Not Your Daddy’s Heart Attack

When she was 50 years old, Rosie O’Donnell left a medical appointment with her wife, who was undergoing treatment for cancer. As they left the hospital, the two of them helped lift a morbidly obese woman who’d become stuck in her car. Upon returning home with her wife, Rosie felt “as though a bear had grabbed both of my arms and ripped out the muscle.”

They hurt, but the pain wasn’t radiating into her chest,
neck, or jaw.

Rosie actually visited her therapist at first, thinking she was having a physical reaction to the emotional distress of helping the overweight woman. She’d identified with the woman because, as she says in “A Heartfelt Stand Up,” which aired on HBO in February, “I understand the shame of being overweight in America.” Rosie is not alone, since obesity is one of the top issues facing America. Her therapist sent her home, thinking that Rosie was having a panic attack. Instead, she was having a heart attack, and it almost killed her.


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40% of those over 40 feel uncomfortable driving at night. Are you one of them?

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

As we age, our pupils shrink and don’t dilate as much in the dark, which reduces the amount of light entering our eyes. This can even make it seem as if we’re wearing dark sunglasses at night.


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“I’m Sorry. Can You Repeat That?”

I noticed, a couple of years ago, that I couldn’t understand some of the words people said to me on the phone, when I’d be interviewing them for an article, or on a sales call.

The volume of their voices was perfectly fine. and I’d got the gist of the conversations, but often a number of key words sounded jumbled. I’d brush it off, attributing it to the cell phone connection or the fact that they were talking too fast or mumbling. But even when I played the tape back, I couldn’t make out the same words, no matter how many times I replayed the sentence.

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7 Ways To Protect and Preserve Your Precious Eyesight

While you’re probably determined to keep everything from your bones to your heart healthy…

…chances are you’re not doing enough to ensure that your eyes stay strong. Since they’re pretty valuable assets, it pays to follow these seven valuable tips and keep your sight sharp.

1. Watch what you’re eating

The saying “you are what you eat” applies to your eyes, too! Nutrients including vitamins A, C & E, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin can help support overall eye health and reduce your risk for being inflicted with eye-related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Make sure your diet is rich in:

  • Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and collard greens
  • Oily fish, including salmon and tuna
  • High-protein non-meat foods, such as eggs, nuts, and beans
  • Colorful fruits, including oranges, cantaloupe, and strawberries


This Valentine’s Gift Will Guarantee You Understand Each Other Better

David and I went to our friends’ house last weekend, to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel before the Oscar Awards on February 22.

We haven’t watched a movie together with this couple in ages, and we thought the four of us would share a lovely evening. But unless they change their ways, it doesn’t look like we’re going to watch another movie with them anytime soon. Throughout the movie, both of them were taking turns asking what someone in the film said.

It went something like this:


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.


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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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.


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