Women Over 50 Thrive!

Welcome! Women Over 50

successful aging and the choices we makeHi Ladies! I am so glad you decided to stop by for a visit to the site for women over 50 to chill and laugh and learn! My experience as a woman over 50 is now a full decade and beyond! My desire is to provide a place for you to visit for encouragement, recommendations, insight, laughter, venting and well… everything women over 50 would be blessed by. Please leave a comment, let me know what you’d like to see, and check out myAbout Mepage. Continue reading…

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Food and Mood Connection – Part2

Welcome back! The food and mood connection is real and we know it. Sometimes we eat and our mood changes, and sometimes we eat because of our mood. Either way, the most important thing we need to remember is that we are the boss over food! If you’re like me, then you have info galore about healthy eating. The problem is not with food, but with our priorities and mindsets. What means more… Continue reading…

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Food and Mood Connection – Part 1

food and mood connectionHi Ladies! I’m pretty sure (by now) you definitely know there is a food and mood connection. Food can greatly affect your mood, for better or for worse! When it comes to happiness and every other area in your life, food has the capacity to harm or heal. By learning about what foods to choose and avoid, you’ll be able to help your body and mind, and embrace happiness. Woo Hoo! Let’s learn… Or be reminded of what we already know. Continue reading…

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Not Sleeping Through the Night?

Are you not sleeping through the night? If not, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute on Aging, “Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger. There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night. Feeling sick or being in pain can make it hard to sleep. Some medicines can keep you awake. No matter the reason, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day you may… Continue reading…

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Don’t Miss the Chance to Take an Autumn Walk

An autumn walk in New Hampshire is so pleasing to the senses. The sound of rustling leaves, the sight of vibrant shades of my favorite color (orange), the smell of the fresh autumn air, the taste of pumpkin spice lip balm (not kidding)… and last, but certainly not least, the touch of my love’s hand while taking… Continue reading…

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Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease – AGAIN!

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It is difficult to hear another diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease again. I know I’ve shared about my own mom and how she passed 5 years ago My Mother Had a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease; and now my partner’s mom died yesterday of the same thing. Hers was a worse case. It seems Alzheimer’s victims can react in different ways. My mom found a happy place and stayed there. She had a few happy memories and funny stories, and repeated them over and over. She was no trouble except she couldn’t be left alone and she was in danger of burning the house down with her smoking. Continue reading…

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Omega 3’s and Heart Health – Women Over 50

Omega 3’s and hearomega 3's and heart healtht health is a topic a woman over 50 needs to be up to date on. According to Craig Weatherby, a journalist and writer who has specialized in nutrition, herbs, and complementary therapies since 1987 reports, “Recent evidence reviews have questioned the value of omega-3s to heart patients. But in a major reversal, the results of a large, lengthy clinical trial vindicate their value for cardiovascular patients and folks with major risk factors — even those who take statin drugs. Continue reading…

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Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

Hi Ladies! I have been looking into some natural remedies for dry skin. It was a little cool in the morning the other day and my first thought was, “Here it comes!” I meant colder weather and dry skin… dry skin that actually causes irritation and itching. I love New England; but aging and all the challenges it brings, especially in winter, makes me long for spring and summer all the more. But fall is here, and beautiful right? Let’s enjoy it! Here are a couple of dry skin tips for the fall and winter. Continue reading…

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Compassion – Come Passion!

girl outside looking to her leftWhat are you passionate about today ladies? Please comment below if you’re up to it. Passions change throughout the years right? I mean, when I was little, my passion was to go to Grandma’s as often as possible. I was her first granddaughter and the apple of her eye. She bought me things and took me places, but mostly I remember how much she loved having me around.

I love this quote from Sheryl Crow . It’s compelling. It is really worth a minute or two of meditation. Having compassion may be different than what you think. Continue reading…

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Alzheimer’s Risk Factors – Reduce the Risks!

Hi Ladies. If you’ve read some of my articles, you may remember that my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She died 5 years ago at the age of 77 and caused me to question my own risk. Before you can understand your real risk of contracting Alzheimer’s, let’s define this debilitating condition. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America defines this form of dementia as:“… a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes.”

The Mayo Clinic and other health and wellness organizations say Continue reading…

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Forgive – Forget? 8 Healing Strategies


Forgive – Forget? I know from experience it is not easy to let go of an incident that has caused you pain. Forgiving the person that caused the pain is a challenge for sure, but so important to thriving as a woman over 50! It is a gift you give yourself!

In many cases, the other person might not even care if you forgive them. You forgive others because the evidence is in. It is healthy, you feel better all around, you take back your power and enjoy your life again. It is definitely the best thing you can do for yourself. If the other person benefits, even better.

You Can Do This! – Consider These Healing Strategies

1. Understand what forgiveness really means. Some people erroneously believe that forgiveness means giving the other person a chance to hurt you again. This isn’t necessarily so. You can forgive someone and make the decision to never speak to them again. Forgiveness simply means that you’re not going to dwell on the situation anymore. You’ve decided to not feel bad about it anymore. You’re moving on with your life and letting go of the past.

2. Accept that the past can never be changed. There’s no time machine to undo what has been done. There’s nothing the other person can say that will completely erase what happened. The only way you’ll be okay is to forgive.

3. What do you believe you’re gaining from not forgiving? Are you punishing the other person? Do you believe that your anger is the proper response, so you’re simply going to maintain it? What do you gain from holding on to your pain?
Some people refuse to forgive someone that they never even see anymore. Your hurt and anger have absolutely no impact on someone in this situation. They’ve moved on with their lives, and you’re only punishing yourself.

Spend a Little PRODUCTIVE Time with Your Pain

4. Acknowledge your pain. You can’t release pain that you’re not willing to acknowledge. Sit with your pain and avoid judging it. Just feel it and notice its qualities. Where do you feel it in your body? How would you describe it? Acknowledge and evaluate your pain honestly.

5. Understand the cost of not forgiving. What is it costing you to maintain your feelings of resentment? Is it preventing you from enjoying your life? Are you unable to have another relationship? Is it keeping you up at night? Do you feel angry all day? Withholding forgiveness isn’t free. It costs you in some way.

6. List the benefits of forgiving. Obviously, all of the costs of not forgiving are erased, but there’s more. There’s peace and freedom. There’s the knowledge that you have control over your emotions. You know that you have choices to change how you feel. Consequently, what can you do for yourself that’s more beneficial than forgiveness? Here is another article I wrote on forgiveness: http://womenover50thrive.com/examples-of-forgiveness-in-the-bible

You May Never Forget – Forgiving Is Key to a Healthy You

7. Forgive. Make the decision to let it go. Avoid thinking about the matter anymore. When your thoughts drift back to that situation, gently direct them to something else. Make a list of things that bring you happiness and keep it nearby.

8. Learn. What lesson can you take away from the situation? It might be obvious, like “Don’t get involved with someone that has a drug addiction,” or “Never loan money to a friend.” Maybe it’s something subtler. Where there’s pain, there’s usually a lesson to be learned.

In closing ladies, make the decision to forgive and move on. The pain you’re causing yourself isn’t worth holding onto your angst. Evaluate your resistance to forgiveness by listing the costs of maintaining that position, and then list the benefits of letting go. Let go of your pain, you have everything to gain! Forgive those who have hurt you, forgive yourself if you have caused pain and…..

Thrive! OK?

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