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  • Could 'Star Trek'-Like Health Device Be Near?
    06-13-2016
      Experimental wearable patch monitors biochemical, electrical signals to gauge heart, other functions "Beam us up, Scotty!" U.S. researchers say they've developed a small, wearable health monitor they're likening to the "Star Trek" tricorder. The flexible Chem-Phys patch can be worn on the chest and tracks biochemical and electrical signals in the human body. It then communicates all tha...
    The Health Benefits of Meditation
    12-11-2015
    Meditation has long been used to induce calm and physical relaxation. But research on its potential uses for treating medical problems “is still in its very early stages,” and designing trials can be challenging, said Richard J. Davidson, a neuroscientist who founded the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “So it’s not surpr...
    The Life-Expectancy Gap
    12-08-2015
    And now comes the life-expectancy gap. It may change the national conversation over Social Security and an aging society — for the worse. We all know that the United States is aging, but probably few of us know how skewed the process is in favor of the middle and upper-middle classes. Among men, life expectancy has improved substantially for the richest 60 percent. But for the poorest 40 perc...
    Why Older People Should Take Up the Search for Meaning
    11-06-2015
    Exploring aging as a spiritual pilgrimage Looking at aging as a spiritual journey opens a window to positives — to thinking in a new way about wisdom, joy and wonder throughout the lifespan. Recently, the Sixth International Conference on Aging and Spirituality took place in Los Angeles. Its host, Nancy Gordon, holds a Master’s of Divinity degree and is the Director of California Lutheran Ho...
    Iyanla Vanzant: Communicate With Men 'In 10 Words or Less'
    10-26-2015
    The life coach pinpoints the biggest reason men and women have trouble communicating.  In her experience as a life coach and the host of "Iyanla: Fix My Life," Iyanla Vanzant has worked with countless people in need of guidance, from working with a man who fathered 34 children with 17 women, to helping Karrueche Tran sort through her tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown. ...
    Is Reality TV Ready To Embrace Gay Black Men?
    10-26-2015
    There's potential to break down stereotypes -- but also reinforce them. On Sept. 7, the popular reality series "Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood" introduced its first gay couple. In a "shocking" reveal, model and producer Milan Christopher and rapper Miles Brock entered the series as music collaborators who also happen to be madly-in-love. There was only one hitch: Brock's unwillingness to be fully ...
    The One Thing You Should NEVER Do When You Cook Bacon
    10-26-2015
    It's even worse than you think. There's often a debate amongst bacon lovers about how to deal with the leftover grease. Some feel that it should never be discarded, because so many great recipes can be made with bacon grease. Others prefer to just toss it. We're not here to pass judgment on which of those two camps you fall into, but we are here to tell you there's a right and a wrong way to to...
    How to Prepare Your Home for Someone with Alzheimer’s
    10-05-2015
    Pay attention to these 4 elements to ensure you live happily together It’s no secret that the majority of older adults want to live out their lives in their own homes. Some have even made their children promise to not put them in a nursing home. Whether this is a good decision is debatable, but one thing is for sure: Our homes often don’t meet the needs of an aging body and mind. However, as...
    13 Things Men With Anxiety And Depression Want You To Know
    10-01-2015
    It's not a weakness. Openly discussing mental illness can be a tough battle for anyone -- but for men, the cultural baggage of traditional masculinity may make it particularly challenging. ...
    Helping One Veteran at a Time to Sleep Better
    09-15-2015
    Editor’s note: I came across this article in the Huffington Post on the site’s Healthy Living page. While the piece tells the story of the author’s enlightenment and realization that there is a critical need for this type of care, particularly for veterans, it also provides a vast amount of information for those looking (clinicians and sufferers) for the “where to go” to find the help th...
    How to Know You've Had Too Much Facebook
    09-14-2015
     . . . and 7 Things to Do Instead Facebook and social media can be addicting. Studies have actually shown a similar activation within the brain as with love and orgasms, triggering a release of dopamine.. Yet many of us aren't necessarily addicted to, let's say Facebook, as we are wasting time. ...
    6 Ways to Stop Worrying So Much
    09-14-2015
    Try these simple strategies to calm things down in your life  It seems like we’ve entered the Age of Worry. We obsess over everything from the minor (“Do I look fat in this?”) to the major (“Will I survive this cancer reoccurrence?”); personal (“Is my husband cheating?”) to global (terrorist strikes); realistic (“How will we pay for a new oil tank?”) to far-fetched (“I’...
    5 Really Good Reasons to Take a Personality Test
    09-14-2015
    Type A. Highly sensitive. Extrovert. Dog person. There are many personality measures, and each one offers its own unique insight into what makes you tick. But aside from being a pleasant 20-minute distraction in the middle of the workday, there are real benefits to taking assessments like the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator.     ...
    11 Things Optimists Want You To Know
    09-13-2015
    This goes out to anyone who has ever been told to get their head out of the clouds. Optimists are known for their perky dispositions and even more so for their overly positive outlook on every situation they encounter -- a viewpoint that some may criticize as not grounded in reality. But just because optimists see life through a glass half full doesn't mean that it's entirely a bad thing. Like e...
    How to Keep a Loved One with Dementia Safe
    08-10-2015
    Ways to protect your parents while preserving their identity “Dad has been outside cutting up a tree with a chain saw, and yesterday, I had to yell at him as he was about to cut through a live electrical cable,” a daughter recently wrote in an online dementia forum for caregivers. Such stories are not uncommon, and any of us can imagine how the scenario came to be:Dad has always maintained t...
    4 Tips to Help You Age in Place
    08-08-2015
    How to budget to stay in your home for the long haul Many people approaching retirement express a desire to age in place, living in their current home or community until it is no longer physically possible. ...
    Is Obamacare Becoming the Unaffordable Care Act?
    08-08-2015
    Consumer-driven health care is sending out-of-pocket costs soaring Let me start by saying this is not a political screed against Obamacare; I’m thrilled that some 18 million Americans now have health insurance who didn’t before the law took effect, lowering the percentage of uninsured adults from 18 percent in 2013 to 11.9 percent today. ...
    Over 55 and Overqualified: Advice for Older Job Hunters
    08-08-2015
    How to deflect that codeword for 'old' and get hired I recently received this email from a woman named Patricia, age 64 (she asked that I not use her last name): ...
    10 Things Over-Thinkers Are Tired Of Over-Thinking
    07-01-2015
      While writing this intro, I deleted the first paragraph approximately six times. My thoughts ranged from "Just get to the point already" to "That sentence makes no sense." Truthfully, I probably was getting to the point and my sentences most likely did make sense. Hi, I'm a chronic over-thinker. Nice to meet you. ...
    How a Spouse's Stress Can Affect Your Blood Pressure
    06-09-2015
    When older men have stressed-out wives, their own blood pressure may go up, a U.S. study suggests. While previous research has linked stress and bad relationships to elevated blood pressure, less is known about how these challenges affect both members of a couple, and how the spouses affect one another, over time. ...
    Just A Reminder That There's Nothing Wrong With Going To Therapy
    05-08-2015
    "Therapy" is often regarded as an unsavory word, viewed as an admission that someone's not totally together.  But here's the reality: There's absolutely nothing wrong with needing or wanting to get help. Mental health is a landscape that many people still don't understand (in fact, only 25 percent of people with mental illness feel that others are compassionate toward them). The term "bipol...
    How to Stop Bullying Yourself
    04-16-2015
      Self-criticism is a universal struggle. Many of us are much harsher on ourselves than we ever are on others. Here's just a sampling of the things I have found myself saying (to myself) at times: "I'm never prepared." "All I do is yell." "I'm a disaster."  ...
    This Little Mental Health Screening Could Have a Big Impact When It Comes To Depression
    11-04-2014
    Stress, sadness and overwhelming situations are a natural part of life -- but knowing the difference between what's a transient episode and what may be the signs of chronic mental distress could be a life saving observation. That's where depression screenings can come in. ...
    Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career
    11-01-2014
    You’ve likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, r...
    How Leaders Pick Leaders
    11-01-2014
    3 Executives Reveal How Promotions Are Decided At the 6th Annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference, I moderated a panel featuring 3 senior executives sharing insights and advice on breaking into the executive ranks. While the panelists were all Asian women and issues relating to this specific demographic were addressed, the strategies shared for getting promoted can be universally applied. For one ...