Journal of My 49th Year: Aging With Vitality (Like My Mother)

Today is my mom’s 75th birthday. But you wouldn’t know her age when you meet her. A former newspaper editor and writer turned professional portrait photographer, she has always embraced life with a cheery optimism and a vigor that is impressive. Everybody loves her. Including my friends. Some of them love her more than they…

Upping My Getting Dressed Game

Some days, I just don’t want to get dressed. If I’m lucky, it’s a day where I’m working from home and I’ll throw on a pair of exercise pants, a bra and a T-shirt. I’ll brush my teeth but not put on any make-up. Then sit down at my computer and write. On the days…

14 Years of Hot Flashes Meet Their Match

A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that for some women, hot flashes can last up to 14 years. (Mother Nature, what were you thinking?) In a study of 1,449 women, the largest group followed to date, researchers found that the median length of time hot flashes stuck around was 7.4 years. Half of…

Cranky Is As Cranky Does

I recently took a research trip to test the hypothesis that we get crankier as we get older. It wasn’t exactly a scientific outing, more like our annual family visit to the retirement community where my in-laws live. But everywhere we went, I found myself inadvertently gathering data on aging and ill temper. After a…

Health Quickie: Hot Flash Relief

Here’s a quick, natural technique you can try when a hot flash shows up: Deep breathing. The trick here is to take longer to exhale than to inhale. Start by taking as deep a breath as you can – you want to fill your belly with air, the way opera singers do. Then very slowly…

Dressing Like My Mother

In 2008, Ari Seth Cohen set out to photograph the older women he would see in New York City that had a certain flair, confidence and style. His blog Advanced Style has been featuring these women ever since. Last month, he released the documentary “Advanced Style”, an extension of his blog, that follows seven New…