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It’s National Family Caregivers Month. Are You a Caregiver?

It’s National Family Caregivers Month. As I’m a caregiver, I jumped at the chance to bring you this important public service information from AARP and the Ad Council about some of the resources available to the more than 42 million caregivers in the U.S. If you’re like most people, your mental image of a caregiver is of middle-aged women taking care of elderly parents. For me, only half of that is true. I’m middle-aged (or early Renaissance; medieval if you’re one of my boys). But I’m not caring for my parents; I’m now caring for someone who is only 57 and had a stroke in late September.

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Age Actively

What Can You Do When Your Joints Ache and Holler?

To live more comfortably in your body, what can you do (besides whine and curse)? Get fitness pro advice on ways to exercise cardiovascularly when your joints are aching!

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ShiftCon: Make a Shift Toward Better Health

What happens if you bring together brands, bloggers and non-profits for a conference billed as “the first eco-wellness social media conference?” Shift. Shift is what happens. At the inaugural ShiftCon event this past weekend, hundreds of people came together to further the national conversation about the way we eat and live, and how that impacts our health and the environment.

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Get Smarter: Learn New Skills

In a feeble attempt to increase her brain power, Alexandra signed up for a photography class. This gave her a new understanding of the benefits of the RealPad that AARP and Intel designed for the 50+ “technologically shy” crowd.

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What Does Your Fitness Future Hold? Two Troublesome Trends from IDEA

What’s in your fitness future? What fun fit facts and trends did Alexandra and I pick up at the recent IDEA World Convention that might affect your active life? Trend one might be painful; Trend two was ….

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It’s My Boomer Birthday and I’m Becoming Less Visible

I’m turning 56 in a few days, right on the heels of attending the IDEA World Fitness Convention. I don’t care either way about tacking on another year, yet I have noticed a trend over the past few years. I seem to be becoming less visible. Or maybe just less desirable. Let me explain.

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Facials, Feet and Fitness

Part of active aging is taking care of your feet and face, especially if you walk outdoors as often as I do. If your feet are in pain, you won’t want to walk, dance, stand, run, or anything else that is upright. And I’m fairly vain, so I want to have skin that is sunburn-resistant and elastic. Dry and wrinkly is a great way to advertise raisins, not faces.

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Exercise and Confidence in Midlife: I Am Enough

The link between self-confidence and weight/ health is so strong that it was disheartening at the recent BlogHer conference to see women down-talking themselves and crying at the magic mirror that encouraged women to embrace the “I am enough” concept. But that won’t be YOU!

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5 Fitness Quotes That Irk Midlife Exercisers

Want to entice baby boomer women into the world of movement and exercise? Don’t scare us off with these 5 painful expressions and unmotivational sayings:

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Exercise and Arthritis

A reader wonders if exercise is an option with an arthritic hip. Luckily, research supports four recommendations, and those are… (click the link to find out)

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