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Is It Time For A Hearing Test?

2014 April 10

Listen up!

You may be experiencing hearing loss without
realizing it.

The signs can be subtle, so take our easy quiz below (created with the help of Dr. Annette Zeman, of New York Hearing Doctors) to learn whether you need to “listen” to what your ears are trying to tell you.

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If you checked off 3 or more of these signs, it’s time to make an appointment with an audiologist to have your ears checked. You could simply have wax buildup, but you’ll never know until a hearing specialist gets a good look. Unless, of course, you’d prefer to emulate your hard-of-hearing grandma, whose favorite word is “eh?”

NOTE: As we get older, some things just don’t work as well as they used to. Hearing is one of those things for many of us. “Age-related hearing loss can have many causes, but it’s most often due to changes in the inner ear, which is full of tiny cells covered in tiny hairs that help us to hear by converting sound waves into nerve signals that are interpreted as sounds in our brain,” according to Dr. Zeman. Aging can cause these cells to become damaged or die, which results in hearing loss. Family history; smoking; repeated exposure to loud noises; and certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, can each affect the quality of our hearing over time. Often, we may not notice any difference, but others do.

6 Tips To Protect Yourself This Summer

2014 April 9

Most of us will probably dance in the streets once the sun comes out, and stays out, this summer.

Who isn’t ready to shed their heavy coats and cumbersome boots after this brutal winter across much of the country? Before you perform your sun dance, however, heed these six crucial ways to keep your eyes, skin, and hair healthy this summer.

Eyes

  • Rock a pair of shades. We all want to look cool in sunglasses, but lens size is one of the most important facts to consider when you’re making your selection. Over time, UV exposure can damage the cornea and lens of the eye, so double check your fab new frames to make sure they’re adequately protecting you! Oversized glasses provide the best coverage from the sun. Period! They also should feature UV400 protection and dark lenses to lessen the intensity of the light hitting your eye and reduce potential eye damage.

  • Invest in eye cream. Even in darker-skinned people, exposure to sunlight, especially during the summer months, can cause a higher-than-normal level of skin pigmentation (melanin) under the eyes, where the skin is quite thin. A tan makes us look terrific, but the raccoon look should be limited to raccoons. Apply a thick eye cream with SPF under the eyes, to reinforce and protect the skin. Use it every day.

Skin

  • Protect against bruising. Once we shed our bulky winter clothes, we want our newly exposed skin to look its absolute best in our warm weather outfits and swimsuits! However, more outdoor activity brings with it more opportunities to bump, trip, fall—and bruise our thinning skin. A smart way to help strengthen your skin’s natural barrier, and to help protect it against bruising, is to apply DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula, twice a day. If you do develop a bruise, use DerMend to help fade its appearance.

  • Say “yes” to sun screen. While sun damage can occur year round, your skin is most prone to damage during the summer months, when UV indexes are high. Make sure that your sunscreen has at least SPF 15, is water resistant, and has broad-spectrum protection. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, and if you’re sweating or swimming, remember to reapply it frequently!

Hair

  • Hats on! Light rays can seriously dry out your hair, but wearing a wide-brimmed hat will help keep it glossy, as well as provide up to 100 percent protection for your scalp from UV damage. Many other clothes are specially made to block the sun’s strong rays. Look for a label that says Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), which should indicate how much of the sun’s rays are absorbed by the fabric.

  • Treat your locks lovingly. More and more hair products are including UV protection. Keep your hair radiant all year long with a UV-protectant spray or a higher-end salon product.

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Win A Pair of Grounding Sandals!

2014 April 9

Get Grounded Footwear is partnering up with FabOverFifty this spring to give away its innovative grounding sandals! When we first heard about the sandals last year, we asked Justin Donoghue, 3rd Planet’s COO, to explain the concept of grounding and to tell us how Groundals can benefit our health.

Now, 3 lucky FOFs have another chance to win a pair of Groundals ($49.99 with free shipping), in the size and color of their choice.

See real FOF reviews of Groundals here.

Featuring 3rd Planet’s proprietary Terra-Technology® (a type of vinyl with a grounding additive), Groundals are contoured for comfort at our feet and to provide traction on the soles. They currently come in gold, silver and black, but additional colors will be available in the future. Sizes are medium, medium-large and large.

Are you ready to sport these healthy sandals this summer? 3 FOFs will win.

To enter to win, comment below by answering the question:

Why do you want to ground yourself?

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3 FOFs will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes April 23, 2014 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.

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{Test This} Kiss My Itch Goodbye

2014 April 8

Kiss My Itch Goodbye ($8 for 2oz) could be your scratching savior. For those of us affected by itchy skin, we know that it’s more than just a little annoyance.

Over time, excessive scratching can lead to red, cracked skin. Everyday creams often do little to combat the problem, whether it’s caused by the weather, fabric allergies, or a mild skin condition like eczema. Prolonged scratching also can cause infections and even scarring, so we better ditch the itch completely.

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{Giveaway} Vitamix Professional Series Blender

2014 March 31

If you haven’t already heard about the groundbreaking new book, Eat Like A Woman, by women’s health expert, Staness Jonekos, get over to her website right now.

While you’re there, make sure to enter her fantastic giveaway for the Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender (Value: $650+). It has a reputation for being one of the most high-performing, durable units on the market. The lucky winner can use it to whip up (literally and figuratively) the outstanding recipes in Staness’s book.

To enter to win, visit Staness’ website
and follow the instructions.

Click Here To Enter

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Help Manage Your Overactive Bladder Symptoms!

2014 March 31

This is a blog post created by FabOverFifty.com which has been sponsored by MSD Consumer Care, Inc. the makers of OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, I sure use the bathroom more than I used to!” or “Why do I keep having accidents?” You may be one of the more than 20 million women suffering from overactive bladder (OAB) in the U.S. if you have 2 of the 3 symptoms such as a strong need to urinate right away, frequent urination or experiencing “accidents” for at least 3 months.

“The exact cause of OAB is unknown, but it does increase in prevalence with age. However, women should know that OAB is not a normal part of aging and it can be treated, by providing symptom relief, improving quality of life,” says Dr. Eman Elkadry, Clinical Instructor Harvard Medical School; Boston Urogynecology Associates at Mount Auburn Hospital and spokesperson for the makers of OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN. We’re delighted to let you know that OAB is treatable over-the-counter as a result of the availability of OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN.

Is OAB the same thing as stress urinary incontinence (SUI)?

No. “OAB occurs due to contractions of the bladder muscle, leading to bladder emptying before it is full. This may cause urinary frequency (more than is perceived to be normal by a woman), urgency (a sudden urge to go to the bathroom that cannot be put off), and/or accidents,” Dr. Elkadry explains. “On the other hand, a woman with SUI has weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and other muscles responsible for preventing urine leakage. Thus, increased pressure on the abdomen (like laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising), the bladder then ‘leaks’ a little because the muscles are weak.”

If you’re interested in trying OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN, it’s a simple patch application to your abdomen, hip or buttock. Pretty easy, right?

“The OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN patch delivers oxybutynin for four days and nights to help relax the bladder muscle that is overactive. With a four-day patch, women don’t have to remember to take a daily pill,” says Dr. Elkadry.

You will have greater success on the patch if you use consistently and also modify your lifestyle—try to increase the time between bathroom visits to help re-train your bladder. You may also want to limit your intake of certain foods and drinks like coffee, citrus fruits and spicy foods—they can all make OAB worse.

The solution is in the feminine care aisle— now let’s all take a sigh of relief.

Visit OxytrolForWomen.com to learn more.

If you’ve had a positive experience using OXYTROL® FOR WOMEN, as directed,
and would be interested in sharing your story with the media please contact: OxytrolForWomen@mahercomm.com. You can also submit your success story on OxytrolForWomen.com to share your testimonial with other women like you.

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Start Eating Like A Woman

2014 March 27

David, the man with whom I live, eats some type of pastry every single day, acting as if it’s the last day he’ll ever be able to consume cake again. He doesn’t gain an ounce. If I ate pastries every single day, I would look like the Goodyear blimp after about a month. No joke. I would.

If this scenario rings a bell, it should. We can eat exactly the same foods as our male friends and lovers (at exactly the same times), and exercise precisely the same way as they do, but our bodies, and our minds, will react quite differently.

I am sick and tired of reading about new diets that promise to change everything, from the size and shape of our bodies to the length of our lives to the level of our happiness. If I see Dr. Oz one more time on my Facebook newsfeed, hawking yet another revolutionary diet or supplement, I will scream. Most of it is pure baloney. You know it. I know it. Even Dr. Oz knows it, I suspect.

So, what’s a woman to do?

Here’s what: Order a new book, immediately, called Eat Like A Woman (and never diet again), by health advocate, Staness Jonekos, and women’s health expert, Dr. Marjorie Jenkins.

Eat Like A Woman (and never diet again) is based on scientific studies that confirm, at last, that what we eat and how we maintain our health and fitness should reflect our physiological, psychological and biochemical constitution, which is completely different from a man’s.

As the subtitle indicates, this is absolutely not a diet book. Like no other book that concerns eating, it teaches women what to eat, why we should eat it and when we should eat it!

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{FOF Woman of The Week} Staness Jonekos

2014 March 27

I’ve known Staness Jonekos for four years and I’ve never met a woman quite like her.

She’s (really) smart. (Really) beautiful. (Really) real. Giving. Honest. Forthright. Determined. And she has a generous spirit. Since most of you won’t have the privilege to meet her in person, meet her here. Her new book, Eat Like A Woman (and never diet again), is as smart as she is.

Staness wants every single girl and woman to benefit from the scientific knowledge she’s amassed over the years about nutrition, health and fitness. She’s a true women’s health advocate and her biggest reward is our happiness and well being.

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Step Up To The Bar(s)

2014 March 27

You will not have to study the list of ingredients, and their nutritional value, in these Eat Like A Woman energy bars.

That’s because they’re the first and only bars prepared especially for us, that can provide lasting energy for women-on-the-go who want delicious guilt-free nutrition. Staness Jonekos, health advocate and author, personally selected every single ingredient (from organic peanut and almond butter to gluten-free rice cereal) with our needs in mind, because we metabolize food and lose weight very differently than men, and really shouldn’t be eating the same bars as they do.

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“Yes, Mrs. Durban, you have cancer.”

2014 March 13

By Pauline Durban

December, 2006

2006… what a year! I reunited with my dad, from whom I had been estranged for 35 years (another story for another time), and I discovered a lump in my left breast! I was 50 years old.

I did a self-examination at least once a month, but this time I found a lump. People often ask me how I knew it was a ‘bad’ lump, since our breasts are full of lumps. Believe me, you can tell the difference.

It was December, and I was getting ready for a trip to England to spend Christmas with my family. What to do? I guess I will put it on hold, I thought, and revisit it when I get back. After all, it’s only a small lump, and I’m sure it’s nothing.

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