Tag Archives: aging

Do you suffer from age-related a**hat allergy syndrome?

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I appear to have developed some later-in-life allergies. These aren’t the typical allergic reactions—like sneezing and itchy eyes—to things like pollen, dust or animal dander. Instead, I’m having reactions to a variety of behaviors I encounter. It’s a condition I’ve dubbed age-related asshat allergy syndrome, or AAAS. We can acquire new allergies as we age; […]

Want to live longer? Read this.

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Hardly a day goes by that we aren’t confronted by the fact that we’re getting older. From the barrage of ads for anti-aging products, to the weird snap, crackle and pop noises our bodies start making, to that older-looking person staring back at us in the mirror—the passage of time is impossible to ignore. And […]

Eek! My husband has a joint mouse!

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At midlife, sometimes I feel like a car that’s out of warranty – that point at which things inevitably start to go awry. You know – leaks, lubrication problems, excessive overheating, smoke from the tailpipe, wear and tear (and I’m not talking about my Subaru). Let’s face it: as we get older, our bodies start […]

Plucking moustache hairs & other things I didn’t have to do 20 years ago

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As I stood at the magnifying mirror one recent morning plucking rogue moustache hairs, it occurred to me that this was something I never had to do 20 years ago. Damned interlopers! I have two words for errant facial hairs: pluck ‘em! This got me thinking about all the other things I didn’t have to […]

Is a good night’s sleep at our age just a dream?

Until about my mid-forties, I slept like a champ. Fell asleep easily, slept through the night, and woke up feeling refreshed. I thought insomnia was something only neurotic people had. Then came perimenopause and menopause, knocking me off the lofty perch of the well-rested and into crazy-making midlife sleeplessness. Sleep is elusive when estrogen starts […]