Overview

Sexually transmitted infections aren’t a topic anyone really wants to discuss. Even so, acknowledging the risks of acquiring or passing on STIs is a necessary part of practicing safe sex.There are many reasons why seniors are at an increased risk of acquiring STIs. Cultural biases, age-related health conditions, and unprotected sex are just a few reasons older adults may find themselves at a greater risk of developing sexually transmitted infections. Though for many, STIs may result in few symptoms and can be easily treated, others may develop serious conditions as a result of sexual inf... more ...
In a world still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, the strain placed on service workers is greater than ever before. Whether we call a customer service hotline and are left waiting or we receive the wrong item at our favorite fast food restaurant, it’s easy to let our frustrations get the best of us. We might roll our eyes, sigh, or snap at the salesperson with whom we are speaking. No matter how we might feel, it’s often best to take a deep breath and re-evaluate the ways in which we interact with service workers on a daily basis. Even if you think you’re an ideal cu... more ...
With more and more couples meeting online and through dating apps, long-distance relationships are becoming increasingly common. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe, even couples that live near one another may find themselves meeting up less often to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. For those who don’t have the opportunity to see their partners each week, sending a care package can be one of the most meaningful ways to show affection from a distance.  Even if your love interest lives nearby, assembling a care package is a great way to tangibly expres... more ...
If you’re interested in psychology, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across the term “inner child” before. Self-help books have recently zeroed in on the inner child as one of the primary sources of unhappiness and dysfunction in our adult lives. The inner child is a metaphorical concept that can be deeply helpful in understanding the ways in which we behave as adults. Perhaps you find that you’re prone to lashing out at your partner when you’re upset. Maybe you find that you struggle with expressing your feelings openly and honestly, instea... more ...
When entering into a brand-new relationship, we often spend hours chatting with our love interest. As our relationships become more serious, however, the ways in which we communicate tend to change. Instead of flirting and complimenting our partners, our conversations tend to center upon more practical matters. Instead of whispering sweet words in our partner’s ear, we’re more likely to end up ranting about a rough day at work. Instead of chatting about our hopes and dreams for the future, we often crash on the couch, watching a TV show or movie together in near-silence. Focus... more ...
Have you ever owned a pet? Whether you had a pet goldfish as a kid, owned a dog as a young adult, or have simply admired others’ pets from afar, there’s a good chance that animals have put a smile on your face in the past.  Research is now proving that owning a pet can do wonders for our health. For seniors in particular, the benefits of pet ownership are tremendous. Many older adults experience better physical health and improved emotional well-being as a result of caring for their pet. What are the benefits of pet ownership? Are there any risks to adopting a pet la... more ...
I joined the 50 plus club at the beginning of 2020 on the recommendation of my daughter, she thought I needed to get out there and see what is going on in the world. I thought that I would just make some good friends which I did but nothing else. Well, I was very much mistaken, I met an amazing man and we became very good friends. We talked every day and even when we both started talking with other people ( which did not work out for either one of us), we still spoke with each other twice a day. After about 6 months, we decided that we should get together to see if there wa... more ...
 When we’re feeling sick or suffering from pain and fatigue, many of us reach into the medicine cabinet, looking for a cure for our symptoms. Sometimes, though, natural remedies can be just as effective as over-the-counter or prescription treatments.  Most of us have made a cup of herbal tea or a pot of hot soup to relieve symptoms of illness in the past. Sometimes, simple natural treatments like these work even better than man-made pharmaceuticals. Some natural remedies, however, are more effective than others. In recent years, some home remedies have even been tested and... more ...
In recent years, news outlets and researchers from around the globe have looked on in awe at the extreme feats practiced by a man named Wim Hof. Affectionately known as “The Iceman,” Hof is known for being able to endure prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures. He has run a barefoot half-marathon over ice and has even broken records for swimming in ice water. Is Hof simply a medical anomaly? No! In fact, Hof claims that anyone can strengthen their immune system, boost their energy levels, improve their heart rate, and improve their ability to tolerate stressful and challeng... more ...
If movies and romance novels are to be believed, discovering true love is almost always followed by a blissful “happily ever after.” Those of us who have been in serious relationships, however, know that this certainly isn’t the case! Even the best relationships involve hard work and dedication.  When we’ve found “The One,” we want to build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. What are the secrets to staying happy and building an enduring partnership? Here are a few words of wisdom from couples who have stuck with their partners for decades. By be... more ...