Vitamin D: and people over fifty

vitd-featuredVitamin D is more important to those over fifty. As our bodies age, the more chance we take of our kidneys not converting it to its active form. A deficiency could mean you have increased your risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, dementia, depression and cancer.  And of course, people who are bed-ridden don't have the chance to get outside so their bodies can't manufacture their daily requirement.

A book by Peter Kornfeld is being offered for free today as an Amazon promotion, titled Vitamin D Diet: Benefits of Vitamin D for Optimal Health. You will discover:

vitD-ebook• Which natural resource contains the best vitamin”D “ for you;
• Which artificial vitamin “D” is the best alternative to the natural source;
• Which diseases can be better managed with the help of vitamin “D”;
• How it does its job in your system;
• All you need to know about this vitamin during pregnancy;
• And much more…

Mr. Kornfeld says, "If you are serious about getting a better balanced diet with vitamin D3, you need this ultimate resource with answers to common questions before you decide to add vitamin D3 to your diet. You owe it to yourself and your good health to get the optimal benefits listed in this guide. You don’t know what you are missing unless you change now and help yourself by getting the knowledge that this book reveals."

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Over Fifty and Late Life Depression

black-dog-featuredIf you find yourself over fifty and alone -- welcome to the club! We certainly hope that the reason you're here is because you made it a lifestyle choice. Sadly, that may not be the reason why some of you are here. If you're new to this whole thing, some of you might be suffering from a little depression. This doesn't mean that it is necessarily a psychiatric disorder. It's quite natural to feel this way after certain life events have transpired.

You may be feeling tired, hopeless, over eating or under eating, and you might even contemplate suicide. But let me assure, the great gift of freedom does not come without a price. You have to pay for the trip first. You might pay more if it's a longer trip. But like any trip -- it will end, in most cases.

According to a study by Punjab Medical College it says that 26% of men will experience depression from relationship difficulties while 54% of women will. That's over half!!

Late life depression can occur in people over 50 to 60 years in age. And according to Wikipedia it says:

The exact changes in brain chemistry and function that cause either late life or earlier-onset depression are unknown. It is known, however, that brain changes can be triggered by the stresses of certain life events such as illness, childbirth, death of a loved one, life transitions (such as retirement), interpersonal conflicts, or social isolation.Risk factors for depression in elderly persons include a history of depression, chronic medical illness, female sex, being single or divorced, brain disease, alcohol abuse, use of certain medications, and stressful life events.

Worse yet, sometimes this can develop into Major depressive disorder (MDD) (also known as clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, unipolar disorder or recurrent depression. Sadly, there is no laboratory test for major depression, although physicians generally request tests for physical conditions that may cause similar symptoms. MDD is often referred to as "The Black Dog". It's thought this term was a metaphor for the depression suffered by Winston Churchill. It just won't leave you alone.

b-dog-ebookRobert G. Kramer has written a book, Taming the Black Dog of Depression, (A Guide for Those Who Are Suffering and Their Families). He ays, " My personal story will focus on depression, and I promise it will inspire you and guide you if you are currently depressed. It will provide hope if you feel hopeless because I have been there and I have felt the pain and despair."

One of his reviewers of the book is Dorothy Varchol, MSN, MA, RN-BC, who has been employed as a nurse educator and has spent over 40 years in the Mental Health field. She says, "He gives practical advice about recovery strategies that have helped him use medications effectively and cope with problems and symptoms. His book is a great resource for learning how one goes about getting his or her needs met in the Mental Health System."

Robert's book is free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion, so if you think you are a victim of your own Black Dog you might want to have a look at it. Click here to download it now.

I would also like to add, that a young friend of mine, Twyla Wilband, is a Community Correspondent for Partners for Mental Health, mental health advocate, and a person with living experience of mental illness. She is a Peer Support Specialist, who writes a weekly blog on the subject of mental illness titled, Inside the Looking Glass. If you are suffering from depression, you may find some help by reading about her experiences, and how she deals with it all.

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Is sex possible when you’re over fifty?

I recall an old fellow's answer to whether or not old men could still enjoy sex. Well... he seemed like an old fellow to me, but then I was in my early twenties, and everybody seems old at that age. Nevertheless, I found his answer pleasantly surprising.

In a survey that's still under way, more than 8,000 people over 50 have already revealed what happens in their relationships — and in their bedrooms. Now the creators of that survey — writer Chrisanna Northrup, AARP relationship expert Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., and sociologist James Witte, Ph.D. — tell us what's typical of seasoned lovers.

What? No one asked you?!! Luckily you're not too late. Click here to read the article from AARP and take the survey yourself.

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Stop Bullying: Over Fifty Brilliant Ideas

bully-featureOne out of every three kids is being bullied right now.  Over fifty percent of teenagers are being bullied online with more girls than boys being bullied, although boys aren't excluded from it. And there are a lot of these kids committing suicide because of it; especially over the last few years.  to those of us fifty and over, this looks like it's becoming a trend. But why?

With this younger generation so closely connected through the Internet and social media websites, they don't get any time to recover, or even have a couple of hours away from it. The barrage is constant. They can't escape it, even when they are home surrounded by their loving families. It is very tragic.

No one want to see their children or grandchildren have to suffer this kind of abuse. The children often don't talk about it. We have to learn to see the signs that the child may be experiencing some sort of trauma.

Dr Sabina Dosani M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.R.C.Psych. is a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Kari Centre, Auckland, New Zealand and co-editor of the British Medical Journal's Career Focus section. Sabina has also written for the Sunday Express, Guardian, Times 2 and Saga magazine. Watch the video below as she talks about how to recognize and tackle child and teenage emotional and behavioral problems.

bully-ebookIn her book, Bullying (52 Brilliant Ideas) Dr. Sabina Dosani has put together 52 brilliant ideas to enable parents to help their children survive being bullied and become stronger and more confident people as a result. Including advice on identifying different types of bully, clever tips for not reacting to taunts, self-defence ideas for increased confidence and methods to take the wind out of a bully's sails, Bullying will help you to help your child find their own empowering way to take control of the situation and rid themselves of the fear that being bullied can bring. In Bullying Dr. Sabina Dosani has put together 52 brilliant ideas to enable parents to help their children survive being bullied and become stronger and more confident people as a result.

And even though it's written to help parents address these issues, that doesn't mean that  as a grandparent, you can't help steer the course of the interchange by suggesting your grown son/daughter read this book with their kids. If you feel something might be wrong, after you read this book, you will have an idea for some leading questions you can ask, to see if there might be a problem.

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Relationships & Dating Revisited

woman-likeSince it's getting closer to Valentine's day, it's only appropriate to publish some articles based on matters of the heart. I was having a look at a new 115 page novel by Kim Harris today titled A Woman Like Me...A Man Like You: Relationships & Dating Revisited in the 21st Century.  Yes, she means revisited. The woman appears to be in her forties, and is raising her teenage son.  The advice she offers certainly is straight from the heart. She doesn't mince words.

She says she's "tired of reading books written by men telling women how to get their attention.   Somewhere along the line somebody got it twisted.   Why isn’t anyone educating our men on how to step up to the plate and be Real Men?"

Watch the interview with her below where she answers the question, "Can you really enjoy being alone."

She says in the video that being single is not a disease. And just because you're a little older doesn't mean you still don't have "it". She certainly takes the time to dispel some popular myths associated with being an older woman and single.

woman-ebookHer book, A Woman Like Me...A Man Like You, was just published on January 9th, 2013, and doesn't have any review yet. But I think if you're a woman and wondering where you fit into this 21st century dating game, this book will give you some great insights and a positive outlook. This book is being offered for free for the next 24-h8 hours, as an Amazon promotion.

For the men who are reading this... Should you get the book? No doubt the ladies will appreciate it, but what about the men? Well... if you're interested in knowing how older women who are single again are thinking these days, it wouldn't hurt. Although an entertaining and informative read, this woman has attitude too.  A good example of this is when she says, "That's the difference a woman like me makes in a man's life.   We challenge him to look at his behavior and find ways to improve it so that he can step up to us ready.   If he feels he is not quite there yet, he will step back, reassess and then try again."

Frankly, this site was built for people over 50 and living alone without a partner. As for men who choose to do this, some of us may be a little tired of hearing how a woman plans to change us, so we can "step up to the plate!" We got tired of walking on broken glass from those plates.

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