Enter This Minute to Win Amazing JuVaShape Treatments

FabOverFifty is delighted to be partnering with Alma Lasers and eight skin care practices across the country to offer eight women from our community the chance to each win up to three exceptional treatments, called JuVaShape, on any part of their bodies.

JuVaShape transmits concentrated radio frequency energy directly to the fibrous tissue under your skin, which causes water molecules to rapidly rotate at a frequency of 40.68 MHz. The heat and friction that are generated by the process bring the tissue back to its original shape so that the skin is renewed, revitalized, and refreshed. “That means less sagging and less pronounced lines and wrinkles,” said Kevin Mendell, Alma Strategic Marketing Director. “There’s also minimal discomfort and no downtime,” he added.

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What Makes A Friendship Foul or Fab?

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Welcome to the BAM Hour

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The Climb: Overcoming Hip Pain to “Hit Play” on Life

Impacting approximately 27 million Americans, osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by “wear and tear” that ultimately results in painful joints, which often leads to hip or knee pain. Unfortunately, many women who suffer from osteoarthritis live with significant joint pain almost every day, based on an online survey commissioned by DePuy Synthes of 500 U.S. women aged 45 to 65.

As one of the many women who have struggled with joint pain, 60-year-old Judy Curtis, shared her personal experience with FabOverFifty. A passionate and avid hiker, Judy was hiking in the Rocky Mountains when a misstep caused her legs to be pinned under a two-ton boulder. While Judy eventually recovered, this traumatic incident eventually led to the development of osteoarthritis in her hip and she began to experience pain regularly.

For years, Judy tried everything she could do to alleviate her joint pain. She was hesitant to get a hip replacement because she was afraid that the recovery time after surgery would prevent her from living the active life she enjoyed with her husband and young daughters. Ultimately, her growing hip pain forced her to adjust day-to-day tasks and give up on activities she loved most, including hiking, bike rides and evening walks with her husband. Judy recalls how even walking across the kitchen became so challenging that she started to make adjustments to her daily routines so tasks were easier on her joints, such as keeping items at the top of the stairs to avoid going up and down the steps as often. (more…)

Beauty and The Beast

“Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster.

“For years, he was my monster.”

So begins a riveting essay by immensely talented actress, Salma Hayek, in The New York Times Sunday Review (December 17, 2017, page 3) about her appalling experience with the disgraced man who had captivated Hollywood for decades. At least we thought he did!

Salma offers an answer to anyone who questions why sexually harassed women took so long to speak up: Only 4 percent of directors were female between 2007 and 2016, and 80 percent of those got the chance to make only one film, she reports. “And people wonder why you didn’t hear our voices sooner.  I think the statistics are self-explanatory–our voices are not welcome. Until there is equality in our industry, with men and women having the same value in every aspect of it, our community will continue to be a fertile ground for predators,” Salma writes.   (more…)

Which Women Do YOU Believe?

I wasn’t a Matt Lauer fan. Never thought of him as an astute interviewer, stimulating conversationalist, or especially passionate about anything.

Didn’t laugh at his antics, even when he dressed as Pamela Anderson for Halloween.  Disliked his duplicity when he bid a fond adieu to Ann Curry on air, while undermining her backstage.   But, the bigwigs at NBC sure liked him, to the tune of a $25-million-a-year contract.  We all know why: Matt helped keep The Today Show on top of the ratings for decades. It’s NBC biggest money maker.

Shame on those executives.They knew all about Matt’s sexual perversions around the office, but they put money before ethics and morals, and terminated him only when his inappropriate behavior came full on into the daylight. I also believe all Matt’s colleagues were wise to his unsavory behavior, and chose to close their eyes to it. That includes his female colleagues! Especially his female colleagues. Shame on them, too. (more…)

Before My vShape Treatments

Anyone who’s seen The Graduate, the 1967 movie with Dustin Hoffman as 23-year-old Benjamin Braddock, surely will remember one of the first scenes, when a friend of Benjamin’s parents pulls him aside at a party and says: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? PLASTICS.”

If the movie was produced today, the neighbor might tell Benjamin “I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word. Are you listening? LASERS.”

Lasers in 2017 are what plastics were half a century ago: A booming industry. They’re used in your home printers, when you checkout at the supermarket, and to noticeably change the texture of the skin all over your body, from your face to your tummies, from your butt to your legs. Alma Lasers makes many of the high-tech devices used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to perform these treatments.

One device, called vShape, transmits concentrated radio frequency energy directly to the fibrous tissue under your skin, which causes water molecules to rapidly rotate at a frequency of 40.68 MHz. The heat and friction that are generated by the process bring the tissue back to its original shape so that the skin is renewed, revitalized, and refreshed. “That means less sagging and less pronounced lines and wrinkles,” said Kevin Mendell, Alma Strategic Marketing Director. “There’s also minimal discomfort and no downtime,” he added.

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The Excruciating Wait For Biopsy Results


It’s excruciating to wait for the results of a medical procedure that will reveal whether or not you have a potentially life-threatening disease.

It’s 1:22 pm on Monday, November 27th, and I have not yet received a call with the results of the MRI-guided biopsy on my right breast that was done exactly one week ago. I didn’t expect to hear anything last week because it was Thanksgiving, but I thought I’d surely hear from the surgeon’s office this morning.

The procedure to extract samples of suspicious-looking cells from my breast was completely painless, and except for a little tenderness for a couple of days, I felt nothing.  The incision was so small, it’s hard to believe one was even made. But, it was no picnic to spend the last seven days praying for the best and imagining the worst.

“Even if it’s cancer, they’ll treat it, since the report said it’s a ‘low suspicion’ case,” my son said at brunch yesterday. Although there only was a 10 percent chance it would turn out to be cancer, that was 10 percent too much for me. (more…)

The Breast Is Yet To Come

My breast saga continues.

So, I went to have a stereotactic biopsy of my right breast last Friday. Wendy, a lovely nurse from outside of Liverpool,  England, explained the procedure, which involves lying face down on a table with a cutout for your breast.

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A Great Gift For The Little Kids In Your Life

When FOF Sandra Stahl’s son, Jack, was nine years old he invented a story about a little boy and his pillow pal, some of which was based on Jack’s real-life experience. “One night he had a fight with his pillow and thought it turned against him,” Sandra told us. Jack spent a few years tweaking his story, and eventually “we found a publisher,” Sandra said.

Jack’s charming book, Pillow Fight Night, has had terrific reviews from teachers, parents and kids, and Sandra asked if we’d tell the FabOverFifty community about it. We decided to test it out on Primo, my 4 ½-year old grandson. (more…)