3 Health Sites for Women Only

Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 41 – 4/6/15

The Center for Young Women’s Health – According to its About page, the Center’s objective is to provide teen girls and young women with well-researched health information relating to both physical/emotional development and diseases/conditions. This site is also a non-commercial site; a partnership among three medical divisions of the Boston Children’s Hospital.  There are resources for both health care professionals and parents.  An example of an article from the site’s emotional health category: Anxiety

Medline Plus – Women’s Health – a website from the National Institutes of Health, produced by the National Library of Medicine.  This site provides trusted information specific to women’s unique health concerns. The site is uncluttered and easy to maneuver; it’s also updated on a regular basis.  You can sign up for women’s health updates.  An example of what you’ll find here: Osteoporosis, the Bone ThiefThe site also provides a variety of videos and fun tools, which can be found here. 

 Society for Women’s Health Research – Founded in 1990, by a group of health professionals, the site is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of research and advocacy for women’s unique health diseases and concerns.  Resources include women’s health topics from A – Z, clinical trials, public education, and videos. There is a link describing SWHR’s advocacy issues, and how women can take action for themselves. Example of what can be found at the site: (under the Public Education link) Research on breast cancer recurrence. SWHR can be found on Facebook and Twitter.  

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10 Ways to Enhance your Social Wellness

Bea’s Wellness Project – Day 15 – 2/6/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday:

How to “bee” happier and enhance your social wellness:

1.  Be kind to someone else, quietly.

2.  Don’t speak; simply listen.

3.  Pay attention to your kids; give them your presence.

4.  Send a loved one an “un-birthday” card – just to show you’re thinking about them.

5.  Put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a few moments.

6.  Volunteer at an animal shelter.

7.  Help a neighbor.

8. Collect food for a local food pantry.

9. Have a kid in college?  Send ’em a care package.

10. Call a friend, just to chat.

 Friday’s Quote:

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. (Marcus Aurelius)

May Recommend: LifeGoesStrong

 

 

Recently, while aimlessly wandering around the internet, I  stumbled upon the LifeGoesStrong website, which is actually a network of sites aimed at those of us in the 45-65 age group.  A boomer goldmine!

 

I love finding sites I can relate to and that provide the kind of stuff I want to read!
Sections within this site include:

  • TechGoesStrong – Provides personal tech experts for those of us who are un-techy.  (Ok, that last word isn’t in the dictionary, I just made it up)
  • StyleGoesStrong – Who doesn’t want to look good?  The style experts help us do that, with fashion and beauty advice.
  • FamilyGoesStrong – Baby boomers today may be raising kids, becoming grandparents, and taking care of their elders. The family experts share knowledge to help readers improve their family relationships.
  • HealthGoesStrong – My personal favorite, because healthy aging and wellness are a couple of my top priorities. These experts can help with midlife questions readers may have, as well as provide information about diet, nutrition  and exercise.
  • HomeGoesStrong – Experts who talk about dining, entertainment, home improvement, home safety, pet safety, and much more.
  • PlayGoesStrong – What do you do in your spare time?  These experts talk about travel, hobbies, books, music, volunteering, heck, even what to watch on television!  They help readers have fun and relax.
  • WorkGoesStrong – Are you still doing the nine-to-five every day, like I am?  (Retirement seems so. far. away.) Get career advice, find out how to cope in an office, get some ideas for a second career after retirement.

What I like about LifeGoesStrong:

  1. Clean and crisp homepage.
  2. Easy to read font
  3. Simple navigation through the site (though I did find it to be slow to change pages at times)
  4. The advertisements aren’t intrusive
  5. The “What We’re Reading” Links in each section

On the homepage you’ll find: The most current article links are shown at the top of the page; scroll down to see a section-by-section choice of articles.  At the bottom of the page, even more choices of articles, with relevant photos to pique a reader’s interest.
My favorite articles so far:

Join the LifeGoesStrong online community to share comments,  win free prizes, and sign up for newsletters geared to your interests.

 

Quote of the Day:

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. (Buddha)

Live Bold and Bloom: Good Reading

 

 

 

Barrie Davenport writes Live Bold and Bloom, a personal development blog. Live Bold and Bloom is a guide to help readers live fearlessly. 

 I like the idea of living fearlessly, especially as I get older.  Life is too short to be confined by fear.  Fear limits me and narrows my options. Facing fear head on is empowering.

Barrie’s blog is very professionally done, and no wonder. She’s not only a career and life transition coach, but a blogging coach, as well.  You can read more about her and why she created Live Bold and Bloom here.

Here’s a sampling of some of Barrie’s posts:

I recently downloaded Barrie’s e-book, “The Bold Living Guide: 7 Key Ingredients for a Meaningful Life,” which you can get in your email simply by subscribing to her blog.  

This is a short guide, merely 46 pages long, making it an easy read. Yet in that easy read, you’ll find concise guidance for finding meaning and happiness in your life.  Barrie defines the 7 key ingredients as: Security and Comfort, Balance and Moderation, Contribution, Relationships, Beauty, (that is, savoring the everyday beauty in our lives)  Creativity, and Personal Growth. 

Other Live Bold and Bloom free downloads can be found here.

So, do you want to be fired up about life? Inspired to make some changes?  Live Bold and Bloom is bookmarked in my favorites. Check it out, you may find a new favorite yourself!

Good Blog Find: Happy Health

Happy Health is a site that defines itself as a “Lifestyle Health Guide for 55+” and that’s a good description. 

 Whether you’re looking for 55+ recreational activities, health articles for an active lifestyle, vacation options, dating and relationship tips – you’ve come to the right place. 

Happy Health has a team of writers, each one concentrating on a different area of the 55+ lifestyle. 

Mary Albert  is the team’s health writer. Mary recently wrote a guest post for Bea Boomer’s Wellness, an article about exercising your brain to fight memory loss.

She’s written some good articles on Happy Health as well, including:

For those of us who are taking care of elderly parents, Mary has also written several articles about medical alert systems. 

Other team members include:

Jack Stewart, recreational writer:

In this article, he describes the social wellness and health benefits of yoga.

Other recreational articles for 55+ folks include:

Alice Mitchell, travel writer, talks about online travel deals in this article:

And provides some tips for newbie RV travelers in this post:

Finally, Dorthy Wilson is the relationship writer. Are you in your fifties and dating? Dorthy gives you some tips in her articles:

Happy Health also includes a link to Product Reviews, where the writers review medical alert systems. You can also sign up and get a free e-book on Natural Anti-Aging Tips.

 

Taking Charge Of This Aging Thing

Ahh, Youth

When Bea was young, her body was like a raging furnace, burning off calories as fast as she could munch ’em down. She had energy to spare, at one time working two jobs (around 76 hours a week); then going out at night to party with her friends.

Sleep? Ha. She didn’t need it. And she didn’t give any thought, much less a worry, about the future of her muscles, bones, and brain cells. She was young, man, and that was gonna last forever (or, at least until she turned the big 3-0; yea, at one time,  Bea thought 30 was OLD.

Silly girl.

Argghhh. What Happened to Youth?

Suddenly, the “forever young” Bea turned 40.  What the heck happened to thirty, for gosh sakes?  And as her forties raced into her fifties, her body mysteriously began to change. Her once highly energized metabolism started dawdling. Her bone mass started shrinking. Her muscles got, well, a little flabby.  She needed more sleep, yet often woke up, tossing and turning, in the middle of the night.

Okay. We all know it’s inevitable. Our bodies age, and change. Sometimes that change ain’t pretty.

But we can make this aging thing easier to swallow, and empower ourselves at the same time. 

Here are some of Bea’s ideas:

(1) Take charge of your physical health.  

  • For Bea, that means going to the doc for all those annual tests, and being sure to ask questions about any health concerns.  It also means trying to keep those age-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and blood pressure at bay by eating a healthy diet (low fat, high fiber) and making exercise a regular habit.

(2) Hang onto those brain cells!

  • Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist and co-founder of the FitBrains website talks about 10 tips for a healthy brain in this article from Reader’s Digest.

(3) Boost muscle mass with strength training.

  • Strength training also helps build up our bone density and revs up our metabolism. According to this Forbe’s article, we should strength train at least twice a week.  Bea loves exercise DVDs that combine cardio and strength training, such as Chris Freytag’s Walk and Sculpt, and her Walking Cardio Shape-Up

(4) Eat your greens!  And your purples and reds, too. 

(5) Take care of your emotional health. 

  •  We all get the blues occasionally, but if you’re down in the dumps for more than a couple of weeks, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.  If you’re worried and anxious all the time, find an empathetic listener! Always stressed?  Check out these stress management tips. Nurture yourself; you deserve it!

These are just a few ideas – I’m sure you have more!  What kind of things are you doing for your health, and your sanity, as you age?  I’d love to hear from you.