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Friday, 29 January 2016 18:37

Dating Over 40

 

 

RoseWhile it may be better to have loved and lost, for mature women and men on the dating scene, the question turns to whether it will be possible to love again. Dating over 40 provides its own challenges, and with 20-plus years of romantic history in the bag, the rules and strategies have changed. We asked the experts for advice on successfully dating at 40 and beyond.

Starting Over After 40
"Often, people over 40 reentering the dating scene are newly divorced or separated. As a result, it can be difficult for them to know how to start again," says psychologist Salama Marine with EliteSingles. "Some people may be ready to date immediately; others need to build their confidence by meeting different people."

SB-1 Dos-and-DontsThe dating site EliteSingles surveyed 2500 members over the age of 40 and discovered that over 40 percent reported not finding fellow older singles attractive/interesting enough, while 36 percent said that they had difficulty finding other people who are single later in life. Despite these perceived challenges, 96 percent of respondents agreed that it was possible to fall in love at any age.

"The biggest thing for dating over 40 is to actually start dating," says certified sex therapist Natalie Elliott. For many men and women, the problem is knowing how to start.

"Go on practice dates," says spiritual advisor Ursula Lentine. "Go out with male friends just to get used to the opposite sex again." Once you begin "real" dating, consider dates without alcohol. Lentine recommends a walk in the park or a bicycle ride, and Elliott suggests a coffee or ice cream date. "Dating is awkward and uncomfortable," says Lentine, which can cause people to get nervous and drink — sometimes too much.

Instead, be honest about your feelings, even if it means admitting your nervousness. "Short statements like 'I feel happy,' or 'I feel comfortable' will do the trick," notes Lentine. Chances are, your companion also feels a bit anxious, and acknowledging the awkwardness could lighten the mood.

Dating Tech
Today, dating and technology go hand-in-hand. From online dating to texting, everybody's doing it, including the over-40 crowd. In fact, in the EliteSingles survey, 78 percent described online dating as a great way to meet people.

Maria Sullivan of iDate says, "Since most over-40 people do not have time to meet people in the former conventional ways, [they] now look to online dating. A great dating profile and picture are absolutely necessary."

Feature a profile picture that shows your entire face as well as shots of your full body. Write a strong profile; get help or feedback from a trusted friend as you compose it. "It took you 40 years to get here, and hopefully there is more to share than a few words,"
says Sullivan.

With an excellent write-up and photo, any site can be a match for your next great date. "It doesn't matter what site you get on, if you have done the self work you need to do, you can meet the love of your life," says Elliott. "Self work" has different meanings for each of us, but Elliott advises making sure you are in a good place with old relationships, can articulate why they failed and have balance in your family and work life.

Licensed psychologist and childhood domestic violence advocate with Atlanta Psych Consultants, Dr. Linda Olson agrees, "We have to be happy with ourselves first before we get into a relationship." Don't look for something in someone else when you still have answers to find within yourself.

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Once you hit the dating scene, you'll likely encounter sex after 40 too. "The mature dater seems to know more about what they want in a partner and what they will or will not tolerate," says therapist Crystal Bradshaw, LPC, NCC, Gottman 7 Principles Educator with Synergy Counseling Innovations, LLC. "However, the challenge sometimes comes down to sharing this with someone." To assist clients with navigating the tough questions, Bradshaw developed a "sex interview" that couples can use to find out more about each other's likes and dislikes.

Despite the difficulty that surrounds conversations about sex, make sure you are willing to have that talk, especially when it comes to safe sex. Ask your partner when he or she last had a full STD panel. "If you are not comfortable talking to your partner about this level of the relationship, then I want you to see that as a red flag," says Elliott.

Red Flags or Opportunities?
While you may be completely ready for a concerted dating campaign, chances are you will encounter dates who are not. "Dating in your 40s can involve people in unique situations," says Dr. Shay Thomas, a licensed marriage and family therapist. "Some people may be separated/divorced; others might be serial daters or commitment-phobes. In some cases, folks in their 40s may have unresolved issues from childhood or past relationships." Be alert for general statements, such as "women always," as well as reactions that do not match the situation - for example, a meltdown over where to go to dinner. If this happens in a relationship you are interested in pursuing, it's time to communicate. "It's not about things being perfect. It's about when there are mistakes, how do we resolve them," explains Thomas.

In fact, the opportunities provided by dealing with past issues and learning to communicate give older daters a boost, according to Olson. People in their 40s and 50s are more willing to look at how they have built-up anger and resentment, which can be positive for dating. "We can't heal what we won't acknowledge," says Olson. "The more we avoid our fears, the more we tend to repeat them." Mature daters are more likely to begin to look at their patterns and how they recreate what they fear the most. "And that is a good thing. Self-awareness is critical to having a healthy relationship," she says.

Surprise — your 40s can be ideal for dating and relationships! Maybe it's time to put your life experience to work for you and try viewing the dating scene from a positive perspective. You're smart, savvy and seasoned, and someone out there is waiting to meet Y-O-U.

 

Editorial Resources

Maria Sullivan, iDate — www.idatetips.com
Dr. Shay Thomas, DMFT, LMFT, Dr. Shay Speaks — www.drshayspeaks.com
Salama Marine, EliteSingles — www.elitesingles.com
Crystal Bradshaw, LPC, NCC, Gottman 7 Principles Educator — www.SynergyCounselingInnovations.com
Ursula Lentine, Spiritual Advisor — www.ursulalentine.com
Natalie Elliott, Atlanta Sex Therapy — www.atlantasextherapy.com
Dr. Linda Olson, Atlanta Psych Consultants — www.atlantapsychconsultants.com
or www.drlindaolson.com

Friday, 29 January 2016 17:46

Hair Trends

 

HAIR-TRENDS-PHOTOSMaybe you're stuck in a rut with your current look, or perhaps you're simply craving a fresh style for the new year. Either way, we've got your roundup of the latest cuts, coloring methods, styling tools and more. For the scoop on what's on point in 2016, we spoke with industry experts and got their take on hair trends in the coming year.Runway Hints
One of the best indicators of future hair trends is often what looks show up on the runways at New York Fashion Week. "This season, each of these defining looks had a bit more interest. Some messy buns had an added braid, ponytails were anchored at interesting points and the gentle waves were more elegant,"
notes Maggie Mulhern, New York City-based editor and art director for Modern Salon Magazine.

According to Professional Beauty Association members, this is an "anything goes" era with hair color. From brilliant hues to muted pastels to new hair-painting techniques to splotch coloring and hand-pressed color, there's no end to the color experimentation. Even glitter hairstyles sparkled on the runway at Los Angeles Fashion Week, along with simple, single-process hair colors like Taylor Swift's monochromatic blonde.

Color & Cut
Balayage will continue to be the highlighting method of choice, but the Salon Spa Business Network believes that the painted stripes have faded in favor of more organic, solid-appearing colors. Tailoring the color to your face shape and skin tone gives a more natural effect, as does a move back toward more shades such as bronde (a combination of brown and blonde hair), buttery blondes, rich red and strawberry tones. For those curious to try something really different, there are some great eggplant shades and silver blonde styles, which look very sophisticated.

With cut, it's all about the LOB, or "long bob," in 2016. "The LOB with shattered ends continues to be the hottest look right now," Mulhern says. As for styling, braids, buns and ponytails will continue to be big, predict Intercoiffure educators and stylists. Embrace your natural texture and enhance that with styles that are twisted, tied in knots and bows or accented with ribbons and large headbands. Winter waves are also big at the moment, which use a large barrel curler or flat iron to put very soft waves in the hair.

Tool Trends
Other styling tools and products to keep in your arsenal include dry shampoos, dry conditioners, frizz fighters and curl definers. For the pro, every artist should have a mini-crimper to add volume at the root or underneath. And with a return to natural textures, a good diffuser is most important.

Guys have plenty of options this year as well. Both the Professional Beauty Association and the Salon Spa Business Network agree that longer hair for men is in at the moment, as is facial hair. However, maintain the grooming meticulously so those styles don't become unruly. The man bun has also grown popular, as have pompadours, and both work great with a well-kept beard.

If you're still unsure of what style will suit you best for 2016, be flexible and a little adventurous. Try a deep side part for a while and then switch the part to the middle. Enjoy sleek straight hair, then braid it wet and sleep on it for a frizzy look the next day. Change you hair color, play with ponytails or updos or clip in faux fringe. Whatever you do, OWN it. This is your look, and this is YOUR year!

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Editorial Resources
Professional Beauty Association — www.probeauty.org
Modern Salon Magazine — www.modernsalon.com
Intercoiffure — www.intercoiffure.com

SalonSpa Business Network — salonspanetwork.org
Hair & Make Up Credits for Hair Trend Photos:
Hair – Candy Shaw and the Sunlights Artisan Team
Make Up – Candice Holloway
Photography – Tom Carson

 

Friday, 29 January 2016 17:24

Choosing to Love

When Ed Roland first met his wife, he thought she was a guy.

Ed had some extra tickets to a football game, and a buddy of his knew a friend who wanted to swing by to pick them up. The way Ed tells the story, he was in a sparsely-furnished apartment, spending the afternoon with his son, and they were "basically lounging around in underwear expecting some guy to come get the tickets." Instead, he answered the knock on his door to discover the lovely Michaeline standing there. She chatted with him briefly, took the tickets and then headed back down to the car where her date awaited ready to wheel them off to the stadium.

No Strings
Immediately intrigued, Ed's curiosity would be forced to simmer—he headed to the Middle East to play for the troops and couldn't contact her for weeks. When he finally did, he refused to take "NO" for an answer. One Saturday, he insisted she meet up with him at a local restaurant, volleyed every excuse she lobbed his way and promised to sit there waiting as long as it took. She decided to go talk to him for a little while, with no intention of staying long. No intentions at all. But, there was undeniable chemistry between them and an instant connection ... and another extra ticket on the table—this time to see REM that night.

Over the hours and hours they spent together, Michaeline learned about Ed's unwavering devotion to family above anything else, a conviction she shares. "We have the same values. Family first. It's the nucleus of success and happiness," she says. He gushed about his adoration for his son, making it clear that time with his son ranked paramount on his agenda. She recalls, "He had a son that was the apple of his eye. He took care of his parents in every way. He showed them great respect and made many life and career decisions around what's best for the family unit. [He showed] integrity, generosity and loyalty to family over all the things that could have easily trumped his value system."

That date was "it" for Ed; he says that he was a "done deal" and took himself off the market. He informed her quite plainly that he did not plan to see anyone else, but she could take all the time she needed to figure out who and what she wanted. Despite her attraction, Michaeline hesitated. She'd come through a painful divorce and wasn't sure about rushing into a serious relationship.

And, truthfully, she worried he might be a bit of a bum.

To Michaeline, he appeared to be hanging out around town all the time and living in a practically empty apartment. She knew very little about his career and told him that he ought to think about getting a job.

He had one. Still does.

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As frontman of Collective Soul, Ed Roland has spent 25 years writing songs and singing lead vocals for the multi-platinum band he started out of his hometown in Stockbridge, Georgia. Their chart-topping success began with that first radio-smash-turned-generational-anthem "Shine" off their 1993 debut album Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. With millions of records sold, a catalog of #1 hits, featured songs on movie soundtracks, adoring fans, sold-out concerts and induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Collective Soul continues to hold a treasured place in the rock firmament. Ed greets that success with an authentic gratitude and the gracious character of a true Southern gentleman. A few years ago, Ed added another venture to the mix, starting Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, which exudes an entirely different spirit than Collective Soul while still retaining the signature Ed Roland influence.

Ed explains that when he's touring, his schedule is obviously hectic, but when he's writing and recording, his life can be more laid back. He was in that relaxed mode when they first started dating, which he admits probably didn't make much sense to the more corporate-minded Michaeline. And that apartment was sort of a pit stop after his own complicated divorce. He found a house and was ready to get settled in his own place—and he was also ready for Michaeline to be a big part of his future.

They married in Savannah in 2006 and make their home in suburban Atlanta, where they raise Lennon, their young son, and live near Lindsay, Ed's teenage son from a previous marriage. Of their 16-year age difference, Michaeline once again divulges that she had not been aware that Ed was so much older than she when they first connected. "It doesn't matter," she shrugs, "and it doesn't matter what he does. What matters [about people] is who they are."

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So many of us grew up harboring teenage fantasies of becoming rock stars or hanging out with them backstage and lining our school lockers with fan posters. When asked about the reality of marrying a famous musician, Michaeline confesses that she actually didn't count music among her hobbies before dating Ed. Their relationship has inspired many of his songs, including an album dedicated to her in celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary this year. For Michaeline, these sentiments resonate at various decibels—simultaneously endearing, at the artistic expression and heartfelt emotion, and diffident, at the recognition that millions of people hear those private thoughts and sing along with them.

Similarly, Ed must think for a few minutes to get Michaeline's business title correct and then stumbles describing her career. She's the Director of Talent Acquisition for Atlanta-based SPANX®, a company long-heralded for female empowerment and positive corporate culture. Michaeline's perception and insight lead a dynamic department developing both the mentorship and management of a diverse, international team. She's a natural born listener and highly-skilled communicator, gifted with that special ability to make people feel heard, seen and validated. Michaeline thrives on schedule and structure, using the framework of a set routine to help guide and support their busy lifestyle. She's up at 6 a.m. to work out and often in bed by 9 p.m.

Tune and Tempo
For Ed, tours can last months. The schedule is anything but typical—on stage late at night and up till the wee hours of the morning. Sleeping during the day, then set-ups and sound checks and back out there. He makes sure to see the family every two weeks while he's on the road, and, in addition, Michaeline tries to manage at least one surprise trip to see him. "It can be tough on Ed," she says, and this relationship is top priority for them. They both focus on keeping their connection strong no matter what it takes, even if that means Michaeline flies halfway across the world at a moment's notice just to curl up next to her husband on the tour bus.

About taking the kids to visit him on tour, she admits, "It's great, but it's also visiting Dad at work ... at the office." Ed's committed to being home for a minimum of two months at a time between tours. As Ed says, when he's home, he is HOME—embracing the structure and adoring every moment of family time. He'll get up at 6, too, even if that means grabbing a nap later in the day. He revels in the blissful normalcy of balancing carpool lines with cutting an album and taking a studio break to come up for shared snack time or homework help. There's time for Legos, light sabers and lyrical mastery.

They both like to entertain and proclaim an "open-door policy" to family and friends. In fact, Ed regularly flings that door WIDE open. Michaeline says it's not at all uncommon to have all bedrooms filled and people sleeping on couches. Weekend mornings could call for brewing coffee for old friends or cooking up pancakes for an up-and-coming band that Ed's invited into the studio. All are welcome. This relaxed hospitality harkens back to Ed's roots as a preacher's son from Stockbridge, where front-porch-rocking-chair-fellowship fostered community. Michaeline's family hails originally from Seattle; her dad's job moved them several places during her childhood, eventually settling in Atlanta in the mid-1980s. She admits that she had to grow accustomed to Ed's style of geniality—now she's totally on board, invigorated by the bustle of a full house.

Amped Up
They see their lives and their relationship as a "work in progress," and they've both dedicated themselves to stay on the job with sleeves rolled up. They remain consciously open to change, knowing that each new challenge will teach them a skill necessary for healthy growth—both individually and as a couple. Ed looks over at Michaeline, pronouncing earnestly, "After 13 years, I [still] couldn't live a day without you, and we keep evolving." Nodding in agreement, Michaeline comments on their almost yin-yang balance by noting their differences as an asset. She says that though she and Ed may seem like opposites, she's more confused when people end up with someone exactly like them: "How do you marry yourself? The differences keep it interesting!"

These two actively nourish their relationship on a daily basis. They present a unified front and affirm that their marriage is their most important project, never to be downplayed by other interests. Michaeline elaborates, "We believe marriage is a choice we must both make each day. I gave Ed a bracelet years ago that tells him although we fell in love by chance, we stay in love by choices we make daily. We have chosen to stay on the path of 'I do.'"

As they talk and laugh around the Roland kitchen table, the fuzzy face of Trooper the goldendoodle peeking around corners and nuzzling into laps, the word most often dancing around the conversation is "grateful." Grateful for the forces that brought them together. Grateful for the family they've created. Grateful for the opportunities they have to support their community. Grateful for lessons they continue to learn.

 

Friday, 29 January 2016 16:37

Is Sitting Really the New Smoking?

In the 1940s and '50s, scientists raised the alarm that cigarette smoking contributed to disease. And yet it wasn't until 1964, when the Surgeon General released a report saying definitively that smoking caused lung cancer, that the public began to change behavior.

More than 50 years later, we're still fighting the public health battle against smoking. But another behavior has been hailed as "the new smoking," a health menace that requires intervention: sitting.

Yes, sitting.

Evidence is mounting that too much time on your tush leads to chronic health problems and an overall higher risk of mortality. Worse, the length of time we spend sitting doesn't seem to be offset by how much exercise we get.

So, how much damage are we doing while we sit idle? And how much of the hype is just that—hype?

Resigned to Recline?

Sitting is a behavior that, barring disability, we all do. And it's one that's easy to ignore because it's such a big part of our daily life. We're commuting to work or school, we're seated at a desk behind a computer or around a conference table. We spend our leisure time watching TV or reclined at a movie theatre or lingering at a restaurant table.

"With the Industrial Revolution, we started moving away from traditional, ambulatory living into what some have called a 'chair-sentenced' life," says Randy Martin, MD, FACC, FESC, FASE, emeritus professor of cardiology at Emory University Medical School and principal advisor of the Marcus Heart Valve Center. "Employers believed that the fewer minutes moved during the day, the more productive workers would become."

Sitting-manOn average, more than half of our waking life is spent sitting down. While there are plenty of public health recommendations for exercise (The World Health Organization [WHO] recommends 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise), there's no guideline for the length of time you should (or shouldn't) be sitting.

SB-1Surely evolution didn't give us two legs and the ability to walk upright because we're designed to recline.

A Body at Rest Stays at Rest

Many studies agree. A meta-analysis published in January 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine made a splash in the medical and academic worlds. Researchers reviewed 47 studies assessing inactivity in adults. They found that prolonged sedentary time was associated with a greater risk of:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer (breast, colon, colorectal, endometrial and ovarian)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • all-cause mortality

While high levels of physical activity decreased some of the ill health effects of time spent sitting, it didn't erase the risk. Sitting for eight hours a day at work wasn't cancelled out by a 60-minute workout, no matter how intense.

The individual studies included in the review had all pointed out serious health risks related to prolonged sedentary behavior, but taken together, the evidence is damning. The limitation of an epidemiological approach, however, is that it can't determine that sitting caused these diseases and conditions—only that it's associated with them.

SB-2A big question is: What are the bodily processes that happen (or don't happen) while you're sitting that make you more susceptible to falling apart?

What's a Body to Do?

In the hour after a big meal, the body experiences a spike in blood glucose and insulin response. Over time, those spikes lead to fatigue of the insulin-secretion system, which in turn leads to Type 2 diabetes. That is, if you're sitting. But if you walk after a meal, or do even 10 minutes of moderate activity, those spikes aren't so severe.

Or let's take a look at a protein called lipoprotein lipase (LPL). LPL helps determine whether the calories you consume should be used as energy by your muscles or turned into fat. High levels of LPL in the blood send the calories to muscles to do work. Low levels of LPL signal the body to store it. Research shows that sitting for long periods of time decreases your LPL levels by as much as 90 percent. If you've spent most of your day sitting, even if you go to the gym straight after work, the damage has been done. However, studies also show that moving on an hourly basis throughout the day keeps LPL levels high.

When we're moving, the cellular processes that keep us healthy are also trucking along. When we stop, so do they.

What's the answer to the optimal workplace? Do we all need a standing desk (or a bicycle desk or a treadmill desk or maybe a hamster wheel)?

According to Dr. Alan Hedge, a professor of ergonomics at Cornell University, concern over how much time we spend sitting versus standing at work is nothing new — although a hundred years ago, the worry was over too much standing and the dangers of being on your feet for hours: varicose veins, fatigue and strain on the circulatory system.

Sitting Pretty

So neither sitting nor standing all day is the optimal pattern of working, despite what your newly-converted-to-standing-desk co-worker may tell you. The ideal, says Hedge, is a combination of sitting, standing and moving around. To be precise:

  • 20 minutes of sitting in a good posture
  • Eight minutes of standing
  • Two minutes of standing and moving around

That way, you're letting different groups of muscles rest at different times by building a variety of movement into your day.

"When you sit longer than an hour, there are measurable biochemical reactions that happen in the body. Exercise doesn't reverse those changes—only frequent movement does that," Hedge says.

QUOTE-1As for treadmill desks, research shows that performance of certain tasks, like typing, deteriorates while walking; other tasks, like reading a document or making a phone call, are unaffected. But the more cost-effective (free, in fact!) version of a treadmill desk is to get up and walk around while you're on a call.

Better health at work doesn't require new equipment, and neither does a resolution to standing from 9 to 5 or a brutal workout after hours. The answer may simply be making more transitions from seated to standing. More research is needed to investigate the underlying causes of the links between sitting and disease, but in the meantime, remember the 20/8/2 rule: 20 minutes sitting, eight minutes standing, two minutes walking around. Don't let your sweaty gym time go to waste.

Friday, 29 January 2016 16:01

Menopause Q & A

What are the biggest concerns that patients express about menopause?
A: Women frequently worry about their emotional state, changes to sleep patterns, problems with memory and concentration, hot flashes and vaginal pain during intercourse. A decline in bone density and cardiovascular changes can also be a concern.

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
A: Menopause is a normal state of hormonal deficiency. The main goal of HRT is to replace limited hormones just enough to control symptoms and to protect the bone tissue and vaginal lining. If started early, estrogen has a cardio-protective effect, reduces risk of colon cancer, reduces inflammation in the body, and much more.

Are there ways to treat menopause without hormones?
A: Absolutely. Some women prefer not to use HRT and in some women it is simply contraindicated. Alternative methods include herbal supplements, various classes of medications, exercise, meditation, acupuncture, physical therapy and gravitational wellness.

Can estrogen be used alone?
A: Estrogen can be used without progesterone if the uterus is absent. Progesterone "controls" the lining of the uterus and reduces its risk of pre-cancer and cancer. It is highly recommended that systemic estrogen is used together with progesterone when the uterus is in place.

What is the most significant side effect of HRT?
A: In my opinion, it is stroke. Patients with hypertension, cardiac conditions, diabetes, obesity and previous thromboembolism carry the highest risk of stroke. The selection of candidates for HRT needs to be highly individualized.

People are often afraid of breast cancer when on HRT. What are your thoughts on this?
A: Breast cancer risk is not increased in women on estrogen alone. The addition of progesterone increases this risk only slightly. Multiple studies have shown that the survival rate in patients who develop breast cancer while on estrogen is better that the survival rate of patients who are not taking estrogen.

It sounds like you highly recommend HRT for women.
A: This is true. I highly recommend carefully designed HRT in very well-selected cases. At times combining HRT with alternative methods minimizes the hormonal dose, while controlling the symptoms beautifully.

Warmly,
Assia Stepanian

755 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Suite 240 Atlanta, GA 30328 | (404) 549-3224
www.AcademiaWomensHealth.com

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