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Women 50+ Know: How to shed clutter and simplify their lives
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1. Minimize the mementos from your children’s early years.
From Lisa @ Grandma’s Briefs in How to shed the stuff you don’t need (and your kids won’t want)
Mother’s Day gifts made in preschool, unidentifiable art-class and wood shop projects and every scrap of sentimentality have their place, but it’s a very limited place. Save only those that really tug at the heart strings, not every crayon-scribbled, glitter-pocked piece of paper.

2. Speaking of paper, get rid of (most of) it.
From Lisa @ Grandma’s Briefs in How to shed the stuff you don’t need (and your kids won’t want)
There’s no need to save every single greeting card, every single receipt, every single recipe that one may have intended to try but never did. A paper shredder — of which we found an unused one in Granny’s possession — comes in handy for such things.

3. Go on a clothes diet
From Sarah G. Carter in Could you go on a clothes diet?
We all have too many clothes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a really limited wardrobe? Life would be simple. Just wear the same things. No fuss, no bother. No decisions.

4.Recognize the surprising forms that clutter sometimes takes.
From Julie Morgenstern in 10 ways to shed the clutter in your life
Clutter is not necessarily disorganization. Clutter is about what’s stagnant and stuck. Some people can find (and eliminate) clutter in their lives that they never expected.

5. Go through your house and find 5 very stagnant areas.
From Julie Morgenstern in 10 ways to shed the clutter in your life

With each one, ask yourself, “If all this were gone what would I miss?” Instantly you will recognize the treasures. Heave everything that’s not on the list. The answers are in your stuff. One client had a utility closet outside her kitchen. In that closet she found all kinds of things, but 80% of it was not used.  I asked what would she miss. A sewing machine that her grandmother had given her. Why? First, it came from her grandmother – but it was much more than that, it was the symbol of the creativity that she used to thrive on – the happiness she found in making clothes and creating things. That emerged. Everywhere we went, the treasures were the things that represented her creativity and her joy. She was able to reactivate. She’s lost 50 pounds, has started her own business. We didn’t know what she was going to do with that information. But she cleared out the clutter and it allowed her to pursue that creativity.

6. Let go – with love.
From mebutter in Clearing the clutter
I feel happy to have my memories and happier still to be ready to embark on a new life. It took me six years to reach this point where I could relinquish the last bits of my ex-husband’s belongings. I did it without anger, without regret. I did it with love. I packaged his china securely. I collected all his coins. I selected some photos of our daughter and his family for him to have. After this week, I will be lighter and freerer.

what are men good for?
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The secret to longevity depends on who you ask. People who have actually made it to an advanced age will credit alcohol or no alcohol, sex or no sex, red meat or no red meat, whatever or not-whatever. Jessie Gallan, age 109, credits her advanced age to porridge and avoidance of men. While these items may, in fact, have allowed her to live well past 100, other women may contend that they, personally, would have happily given up a couple decades of life before they would have given up sex or male companionship.  The other item, porridge, is still being debated. Now back to men.

Jessie has apparently lived a full and happy life without the presence of a man. So, what, exactly, are men good for, aside from sex and keeping track of one’s car maintenance schedule?  Since the extinction of the mammoth and the subsequent rise of male politicians, many people are wondering exactly that. Life in the Boomer Lane has answers.

1. Men like to be on top Most women, when they reach a certain age, realize that the image of their faces, when they look down into a mirrored counter or answer their Face Time calls with their heads down, is not the most pleasant of sights. In fact it probably ranks a close second to what people looked like in the final stages of the plague. For this reason, any observant woman should be very grateful that her sexual partner remains mostly on top, and allows her to stop fretting about her jowls obliterating the rest of her face.

2. Men see us differently than we see ourselves Women’s brains go into full tilt boogie overdrive when they see other women.  Is she pretty? Does she dress well? Has she had cosmetic surgery? Is her hair attractive? The list goes on and on.  Men look at woman differently.  If she has a head and a body, she qualifies.

3. Men are very patient when we shop for clothes This is because they are either sitting in the store in a coma, or sitting outside having sunstroke. Either way, we get to shop.

4. Men love commitment This is manifested when their team is having the longest losing streak in history and they still watch every single game.

5. Men love us exactly the way we are As women we are always obsessing about losing weight, finding another hair stylist and/or hairstyle and/or hair color, tossing all our clothes and starting over, getting better make up, having cosmetic surgery, etc.   We needn’t worry. See #3.

6. Men have total ability to remember our birthdays, anniversaries, and every single other bit of important information about us. We simply have to declare ourselves a sports team.

7. Men have hair in places we don’t Or rather, in places where we get rid of it.  It’s nice to see that, on them, it looks good.

8. Men only half-listen to us Since a lot of what we say is stream of consciousness, it’s often just the act of speaking that makes us feel better.  If we had someone really listening to us and constantly interrupting us and asking questions, it would take forever to get things off our chests.  Then, later we’d be asked why, if we said blah/blah/blah, we did blah/blah/blah. Much easier to have someone listen in a half-assed way and allow us to go about our business.

9. Men are easy, in the most important way See #3.

10. Since lists of 10 are always good, you may fill this one in by yourself.  If you can’t think of anything, repeat #9.


name for partner
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I never know what to call my “boyfriend” when speaking about him to strangers.  Just today I had this quandary at my car dealer.  We are in our late 60s, and have lived together for 5 years.  Boyfriend sounds juvenile.  Partner sounds like it could be another woman.  Significant other is too cumbersome.  Neither friend or roommate don’t fit the situation.  Any suggestions?

Guess Who Made the List?
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Yoga Anita is honored and excited to be part of this list!

Popexpert is excited to recognize the Top 20 Mindful Life Coaches to Watch for 2015, chosen for their meaningful contributions to the mindful living movement and dedication to creating online learning opportunities for people around the world. These coaches are on a mission to help the world live, work and be more mindful in all aspects of life.

The list is comprised of distinguished popexpert experts, authors, business owners, contributors, and speakers across diverse categories of life. From nutrition to fitness, meditation, relationships, parenting, yoga, happiness, and more, all of these coaches have in common a dedication to teaching their clients a more mindful approach to living.

These coaches are all known for:

  • Contributing significant thought leadership to the mindful living community
  • Creating and facilitating incredible education opportunities through speaking engagements, blogging, and teaching
  • Bringing awareness of the conversation around mindful living styles to the forefront of the health & wellness industry

As we rapidly enter a new era of mindful living, we’ve seen a large trend toward people, businesses, and governments around the world acknowledging the importance of living a well-balanced, meaningful life. The landscape continues to evolve at an increasingly fast pace with the proliferation of online education opportunities. Through their involvement in the professional community, whether speaking, blogging, or teaching, these leaders are empowering people to learn and grow.

In conjunction with this announcement, we asked these top emerging mindfulness leaders to share the single most important focus area that will help anyone at any level live more mindfully in 2015. We’ll be releasing their insights in a series of upcoming blog posts over the next few weeks.

See story here.


Dr. Anna Garrett
Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Cardiovascular Disease in Women
Healthy Living
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Did you know that heart disease is THE #1 killer of post-menopausal women?

Did you know that more women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer?

In women, it’s easy to miss heart attack symptoms in the early stages because symptoms show up differently than in men. Quick action can mean life or death, so it’s up to you to get familiar with the warning signs of a heart attack.

Am I Having a Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot. If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die.

Signs of a Heart Attack:

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and chew or crush a 325 mg aspirin while you’re waiting for the paramedics.

How About a Stroke?

Stroke is the #3 cause of death in America and can result in severe, long-term disability. The only thing people are more afraid of than a stroke is public speaking.

Stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack) happen when a blood vessel feeding the brain gets clogged or bursts. The signs of a TIA are like a stroke, but usually last only a few minutes. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help.

Call 9-1-1 to get help fast if you have any of these, but remember that not all of these warning signs occur in every stroke.

Signs of Stroke and TIAs

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. It’s very important to take super-quick action.

Research from the American Heart Association has shown that if given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

If you’re a woman over 55 and at higher risk for stroke (smoke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, have a family history of heart disease or you’ve already had a heart attack or stroke), ask your doctor if you could benefit from taking a daily aspirin.

Does Estrogen Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke?

Some data suggest that estrogen may actually decrease the risk of heart disease when taken early in postmenopausal years.

If you’re having a tough time with symptoms of menopause but worry about how hormone therapy will affect your heart, talk with your health care provider to put your personal risk into perspective. Consider these points:

  • The risk of heart disease to an individual woman taking hormone therapy is very low. If you are in early menopause, have moderate to severe hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, and are otherwise healthy, the benefits of hormone therapy likely outweigh any potential risks of heart disease.
  • Your individual risk of developing heart disease depends on many factors, including family medical history, personal medical history and lifestyle practices. Talk to your doctor about your personal risks.
  • Risk differs for women with premature menopause or premature ovarian failure. If you stopped having periods before age 40 (premature menopause) or lost normal function of your ovaries before age 40 (premature ovarian failure), you have a different set of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) health risks compared with women who reach menopause near the average age of about 50. This includes a higher risk of coronary heart disease.