Blog Posts by ThirdAge.com

  • Surefire Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

    Lines and furrows are to some extent inevitable as time goes by. That's because Boomer skin is thinner, less elastic, and not as good at retaining moisture as it once was. The good news, though, is that you can do plenty of damage control in order to minimize the telltale wrinkles that give away your age - or worse, make you look older than you really are!

    Here are ten proven tips for achieving a noticeably smoother, more youthful appearance.

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  • Three Danger Signs of Infidelity

    Bored Couple

    Although I write articles, counsel couples and write books about how to prevent adultery, I almost never use the words "affair- proof" when I talk about marriage. Secretly, I resist the idea that a marriage should have to include prevention techniques in order to avoid "falling" into infidelity, as if one stumbles upon it by accident, like falling into a manhole blindly, on an unmarked street.

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    And yet I see hundreds of cheating couples who sit on my couch and look dumbstruck, as if they have no idea what just happened to them. It is almost as if they didn't realize that the signs were there, and that the affair was bound to happen. They move into their affair unconsciously, as if they were taken over by a zombie who operated blindly on desire alone and ignored the voice inside the brain that was screaming, "Watch where you're going!"

    Whether we call it affair proofing or

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  • Get Real (Not Fake) with Your Orgasms

    Couple In Bed

    How frequently (and how volubly) do women fake having an orgasm? It's impossible to really know, since fakers don't usually tell the truth about their faking. And why should they? If you're already into the habit of dissembling, what would be the point of coming clean?

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    Speaking from my own experience and the experiences of women who confide in me, I can safely say that almost every woman has at some time pretended to have an orgasm when she didn't. No doubt because of my professional expertise about sex, lots of women, many of them virtually strangers, confide in me what's going on with them sexually. They feel, quite rightly, that their secrets are safe. What I do know is that many women sometimes fake their pleasure.

    Why fake? Well, sometimes because it's the kindest thing to do, and the best way to get back to sleep. How is it kind, even an act of generosity, to pretend you

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  • Celebrities Who Have Survived Breast Cancer

    A diagnosis of breast cancer is terrifying and overwhelming. But these celebrities - along with millions of other women - show amazing courage and persistence in fighting and defeating this illness:

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  • Meet Margo Howard: Ann Landers' Daughter Has a Lot of Advice!

    Margo Howard

    The one thing writer Margo Howard never wanted to be was an advice columnist. Not surprising since her mother was Ann Landers, the world's most popular giver of advice to the lovelorn. And her aunt, her mother's twin, was Abigail Van Buren, another extremely well-known "agony aunt." Margo says, "For thirty years, I wanted to have nothing to do with it. I was a magazine writer and a syndicated columnist writing for many publications including TV Guide, People and The Nation. I was a proper journalist for thirty years."

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    But then when editor Michael Kinsley was launching "Slate" online, he asked Margo to plug in a computer and try her hand writing a "Dear Prudence" advice column for the web magazine. "I was in my late 50's and not doing much and I said I would try it. And I loved it. "

    And how did her mother react? Margo says "She was alive for four or five years while I was

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  • Endometrial Cancer Risk Cut by Drinking Coffee

    Woman Drinking CoffeeEndometrial cancer risk may be lowered in women who drink a lot of coffee, a Harvard study suggests.

    Endometrial cancer originates in the uterine lining, and is the most common gynecologic cancer in the U.S., according to HealthDay. In addition to weight management, researchers suspected dietary habits may play a role in preventing it. To find out, they analyzed data from the Nurses' Health Study, launched in 1976 and involving 67,500 women between 30 and 55 from 11 different states.The women filled out dietary surveys every four years between 1980 and 2002.

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    The team found 672 cases of endometrial cancer.

    Correcting for factors such as body mass index, alcohol and tobacco use, they found drinking at least four or more cups of caffeinated coffee per day led to a 25 percent drop in endometrial cancer risk. But drinking less than four cups had no effect, nor did drinking tea.

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  • 10 Stay-Thin Thanksgiving Tips

    During Thanksgiving dinner the average American consumes a whopping 2,000 to 3,000 calories. In order to burn those calories, you would have to walk 20 to 30 miles. Rather than regret your meal, here's are some practical strategies to help keep calories within reason.

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  • Happy (Empty Nest) Thanksgiving!

    Family ThanksgivingThanksgivings have often been spent at my older sister's suburban Chicago home or my younger sister's central Illinois house where she took care of our mother, who passed away this year. I shudder to think of the winter storms one of us was always driving through.

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    With senior family members gone and our kids doing their own things, we are having a sister reunion at my older sister's fabulous second home in Arizona to do something a little different. This may be our new holiday tradition: the three sisters -we can cook (but we don't have to) and hike in a canyon on Thanksgiving Day.

    One thing we don't have to do is accommodate the schedules of four grown children, and my four grandchildren, one of whom potentially shuttles between her mom's and step-dad's three families, my daughter-in-law's family, and my divorced ex and me for holidays. Whew!

    What can you do when your nest

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  • A New Tradition for Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

    Thanksgiving DinnerWhats your situation for the upcoming holiday? Is it one of these?

    Your three grown kids and their respective families live nearby, but you dont have enough room in your home to accommodate all those people for Thanksgiving dinner, not even by setting up a separate childrens table. (Possibly youve downsized to a smaller home or condo and dont even have a place to put a childrens table.) None of your kids has enough room in their respective homes to host the whole gang either.

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    None of your kids lives nearby. Either theyve moved out of the area, or youve moved, and youre not going to be anywhere near any of them for the holiday.

    Both your kids live near you, but each of them has agreed to go to their in-laws for the holiday this year.

    How are you going to spend your Thanksgiving? A quiet dinner for two (or one, if youre divorced or widowed) just doesnt sound very

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  • How to Avoid Senior Moments

    undefinedMaybe you forgot something basic, like your phone number, your age, or the name of your husband. Or you might have begun a conversation only to forget what you were talking about halfway through a sentence. If so, you may have been the victim of a "senior moment" - a momentary lapse of memory or mental function. Over time, it's normal to experience age-related memory loss, but many people fear that senior moments are a sign of something being wrong.

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    Here's the good news: While senior moments can sometimes be frightening, they are not usually indicative of anything serious. Experts agree that these memory lapses do occur more often as we age, but they are usually due to stress caused by trying to think about too many things at once (just look at Rick Perry's debate blunder). Other causes for senior moments include natural hormonal changes, mood fluctuations, and a decrease in the number

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