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I remember as a child that my mom would always make sure that I visited the doctor to get my shots. In my 20s and 30s, I didn’t get sick so I didn’t see the doctor that regularly. But as I’ve gotten into middle age, I’ve been making fairly regular appointments for a check-up. During one of those, I learned that middle-age women do need recommended immunizations , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So I’m taking a liberty here by not addressing a purely menopause topic, but instead addressing the shots that are recommended to help middle-age women stay healthy as we age. Here goes:
Influenza (Flu Shot) – You need to get this particular vaccination annually throughout your life. According to the CDC, influenza is highly contagious and infects the nose, throat and lungs. This disease spreads through droplets when a person who is infected coughs and sneezes. Symptoms include a sudden high fever, chills, dry cough, h...
Recently, my 80-plus-year-old dad was visiting with his brother, and the conversation quickly turned to health issues. What medications are you on? How’s your hearing? How’s your blood pressure? How’s your back? After the conversation progressed on this topic for about 15 minutes, Dad turned to me and said, “See, Dorian, what you’ll be talking about when you reach our age?”
Hopefully, my aches, pains and meds won’t be a big part of my conversation. Instead, I hope to keep a sense of humor and perspective on the challenges of aging, but to be involved fully in the world. To reach that goal means starting now.
Which brings me to my book group’s lastest read, “Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes From A Perfectly Imperfect Life” by Lisa Kogan . You may know Lisa from her regular column in O Magazine where she has developed a keen eye and descriptive style that provides a unique take on the world. In one of ...
Lately, I’ve found that my hips have stiffened up. According to my massage therapist, part of the reason is due to lower back issues that I’ve been facing. It turns out that my lower back has recruited my hip muscles into a revolt that at times can be uncomfortable and at times can be downright painful.
And I’m not alone because, unfortunately, stiff hips can be part of aging for women. In her book, “Fit and Fabulous After 40,” Denise Austin notes that women’s hips differ from men’s. “Our hip socket is called a Q socket, and unlike men, the line from knee to hip isn’t straight; our femurs, or upper leg bones, fit into the hip socket at an angle,” she writes. “For this reason, women tend to experience more hip problems are they grow older.” She notes that issues with your hips can impact your ability to walk and also can lead to back pain and other injuries. Plus, I want to do everything I can to avoid getting arth...
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