Hear Better Without Hearing Aids

Whether you’re 45 or 75, you could very well be part of the growing segment of the population that’s experiencing listening difficulty in certain situations.

Over 45% of US adults online struggle communicating in one or more listening situations, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. And that doesn’t mean they all need hearing aids, but it does mean that they might have a hard time hearing their dinner companions in a noisy restaurant, the dialog in their favorite TV show, or their partners while strolling in the park on a lovely spring day.

Listen to this short tape of Geri, FOFounder, talking to her friends
at a noisy restaurant. Then answer the five questions about
what she said, to help determine how well you hear.

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What You Really Need to Know About Driving At Night

This post is sponsored by EyePromise.

Why YOU probably feel uncomfortable driving at night

Many of us would prefer not to drive at night because our vision just isn’t what it used to be. Changes to our eyes occur gradually, over many years, and we may not even notice them until the cumulative effect kicks in and our vision isn’t what it used to be.

Driving at night, especially when it’s raining,
can be particularly hazardous when drivers
over 40 have vision problems.

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The Only Diet Article You Will Ever Need To Read. We Swear! [Sponsored]

What’s a woman to do?

Let’s say we’ve been eating horribly for quite a while and decide we’d better shape up, or we may not be around to enjoy everything we’ve worked so hard to attain all these years. We either run out and buy a gym membership, dash to the basement to use the treadmill that’s been gathering dust for over three years, or scour the internet to find a treadmill that’s been gathering dust in some other woman’s basement.

And, of course, we go on a strict “diet,” which means we either: A) Cut back our food intake so we’re eating practically nothing all day; B) Start the newest, greatest diet known to womankind, that every morning talk show has been touting.

If we actually have the discipline to keep exercising and eating like a bird, or sticking to the diet-of-the-moment, we probably will, indeed, shape up. We’ve done it so many times before, it’s a pretty safe bet we’ll be able to pull it off again. But will we be able to maintain a healthy weight this time? It’s another pretty safe bet we won’t. And so the next vicious cycle begins.

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5 Signs You May Have Geriatric Rhinitis

What is geriatric rhinitis?

Rhinitis in older people is a common, but often neglected condition. Structural changes in the nose associated with aging predisposes one to rhinitis.1

Why does it happen?

As you age, the connective tissue in your nose may become weakened. This can cause the tip of your nose to droop, restricting airflow and potentially causing nasal obstructions.

Additionally, the lining inside the nose loses its efficacy with age, and it becomes more difficult to warm and moisten incoming air, which can produce dryness and nasal crusting.2

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OMG, I’m Exercising Again! [Sponsored]

I am spectacularly out of shape.

Ever since I decided to work from my apartment, almost three years ago, I’ve become a slave to the computer and sometimes don’t get outside until I walk the dog, around 6:30 PM.

I know I’ve got to do exercises to keep my bones, muscles and heart strong, and eat foods that provide the proper protein, vitamins and minerals, but the treadmill bores me to tears and it’s not always easy for me to get the proper nutrition during a busy day. I started to get the nutrition part under control when I heard about Ensure’s new line of Active High Protein nutrition shakes that can provide the right balance of nutrients and protein, and with great flavor. Ensure,has been addressing adult nutrition needs for over four decades, so I trust it.

But the exercise—that’s a different story. If my life was in jeopardy, I couldn’t jog my way to safety. I haven’t consistently done any exercises for my muscles and bones since I stopped yoga four years ago.

Woe is me, I thought. I’m going to wind up a shuffling old lady if I don’t get off my duff and do something.

Then an email popped up that got my attention, from Vann Duke, a trainer in L.A., who calls his business Second Half Fitness & Wellness because his clients are 50+. He wanted to advertise on FabOverFifty. Hmmm, I said to myself, as I sent back a reply: “Lets talk.” Talk we did, on Skype, and I immediately liked Vann’s style, philosophy and approach. “A woman [or man, of course] over 50 needs to embrace the idea that she has a whole second life to live,” he told me. “Look at your body, look at your lifestyle, and figure out what’s important to you, now, to operate in your life. What physical capabilities do you need to get to where you want to go?”

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Giving Toilet Paper A Boost! [Sponsored]

Remember when you were horrified at the thought of bad breath, smelly underarms or period-producing aromas from other parts of your teenage body?

You carried around breath mints, furtively sniffed your armpits on warm days, and your stash of Tampons would have made Playtex proud. You got the breath-underarm situation under control decades ago, and chances are your period days are behind you, or almost. But now you have a nagging concern that other changes in your body may be impinging on you smelling fresh as a daisy. I do. LBL (light bladder leakage) is the biggest culprit, in my case. Although I wear pretty and practical panties from Wearever, with built-in pads, there are times when I feel I need something more than toilet paper to help me get completely clean and feel completely confident.

When the folks at Georgia Pacific (the company that makes Quilted Northern toilet paper) asked if I’d try their new product, called TP+ Cleansing Foam with aloe, I was certainly game. It’s as easy to use as the proverbial one-two-three. “Apply 1-2 pumps to toilet paper and then wipe the skin after using the toilet,” read the instructions. Lastly, flush the toilet paper as you would normally, and you’re done. The compact 1.5 fluid ounce bottle will dispense up to 100 pumps and can easily be carried in your handbag whenever you go out.

All the gentle ingredients in TP+, including the soothing aloe, are fragrance free and hypoallergenic, and after using the foam for three weeks, I can tell you that it’s been completely effective. It can be used throughout the day and night, and unlike with wet wipes, you never have to worry about clogging pipes, sewers or septic tanks.

TP+ is available at Amazon.com and comes packaged in two 1.5 ounce bottles, one for your home and one for your handbag.

You can buy it now for $3 off the already reasonable price.

Show Your Little Leaks That You’re The Big Boss

This post is brought to you by Wearever Incontinence Panties.

We all know a decreasing level of estrogen triggers menopause, and if we’re one of the lucky women, we go through this physical transition with hardly a symptom.

But many of us aren’t so lucky, and we feel like we’re being attacked on all sides: Hot flashes making our hair look like we just washed it; dryer skin; vaginal pain as the tissue thins (why can’t our bellies get thin, instead?). Since estrogen helps to keep the lining of the bladder and urethra healthy, deterioration of these tissues can cause a condition called stress incontinence, also called LBL (Light Bladder Leakage). Pre-existing genetic conditions, as well as childbirth or a hysterectomy, also can cause our pelvic floor muscles to weaken, which affects bladder control.

About 30 percent of all women—of all ages—experience LBL. A big sneeze can cause a little leak. So can exercise and coffee. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve or help reverse the condition:

Stop smoking. Smoking is a contributing factor for bladder leakage during menopause, not to mention lung cancer. Either way you look at it, smoking is a big, big mistake.

Treat a chronic cough. This can cause ongoing pressure on the pelvic floor and, over time, can weaken it.

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I Didn’t Know Squat About This! Bet You Don’t Either.

I’ve been using one of the greatest products of my life every day for the past three weeks, and if I gave you 250,000 guesses, you’d never be able to figure out what it is.

So I’ll stop the guessing games and tell you it’s called a Squatty Potty and it does for you what man—and woman—did for themselves for thousands of years, before the invention of the modern flushing toilet in 1596, when Queen Elizabeth I’s godson built one for her. They squatted, as in getting down on your haunches, to defecate. (I discussed masturbating in a recent blog, so why not move on to defecating? After all, we all do THAT, don’t we?)

Anyway, the Squatty Potty is physically nothing more than a sturdy piece of white molded plastic—placed under your feet when you’re sitting on the john—which effectively raises your legs above your hips, so you can relax the proper muscle (called the Puborectalis), which, in turn works with the rectum, anus and sphincter muscles to allow defecation with ease. It’s designed to mirror the angle and efficiency of natural squatting, while allowing for the luxury and comfort of your own toilet.

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Developing Epilepsy Later in Life

This post is sponsored by Cyberonics, Inc.

Pamela, 62, spent a frightening decade with migraines, dangerously high blood pressure, forgetfulness, and tingling throughout her body.

During this time, her symptoms progressively worsened and included transient ischemic attacks (ministrokes) and weakness throughout her legs. Despite numerous lab tests, doctors in Atlanta couldn’t get to the root of Pamela’s problems and speculated that she had everything from multiple sclerosis to Lou Gehrig’s disease and Treacher Collins syndrome. They also prescribed medication after medication that proved ineffective. It wasn’t until Pamela took a sleep EEG, an exam that monitored electrical activity in the brain while she was asleep, that a neurologist was able to correctly diagnose her with epilepsy. Imaging of Pamela’s brain activity showed that, at times, she was experiencing as many as 80 seizures in a two-hour timeframe.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder causing “sudden surges of electrical activity in the brain,” or seizures, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Symptoms of seizures include loss of awareness (blacking out), confusion, loss of consciousness, tingling throughout the body, visual impairment, and many other bodily changes.

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{Test This} OCEAN® Saline Nasal Spray

OCEAN® Saline Nasal Spray ($4.69 for 3.5oz) “provides instant, soothing relief to dry, irritated nasal passages due to colds, allergies, dry air, pollution, smoke, and air travel,” according to the manufacturer. The solution, comprised of sodium chloride 0.65% in purified water, is easy-to-use as a spray, stream, or as drops.

The spray works by helping to thin nasal passage mucus. The solution also “may help reduce the frequency of nosebleeds due to dryness.”

Ready to breathe easy?

The first 15 FabOverFifty.com readers to submit their responses will receive their very own bottle of the OCEAN® Saline Nasal Spray!

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