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Get Back Your Sexual Health With Lubrigyn Lotion

100 Women Will Win!

If you’re like 86% percent of women, who immediately grab bar soap or body wash to cleanse your body, including your intimate areas, you’re washing all wrong!


Vaginal tissue needs a far more delicate cleansing and hydrating treatment, especially during and after menopause, when it becomes dryer and thinner. Treat this sensitive region right with a hydrating formula like Lubrigyn Lotion, and you’ll experience benefits you thought you lost forever, including comfortable and satisfying sex! (more…)

Are You Taking Your Precious Eyesight For Granted?

When FabOverFifty recently partnered with EyePromise to poll over 180 members of our community about their eye health, we learned some pretty surprising facts!

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How To Manage A Cold This Winter

Cold and flu season has made its grand entrance… and it’s not taking its last bow until spring!

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Don’t be caught with a bare medicine cabinet if one of the bad guys sneaks into your home. Stock it now with the essentials to give you and your family comfort and relief the moment symptoms strike. And, head on over to your nearest CVS Pharmacy to get a flu shot, if you haven’t already. You need a new vaccine every year since the flu strain is different from winter to winter. The shot may not protect you completely against the flu, but it can make it a lot more tolerable!


The symptoms of a cold or flu include “runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild-to-moderate fever, cough, headache or body aches, and some mild tiredness,” says Papatya Tankut, registered pharmacist and vice president of pharmacy affairs at CVS Health, who advises having these six products at the ready:

1. Cold & flu relief

The combo pack of softgels includes doses for day (non-drowsy formula) and night with acetaminophen and dextromethorphan to help reduce coughs, fever, aches and runny noses. The vital active ingredients also come in new Cold & Flu Relief Single Serve Cups, which can be used with a Keurig machine to  deliver them warm.

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2. Sore throat lozenges

These lozenges have a mixed berry taste and include a mild dose of benzocaine, a local anesthetic, to soothe and calm an irritated throat.

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3. Lip repair

Stuffy noses lead to mouth breathing, which can dry your lips.  Keep them hydrated all day long with dimethicone (a silicone-based lubricant), Vitamins A, C & E, as well as protected from the sun with SPF 20. And don’t ever lick your lips! “Saliva evaporates quickly, leaving lips drier than before you licked them,” says Dr. Lawrence Gibson of the Mayo Clinic.

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What We Need Most As We Age (The Answer Isn’t Health)!

When Dr. Deborah Heiser was an undergraduate student majoring in psychology, in the 1990s, her grandmother became sick while residing in an assisted living facility in Florida.

“Your grandmother is depressed. I’ll make her better,’ a psychologist at the home told me,” Deborah recalled. “And, she did! That’s when I knew I wanted to do something with the elderly.”  Now, as founder and CEO of the I.M.AGE Institute, Deborah is “redefining what being older looks and feels like,” showing us how to age well so we can lead “happy, fulfilled, meaningful lives.”

During a conversation with FabOverFifty, Deborah shed light on depression and aging–a subject too often swept under the rug–as well as on how to be “emotionally proactive” as we move from birthday to birthday.

FABOVERFIFTY: Please tell us a little about the field of ‘aging.’

DEBORAH: When I went to graduate school, about 20 years ago, there was one place in Alabama that had an aging program. The stigma around aging was quite profound. If an older person went to the ER, for example, the care probably wasn’t going to be as good. People didn’t think much about older people then. It’s changed, but still it isn’t where I’d like it to be. (more…)

[POLL] Are You Taking Care Of Your (Aging) Eyes?

Our eyes are one of our most precious and critical organs– but do we take care of them the way we should, or simply take them for granted?

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What’s Your Sleep Number?

The kids, at last, are adults! You’re no longer working from dawn till dusk. You finally have time to rest…yeah right! Insomnia is driving you crazy. Maybe it’s menopause, your husband’s snoring, a pee call, or worrying about your daughter’s new boyfriend with the nose piercing.

We asked how many hours of sleep you get, and these are some of your best answers.

“Most nights, I will doze for maybe 30 minutes to an hour. After five to ten days of this, I may fall asleep in the daytime for 2 to 3 hours. Then back to none. Insomnia bites the big one.”   
Sue Shackles

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An Easy Way To Protect Your Eye Health As You Age

If you’re over 40 years old, you’ve probably started to realize that your vision just isn’t as sharp as it used to be, even if you’re wearing prescription glasses.

That’s why FabOverFifty has partnered with ZeaVision, the makers of EyePromise Vizual EDGE, to bring you valuable information on how to support your long-term eye health and feel more comfortable driving at night.

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Why your vision deteriorates after 40

Changes to our eyes occur gradually, over decades, until we suddenly recognize changes in our vision. As we age, our pupils shrink and dilate less 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.

We’re also at greater risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the deterioration (or thinning) of the macula, a critical part of your eye responsible for your central vision. In some cases of AMD, blood vessels can form under the retina and leak blood and fluid into the eye. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 55.

Zeaxanthin and lutein are powerful nutrients which can help protect our eyes against further deterioration and support the natural functions of your eye. The nutrients also help protect against harsh light from glare and oncoming traffic, improve clarity and decrease eye stress.

“Zeaxanthin and lutein protect the most important retinal real estate of the eye–the macula–which allows us to see detail. It is therefore critical to maintain the quality and health of this area of retinal tissue in a modern society that depends upon using computer screens and driving automobiles safely,” said Dr. Stuart Richer, doctor of optometry.

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While leafy greens, certain fish, and other foods contain trace amounts of these nutrients, the amount we need to protect and improve our eye health can be found only in a supplement like EyePromise Vizual EDGE.

Learn more and give your eyes the
nutrients it needs.

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How To Avoid Indigestion This Holiday Season

The Thanksgiving feast may mark the start of the joyous holiday season, but like all excesses, too much celebrating can lead to some pretty yucky feelings, from your stomach clear up to your esophagus.

If you’ve eaten too much, too fast, (especially spicy, fatty and greasy foods), not to mention imbibed a tad more than you should, you just may develop indigestion, says Dr. David L. Greenwald, a gastroenterologist associated with the esteemed Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

“An uncomfortable, intensely full feeling in the upper abdomen, indigestion is not a medical condition, but a manifestation of something else, perhaps an ulcer or gallbladder disease,” Dr. Greenwald explains. “The fullness and bloating can be caused by food or liquid alone, or a combination.” Something spicy might trigger the symptoms of discomfort in one person, something greasy in another. Caffeine might act as a stimulus, or carbonated soda could be the culprit. “It’s trial and error from person to person,” the doctor adds.

If you’re really unlucky, you may experience heartburn along with indigestion.

pain“Heartburn is a burning feeling, or regurgitation, that arises in the lower part of the chest or the upper part of the abdomen, or it can be a combo of both, and the feeling can radiate towards the neck,” notes Dr. Greenwald.

Not actually related to the heart, heartburn is a result of stomach acids rising into the esophagus, which is the passageway from our mouth to our stomach. “Acid is made in our stomach all the time, which is then supposed to go through the stomach and into the small intestine to help with digestion,” Dr. Greenwald explains.  But, some acid in absolutely everyone refluxes back into the esophagus many times each minute, when the sphincter muscle at the end of the esophagus (like a valve) opens for us to eat, or when we swallow the saliva we’re constantly creating in our mouth.

“Everyone has different ways of clearing the acid entering the esophagus,” according to Dr. Greenwald, “gravity being the most common.” We also have muscles in the esophagus that contract and move what’s in it back to the stomach. How much acid comes up; how well you clear it,  and how sensitive you are to the acid will determine whether you experience heartburn.  

Over 60 million Americans get heartburn at least once a month, according to the American College of Gastroenterology, and almost everyone experiences indigestion from time to time. Indigestion is your body’s way of telling you something you already know — you ate too much of the wrong foods, and you ate them too quickly.

Of course, the smart thing to do is listen to your body, make healthy food choices, and don’t eat like you’re participating in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. But since it’s mighty difficult to be an exemplary eater during the most festive time of year, you can be prepared for indigestion with an all-natural remedy. Our favorite is Maty’s All-Natural Acid Indigestion Relief, created by Carolyn Harrington, a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and creator of Maty’s Healthy Products.

“Many drugs that remedy acid indigestion have been associated with serious health complications such as kidney failure,” says Carolyn. Choosing a natural solution can be beneficial to your long-term health. Maty’s tasty relief formula includes organic honey to soothe the throat, apple cider vinegar to give “healthy acid” to the digestive tract, as well as cloves and turmeric for anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.

buckwheat-honeyThe formula is safe for everyone, and it has no side effects or drug interactions, Carolyn affirms. Learn more about Maty’s Healthy Products today!

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This post is sponsored by Maty’s Healthy Products. Thanks for supporting FabOverFifty! Dr. Greenwald is not associated with the brand. FabOverFifty greatly appreciates the opportunity to present his invaluable knowledge.   

How One Woman Stood Up To Her Uncomfortable Postmenopausal Vaginal Symptoms

This post is sponsored by Pfizer, the makers of ESTRING (estradiol vaginal ring) 2mg. For more information on ESTRING, please see Full Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING and Patient Information. Scroll down or click here for Important Safety Information.

Patricia Hensley, a former national-class distance runner, always lived a healthy, active lifestyle. A dental hygienist for decades, this 63-year-old lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, who is nine years younger.

“We had a good sex life until I had problems,” related this candid woman, whose experience after menopause made sex painful.

When Patricia finally decided she had enough suffering as a result of her postmenopausal vaginal symptoms she decided to speak with her doctor. Together they decide to try Estring, a treatment option that helps alleviate moderate to severe symptoms of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy. Her tale is a good lesson for any woman who needs help for postmenopause symptoms that just won’t quit. Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty.com, chatted with Patricia to see how she turned things around after menopause.

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