Hospice Care: A Primer for Patients and Their Caregivers

April 23, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

kimberly hone

By Deborah Harkins

Hospice care at home is not turning the home into a hospital, but making the home environment a safe and comfortable place to die. Hospice nurse Kimberly Hone explains how a hospice team educates caregivers on how to give the patient hands-on care; manages the patient’s pain; offers crisis (emergency) care; and helps shepherd caregivers through their loved one’s dying process.

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Dr. Jimmie Holland, Psycho-Oncologist: A Woman Who’s Made a Difference

April 9, 2015 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Dr. Holland’s concern for patients’ mental and emotional well-being—at a time when physicians took little notice of how patients were reacting to the stresses of their illness—was to develop into a medical subspecialty, “psycho-oncology,” that has made a difference in the lives of thousands of patients.

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The World According to Weber: Loving Your Age—Just Do the Math

March 10, 2015 by Nancy Weber

Nancy Weber . Illustration by Sheila Phalon.

Nancy Weber

If you’re over 40, you’re definitely old enough to wear black pearls.

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The March Challenge, in Honor of Jon Stewart

March 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


How about our welcoming Jon Stewart into the Sisterhood of Reinvention by questioning the inevitability of “from now on”? And so we’re issuing our readers and writers a March Challenge.

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Medical Monday: Top 10 Tips for Winter Skin Health

March 2, 2015 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.


By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

Dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon Anetta Reszko offers an update on
“COMPLEXION,” her comprehensive “Women’s Voices” primer on treatments for mature skin.

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Book Review: “Lighter As We Go”

January 29, 2015 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett

The book’s authors assure us, through personal anecdotes, case studies, and findings from research on aging, mental health, and illness, that growing older can be a rewarding and enjoyable phase of life.

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Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb

November 25, 2014 by Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

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By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”

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COMPLEXION: Skin Care for Women Over 40, Part I

October 13, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.


By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

We all want to put our best face forward. What do we need? Trustworthy advice. This is Part I of Women’s Voices’ three-part series—by dermatologist Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.—on how to devise an appropriate skin-care regimen.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Turning Into an Older Woman

October 7, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Throughout this series [of photographs], we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to Time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them.

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Medical Monday: Why Does a Person Develop Alzheimer’s Disease?

April 7, 2014 by Richard S. Isaacson, M.D

adult helping senior in hospital

By Richard S. Isaacson, M.D

Regarding AD risk, a new study published in “Nature” this month offers what could be a groundbreaking step in the right direction. This preliminary work may help to unlock some of the mysteries of why certain people develop AD and others are more resistant to developing the disease.

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Aging Out: Hollywood’s Problem with Women Over 40

September 26, 2013 by Paige Morrow Kimball

Paige Morrow Kimball directs Jenica Bergere on the set of "Ending Up."

By Paige Morrow Kimball

As a society, aging in general makes us uncomfortable. The camera magnifies our wrinkles and imperfections, and audiences don’t necessarily want a reminder of their aging selves reflected on the faces of their movie idols. Many actresses turn to plastic surgery or to hiding their age.

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Diana Nyad: “You’re Never Too Old to Chase Your Dream”

September 2, 2013 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Diana Nyad’s story will continue in the voices of loving mothers across time and many lands: “When you find your gift, my daughter, you too can overcome dangers and fears of the unknown.”

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Good Posture: How to Gain and Maintain It

July 22, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC


By Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC

Supplementing Dr James Wyss’s article of last Monday, “The Hazards of a Misaligned Spine,” this week’s Medical Monday offers three helpful postural exercises suggested by Evelyn Hecht, a licensed physical therapist and frequent contributor to Women’s Voices for Change.

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Skin Cancer and Photo-Aging: SPF and Six Other Ways To Decrease Your Risk

June 10, 2013 by Patricia Allen

Gimme shelter: Sun exposure dramatically increases the aging process. (Image: D.Clow via Flickr)

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

In summertime, I am the woman walking down Madison Avenue with a parasol and gloves. I wear black and other dark colors because they prevent the ultraviolet radiation from being absorbed. I am sharing some of the basics about the dangers of sun exposure that I wish I’d known back when I was lying by the pool, determined to get a tan.

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The Good Death: Going Gently, Surrounded by Love

March 4, 2013 by Patricia Allen

Edna. Pat Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Mommie was waiting for us. I have heard that the dying do wait for those they love, and this has now happened to me twice. Once, when my mother-in-law Natalie was dying, she, too, waited for us as we drove the eight hours from Kentucky to Orchard Lake, Michigan.

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