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Mosquito Repellents: Which Ones Truly Work?

effective mosquito repellents

By Ellen Blake Do you know which mosquito repellents actually work? Most people do not. The marketing labels on these products can be super convincing, but sometimes promise unrealistic results. Here are the facts. Effective Mosquito Repellents Mosquito repellents that work well: DEET A repellent with DEET tells mosquitos to buzz off. Get one with

These Foods Can Make Menopausal Symptoms Worse

foods to avoid during menopause

by Ellen Blake   I'm two years into menopause and still have insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes and mood swings. These symptoms make me miserable and my generally healthy diet goes out the window. My favorite comfort foods make me feel better and so I reach for them on the more

How Many Clothes Do I Need in My Closet?

how much clothing do I need

by Ellen Blake First world problem I have too much stuff. I'm frustrated that I have nothing to wear, yet my closet is overflowing. I hate to get rid of something that I just know I'll wear at some point, though to be honest, that day never comes. And because my closet

Goal for 2020: Take Care of Yourself

self care

by Ellen Blake   How are your New Year's resolutions going so far? We are not even a month in, and already I feel my resolve slipping away. My list of goals for 2020 is long - and almost exclusively revolve around what I want to do for others. I was taught

Still Hot…Just Comes in Flashes Now!

POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT MENOPAUSE

by Ellen Blake   News flash about menopause At this very moment I am hot, sweaty and to be perfectly honest, kind of disgusting. True, it is summer in Texas which can be unbearable under the best of circumstances, but the extreme weather is not the reason I am an overheated mess. The

Does Aging Change How Our Medications Work?

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by Ellen Blake For many of us, aging means taking more medications than when we were younger. When helping care for my mom over the years, it seemed the list grew larger every year. She, like other seniors, developed new chronic illnesses as she aged which required new and different pills. In

Challenges for “Boomerang Seniors”

BOOMERANG SENIORS

by Ellen Blake You probably know the terms “sandwich generation” and “silver tsunami.” And now we have a new one, “boomerang seniors,”. Boomerang seniors are older adults in their 60’s through 80’s who care for an even older relative, usually a parent, who is in their 90s or older. Patricia Maisano

Beware of the narcissist: don’t ignore the signs

my friend is a narcissist

by Ellen Blake My Friend is a Narcissist I recently made a new friend - or so I thought. We worked together for a short time. She was extremely charming, fun, confident and supportive...at first. I don't have much experience with people with narcissistic personalities.  I'm sure I've come across others over the

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