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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

Good sex at any age

50plus sex

by Ellen Blake The Importance of Sexual Intimacy as We Age Sex is a great tool for protecting or improving health and a powerful emotional experience. The need for intimacy and connection is ongoing and definitely not just for younger people. It will likely be different at age 50Plus than it was

Still Hot…Just Comes in Flashes Now!


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?


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

“Boomerang Seniors” Face a Modern Caregiving Challenge


by Ellen Blake What is a boomerang senior? You may know the terms “sandwich generation” and “silver tsunami.”Now we have a new one, “boomerang seniors,” to describe older adults in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Boomerang seniors care for an even older relative, usually a parent, who is in their 90s or

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 first. I don't have much experience with people with narcissistic personalities.  I'm sure I've come across others over the

Let’s Call it “Visitability”


by Ellen Blake What the heck is "visitability"? Many people refer to this housing trend as "accessibility", but that word seems to have a negative connotation for some, conjuring up visions of older adults with age related disabilities. The term,"visitability" is becoming the preferred, and actually a kinder and more welcoming, term