Author: Dr Jeri Fink

Help! There’s Someone in My Sandbox!!!

My husband just retired. He’s a great guy. I love him dearly. He just doesn’t belong in my sandbox. There’s an old saying, “I married you for better or worse, not for lunch.” Now I know the truth in those words. In Japan, it’s estimated that 60% of the older female population suffer from RHS – Retired Husband Syndrome. ABC News described the sympto...Read More

We Are Grand!

It began before they were born. We had the critical job of choosing names. Not names for the shadowy figures in the sonograms but names for ourselves. Grandma and Grandpa? Gemma and Poppa? Glamma and Pops? To the horror of our kids we chose Nana and Poppy. They hated it instantly. That should have been a sign. After all, what do we know about babie...Read More

O My Achy Feet

Some people have pretty feet. Others have ugly feet. By the time you’re afterfiftyliving, we all have rebellious feet. Look at it this way. Our feet put in an average 5,117 steps a day or about 912 miles a year. That means by the time you’re after 50, you’ve walked about 45,600 miles or over 16 times the distance between your favorite ice cream sho...Read More

Wrinkles ‘R Us

Everyone has them. Everyone hates them. Wrinkles mean we’re aging or spending too much time in the sun. Maybe it’s fake news. Wrinkles are really our purple hearts – rewards for life well lived (or fought). If you have wrinkles, like most afterfifty-ers, you should be proud. This woman from Nepal looks proud of her wrinkles and age. Of course, they...Read More

How Big Is YOUR Heart?

Everyone claims they have a big heart. As our President contends, there’s a lot of fake news out there. Consider the real thing – a blue whale. A blue whale’s heart is the size of a small golf cart – unlike The Donald’s supersized vehicles. The whale’s heart weighs about 400 pounds – big enough to squeeze your head in its aorta – although it’...Read More

Are You A Cyborg? Tips to Tell!

Times have changed. Remember the cyborgs we loved? They were superheroes (or super villains) like RoboCop, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Darth Vader. Some had faces infused with circuitry; others had super strong arms, legs, and exoskeletons. They swooped into our fictional worlds and saved (or tried to ruin) the day. Cyborg is a blended word cre...Read More

Switch the Route This Summer!

I’m hot. Not the kind of hot where people think I’m really cool. The kind where I stick my head out the door and I’m attacked by 93 degrees with matching humidity. Forty degrees hotter than it was a week ago. According to our President, there’s no such thing as climate change. It’s all a Chinese hoax, like transforming Lo Mein into healthy Kentucky...Read More

After 50 Matters!

Freedom. It’s underrated. I’m not talking about the freedom to hang out with Russian spies in the Oval Office or to write fake news tweets. I’m talking real stuff. These days, with security breaches, internet hacks, and White House leaks, most of us believe that our personal freedom is declining. A Gallup Poll found that the U.S. ranks #21 in the w...Read More

Time to Edit?

Do you live in black & white? Maybe it’s time to edit – add color to your life. The French call it joie de vivre. Las Vegas holds a “life is beautiful” festival every year. Mallory Hopkins wrote, “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” Wear purple sneakers with hot pink trim. Look at our peers – George H.W. Bush celebrate...Read More

How Many Candles This Year?

It’s birthday time. For me. I need to think fast. Can I cross the date off the calendar without anyone noticing? Go subway surfing without a phone until the day is over? What about claiming that my birthday is fake news? I was born in the winter – don’t you remember” No luck. It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to. The only thing I want to cele...Read More

Going Green…..or Purple

Green. It’s not my favorite color. I’m a purple person who looks awful in green. Unlike some people in Washington who loathe green for very different reasons. Don’t get me wrong. Green looks great on trees, money, and vegetables. It works for me on my houseplants but not on my walls (my living room is purple). Color psychology experts say green is ...Read More

My Dog’s Better Than Yours!

Pets. Most of us have at least one. Some are schnoodles, pixie-bobs, and Mexican alligators. Not interested in live critters? Adopt a pet rock, Japanese robo, or silicon jellyfish “living” in neon aquariums. Studies have shown that pets are good for you – even fake ones. They reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure. There are three c...Read More

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