Are You In A Postmenopausal Desert?

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellness“I’m itchy down under,” I told the gynecological nurse practitioner during my last visit. I was going to purchase an over-the-counter medication for what I thought was a simple vaginal infection. Glad I didn’t self-medicate. It’s not a good idea.

“You have postmenopausal dryness,” said the nurse practitioner. “Your vaginal walls are thinning and irritated due to your lack of estrogen. It’s simple to fix.” She prescribed an estrogen cream. Just a few small dabs worked wonders and now I’m pleasantly hydrated again.

Not Alone With My Postmenopausal Woes
I’m not alone with my postmenopausal woes (psst, psst, it can impact your sexual health after 50 too) and soon there will be many more women joining me in the vaginal desert. According to statistics, nearly one out of every two (45.25%) American women will be menopausal or approaching menopause next year. While most women are aware of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes  and night sweats, fewer know about vaginal atrophy, a condition that effects one-third of women. (OMG, OMG, OMG, that’s a lot of dried out women!)

“Let’s Talk About Change”
I learned more about postmenopausal vaginal atrophy after talking with actress Brenda Strong, who is spokesperson for Pfizer’s “Let’s Talk About Change” campaign, which addresses the need for increased public awareness of this condition, including thinking and talking differently about postmenopause and sexual health after 50.

“The Other Talk”

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Actress Brenda Strong is an accomplished yoga instructor.

The campaign kicked off this week with a light-hearted video featuring Brenda called, “The Other Talk.” An important event in a young woman’s life is when a mother talks with her teenage daughter about sex.  (Can’t remember what my mom said when I was an adolescent. I think she just slapped me when I got my period. What about you?) “The Other Talk” expands this coming-of-age to the next generation with a dialogue between mother and daughter about postmenopause. (I didn’t talk to my mom about postmenopause, except to complain about all the hair that is now popping up on my face instead of on my head.)

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Holiday Gift Guide For Boomer Girls

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenAre you all shopped out from Black Friday and Cyber Monday? If you are still looking for gifts I thought I would share some suggestions from the NY NOW Home + Lifestyle Show. I’m also pleased to highlight gift ideas from talented boomer girls Debbie Miller, Elizabeth Morrow, Linda Janssen, Susan DeGarmo, and Elaine Coyne, who are doing creative things during their life after 50.

Listen, listen, listen – since it’s the gift-giving season, I’m not only going to share my holiday gift guide, I’m going to give away some of these gifts throughout December. Watch the bottom of each blog post for the Rafflecopter giveaway! Then leave a comment about something you are grateful for this holiday season and enter to win.

For Those Who Need to Relax
Anna’s Potions and Lotions are created by Debbie Miller, based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Anna’s Sweet Rose Cream, will calm you with the aroma of fresh roses. As Debbie says, “It’s like having a jar full of rose petals.” For those who want to ease stress, there’s Anna’s Organic Rose Perfume Potion. According to Debbie,  ”Rose oil is known to increase a sense of well-being and relaxation.” Check out AnnasPotionsandLotions.com.

For Those With Sleepless Nights

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I could sit on the Spoonk massage mat all day.

Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat is for people who experience a lack of deep sleep, tension and muscular pain, or stress and anxiety. I tried out this mat at the NY Now Show and wanted to sit on it all day. The flyer says Spoonk mats “stimulate specific reflex points throughout the body, releasing blocked energy, easing tense muscles, and creating deep mental and physical relaxation. You can find these mats at www.spoonkspace.com and at Amazon.com.

 

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Giving Thanks To Family Caregivers

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersIn honor of November National Family Caregivers Month, I’ve written about the role that caregiving plays in our society. In “A Month To Honor Family Caregivers,” I reinforced what it was like to care for my mom as she aged and why I am so grateful for all the little things I can do each day, things that I used to often take for granted.

Last week, in recognition of November National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, I shared some staggering statistics about this debilitating disease and it’s impact on family caregivers. Sadly, every 67 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

A Celebration of Caregiving Event
On Friday, I attended “A Celebration of Caregiving Event” at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J., which was sponsored by AARP New Jersey. The event was attended by many local caregivers who told their stories of caring for their moms, dads, aunts, uncles and elderly neighbors.

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Jim Dieterle, AARP NJ State Director

Jim Dieterle, AARP New Jersey State Director, quoted former first lady Rosalyn Carter when he spoke about the lifecycle of caregiving.”Mrs. Carter said there are four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers. Those who are caregivers. Those who will be caregivers. Those who will need caregivers.” It’s a reminder that the role of the caregiver is bigger and broader than we may realize.

National Family Caregivers Month
Since this week is Thanksgiving and a time for family gatherings, I’m pleased to partner with fellow midlife bloggers at Midlife Boulevard to bring you additional public service information about National Family Caregivers Month.

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Raising Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersWhen the team at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) asked me to get involved in spreading the word about Taking Action Against Alzheimer’s, I agreed to participate in this important campaign. While I feel very lucky that neither of my late parents experienced this devastating condition, I have seen the impact it has had on the families of close friends who have moms and dads with Alzheimer’s disease.

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

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Jessica Langbaum, PhD, is Principal Scientist at BAI and Associate Director of Alzheimer's Prevention Institute in Phoenix, AZ.

In addition to National Family Caregivers Month, November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. I learned a lot about this disease during BAI’s blogger briefing. Jessica Langbaum, PhD, Principal Scientist at BAI and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative in Phoenix, AZ, shared some staggering statistics which are only going to increase as baby boomers get older.

 Every 67 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
 More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
 Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death.
 Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, treated or cured.

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Diane Keaton Imparts Her Wisdom On Aging

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersI’ve always adored actress Diane Keaton’s individual style from the moment I saw Annie Hall. When I was in college in the later 70s, I tried to emulate Annie. I went to the thrift store and bought a navy man-tailored vest and tie and wore the combo with a long-sleeved shirt and baggy khakis (also from the thrift store). I even copied her mannerisms with phrases like “la de da, la de da” – just like Annie would say.

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Diane was interviewed by newscaster Monica Malpass.

Last month, Diane was a keynote at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia, PA. She looked amazing wearing her Annie-style attire. The brim of her hat was so wide you could barely see her face. At 68, she is still as bold and bubbly as ever – just like the mature female characters she has played during her post 50 career – with movies like Something’s Gotta GiveBecause I Said So, And So It Goes.

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A Month To Honor Family Caregivers

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersNovember is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the millions of caregivers who help loved ones stay in their homes as they age. As a member of the AARP Kitchen Cabinet on Caregiving, I’m pleased to celebrate family caregivers and share news about the huge role family caregiving continues to play in our society.

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My sister N and I were caregivers to my mom until she passed away in 2013.

Caregiving used to be a major part of my life until almost two years ago after losing my mom. She was 91 when she passed away. While I am no longer a caregiver, it’s still an important issue to me as I see many post 50 friends juggle caregiving for their aging parents. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, “more than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year.”

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Jane Pauley Shares Insights For Reimagining Your Life

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersEarlier this month, I attended the Pennsylvania Conference For Women along with almost 8000 other women. It was an impressive showing and an important audience. I learned from the media kit that not only do women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population per the census, but the largest demographic of women are between the ages of 50-54 (7.1%). Go boomer girls go!

I was excited to have a press pass to cover the event. There were many keynote speakers and one of my favorites was Jane Pauley.

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Skin Fitness For Women Post 50

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50Whenever I’m asked to try new skin care products, I usually say “yes.” In fact, if you looked in my bathroom cabinets since I’ve been blogging, you would find dozens of skin care samples.

During my life after 50, I’ve been on a mission to find a magical cure that might ultimately keep my face and neck forever wrinkle-free. It’s challenging to always keep my chin up, especially during days when I’m lacking sleep.

Created for Women 50+
Last spring, I was invited to try Truist™, a new line specifically created for women over 50.* The skin creams are manufactured by Kimberly Clark, a company that says “it knows first-hand about putting ingredients next to skin.” KC is the creator of Huggies diapers. My boyfriend L likes to say that my skin feels as soft as a baby’s skin when I come home from a visit to my esthetician. Is it possible to create this same softness with at-home products? I wondered if Truist™ might provide the answers.

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A SoulCycle Experience

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessCelebrities are doing it. Oprah just had an arena-wide session at her “The Life You Want Weekend” in Newark.  It’s called SoulCycle,  ”indoor cycling re-invented,” as the company’s website says.

“Do you want to take a SoulCycle class?” asked my daughter A since I had planned to visit NYC this past weekend. “I’ll register us for Saturday at 10:45 a.m.” “Okay, let’s go for it,” I replied. I had taken a spinning class once before but never done SoulCycle. “Maybe we will see some celebrities,” I said. I had heard that Jake Gyllenhaal was a cycler in the city. My son’s girlfriend J joined us too.

I dressed in my artful gray and black leggings and black tee. We arrived early for the sold-out session. We checked in at the front desk and were given cycling shoes and instructed to go downstairs to put our things in a locker. I signed the waiver, since I was a first time rider. Continue reading

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A Vacuum Fit For Cleaning and A Work Of Art

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenAs a blogger, I often receive a variety of promotions and products to review. Each day I never know what fun pitch is going to appear in my inbox. Here’s one of my recent favorites:

“I’m reaching out from Dyson’s PR team. We’ve released new cordless vacuums that I think would be a perfect fit for folks over 50. Rather than dealing with bulky upright vacuums that are heavy, difficult to maneuver, and involve cords that you need to bend down to wrap, plug and unplug, ours are under 5 pounds, docked to the wall for easy access, and their performance actually rivals traditional corded uprights. In fact, the latest model – DC59 Motorhead – out-cleans the top 5 full-sized uprights across carpets and hard floors. Plus, they convert into powerful handheld vacuums for cleaning car interiors, upholstery, etc.

Would the newest cordless vacuum cleaner be something you’re interested in testing out? Happy to send through a sample.”

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