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There's a precious moment in an episode of TV's Boston Legal when Denny Crane, the ‘mad-cow-diseased' founding attorney reflects, “It’s fun being me," that struck home with enough viewers to create a t-shirt with those words. Is it middle age when we first become truly comfortable with who we are? We’re not very different in the way we think, talk, or behave from when we were younger… we’ve just stopped fixing our personalities for other people. If we just didn’t have to fix our eyes, ears, joints, and various other parts of our bodies that break down, we’d be perfect!

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Hands-Free Wash, Exfoliate, & Massage Your Feet With The FootMate® Shower System

If you know someone with a bad back, sore feet, a very small shower stall, or who just likes to be pampered (I think that includes just about everybody, doesn't it?), the FootMate® Shower System is a perfect gift, and one which will probably be a delightful surprise to your giftee.

9 Thoughtful Gifts For Chemotherapy Patients

When you learn that a friend or family member has to receive chemotherapy, your natural reaction is to want to know how you can make their lives easier during this period.  You may offer rides to their therapy sessions, baby sit their kids or walk their pets, or bring over supper once a week.  For those of you looking for items that can be used to prepare for chemotherapy sessions or to be used during chemo, here are 9 gifts that will be appreciated....

 


6 Really Helpful Makeup & Grooming Aids For Those With Low Vision

Tasks that require the application of tools to groom or beautify are difficult to manuever for those with poor vision. Among boomers and seniors, 80 percent are affected by significant vision loss due to presbyopia or macular degeneration. Prescription lenses or reading glasses help with reading, if you read at a precise distance, but what about other activities like grooming or applying makeup?  Here are six tools I think you'll find very helpful....


Is Your Vision Changing? FocusSpecs Adjustable Lenses Change Along With Your Vision

If you really want to see your close-up work clearly, you probably have at least three pair of eyeglasses with three different sets of prescription lenses. For example, you would need one pair for reading a book or using your smart phone, another for working on your laptop or tablet, and still another to see your desktop screen clearly. And what about distance lenses?

3 Stretching Devices That Help Foot Pain From Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain, particularly sharp and often excruciating, may be due to plantar fasciitis (PL), a condition caused by over-stretching the soft tissue that cushions the bones of the heel and the arch of the foot.  Many runners get PL from pounding on the heels of their feet when they run, but most cases of PL are caused by inactivity, like standing on your feet all day without much movement.  It is most common in middle-aged to older persons who are overweight and/or inactive.

A Really Smart Solution To The Hearing Aid: The Soundhawk

Please note: the developers of the Soundhawk, Mike Kisch and Mike Nuttall, will tell you that the Soundhawk is not a hearing aid.  Well, it's not a  traditional 'hearing aid.'  But it is a new kind of hearing aid, one which perhaps other developers will emulate in the future.  Soundhawk doesn't just help you hear; it helps you listen.  Let me explain....

LympheDIVA's Compression Sleeves: Medically AND Fashionably Correct

In a prior post, I covered some of the most fashionable compression socks you can find.  Today, it's all about compression sleeves for women - some of you will want to wear them even if you don't have an excuse!  (They make your arms look nice and slim!)

Not Your Grandmother's Support Hose: 10+ Compression Socks To Knock Your (Old) Socks Off

In the old days - you might not remember them - our grandmas wore 'support hose' to keep the veins in their legs and feet from swelling. Pregnant women were also prescribed support hose to keep ankle edema down.  Today, it's become clear that nearly everything we do with our legs requires some support - whether it's sitting, standing, running, walking, biking, or weight training.  Support comes in the form of 'compression,' compression of veins and arteries in the legs.

Must-Have Home Exercise Equipment: The Seated Whole Body Pedaler

A lot of people prefer to have exercise equipment at home rather than going to a gym.  I'm one of them, as I find I can get more things done in a day if I don't spend extra time driving to a gym and changing my clothes a few times.  There are other reasons, too, especially for having the Seated Whole Body Pedaler in your home....

Bad Backs Need Stretching AND Exercise: The Medi-Dyne Corestretch Core Exerciser Does Both

Most adults have bad backs. We sit too much, stand in one position too much, or suffer from repetitive motion injuries to our backs.  The common exercise wisdom is that to strengthen our backs, we need to strengthen our abdominal muscles, but actually we have to do both - and that means we have to exercise both.  Until now, I had not found something suitable for back exercise, even in the gym, but the Medi-Dyne CoreStretch Core Body Exerciser works and works well.