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Mindful Aging: Q & A with Dr. Andrea Brandt

“<i>Tha</i>t we age is inevitable. <i>How</i> we age is largely up to us.”<p>At “77 glorious years old,” psychotherapist, speaker and author, Dr. Andrea Brandt, PhD, …

Frank Lloyd Wright

What do you desire? - Walker Thornton

What do you desire?<p>Desire… And what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Sexual desire.<p>Desire is more than just sex. Desire is all those things we …

Middle Age

Prof Mary Beard: let's reclaim the word 'old'

Prof Mary Beard, the historian, says people should be proud of being called 'old'<p>Complimenting someone for not looking their age is "one of the weirdest double-thinks in our culture", the classicist Mary Beard has said, as she calls for a new campaign to reclaim the word "old".<p>Professor Beard, a …

Feminism

Dear Therapist: I'm Turning 50 and Panicking About My Appearance

I know looks aren’t everything, but I can’t stand the way my body is changing as I age.<p>Editor's Note: Every Wednesday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at dear.therapist@theatlantic.com.<p><b>Dear Therapist,</b><p>I’ll be turning 50 …

Mental Health

Age self-stereotyping (aka internalized ageism): it’s insidious and harmful.

<i>This guest post is by Louise Pendry, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Exeter in the UK. She’s delighted to be combining her work</i> …

Psychology

How I dropped the ageing cloak of invisibility and found a much needed sisterhood after 50

Author: Louise Pendry<p><i>I first connected with Louise on our Ageism Is Never In Style forum. We got chatting after Louise particularly enjoyed my</i> …

Feminism

New Research Delves Into Sexual Fantasies - WSJ

Fresh insights surface on fantasies, including who has them, how common they are and how they change over a person’s lifetime<p>What do you want in bed?<p>Sexual fantasies are among the most taboo of topics—awkward to talk about, even (or perhaps especially) with a partner we know well. They can …

Research

How to Prevent Painful Sex after Menopause

Painful Sex After Menopause?<p>Most of us would say we are well-informed about a wide range of topics. We read nutrition labels, follow current events, …

Women's Health

I’m 56 and, Yes, I Do Still Want a Partner - Personal Essay | The Fine Line

On a trip to New Mexico, I’m hiking with four middle-aged women on a blue-sky day. All of a sudden, my friend Deb says, “I mean, I don’t need to have …

Relationships

When People See the Woman Inside

5 Ageist Stereotypes That Really Need To Go Away Already

Ageism is the last ism to go unaddressed. We want to address it.<p><i>Ann Brenoff’s “On the Fly” is a column about navigating growing older ― and a few other things.</i><p>Stereotypes are the nasty buggers upon which many a misguided opinion is formed. Stereotypes may appear harmless to some people, but for …

Stop Calling Women Ageless: One Senior's Rant

I’m 62 and have never been happier in my entire life (no lie). But I’m starting to get very irritated (no, make that pissed off) about the beauty …

Men’s Health Month

Each year in June we put a special focus on the health needs of boys and men. Sexual health is important across the entire lifespan and involves more …

#33. Freedom! - Midlife-A-Go-Go

Ahhhhh, sweet freedom. You can do whatever the hell you want now (not that you <i>couldn’t</i> do that before, but, ya know, now it’s a little …

The Importance of Self-Care

It’s been so long since I wrote here that I don’t even know where to start. I feel like I don’t know what to write–or what you might need to hear …

Prices Keep Rising for Drugs Treating Painful Sex in Women

For years, Lenny Hanson has watched in alarm as the price of a drug she takes has ticked steadily upward, doubling in the past five years to more than $200 a month today.<p>The product, Vagifem, is one form of a drug, estradiol, that is used to improve women’s sex lives by treating a painful, often …

Pharma

Women, Aging and The Badges of Midlife - Midlife-A-Go-Go

I didn’t intentionally embark on a path of reflection as I plopped down behind my desk into my comfy swivel chair and began to work at my computer. …

Your Sex Life May Suffer When You Have Urinary Incontinence

<b>April 5, 2018</b><p>There’s a newly recognized sex saboteur. As if the experience of urinary incontinence (bladder control problems) isn’t bad enough on its …

Broccoli For Clean Carotids; Anorexia Arrhythmia; CANTOS Mechanism

(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week

Women who believe their sex drive changes can better cope with low libido

Women who believe that their sex drive will change over time are better able to handle difficulties with sexual desire, according to a study from the …

Psychology

Women Fighting Ageism By Refusing To Dye

We denounce ageism, yet collude in valuing an agelessness.<p>From Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes this week, to the resignation of …

Feminism

Let's Talk About Lube

Basic Facts about Sexual Lubricants for Women Over Fifty<p>Anyone who enjoys sexual intimacy should be using a personal lubricant. And for the record, …

Sexual Health

Actual things you can do to bridge the orgasm gap in your own bedroom

Your sexual partner just jubilantly crossed the finish line, but you're still running a race with no end in sight. It's frustrating. And, for an …

Indiana University

When It’s the Man With the Low Libido

The cliché of the wife who puts off her husband, pleading that she has a “headache,” is well known. However, many men suffer from low libido as well.

Learning to Be Old

What if the US had an official agency called “Learning to be Old”?<p>Here’s how I imagine it: older women and men are scheduled for aging interviews …

Feminism

Women who meditate also tend to have a better sex life, study finds

Women who have practiced meditation are more likely to report better sexual functioning and higher levels of sexual desire, according to a new study …

Meditation

The Highs and Lows of Testosterone

Getting a high testosterone reading offers bragging rights for some men of a certain age — and may explain in part the lure of testosterone supplements. But once you are within a normal range, does your level of testosterone, the male hormone touted to build energy, libido and confidence, really …

National Academy of Sciences

Female Viagra called bremelanotide could have been found

The REAL reason so many women have lost their sex drive: Drug giants have spent millions trying, but no one’s yet found a female Viagra. Why? They’ve …

When Your Parents Remarry, Everyone Is Happy, Right?

Chris and Tina Anastasio, of San Clemente, Calif., who wed last year after 13 years of dating, are the embodiment of the latest trend in remarriage.<p>He is 84. She is 77. And not everyone was thrilled about their union.<p>Why?<p>Mr. Anastasio explained.<p>“Tina’s youngest daughter got concerned when Tina told …