a few feet away.  She looked over at me and we both just laughed.

Helene told me about growing up during WWII, in North Africa, and how they had no food for 2 months and were starving.  It was a very hard time in her life. Continue reading Women over 50:: Tidbits of Wisdom

Oops50: Great Resource from North American Menopause Society


I just heard about a website that may be of interest to our readers:  the North American Menopause Society’s website at www.menopause.org.  It’s got all kinds of interesting information, so it’s certainly worth a visit!  Also, they now have a special extra resource:  a whole page about sexuality and menopause.  Who knew?!  I’ll just attach the press release they sent, since I might get too embarassed if I tried to summarize it:

The New Year is still young and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  What better time to take stock of your sexual health?  We’ve got just the thing to help with that: Sexual Health & Menopause, a new online resource from The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) for the midlife woman who wants to know what menopause may mean for her sex life.  This authoritative resource, written for women (not doctors) and complete with tables and illustrations, is available free of charge on the NAMS website at www.menopause.org/sex.aspx.
“Menopause and aging can bring changes in sexual function for some women,” says NAMS

Executive Director Margery Gass, MD, NCMP.  “These changes don’t need to mean the end

of sex as you knew it, but they might mean taking some steps to maintain good sexual health

at midlife and beyond.”  Sexual Health & Menopause will walk you through the following

topics in a user-friendly format that allows you to dig for more details where and when

you want:

  • Changes at midlife affecting women’s sexuality
  • Sexual problems at midlife
  • Causes of women’s sexual problems at midlife
  • Effective treatments for women’s sexual problems
  • Further resources and reminders about midlife sexuality
  • Frequently asked questions

Sexual Health & Menopause was developed by NAMS under the direction of Dr. Gass and

co-editors Jan L. Shifren, MD, NCMP, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Harvard Medical School,

and Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Case Western Reserve University

School of Medicine.
Check it out today at www.menopause.org/sex.aspx!

Sadhvi Sez: The Best Prices on Vitamins and Herbs


As a woman over 50, I am always looking for deals.  Ok, to tell you the truth, this has nothing to do with my body being over 50; I have always liked being a bargain hunter and finder!  And I am always into sharing.  So here’s the best place I have found to buy quality vitamins and herbs that will save you lots of money; it’s not in any store, it’s online at a site called Swanson Vitamins.


I now buy vitamins twice a year from Swanson, and smile when I go to the health food store and look at the prices of the same vitamins there that cost a lot more money.  Do you have a better place to save money?  If so, please share because these days we are all into simplifying our lives and saving money!

Cautionary Advice from a Lucky Friend


The following cautionary report comes from my good friend Welthy Soni-Myers who lives in semi-retirement in Vermont with her husband and continues to travel the country working and the world visiting.  I always pay heed to her advice and wanted to share it with other women.

If you are like me, you have received emails from time to time talking about the symptoms women experience for heart problems as opposed to men.  They can be quite different and I am here to give a first hand testimonial as to how different they can be.

About two weeks ago, I was climbing a short but steep hill with a cousin and discovered I was out of breath halfway up the hill.  That was a huge surprise because I have climbed the hill often.  The next day, with my niece, I went for a walk up a long hill of moderate grade.  I found again that I was out of breath when no more than halfway up the hill, and I became aware of a slight discomfort between my shoulder blades.  I continued the walk but had to stop fairly often, and every time I felt out of breath, I also experienced this slight feeling of discomfort.  On a scale of 1-10, I would put the discomfort somewhere in the 2-3 range.  Thinking I was just terribly out of condition, I continued to go for walks every day and continued to have the shortness-of-breath sensation, with increasing discomfort in my back.  At no time was the pain sharp or crushing.

Finally, feeling somewhat foolish, I called my GP, described my symptoms and asked if I could come in for an evaluation.  The office worked me in right away and did an ECG as well as blood work.  The ECG looked normal to my doctor, although he did see what he described as rather routine abnormalities.  The blood work was also negative except for a slightly elevated D-dimer marker which could indicate a pulmonary embolism.  He sent me to the hospital the next day for a CT Scan of my chest, but that also was negative.  That was on a Saturday. Continue reading Cautionary Advice from a Lucky Friend