Turning a Deaf Ear is Unsexy and Unwise

I can’t wait to replace these with my new Signia Pure Charge&Go X hearing aids

Are you one of the millions of women who color their graying hair and eradicate their frown lines, but passively accept hearing loss as an inevitable part of aging? I’m not. I hated pretending to follow conversations in noisy restaurants, or asking my friends over and over to repeat what one of the actors said in a movie. So, I added hearing aids to my accessories wardrobe about seven years ago, and I love them as much as my hair colorist and dermatologist. While I think red hair and smooth skin perk up my appearance, I know my hearing aids energize my overall sense of well-being.

My former mother-in-law, an elegant woman whose physical appearance was a priority, didn’t want “unsightly contraptions” protruding from her ears, no matter how much her hearing declined as she aged. But we’re not our mothers (or mothers-in-law), and hearing aids are no longer unattractive. They’re chic, as a matter of fact. Besides, turning a deaf ear to what your own ears are telling you is not only unsexy. It’s unwise. And, it’s not something I’d ever have expected from the women in my generation who have spent their lives jumping through hoops to solve problems and get what they wanted. 

Please consider these facts from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders:

About 11 percent of adults aged 50 to 59 have disabling hearing loss, which increases to approximately 25 percent of those aged 60 to 69, and 50 percent in the population over 75 years old. 

About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from wearing hearing aids.

Among adults 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three has ever used them. 

This is one case where being in the majority can be a major mistake. A study of 1,984 volunteers in their 70s and 80s by hearing experts at Johns Hopkins revealed:

Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than those whose hearing is normal.

Levels of declining brain function were directly linked to the amount of hearing decline. 

Hearing loss often leads to social isolation, and it’s been proven that loneliness is a risk factor for cognitive issues.  

Hearing loss also affects balance and puts you at four times greater risk for falling.

You don’t have to make a full-fledged commitment to get hearing aids right this minute. But for goodness sakes, at least have your hearing checked by a qualified audiologist if you suspect you have issues. It first got my attention when I thought my hairdresser said I was wearing “autumn” colors in the dead of summer, although he actually said “Auburn” (as in the name of the university). Mistaking words that sound similar is a common sign that something might be amiss with your hearing. Hearing only half a word is another. 

There are about 12,000 licensed audiologists in the United States, so it’s likely you can find one near you. The hearing test takes about 30 minutes and is painless. You’ll sit in a small room wearing headphones and listen to a series of sounds and sometimes words. Click here to schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional. 

BIG NEWS FOR WOMEN WHO DON’T WANT TO MISS A SINGLE WORD 

If you’re like me, and already enjoy the undeniable benefits of hearing aids, you’re going to be excited to learn about a new hearing aid called Signia Pure Charge&Go X. It’s the most technologically advanced device on the market, and after trying it out, I can’t wait to own a pair.  Simply put, these hearing aids feature the first acoustic-motion sensors in the world, which means they’ll automatically adapt to every sound situation I might experience throughout the day. 

                         Signia Pure Charge&Go X

Let’s say I’m going from my home to the subway and then to a business meeting, followed by a pilates class and dinner at a packed New York restaurant. Pure Charge&Go X will give me “natural and personalized sound” from any direction, even while I’m on the move. I’ll be able to understand speech and hear sounds coming from all around me, wherever I am and whatever I’m doing. If I closed my eyes at the beach, for instance, I’d hear the waves crashing on the shore in front of me, but I’d also hear the person talking next to me. 

“These hearing aids have been clinically proven to actually offer better sound quality than normal hearing,” said Lisa Perhacs, clinical education specialist at Signia. Even through Lisa’s hearing is normal, she wears her Pure Charge&Go X devices all the time, which greatly help her in noisy situations. “My younger sister, who also enjoys normal hearing, is begging me for a pair,” Lisa said. 

What’s more, my new hearing aids will be rechargeable – working for 23 hours on a single charge without streaming, or up to 20 hours with five hours of streaming time – so I won’t have to worry about keeping a supply of those pesky little batteries in my bag. I’ll even be able to stream calls, music and TV audio to them, which will be terrific when I’m doing phone interviews for FabOverFifty content and watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. They’re also sleek, slim, comfortable and pretty much unnoticeable. 

Sadly, most people have hearing loss for seven to 10 years before they do something about it. Audiologists tell me they wish they could unlock the secret to getting more people into their offices to have simple hearing tests. “You can’t fully appreciate the quality of your life if you’re experiencing hearing loss,” said Nancy Datino, doctor of audiology in Rye, NY. And while you need repeated Botox injections to keep your your crows feet at bay, one little pair of hearing aids will keep your hearing sharp for ever and ever. 

If the audiologist thinks you could benefit from hearing aids, you’ll be able to try out the Signia Charge&Go X and other models right then and there. At least you’ll have some point of reference to understand what you’ve been missing. Unless, of course, you think it’s attractive to keep repeating, “What did you say?”  

Make an appointment today for a hearing evaluation and to try the game-changing Signia hearing aids.

The Runner and the Reporter

I assume you’ve recently heard or read about the 23-year-old female TV reporter who was covering a 5K run in Savannah, GA, when a 43-year-old male runner reportedly slapped her backside as he jogged past her. On live camera when the incident occurred, the young woman was visibly disturbed. She filed a complaint, and the jogger was arrested – after turning himself in – on a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery, then released on $1,300 bail. If the case goes before a jury, and he is found guilty, he could be punished with up to one year in jail. 

                      The runner and the reporter

“He violated, objectivated and embarrassed me. No woman should ever have to put up with this at work or anywhere!!  Do better,” the reporter declared. Watching the clip – which has received about 10 million views to date – it’s obvious the man makes physical contact with her. But the episode takes place quickly, and we only see the reporter from the front.

The man reportedly is married, the father of two children, a youth minister with a Methodist Church and a scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America for decades. He has been a salesman with the same company for 12 years. Since the incident, he’s been called a “pervert, creepy, a groper” and more by the media and others. The Savannah Sports Council has banned him for life from participating in races or other sporting events, and the Boy Scouts has parted ways with him.  

“I am not that person that people are portraying me as,” he said. “I make mistakes, I’m not perfect and I’m asking for forgiveness.  I did not mean to do this. I think you’re a great, great asset to this community and to the local media and to the national media. You’re very talented. You’re an amazing woman from what I’ve gathered, and I apologize.”

                        Runner apologizing
                 Photo: Inside Edition/YouTube

The man explained that he was “caught up in the moment,” and getting ready to bring his hands up and wave to the camera. “I touched her back. I didn’t know exactly where I touched her. I did not see her facial reaction as I just kept on running. If I did see her facial reaction, I would have felt embarrassed and ashamed and stopped and turned around to apologize to her,” he told news outlets. “I totally agree 100 percent with her statement and the two most important words were her last two words, ‘do better.’ And that’s my intention.”

The reporter said she hasn’t yet decided if she’d accept his apology. She called his behavior “deplorable.”

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When Family Members Stream In For The Holidays, Make This Live TV Streaming Service The Gift That Keeps On Giving

FabOverFifty created this post through a sponsored content partnership with Frndly TV. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will benefit our community. —Geri Brin

Being an empty nester has its advantages. Few things in life are as gratifying, though, as gathering around the TV with your grown kids and their kids to enjoy a show or movie as one big happy family! Whether you’re laughing or wiping away a sentimental tear, doing it with those you love is an absolutely wonderful experience.

You certainly don’t need a holiday to share good times like this with the most important people in your life. But now that the giving season is upon us, consider presenting them with a subscription to Frndly TV. The first live and on-demand streaming service for the American Family, it offers over 1,000 titles across 13 top-rated channels, including Hallmark Channel, Game Show Network, The Weather Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Outdoor and Sportsman Channels, PIxL, and QVC.  

Frndly TV is a special family gift everyone will undoubtedly appreciate over and over again.

                          Christmas at the Plaza

Wherever you’re gathered with your family this season, start tuning into a world of exceptional programming, including Hallmark movie Christmas at The Plaza. It stars charming British actress Elizabeth Henstridge as Jessica Cooper, an archival historian hired to create an exhibition recalling Christmas celebrations at the iconic hotel. Struggling in a waning romantic relationship with a self-absorbed professor, Jessica meets unassuming Nick Perrelli, who is decorating The Plaza for the holidays this year. Played by Ryan Paevey, Nick helps Jessica recognize the value of self-esteem and the definition of true love. 

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Watching the movie brought back memories of the grand hotel during the holidays, excited children dashing about the magnificent lobby and harried shoppers unwinding over steaming cocoa at The Palm Court. I also loved seeing actress Julia Duffy in it, who made me laugh every week on Newhart, the eighties hit sitcom.  

From Uplifting Originals To Favorite Oldies

                                  Gilmore Girls

Set your sights on UPtv, Frndly TV’s new channel addition, and introduce younger family members to some of the other stars and popular series you enjoyed back in the day, like Reba McEntire in the sitcom Reba. Who can forget talented Reba as the wisecracking single mother whose dentist husband left her to marry his young, ditzy (and pregnant) dental hygienist?  Or catch the comedy-drama Gilmore Girls, with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as single mother Lorelai and daughter Rory in the storybook Connecticut town of dreamers, artists and everyday people. 

UPtv offers uplifting original movies and series, too, such as Our Wedding Story, featuring couples’ breathtaking experiences, from the moment they meet to their walk down the aisle. Exceptionally produced, the series makes you feel like you actually know the couples and are a guest at their weddings. Besides, who isn’t intrigued by real-life love stories?

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A Stupendous Streaming Service For A Super Special Sum 

                                   Kid Frndly

Frndly TV is a special gift for those who have finally cut off their preposterously expensive cable service and are searching for the perfect family oriented entertainment they can stream. Even little kids are welcomed into the Frndly TV family with the BabyFirst channel to help introduce them to colors, numbers, letters and animals. The service is designed using the familiar linear grid guide so it’s a breeze to browse shows. You can record your favorite shows and movies; go back 72 hours to view any programming that aired during the three days, and start a program from the beginning if you tuned in late. You can stream at home on Roku, Amazon, Chromecast, and Apple TV, or on-the-go with iOS and Android. Subscribers also can customize their packages to include features like unlimited Cloud DVR that stores all recordings for 90 days, and streaming on four devices at the same time! 

All pretty cool and worry free, right? 

There’s more cool: a $5.99 monthly fee for the core service. Just think, a gift this special, with a price this affordable, makes it a gift well worth giving.  Santa will even want a subscription for himself, Mrs. Claus and their family of hard-working elves. 

Try it right now, and you can enjoy Frndly TV’s wonderful shows for FREE for 7 days. Just in time for the holidays! Your family is on its way.

An Eye-Opening Gift For Someone You Love

This is a sponsored post. VSP Individual Vision Plans compensated FabOverFifty with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be informative for our readers. —Geri Brin

The best gift we can give to those we love is something they really need, but might be hard pressed to buy themselves. It’s even better if we present it out of the blue, not just for a special occasion. Since we don’t always know what’s on someone’s wish list, however, we might take the easy way out and buy a gift card, which is pretty impersonal. 

When I asked my 6.5-year-old grandson where his glasses were at the end of the school year in June, he said, “I lost them.” Surprise! Surprise! I thought. Many six-year-old boys would misplace their heads if they weren’t attached to their bodies. Primo’s mom, my daughter, works with me at FabOverFifty and her health plan doesn’t include eye exams or glasses. Buying new glasses is costly these days, especially if you want to get properly fitting frames and quality lenses, and my daughter’s budget is tight. 

So when I recently heard from VSP Individual Vision Plans, which provides great savings on frames, lenses, eye exams, and more, I thought what a perfect gift it would make for Primo. Well, maybe not for him (he’d rather get baseball cards), but for Simone! The timing couldn’t have been better since the new school year was about a month away.  If you don’t have a grandchild who needs glasses to play sports and see the blackboard, think about the people in your life like Simone, who don’t have vision insurance. They might be retired on fixed incomes, between jobs, college students or self-employed.

VSP CAN ALSO STAND FOR VERY SIMPLE PROCESS

It’s a breeze to gift a VSP Individual Vision Plan online. A day or two after I completed the enrollment form and paid the very reasonable annual premium, Simone received an email about my gift, which included Primo’s ID card and a detailed membership packet. She entered her zip code on the website to locate a provider where Primo could get his comprehensive eye exam and choose frames, and discovered one that had recently opened two blocks from her apartment. Over 34,000 private-practice doctors across the country accept VSP vision insurance, so chances are the beneficiary of your original gift also will find one that’s convenient. Simone was delighted that Primo could have his eyes examined and select frames in one spot!  

Harlem Vistasite Eye Care is spacious, filled with light and beautifully decorated. Most importantly, it offers an impressive selection of children’s (and adult) frames. “I tried on at least three styles I could have bought,” Simone told me. “Primo’s eye exam was as thorough as any I’ve ever had,” she noted. The optometrist even dilated his eyes to be able to fully examine the health of the optic nerve and retina.  Her calm and friendly demeanor during the process kept Primo focused!

PLAYING THE FRAME GAME

Now time to pick his frames, Primo was calm no more, having exhausted his calm quotient for the day. He tried on about a dozen styles–including four frames at the same time–and confidently selected navy frames with red accents. The tips of the temples are flexible, so Primo can adjust them himself to make sure they fit comfortably on his ears. Note: This innovative feature should come standard on all frames, so we don’t have to run back to the frame store when the  temples have to be tightened. 

Simone ordered a scratch-resistance feature for the lenses, as well as anti-glare coating, UV protection and an anti-reflective treatment that blocks high-energy blue light emitted by electronic devices, including computers, e-readers and smartphones. Even energy-efficient light bulbs discharge this light, which can damage the eyes over time. What’s more, the sun is the biggest source of blue light. 

Simone’s out-of-pocket expenses for the comprehensive eye exam, frames and optional enhancements for the quality lenses was $174. This included affordable copays of $15 and $25 for Primo’s eye exam and lenses, and a $150 allowance towards the frames. Considering this transaction took place in New York City, where prices are higher for practically everything, that’s an excellent value. Without my individual vision insurance gift, the total would have been about $600, the optometrist told Simone. 

I’m delighted that the VSP Individual Vision Plan worked out so well.  Simone is pleased. And, happily, Primo has been wearing his new glasses so he’ll be comfortable with them when school starts tomorrow. Now, we have to hope he doesn’t lose them, at least not before Thanksgiving! 

Gift an individual plan today!Or call 855.958.4746.

I Was In The Running To Be His Wife. I Didn’t Make The Cut.

I hadn’t heard from Rick in a long time. We dated in 2001 for about seven months, but he kept in touch with me, even after he remarried and spent half the year in Florida. Rick started dating soon after his first wife died in 2000 because he hated being alone. Determined to find a new wife, he’d “play the field” with at least two women at a time, even though he hadn’t dated in over four decades. 

I became one of the finalists Rick chose for a potential wife, but I didn’t make the cut for two major reasons: I had no plans to stop working and I didn’t golf. Twelve years my senior, Rick had retired from the men’s apparel company he owned and loved hitting the links. He also enjoyed good food and wine, his huge Maine Coon cat (I just Googled and learned it’s the largest domesticated cat breed), keeping up with current events, and his lovely home in Connecticut. A Princeton undergraduate, Rick had a PhD in engineering from Caltech but went into his father’s necktie business instead of pursuing a profession in the field he studied. He confessed to being a hedonist, which while appealing to me on the surface, would never interest me deep down. Even if I had more money than I could spend, I’d still want to work. Call me crazy. I love working.

No matter how much Rick tried to fill his life with good times, the premature loss of his daughter left a permanent dark hole. She died after we stopped dating, but Rick often talked to me about her when we were together. He wished his wife had lived to help her out since they were close. During lunch with him a few years after his daughter’s death, I could sense Rick’s pain. 

Rick married an attractive Frenchwoman who didn’t work and loved golf, and they divided their time between Florida and Connecticut (perhaps Paris, too). I met her once when he invited me to join them for lunch. She and I couldn’t have been more different, physically or emotionally. She was petite and graceful. I’m neither. She was cool and collected. Not I. Although she filled his two biggest requirements in a companion, I must have filled some other, secondary needs. 

I wished Rick happy birthday on Facebook a year ago, but didn’t get an acknowledgement. I decided to Google his name last night when he popped into my mind. I thought maybe he had sold his house in Connecticut and was rarely up north. Or perhaps I simply had faded from his radar.

Rick died from cancer weeks after his 84th birthday in 2018, I read in an online obituary. It’s always unsettling to learn about a  friend’s death from Google. Rick and I weren’t close enough for me to miss him physically, but still his death had a profound effect on me.  Death is no longer amorphous, off in the distance. It’s friends Rick, Lissa, Linda, Carola, Bud, John, and many others. It’s my parents May and Sam. Former in-laws Gerry and Henry. Grandmothers Rosie and Fanny. Grandfathers Sam and Louis. Uncle Normie and and aunt Helen. Uncle Dave. Aunt Sylvia. 

I don’t want to come across as morbid. I’d actually like to think that Rick is happily together with his first wife and daughter, just as I often like to think my parents are together again. My mother died about 20 years after my dad, but I know she wasn’t one bit afraid of death because she longed to see him. It’s comforting. Sort of.

Irresistible Gifts The People In Your Life Will Love

We’re all guilty of buying gifts on the fly, without considering what the recipients would really want or need. This year, give the important faboverfifty people in your life thoughtful gifts they’ll absolutely appreciate, like these two exceptional pampering creams for their bodies and their feet from Edorai. They’re completely natural, chemical free and they work. What’s more, consumable gifts are all the rage!

A WORD ABOUT EDORAI (159 words really) 

Holli in her super soft, super cute bamboo cotton nightshirt, which is included in one of her pampering packages.

Among my greatest pleasures since launching FabOverFifty 10 years ago is meeting women who have “picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and started all over again”* after dreadful experiences. 

Meet Holli Rovenger, dietitian and marketing professional in the healthcare industry,  whose attorney husband lost all their money after 26 years of marriage. Not wanting to “just crumble” Holli has spent the last decade writing a financial self-help book, creating custom travel retreats for boomer women, and launching Edorai, a line of natural pampering products. Named after Holli’s mom Elaine, grandmother Dora, and daughter Dani-”who have empowered me to become my best”-Edorai is also a play on the words I Adore I.

As a professional dietitian, Holli has always advocated healthy eating. What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them, she believes. With that in mind, Holli was determined to not only create safe and natural products, but to develop chemical-free products that work. “It’s confusing to know which skin care products are effective. They’re either natural and don’t work or they work and they’re not natural,” Holli says.   

NOW TO HOLLI’S MAGNIFICENT CREAMS 

Tirelessly working with chemists and pharmacists over many months, Holli formulated Edorai Soft, Silky, Sensual Foot Cream to nourish, rejuvenate and revitalize dry, achy and calloused feet. “Whenever I  have professional pedicures, I’m asked what I’m doing to my feet because my once calloused soles have become soft and smooth,” Holli told me.

A beautiful blend of restorative and nourishing essential oils, including apricot, grapeseed, jojoba, peppermint and eucalyptus, Edorai foot cream glides on like silk, hydrates and stimulates your muscles. Another key ingredient is arnica, a perennial herb from the mountains of Europe and Siberia that’s been shown in studies to be a natural healing agent. 

“Holli sent me her foot cream to try. It smells delightful, and a small amount covers an entire foot (BTW, I have big feet). I like to apply it after I shower. My rough soles felt and looked softer after a single treatment.” –Geri


Edorai “O, So Nice!” Soothing Cream, the company’s hallmark product, is a luscious cream made with full-spectrum CBD, a compound extracted from the hemp plant. It can be applied anywhere on the body and is sensationally soothing. Hemp is the non-intoxicating cousin of the medicinal marijuana plant, and its CBD can help reduce inflammation to relieve everything from sore back and neck muscles to aching hands and painful feet. The cream also includes the herb arnica, a natural healing agent. 

O, So Nice!” Soothing Cream works wonders for women and men (yes, men are loving it, too) with arthritis, fibromyalgia, sore knees/ pain, hand pain, back pain, neuropathy, headaches, sore muscles, leg pain, achy joints, foot pain and /or plantar fasciitis. 

 “A woman who came to the Edorai table at an event told me her arthritis was so bad that she couldn’t open a jar, but she was afraid to use CBD. She returned shortly after because she had decided to buy the Soothing Cream,” recounted Holli. And, the product changed her life. “She actually went bowling with her grandchildren. She’s thrilled, and has become my best ‘spokeswoman,’ Holli said. 

The cream doesn’t just treat ailments. It’s for everyone who wants to give themselves—and their muscles—TLC at the end of the day. Think of the different types of people who’d love it: All those who stand on their feet much of the day, such as doctors, teachers, and hair stylists.  Anyone who loves walking, running, spinning, biking, dancing, yoga, and working out. And, people who need nimble fingers, such as knitters, writers, musicians, and painters.

“Women rave about its light passion fruit aroma. No other CBD product has this combination of ingredients or smells so good.  People tell me I should double my price, but I don’t want to. I just want every woman to try it, feel good, and love the skin she’s in,” Holli said.  

Edorai products would make quintessential pampering gifts that will be appreciated, not shoved in the closet for regifting. Check out Holli’s three exclusive pampering packages for FabOverFifty. You can purchase each of her exceptional creams alone, or select a package featuring other (well-priced) indulgences. 

And, in the spirit of the holiday season, always-generous Holli is offering extra special pricing for women in the FabOverFifty community. Get the details now and start buying for your deserving friends and relatives. 

*adapted from the Dorothy Field & Jerome Kern lyrics for Pick Yourself Up

Movies That Will Move You During the Lovingest Time of the Year

Christmas Confession: I’ve never seen a Hallmark movie I didn’t like, especially at holiday time. These are good stories about good people. Uplifting. Pure and Simple. Celebrating its 10th anniversary of holiday enchantment, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries are airing inspiring new selections as part of their Countdown to Christmas and Miracles of Christmas lineups.  

You can find them all on Frndly TV, the first live and on-demand streaming service for the American Family, offering 12 top-rated channels. It costs only $5.99 a month for the Basic Plan, which is super affordable for anyone who has cut the (cable) cord and is missing out on some of the programming you’ve long enjoyed.  

I can’t think of a single reason not to try family-Frndly TV, especially now that you can enjoy its wonderful shows for FREE for 7 days. And just in time for the holidays!  

I’ve put these nine movies on my must-watch list, but even if I miss a few I can always record them to watch in the new year.  Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. 

 

Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays 
Saturday, November 23 
Hallmark Channel 

Got to admit I have a “cougar crush” on Adrian Grenier, even if he steals the heart of effervescent and charming Kaitlin Doubleday in their roles as wealthy widower and devoted nanny. Can’t wait to see if he gets her to return home to Memphis forever in another endearing Christmas movie filmed at the real Graceland.  

Our Christmas Love Song 
Sunday, November 24 
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

It never gets tired: Girl leaves hometown to pursue a music career and has great success. Returning home during a crisis, she finds what’s important in life right where she left it. Alicia Witt is country star Melody Jones and Brendan Hines is the boy she left behind. You absolutely can go home again.

Irresistible Gifts the People In Your Life Will Love

Holli in her super soft, super cute nightshirt, which is included in one of her pampering packages.

Among my greatest pleasures  since launching FabOverFifty 10 years ago is meeting women who have “picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and started all over again”* after dreadful experiences.  

Meet Holli Rovenger, former nutritionist and marketing professional in the healthcare industry,  whose attorney husband lost all their money after 26 years of marriage. Not wanting to “just crumble” Holli has spent the last decade writing a financial self-help book, creating custom travel retreats for boomer women, and launching Edorai, a line of natural pampering products. Named after Holli’s mom Elaine, grandmother Dora, and daughter Dani-”who have empowered me to become my best”-Edorai is also a play on the words I Adore I.

As a professional nutritionist, Holli has always advocated healthy eating. What we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them, she believes. With that in mind, Holli was determined to not only create safe and natural products, but to develop chemical-free products that work.  “It’s confusing to know which skin care products are effective. They’re either natural and don’t work or they work and they’re not natural,” Holli says.   

Tirelessly working with chemists and pharmacists over many months, Holli formulated Edorai Soft, Silky, Sensual Foot Cream to nourish, rejuvenate and revitalize dry, achy and calloused feet. “Whenever I  have professional pedicures, I’m asked what I’m doing to my feet because my once calloused soles have become soft and smooth,” Holli told me. 

A beautiful blend of restorative and nourishing essential oils, including apricot, grapeseed, jojoba, peppermint and eucalyptus, Edorai foot cream glides on like silk, hydrates and stimulates your muscles. Another key ingredient is arnica, a perennial herb from the mountains of Europe and Siberia that’s been shown in some studies to heal  bruising and reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. 

Holly sent me her foot cream to try. The formula absorbs beautifully without leaving my feet feeling greasy. It smells delightful, and a little bit of cream is all I need to cover my entire foot. BTW, I have big feet. I like to apply it after I shower. 

Edorai “O, So Nice!” Soothing Cream, Holli’s hallmark product, is made with full-spectrum CBD, a compound extracted from the hemp plant.  Hemp is the non-intoxicating cousin of the medicinal marijuana plant, and its CBD can help reduce inflammation to relieve everything from sore back and neck muscles to aching hands and painful feet. Like the Edorai foot formula, this cream includes arnica, a perennial herb  that’s been shown in some studies to heal bruising and ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis. “Women rave about its light passion fruit aroma. No other CBD product has this combination of ingredients or smells so good,” Holli said. 

“A woman who came to the Edorai table at an event told me her arthritis was so bad that she couldn’t open a jar, but she was afraid to use CBD. She returned shortly after because she had decided to buy the Soothing Cream,” Holli recounted. And, the product changed her life. “She actually went bowling with her grandchildren. She’s thrilled, and has become my best ‘spokeswoman,’ Holli said.

“O, So Nice!” can be applied anywhere on the body and is sensationally soothing, even if you simply have sore muscles after exercising.  “It’s amazing. People tell me I should double my price, but I don’t want to,” Holli added. “I just want every woman to try it, feel good, and love the skin she’s in.” I know Holli means what she says. Taking care of yourself should be every woman’s priority. 

Edorai products would make quintessential pampering gifts that will be appreciated, not shoved in the closet for regifting. Check out Holli’s three exclusive pampering packages for FabOverFifty. You can purchase a set of her exceptional creams alone, or select a package featuring other (well-priced) indulgences. 

And, in the spirit of the holiday season, always-generous Holli is offering extra special pricing for women in the FabOverFifty community. Get the details now and start compiling your list of deserving friends and relatives.

*adapted from the Dorothy Field & Jerome Kern lyrics for Pick Yourself Up

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 Frndly TV compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to create this post. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin

One of my friend Alice’s treasured Thanksgiving traditions is gathering around the TV with her daughter and daughter in law to watch a heart-warming movie after savoring her bountiful holiday dinner. The men are usually off in another room, eyes glued to a football game no doubt, and Alice’s grandchildren are occupied with new toys or games. But ever since she and her husband finally cut off their preposterously expensive cable service a few months ago, Alice has been searching for the perfect family oriented entertainment she can stream. She’s not getting what she wants on the channels she’s now streaming, and Thanksgiving is almost here! 

“Even when I’m alone, I adore curling up with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate (or a glass of wine!) to see an uplifting love story or intriguing drama,” Alice told me.  Once in a while, she even convinces her hubby Jeff to cuddle with her to watch a chick flick! “I think I have the perfect streaming service for you,” I told Alice. I’ve been using something called Frndly TV for the past few weeks and have already seen a bunch of movies I know you’d love.” 

Programming for Your Big ‘Kids’ To Your Itsy Bitsy Grandchildren

When the folks at Frndly TV asked if I’d review their new service for my FabOverFifty friends, I was game. It’s always great to learn about new platforms, especially now that people all over the country are saying goodbye to cable and turning to streaming services for their viewing needs.  But after hearing about the low (really low) Frndly TV monthly fee, I wondered how it could possibly offer worthwhile shows for pals like Alice, whether they’re watching solo after a hectic day, or with their families at holiday time. 

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       Everyone’s favorite Golden Girls

I was completely sold after spending a week with Frndly TV. And I knew it had the perfect name. What could be more welcoming to the whole family than The Golden Girls, which I can watch for hours on end?  Wisecracking Sophia makes me laugh out loud at least twice during each episode, even if I’ve heard her dialogue many times before. My now-grown son has also loved the show since he was a little boy. Thinks it’s one of the best ever!

Alice and her daughters can chose their post-turkey entertainment from a rich selection of inspiring, entertaining and soul-stirring original movies. I highly recommend It Had To Be You with Corbin Bernsen (I had a crush on him when he was on LA Law!), who plays a high-powered ad exec competing with his renegade daughter who has launched her own agency.  Even little kids are welcomed into the Frndly TV family.  When Alice babysits for her two-year-old grandson on a rainy fall day, she can turn on the BabyFirst channel to help introduce him to colors, numbers, letters and animals.  

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Over 1,000 Titles Across 12 Top-Rated Channels

The first live and on-demand streaming service for the American Family, Frndly TV offers over 1,000 titles across 12 top-rated channels, including Hallmark Channel, Game Show Network, The Weather Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Outdoor and Sportsman Channels, PIxL, and QVC. It’s also designed using the familiar linear grid guide so it’s a breeze to browse shows. You can record your favorite shows and movies; go back 72 hours to view any programming that aired during the three days, and start a program from the beginning if you tuned in late. You can stream at home on Roku, Amazon, Chromecast, and soon Apple TV, or on-the-go with iOS and Android. I love crawling into bed and meeting up with Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia before I fall asleep. All pretty cool and worry free, right? 

There’s more cool: a $5.99 monthly fee for the core service. This super-affordable price makes Frndly TV the ideal add-on for people like Alice and Jeff, who have cut the cord and are missing out on some of the programming they’ve long enjoyed.  Subscribers also can customize their packages to include features like unlimited Cloud DVR that stores all recordings for 90 days, and streaming on four devices at the same time! 

I can’t think of a single reason not to try family-Frndly TV, especially now that you can enjoy its wonderful shows for FREE for 7 days. And just in time for the holidays! My friend Alice is excited.

Meditation Keeps Ted Danson In A Good Place

I meditated with 72-year-old Ted Danson a few weeks ago, thanks to an invitation from Cigna, which might seem like an unusual call from a health insurance company. “We see ourselves as a partner in our customers’ healthcare journeys, focusing on their mental and emotional well being, as well as on their physical health issues,” explained a Cigna spokeswoman. By reducing stress and promoting emotional health, meditation can benefit the body. 

Getting ready to meditate with Ted Danson. Photo: Slaven Vlasic / Stringer / Getty Images

Ted is an old hand at matters of the mind. Besides turning to Mary Steenburgen, his actress wife, Ted counts on his psychiatrist to help him let go of potentially disabling anger or fear, he revealed during the Cigna event. Meditation is another tool he uses to dispel confusing, conflicting and uncomfortable thoughts, and “to be more present in my body and less in my mind,” he said.  “If I don’t meditate, I need a big cry. Something to cleanse myself, to let everything go, which allows me to be real with my wife, with my granddaughters. To be loving. To be present.” 

Ted attended the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and he’d start off every morning with yoga exercises, vocal exercises and meditation, he told us. “It felt very familiar when Mary introduced me to transcendental meditation around 1996. Having a mantra gets you out of your circular thinking, and it was something Mary and I could do together, so I enjoyed it,” Ted explained. Although he doesn’t find meditation as joyful and interesting today, and he doesn’t have the discipline to do it daily, Ted still relies on it often, “almost as a lifesaver.” 

MERRY WITH MARY 

After two divorces, Ted married Mary in 1995. “My marriage works because Mary doesn’t judge or indulge me when I’m in an angry, sad or anxious space. She helps me rise to my best self. The Big Ted. You want people who love you unconditionally. I trust that I can open up and share my stuff with her and she will share hers with me. Even when we fight, we can look at ourselves and what we bring to the problem. There’s something really magical about that,” Ted revealed. 

Ted’s arthritis or hip acts up whenever he starts or ends a job, he said, and Mary gets him to recognize that it’s his fear. “It’s all this stuff in my head, and as soon as she starts laughing at me, I can start laughing at myself and it takes me out of my fear.  When my back is really bad, Mary will point out that maybe I’m really angry at something. I don’t like being honest with my emotions, so I bury them. My body says, ‘you’re mad, so I’ll give you something to be mad about.’”

Ted Danson and Dr. Stuart Lustig from Cigna. Photo: Slaven Vlasic / Stringer / Getty Images

People in love are willing to sit with their partner and actually listen and hear them, Ted believes. “Get out of yourself and be more aware of them than of you. Listening is an amazing gift,” he counseled. And, when we’re in love “everything else works, including illness,” he added. “Mary insists we stay in love.” 

Has his approach to handling stress changed over the years, as big changes rocked the entertainment industry, Ted was asked. “I don’t know if the industry has changed, but my age has certainly changed. When I need to come down to earth, I think, ‘And then you die.’ Somehow that lightens me up,” Ted said philosophically. “Your body and gravity necessitate you having a sense of humor and taking yourself a little less seriously.”

Don’t let stress turn a small problem into a bigger problem, advised Ted and Dr. Stuart Lustig, Senior Medical Director, Behavioral Health at Cigna. Don’t feel like a victim or be a victim. See a doctor and take care of your body and your mind. It will empower you. “Doctors really can help. They really do care about you’re doing, physically and mentally, about your body and your mind,” Dr. Lustig emphasized. Start by taking the Cigna stress test.