Aug 182014 flashes. Mood swings. Weight gain. Osteoporosis. Just a few of the many symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Add breast tenderness to that never-ending laundry list. For some women, “tenderness” is a gross (and I mean gross!) understatement.

It’s ironic, isn’t it? From our “tender” preteen days, most of us couldn’t wait until that first sign of womanhood. We couldn’t wait to buy — and wear — our first training bra.

Of course, you’ve got to be careful what you wish for. My daughter, Sarah, was a late bloomer and prayed for boobs. They didn’t appear on the scene until she was about 18 or so. Fast forward 16 years, Sarah now writes a wonderful blog called, smilescurlsandbaby – lessons, joys, and laughs in baby making and life! She found pregnancy took her breasts to a whole new letter, “Ain’t Nothin’ But a G-Thang….Baby….”! Now if only we could train our breasts to not be so sore all the time!

Now if only we could train our breasts to not be so sore all the time!

Intimacy Interruptus

Pregnancy is not the only life cycle phase that can affect intimacy. During perimenopause, sore breasts can cause marital intimacy to suffer as well. “My breasts are off-limits to my husband when I’m mid-cycle” said one perimenopausal friend. “He can’t even look at them without getting the ‘evil eye’ from me! My breasts are so painful that sometimes I can’t even bear to have the shower head pointed toward them.”

Another woman told me there’s no way she can sleep on her stomach. And mammograms are out of the question. She suggested that clinics make accommodations for women who suffer from painful breasts. She said she’d probably pass out if she had to undergo a mammogram when her breasts are tender. Since her periods (and thus her sore breasts) are unpredictable, she wishes a few appointment slots could be kept open each month. That way, women like her could make last-minute appointments when their breasts are not tender.

Can you relate? Are you yearning to go back in time to the ’60s, when bra-burning was popular? Throughout our lives, MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” appears to be a recurring theme. It’s important to note that breast tenderness is manageable and is unlikely to indicate a serious problem.

A Different Kind of Fluid Retention

As your period nears, extra fluid in your breasts can make them feel more tender, lumpy, or swollen than other times of the month. Without a normal cycle to count on, it becomes pretty much impossible for perimenopausal women to know when those breasts are going to start throbbing, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Your hormone levels change in perimenopause. This can make your breasts feel tender, even when you are not having your menstrual period. Your breasts may also feel more lumpy than they did before.

If you’re taking hormones (such as menopausal hormone therapy, birth control pills, orinjections) your breasts may become more dense. This can make a mammogram harder to interpret. Be sure to let your health care provider know if you are taking hormones.

The Shape of Things to Come

To make matters worse, without regular estrogen supply, your breasts can become dehydrated, inelastic, shrink, and lose their shape, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Blame it on hormones. Say ta-ta to perky tatas, and hello to sagging breasts! (It gives a whole new meaning to the term “floppy discs.”)

Come perimenopause and menopause time, those hormonal ebbs and flows can become a veritable rollercoaster ride. Some post-menopausal women also experience breast discomfort. Your breasts don’t have to hurt, however. Following are several treatment options to consider:

The Progesterone Approach

Estrogen levels typically fall as you approach menopause. During perimenopause, however, they can increase. Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior, an authority on menstrual cycles and the effects of hormones on women’s health, notes that in perimenopause, estrogen is high but progesterone is not.

Progesterone treatments can keep estrogen peaks from over-stimulating the breasts and causing discomfort, according to Dr. Prior. If you’re still menstruating (even haphazardly), progesterone treatment is typically prescribed for use during only a certain portion of the cycle, usually for about six months.

How about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?

Natural progesterone can also help alleviate breast soreness. Natural progesterone, identical to the hormone the body produces, is often easier to tolerate.

A word of warning: If you are on hormone replacement therapy and suddenly experience breast tenderness be sure to go back to your menopause specialist and have your HRT tweaked a bit. It is possible that you are on too much estrogen.

Perhaps It’s Primrose Oil

Prefer natural remedies? Try primrose oil. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), primrose oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the inflammation associated with breast swelling and tenderness. Simply follow the directions on the back of the bottle. Vitamin B and E supplements also can help alleviate breast inflammation — and pain.

Breast tenderness/pain is a common symptom of perimenopause and menopause, and you should know it’s unlikely to signal anything more serious, such as breast cancer. However, if you suspect that something is not right with your breasts, see your doctor. And don’t forget to schedule your annual mammogram.

Remember the days when your breasts were a beautiful symbol of your womanhood, of motherhood? With a little TLC and treatment, you can again feel good about your body — from head to toes… to tatas.

Suffering in silence is OUT! Reaching out is IN!

Aug 122014

Wellness, Health & Life Styles- It all starts with hard work & dedication to your craft. Branding is an art form.

A. Stephan Moss aka Blackstone, is an Entrepreneur, Sports & Entertainment Executive and Digital Film Maker. Moss, along with his partner Julie Lakis, an Urban Planner & Landscape Architect by profession, formed the Groupe dE Mossi Clothing Co. North 49 to launch ONE|OF|THE |MULTITUDE, a Global paradigm encompassing their 21st Century vision centered around branding, positioning, marketing and distributing Sports, Entertainment & Life Styles properties, products and services.

Julie, Laila & Steve Circa 2013 AD

Current Projects:

  • Full Circle – The Return of the Underground DVD / CD / JOURNAL“A North American hip hop music label’s quest for recognition and power and its unexpected discovery of hidden truths in Montreal, the New Jerusalem.”
  • The Writeous Arsenal Records producing the soundtrack for the DVD / CD & JOURNAL Release Full Circle – The Return of the Underground (The Montreal Chronicles) | The House of dE Mossì Productions in association with Writeous Arsenal Records
  • A Point In Time – BOXING 514 [The Montreal Chronicles] An introspective look at the underside of Boxing in Montreal and its recent rise to World Prominence.
  • The dE Mossi Clothing Co North 49 (Global, Urban Contemporary Styles)
  • Groupe dE Mossi, Sports, Entertainment & Life Styles Blog: 

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Aug 112014, summertime. Long, sunny days. Outdoor cookouts. Lounging by the pool.

Say what??? Make that: Long, sweaty days. Internal cook-offs. Lunging for the pool.

Summer can be a difficult if you’re in the midst of perimenopause or menopause.

About 75 percent of perimenopausal women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, according to the North American Menopause Society. If you’re one of them, you know the symptoms — a flushed face, drenching sweat and rapid heart rate — will be multiplied exponentially during the hot summer months.

Blame It on the Bad Guy: Estrogens

What’s causes these sudden spikes in body temperature? Estrogens are the culprits, as they affect your body’s thermostat. During perimenopause and menopause, your body’s estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone begin to fluctuate. The hypothalamus, an area at the base of your brain that regulates body temperature, becomes more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature, according to the Mayo Clinic.

As estrogen levels begin to drop, they can trigger your body’s thermostat to send a signal that you are overheated. This causes your body to send out an OMG! alert: your heart pumps faster, the blood vessels in your skin dilate to circulate more blood, and your sweat glands go crazy to cool you down.

The result? You’re left soaking wet in the middle of a board meeting like me or in the middle of a (rare in this stage of your life) good night’s sleep. If you’ve had your ovaries surgically removed and suddenly enter menopause, you can suffer severe hot flashes immediately after surgery that typically last longer than those in women who undergo natural menopause.

Regardless of how you got ‘em, these hot flashes can disrupt daily activities, nighttime activities (i.e., sleep and intimacy), and cause you to feel anxious or out of control. Oh, the joys of being a woman. Continue reading »

Aug 092014

Guest Author:  Lisa Bonet

Vitamins are a key part of keeping our immune system in check, especially as we grow older. Flexibility, our bone strength, and health in general all need a little extra help as we leave middle age, and taking supplements can be an effective way to do this. During menopause, we also need a bit extra as our body is going through a huge hormonal change, and the sudden dip in estrogen levels can cause additional health complaints. Keeping our bodies as healthy as possible during this time can relieve the unpleasant symptoms that come with menopause. However, it’s also very easy to fall victim to advertisements claiming magical life-altering results, and taking too many supplements can actually be terrible for our health.

What supplements should I be taking?

Calcium is a mineral which is hugely important for bone health, and vitamin D is also an important part of this process. When the sun hits your skin, it triggers the process which allows vitamin D to help your bones absorb calcium. Calcium is crucial in keeping your bones strong and preventing conditions like osteoporosis. During menopause, the drop in hormones leaves your bones at an increased risk of becoming brittle. Therefore, during this time, taking extra calcium is important; in fact, it’s recommended that women over 51 get around 1,200 mg of calcium a day – the equivalent of just over four glasses of milk.

Omega-3 is another supplement you should consider taking. This fatty acid, usually found in oily fish like salmon and tuna, is useful in keeping your metabolism and hormones regulated during menopause. However, it’s important to note that in addition to this, consuming a balanced and healthy diet, full of fruits, vegetables, fish, and grains, is the best way to get the majority of the vitamins you need to keep your immune system functioning properly. Also, taking regular exercise is beneficial for your bones and muscles. Continue reading »

Aug 072014

Anyone who likes to keep their lawn well maintained will rely heavily on their Husqvarna ride on mower. However, like all other outdoor power products, regular use will wear out your mower’s engine and many of the other parts. In order to keep the engine running as it should, you will need to undertake regular maintenance and servicing – including frequent oil changes. Finding the drain valve on your machine, however, could pose another problem altogether.

So, where is the drain valve?

Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to locate the oil drain valve on a Husqvarna, as it is usually found on the base of the engine. Open the hood of your mower (to expose the engine) and keep in mind that you may also need to remove the lower dash cover (depending on the model). To remove the dash cover, slowly slide it up and out (once the tabs have come out of their tapered slots). Be wary of pulling the cover out too quickly, as you might break the tabs. The oil drain valve will be yellow or have a yellow cap, so it shouldn’t be too hard to spot.

What is the draining procedure?

Before draining the oil from your ride on mowers engine, you should first let it warm up (as oil flows more freely when warm). Flip the cap off and place the drain tube (which comes with all Husqvarna machines) over the valve. Place the opposite end of the tube in a pan or container to collect the oil. Push the valve in and twist counterclockwise to unlock it; pull it out to start the procedure. Once all of the oil has drained out of the engine, remove the tube and replace the cap. Refill the reservoir with fresh oil that is appropriate for the machine. Continue reading »

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I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.

Aug 042014 like when you’re raising kids or climbing the career ladder, it’s all about checking off ‘to do’ lists. Constant activity, travel, ballgames and baby-sitters can make your head spin. Suddenly, you’re done. The kids leave the nest; your career is winding down, leaving you to wonder, what’s next?

You are not alone. It’s estimated that there are nearly 40 million women focused on what I like to call their encore career. After leading a full life, you probably still have 20-40 years ahead of you. It’s time to pursue your passion, using your hard-earned wisdom as the foundation that writes your next story.

Summer and Menopause: Peri-retirement and Reflection

Menopause is a powerful catalyst to look at your own life, especially after taking care of everybody else’s! Your might still be caretaking—we are the sandwich generation—but long summer days, even with hot flashes, offer time to take pause and reflect on what’s next for the central character—you! It starts with taking all the time you need to examine what you’ve done. Summing up your best character traits and abilities is the first step to uncovering your real purpose and joy.

After years of running the kids to all of their practices, ferrying snacks to games and holding down a full-time job, it is finally time to let go and follow your own path and passion. Continue reading »

Jul 282014 few decades ago, we had a totally different definition of “high.” Today, as Baby Boomers, we often associate “high” with body temperature (translation: hot flashes), numbers when we step on the scale and, for some of us, blood pressure.

While it’s easy to spot rising body temperatures (red faces and sweat-drenched clothes) and expanding waistlines (busted buttons and zippers and snaps — oh my!), an increase in your blood pressure may not be so apparent.

Not tonight, dear, I’ve got a headache

Take, for example, the recent experience of one of my colleagues. One night, she woke up in the middle of the night with a horrific headache at the base of her skull. So she popped an ibuprofen and managed to go back to sleep. The next night, deja vu. On the third night, she woke up and entered “headache base of skull lying down” in the web search engine.

Now we all know it’s not usually a great idea to self-diagnose based on Internet search findings. My colleague found everything from migraines (she had these before, but told me that this headache felt different) to an abundance of spinal fluid to brain cancer to high blood pressure. Continue reading »

Jul 242014

Anyone who enjoys puttering around in their garden on a weekend will know that not all trees have been created equal – wood can range widely in its density and fibrous makeup, which means that some are going to be much harder than others. Fortunately, wood chippers are also not created equal – some are going to be more capable of chewing through these sorts of trees than others. But what sorts of trees should you be looking out for? Continue reading »

About Anne Mehla

I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.

Jul 212014 can be such a challenge. There’s the whole “fuzzy brain” scenario—you know, that “where is my car/my purse/my mind” experience.

Or maybe it’s your body that’s pooping out. You know exercise would help but you just don’t have it in you to work out.

And let’s not even talk about your sex drive. Right now, you feel like you have a starring role in “Sexless in the City!” You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling and you don’t know where to find it!

Is this just part-and-parcel of the whole menopause/low estrogen issue or could something else be going on—like a case of low testosterone (Low “T”)?

Dr. Michael Krychman, Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine in Newport Beach California explains, “While estrogen is critical, it is my belief that there is interplay between lowered estrogen and lowered testosterone levels in women as they age.”

What you need to know about testosterone:

  • It’s part of our hormonal makeup.Not just a guy thing, the steroid hormone testosterone is produced in smaller amounts by body—one place is our ovaries—and is essential for muscle tone, a healthy libido, and strong bones.
  • Enter menopause abruptly and testosterone can nose-drive.While women can start experiencing low “T” during their menopausal journey, which may begin a decade earlier than when menstrual periods stop, a quick jump into “the change” can send testosterone levels plummeting. According to Dr. Krychman, “Many feel that surgical or abrupt menopause can cause more severe and abrupt symptomology rather than a gradual decline. It seems that when science or disease interferes with Mother Nature, she retaliates by sudden withdrawal and plunging testosterone.”
  • Low-T symptoms are wide-ranging. When T levels drop, women can experience depression, fatigue, weight gain, bone and muscle loss, and cognitive dysfunction. Then there is the whole “low libido” issue, which can be dramatically decreased. As for orgasms, if we have them, they can be more “ho-hum” than “woo hoo!” if our “T” level is down, according to a report from The North American Menopause Society.
  • Boosting testosterone levels can help. Supplementing with testosterone can benefit your heart, mood, energy, and bone and muscle health. Additionally, testosterone can sustain skin elasticity and tone, encourage heart health, boost libido, help prevent osteoporosis risks, decrease body fat and increase muscle strength.

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Jul 152014

heatingIn recent times, we have witnessed a steady increase in the number of people who have discovered the simplicity and joys of living with LPG. This energy source is clean and convenient, and whether you need it for cooking the perfect meal, endless hot water, or improving your outdoor lifestyle, LPG is always ready when to you need to use it. What’s more, it is more efficient than the majority of other energy fuels,which means that you are likely to save money on your utilities as well.

Total Control

A simple press of a button or a flick of a switch is all it takes to command the power of gas, whenever you please. LPG is fast and responsive, so your gas appliances will be efficient and usually more affordable to operate and maintain in the long run. Using this energy source will allow you to enjoy quick home heating, precise control for cooking and constant hot water without paying excessive amounts for all these conveniences. Gas still remains plentiful in most areas, while its importation options are there to supplement local production if needed. Continue reading »

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I am a Search and Social Media enthusiast who loves exploring the true potential of Web 2.0 and Social Media.

Jul 142014 a deep breath and relax! Nudity is more at this stage of life than just taking your clothes off…thankfully! Here are some suggestions for turning National Nude Day into something that will help you become more mindful, shed negative feelings about your body and enjoy the fact that now that you’re in the empty nester category, it’s time to leave the bedroom door open for when you really want to go au naturel!

Nudity and Menopause

Menopause usually translates into covering up rather than taking it off, but if you’re good with an itsy bitsy teeny-weeny bikini, then that’s good, too! Many women breathe a deep sigh of relief at this stage of the game and learn to ignore that airbrushed perfection on magazine covers touting the most perfect person in the world. We’ve got bigger and better things to think about!

So, next time you’re standing in line at the store gazing at those perfect 10’s on the cover, think about what a trusted friend your body has been to carry you this far. Appreciate it! Live in the present and get ready to spend your time…exactly as you please! Feel better, already?! Continue reading »

Jul 072014 you’re looking for any excuse to indulge in chocolate without feeling post-pleasure guilt: you’re in luck! July 7th is National Chocolate Day and studies show this sweet indulgence is loaded with flavonoids and anti-oxidants known to open clogged arteries, keep heart disease at bay and even improve your mental acuity. What’s not to like?

Columbus Discovered America…and Chocolate!

When Christopher Columbus was offered a sip of chocolate drink or ‘xocoatl’ by the Aztecs, he didn’t like the taste, but Spanish conquistador Don Hernan Cortes not only loved the drink, he knew he had a valuable commodity on his hands and loaded his return ship with cacao beans. He was right: people loved the chocolate drink, but it was a pleasure afforded only the very rich. Eventually, the secret recipe got out and before long chocolate was all the rage in Europe and America.

Popular Food with Healthy Benefits

The popularity of chocolate has prompted hundreds of medical studies to examine the effects on the human body. Dark chocolate, containing at least 70% cacao, possesses seemingly magical powers in opening arteries, minimizing insulin resistance and reducing morbidity. And that’s just for starters. Continue reading »

Jun 302014, the Constitution gave us freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms (or, in our menopausal state, the right to bare arms).

But think about it. Are you emotionally free? Do you have freedom from a negative self-image? From a lowered sense of worth? Freedom from the word “can’t”?

If not, it’s time to free yourself from the negative chatter (both internal and external) that holds you back from doing what you want to do or simply being who you want to be.

You know what I mean. As women in the throes of perimenopause and menopause, we constantly have to filter out those subliminal messages that make us feel less than fabulous.

I am reminded of the record album (yes, that dates me and I’m proud of it!) and book titled Free to Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends back in ’72. Although the overriding theme was gender neutrality — promoting individuality, tolerance, and comfort with one’s identity — a major message was that anyone can achieve anything. That’s a concept we can take to heart as women truly in the prime of our lives.

Our knee-jerk reaction is to blame the media, the entertainment industry and advertising campaigns that — while perhaps not blatantly disparaging older women — glorify youth and, by association, cast a negative light on the natural process of aging. Continue reading »

Jun 282014

Anyone involved in the lawn care industry will know that the carburetor is an integral component of your mower, so it is of the utmost importance that it is kept running smoothly. Many of the most common ride on mower repair and maintenance tasks involve the carburetor, so it is important that you know what you are doing when issues arise. We also recommend that you consult your owner’s manual for specific safety precautions and instructions.

31387dadMower Carburetor Cleaning and Adjusting

Performing regular carburetor maintenance is a sure-fire way to save yourself money, headaches and hassle down the track. Keep in mind that most carburetor problems are due to blockages (dirt, varnish and fuel deposits). It’s incredibly easy for the main fuel jet to become blocked, but the good news is that this issue is also incredibly easy to repair. Undertaking regular carburetor maintenance will ensure that issues such as this do not occur often in the future.

To clean the main fuel jet (which is found in the carburetor’s fuel bowl nut), you will need some carburetor cleaner and compressed air. The cleaner will dissolve any deposits present in the carburetor and choke, whereas the compressed air will blow the loosened debris out of the engine. Cleaning can actually reduce your mower’s need for maintenance, repair and downtime, as well as improving how 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines start. Continue reading »

About Anne Mehla

I have experience in writing content on several topics including home improvement, internet and online business, real estate, automotive and much more.

Jun 252014

Here is some great information from WellPoint!

Press Release
Media Contacts:

Doug Bennett Jr., (502) 889.2103

WellPoint Offers Tips for Caring for a Loved One with Dementia
June Marks Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

INDIANAPOLIS – June 20, 2014 – Dealing with dementia can create confusion and frustration not only for the person with the disease, but also for his or her family members, including caregivers. Approximately 43.5 million adults care for someone 50 years old or older.i More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.ii Although it can be challenging for everyone involved, there are tips to make it just a little bit easier, according to Dr. Richard Frank, medical director for Medicare products with WellPoint.


Dementia is loss of memory and a variety of other symptoms that interfere with daily life. It is a disease caused by physical changes in the brain that result in cell death. Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain disease, is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases.iii It is estimated that one of every three seniors dies with some form of dementia.iv Much of the care for someone with dementia falls upon their families, including the person’s spouse and children. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care for people with dementia in 2013 valued at more than $220 billion. Continue reading »

About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination!

Jun 232014

Have you been considering the use of promotional bags to market your business? If so, we are sure that you have a number of concerns regarding how successful these items are for marketing. The good news is that bags are actually quite an effective promotional item and there are a number of reasons for this (including public display, variety, cost effectiveness, usefulness and custom designs). We have outlined many of these reasons in this article, but there are plenty more that we are sure you will discover for yourself!

  • Public Display
    One of the great things about promotional bags is that they are constantly spreading the word about your business. You will receive maximum exposure, as your logo will be displayed to the world wherever the bags travel. Going grocery shopping, the daily commute to school or work, and going on holidays or for a day trip are all situations in which these items may be used (and displayed to the world).
  • Variety
    Another great thing about these bags is the wide array of types to choose from. The range at many companies often includes: backpacks, backsacks, bamboo, calico, conference and satchel, cooler, enviro, jute, laptop and sleeves, paper, PET, shoe, sports and duffle, toiletry, tote, wine, travel and luggage. This ensures that you find a type to suit the purpose of your business and that your recipients will enjoy.

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Jun 232014 probably told you to act like a lady, but did she ever tell you to eat like a lady? This breakthrough book does.

Men and women are different. Period. (We get periods; they don’t.)

So it makes sense that we gain — and lose — weight differently from men. That’s exactly what author Staness Jonekos emphasizes in her latest book, Eat Like a Woman.

Jonekos is not only an author, but also a women’s health and empowerment advocate and one of the original executive producers who launched Oprah Winfrey’s first network, Oxygen Media. She spent time researching these gender differences and pulled all this fabulous info together for us in Eat Like a Woman.

She teamed up with Dr. Marjorie Jenkins to medically review the Eat Like a Woman 3-Week 3-Step program. Dr. Jenkins refers to herself as a “womanologist” and is a 2013 Texas SuperDoc. She is a professor of medicine and associate dean for women in Health and Science at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, where she holds the J Avery “Janie” Rush Endowed Chair for Excellence in Women’s Health. She created the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech. Continue reading »

Jun 172014

When it’s time to worry about elderly care, assisted living is one of the most common choices. So, what is an assisted living facility? It’s a housing facility that provides disabled and elderly residents, who aren’t able to live independently, with personal care, meals and other supportive services.

Assisted living facilities, in short, care for your elderly loved ones in ways that you might not be able to. This may be due to the demanding expectations from work or daily family life. Keep in mind, however, that not all assisted care facilities are equal.

Some provide lighter care, while others provide care for those who are bedridden and need more assistance. In such cases, some states may require a higher degree of licensing for a facility with more required care.

Assisted Living Homes VS Nursing Homes

People often confuse assisted living facilities with nursing homes. They are not the same. Here’s why.

  • Assisted living residents mostly live independently, but may require some help with daily activities. Nursing home patients require 24 hour care.
  • Most of the time, nursing home patients have a single or semi-private room. Assisted living residents typically have a studio, a one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment.

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Jun 162014 now know that women are 70% more likely to suffer from depression than man and menopause’s hormonal roller coaster can aggravate the problem. Experts say it’s time to slow down and realize that the mind-body connection is a powerful one. And, much as we hate to admit it—we’re not in charge of the universe—even though sometimes we like to think so!

Taking care of parents and kids while simultaneously chasing a paycheck wears you down. Stir in a few menopausal hormones and you can easily find yourself overwhelmed, stressed and depressed. However, psychiatrist Dr. Harry Croft, principal researcher at Clinical Trials of Texas, says learning to put yourself at the top of the list is critical to restoring a healthy balance.

“Women suffering from depression outnumber men by a two to one ratio and menopause can be the tipping point for seeking the help you need,” says Dr. Croft.

“Stress and menopause can make for an endless anxiety-riddled loop, requiring women to examine whether their current approach to managing their health is really working. For example, low estrogen can make you feel crummy and you won’t function as well. Throw in lack of sleep due to insomnia or waking in the middle of the night and boom—you’re super stressed,” explains Dr. Croft. Continue reading »

Jun 122014

Here’s a great info-graphic provided by Tyler King at Bridge Creek Dental.

Seven Reason Why Kissing Is Awesome For Your Health Infographic

About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination!

Jun 122014
Father's Day Flowers

Father’s Day Flowers

Father’s Day is a great time to thank your father for his tremendous support, love, and care that he has bestowed upon you during all these years. It is a special day and you should do things that make him feel special and loved.

To make your father feel special, send Father’s Day flowers. Do not think that flowers are only for women. Men too love flowers. Flowers have a sweet fragrance and they are very beautiful to look at. Further, flowers convey positive feelings and emotions. Flowers are the perfect means of expressing your genuine sentiments. They make the recipient feel truly special and blessed. Your father would be glad to receive a bright floral arrangement from you.

What flowers to buy for Father’s Day?



Roses are the traditional flowers for Father’s Day. Roses symbolize true love. You can give red roses to your father to tell him how much you love him. You may combine white roses along with red roses. White roses stand for purity. White roses when combined with red roses create a spectacular floral arrangement. Continue reading »

About Abhishek Sharma

I am Sr. Software Developer as well as a blogger. I love to share information to other. I like net surfing and write blogs.

Jun 102014

Sent to me by Meredith Bay-Tyack of M&P Food Communications, Inc.

Open-Face Soft Scrambled Egg Sandwich Smoked Salmon Butter Rev LOW RES

Why is food safety an important part of a health routine, especially after age 55?

  • Nutrition factors, medications, and the natural aging process can weaken the immune system.
  • A slower digestive system means bacteria such as Salmonella spends more time there.
  • Changes in the sense of smell and taste may make it easier to accidentally eat spoiled food. (However, not all dangerous food smells or tastes spoiled!)
  • Compared with their younger family members—older Americans are 10 to 100 times more likely to get a food-borne illness.

Safest Choice™ Eggs, pasteurized to eliminate the risk of Salmonella, are a convenient way to make safe, economical meals for breakfast and beyond. Pasteurization means peace of mind when you’re cooking. Continue reading »

About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination!

Jun 092014
Manage stress Live happy & healthy

Manage stress Live happy & healthy

Everyone in life comes across stressing situations at one time or another. It is essential that everyone be equipped with the necessary strategies for managing stress. This is because left on our own to control our life stress can be a slow killer.

One of the best ways of controlling stress is finding time for relaxation and having fun. It is recommendable to allocate time for rest and leisure activities in your daily schedule. Spend this time doing the things that make you happy and relaxed. It could be watching a comedy, taking a shower, chatting with a friend or many other things.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is one of the ways of increasing your resistance to pressure. In order to be healthy, one should eat nutritious meals. Reducing the amount of caffeine and sugar in your diet leads to better sleep. Regular physical exercise plays a vital role in lowering the effects of stress. One should ensure that he/she gets enough sleep so as to allow the mind and the body to relax. It is not advisable to seek relief in alcohol and other drugs as their relief is temporary. Continue reading »

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Jun 092014 may feel like you’re going through perimenopause or menopause all alone, but if you’re married, your husband probably feels like he’s going through it with you! Every night you toss, turn and throw off the bed covers, is probably an eye opener for him. Literally. Every time you complain about hot flashes, he sweats it out. No doubt he’s been the brunt of your menopausal mood swings. And sex? It’s a good test of his memory.

So this Father’s Day promise hubby you’ll take care of yourself… to show how much your care for him.

Find excuses TO exercise

Exercise is important at any age. For women in the midst of perimenopause and menopause, however, exercise is more important than ever. If your ever-tightening waistband isn’t enough reason to get you moving, these facts should:

  • Exercise will help you sleep better at night.
  • Weight-bearing exercises help stave off osteoporosis.
  • Exercise can help improve your posture, giving you more confidence.
  • Exercise raises your metabolism, which can help shrink your expanding waistline.
  • According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise can reduce stress and anxiety, improving your overall mood.
  • Yoga has been credited with improving sexual enjoyment, but any kind of exercise increases blood flow and can boost your libido.

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Jun 022014 days are longer, the temperatures warmer, the sky seems bluer. If — despite all this — your mood seems bluer, too, it’s probably because you dread donning a bathing suit for the first time this season.

Let’s face it, it’s inevitable. Like the changing of the seasons, during perimenopause and menopause our bodies change too (and not always for the better).

All is not lost (especially those pesky extra pounds). Seriously, you can either wallow in self-loathing or do something about it. Here are a few ways you can make the best of — and take control of — the situation:Find a swimsuit that’s flattering for your body. One size does not fit all. However, it doesn’t mean you’re relegated to a style of bathing suit your mother might wear. (That goes for the bathing cap and nose plugs, too.) You can find a swimsuit that’s flattering and fashionable. I love the Spanx swimsuits! They are brilliant! You also can camouflage a lot with a stylish cover-up.

  • Maintain good posture. Holding your head high, tummy in, shoulders back and tatas out projects an image of self-assurance… and makes you look taller and slimmer, too. Instead of flats, wear sandals with a bit of a heel to give you a longer, leaner look.
  • If you’re not already exercising on a regular basis, start NOW. Weight-bearing exercises are not only important to stave off osteoporosis, they tone your muscles. Flab is flab (not fab), whether you’ve got a slender physique or a little more meat on your bones.
  • Drink lots of water. During the summer months, it’s especially important to hydrate. If you’re spending time outdoors, don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Take a filled water bottle with you wherever you go. Sipping throughout the day is easier than chugging your daily intake all at once. Keeping hydrated will result in healthier skin and hair… and a more beautiful you. Ice-cold water will also cool you from the inside out when you’re experiencing a hot flash. Stay away from carbonated beverages, as they can cause bloating.

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