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Speak Up or Clam Up

Dear “Oh Carol:” My neighbor’s husband died almost a year ago. She’s in her early 70’s and is not very computer savvy – although she does do some limited email. She and I and a couple of other women go out to eat every other week and I know she goes to the gym a couple times a week. Her daughter and her family live kind of close – but she really ha...Read More

10 Things You Should Know About Sex After 50


Like red wine, certain things can get better with age. Don’t think that if you’re in the over-50 crowd, you have to settle for a less-than-fulfilling sex life. You can still enjoy sex, you just may have to put a little more planning into it than you did when you were younger.  Recent studies show that people maintain active sex lives well into thei...Read More

Happy Couples – Their Top 5 Money Habits!

What are the secrets of financially happy couples? The Ameriprise study on couples and money provides some interesting answers. Key Points Most couples agree on money, but those who are not in tune financially tend to have issues communicating on financial matters. While the majority of couples have different money management styles, two-thirds hav...Read More

What NOT to Eat on a First Date

♫ Food glorious food. Hot sausage and mustard ♫ I have an expression, “definitely NOT first date food,” that I’ve said often.  Nothing kills romance like the proverbial spinach on one’s teeth. So, grab a messy snack, sit back, and enjoy this read! Coffee! Yep you read that right. No COFFEE DATES! First, it says that the other person isn’t willing t...Read More

12 Essential Medical Tests for Menopausal Women

So many things are changing during perimenopause that it can be difficult to know what is normal and what is not. Every day can be a new experience – not necessarily a bad one. That is why it is so important to keep a close eye on your health. With so many years likely to be ahead of you, it’s much better to stay well than to get well. Here are the...Read More

Staying Present Is Easy With These 4 Simple Tips

Take a deep breath, set aside all your worries and take a moment to live in the present. Put aside all your worries about the future and all your thoughts of the past, and simply enjoy the moment you’re experiencing right now. It feels good. Have you ever wondered what the best way to focus on being in the present actually is? We’ll walk you ...Read More

A Visit to Western North Carolina – Asheville, The Biltmore and Lake Lure

Asheville and Western North Carolina have long been popular destinations for southeastern coastal dwellers. They travel there to get a taste of accessible mountains, cooler summers, seasonal foliage color and impressive natural and man-made attractions within a day’s drive. Some like it so much that they establish summer homes there for extended st...Read More

Date After 50? 5 Tips to Get Started!

No matter our chronological age, when it comes to love we are all young inside. Many things have changed since our youthful, carefree days but some remain the same. We ask the same questions such as where to meet, and how to meet but the answers have changed.  Dating After Fifty is quite different from being in our 20s, 30s, and 40s.  Don’t let tha...Read More

It’s Spring! Time for “Lawn-Mower Lowdown!”

It’s spring. Husbands get up from the breakfast table after scarfing down two pounds of bacon– and pop a cholesterol pill. “I think I’ll go to the garage and try to start the lawnmower so it’s ready for the summer.” Wives turn a shade of white– think ‘Cloud White, part of the Benjamin Moore Classic Color Collection; warm with neutral undertones.’ T...Read More

7 Sleep Tips – Ahhhhhhh

Is hoping that you’ll get enough sleep keeping you up at night? If so, here are seven sleep tips the Sandman approved. Sometimes simple lifestyle strategies and relaxing music go a long way to improving minor sleep disturbances, especially for women as they enter perimenopause and transition into menopause: 1.  Light sleepers do best avoiding...Read More

5 Things to Eliminate From Your Life for a Great Retirement

As 75 million Americans approach retirement over the coming decade, they might be in for a rude awakening. We are the sum of our habits and retirement is a time to make changes and enjoy things that were not always possible before. The challenge is bad habits are creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing. As i...Read More

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