Category: Health

Nurse Practitioners Top Ten Senior Health Tips for 2015!

[ 15 ] January 7, 2015 |

Nurse practitioners provide advice for seniors to stay healthy in 2015

This “Nurse Practioners Top Ten Senior Health Tips” discussion is brought to you by Matrix Medical Network.

Nurse Practitioner Top Senior Health Tips 2015

Let’s make 2015 the year where our resolutions finally stick. Here are some valuable tips from Matrix Medical Network, providing free health assessments by Nurse Practitioners for eligible seniors, on how to have a healthy and happy 2015.

Nurse Practitioners Top Ten Senior Health Tips


  • Visit Your Doctor: Before starting an exercise program, it is important to get the “okay” from your physician.
  • Set Goals: Start off slow to build up to 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week.
  • Pay Attention to Your Body: It’s important that you listen to your body and not overdo it.
  • Adjust Your Work Out: If you notice shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, or even tender joints, you may want to touch base with your doctor.


  • Plate Size: Try using a smaller plate for your food.
  • Don’t Rush: Sit down and eat your food slowly.


  • Keep Your Mind Active: Maintain intellectual and social stimulation such as discussion groups and card games.
  • Talk to a Trained Professional: Depression among older adults is very common. Talking to a counselor or psychologist is a good resource to find ways to deal with daily stress.

And two additional tips by the Chief Blonde:


  • Consider in-home care: Seniors may thrive in their own environment
  • Keep care affordable to reduce stress: in-home care is often covered at no cost to eligible health plan members.

Nurse Practioners top Senior Health tips 2015


Nurse Practioner Facts: In-home Care solution

Nurse Practitioner Top Senior Health Tips 2015

Matrix Medical Network provides in-home care using board-certified, local nurse practitioners to visit eligible health plan members nationwide at no cost to them. Providing in-home care helps to address health needs from medication adherence to environmental factors that impact overall wellbeing. Matrix strives to make healthcare more affordable and convenient, while also maintaining the highest quality of care.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Matrix Medical Network, get additional health tips, or to schedule an in-home health assessment. Or you can call 888-912-8423

You can also view a video about patient experiences at

Do you know a Senior Adult who could benefit from in-home care?

“The Other Talk”: Changing the Conversation about Postmenopause

[ 0 ] December 24, 2014 |

After we reach age 50, are there still some things that mom knows best? Well, as you’ll see in this funny video “The Other Talk”, the answer is a resounding YES, especially when it comes to postmenopause.

“The Other Talk” uses the premise of ‘the talk’ recognized as a cultural event in life where mothers talk with their teenage daughters about sex. “The Other Talk” expands this coming of age tradition to the next generation with a hilarious take on how that conversation unfolds some 40 years later!

“Until recently, I was unaware that many women are uncomfortable or embarrassed to discuss symptoms of postmenopause, and therefore, suffer in silence,” says Emmy-nominated actress Brenda Strong, who is known for her role on Desperate Housewives and Dallas. “That’s why I welcomed the opportunity to work with Pfizer on the “Let’s Talk About Change” campaign to help transform the way we think and talk about postmenopause and empower women to take action to find relief.”

She also encourages women to take the following steps to help manage the physical changes that happen after menopause and change their mindset about aging and postmenopause.


Both menopause and postmenopause are a normal part of aging. Menopause is what happens when a woman’s menstrual period stops for 12 months in a row, typically around the age of 51. While each woman’s experience is different, some women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, night sweats, moodiness and urinary problems. However, postmenopause also brings changes to women’s bodies. Postmenopausal vaginal atrophy (or the thinning of vaginal tissues) can occur, and without treatment, symptoms can worsen. Symptoms may include: severe vaginal itching, burning and dryness, painful intercourse, urinary
urgency, and painful urination.


If you’re experiencing these postmenopausal symptoms, you’re not alone! Nearly one third of women experience these symptoms after menopause. To help find relief, it’s important to speak openly and honestly with your healthcare professional as well as your partner. Find some tips for starting these conversations here: Change the Dialogue.


What else can you do to help manage the stress that can sometimes come with menopause and postmenopause? Laugh! Menopause is a normal, natural event—not a disease—so why not have a little fun with it? Check out “The Other Talk,” which features Strong to help raise awareness
about the symptoms of postmenopause and encourage women to speak up and take action to find relief.

Disclosure: I am participating in a VIN campaign for Pfizer. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, I am in no way affiliated with Pfizer and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. 

Guest Room Baskets, LBL is the new LOL

[ 7 ] December 20, 2014 |

 Today’s “Guest Room Baskets, LBL is the new LOL” discussion was brought to you Poise #LifesLittleLeaks

Hostess created Guest Room Baskets

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Create the perfect stay with a guest room basket

When guest come to stay, I love to create a special basket just for them, full of little surprises to make their stay extra special. Whenever I go to a hotel, I always like to check the shampoos and toiletries that they have chosen for me so that I feel pampered and I like to create that same feeling for my guests.

Items to include in a guest room basket

  • A shower cap
  • Make-up wipes
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls and makeup sponges
  • Fragrant soaps
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razor
  • A collection of personal care products including Poise Microliners for LBL, tampons, and other feminine care products

Wait! Why include liners for LBL in your guest room baskets? What is LBL?

LBL is light bladder leakage (LBL). Many women face LBL every day when they laugh or exercise or cough. Sometimes even something as simple as walking with a full bladder can result in LBL. As an overnight guest, staying over at someone’s house changes your regular routine so this can be a trigger for LBL. A thoughtful hostess can include a few Poise® Microliners with SAM (Super Absorbent Material) in the guest room baskets and provide protection against LBL.

Poise Microliners are the thinnest liner available on the market and are extra absorbent. Poise Microliners feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material) to help women manage life’s little leaks with confidence, without feeling weighed down!

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LBL is the new LOL!

During the holidays, as Marilyn, Poise’s company blogger points out, many women are very concerned about LBL. Parties and holiday gatherings can create all kinds of LBL concerns including excessive leakage from laughing, eating foods that trigger LBL, and ruining your party outfit. Guests often get laughing and talking and forget about their regular needs.

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A good hostess considers LBL in her party planning resources

Guest Room Baskets #LifesLittleLeaks

A simple beautiful jar placed on or under the bathroom counter, containing  Poise® Microliners labeled discreetly,  will ease guests minds. As one out of three women experience LBL, Poise® Microliners will be a welcome addition to your party planning and guest hosting supplies!

Don’ t miss my other LBL Articles

Articles on Light Bladder Leakage LBL #LifesLittleLeaks

Do you have trouble with Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) caused by laughter? Read about my experience with that trigger in my previous post “Getting the Shot. Laughter as a Trigger!” Do you know why it’s important to use a LBL specific liner, like Poise’s Microliner? See my second article on “Super Absorbent Materials…Why Absorbency Matters“ Discover some solutions to LBL in my third article 5 Light Bladder Leakage Solutions, Helping You With Your Triggers!

Acting Discreet, Always Discreet! Exclusive Sample!

[ 77 ] November 7, 2014 |

Discretion: the quality of behaving in such a way as to avoid revealing private information

 Always DiscreetPracticing Discretion: Questions we all struggle with!

When you were younger (or even today), did you DIE when you had to purchase feminine care items? Did sneak these products on the shopping list so your mom or husband would have to buy them? If you had to buy them yourself, did you buy a massive cart full of other items, so no one would see? Did you pray that you wouldn’t run into a soul you knew, when you had “THAT ITEM” in the cart?

Well, it often feels the same when you are purchasing bladder protection products. Everyone seems to be walking with a hush though the aisle. Each person seems to want to find what they need, and get the heck out of there. It’s just so personal, definitely a situation that calls for some discretion. But these days, is a disguise really necessary?

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 Times are changing. You can be discreet and still be real!

When I first started talking about bladder leakage on my blog just a little over a year ago, other bloggers wouldn’t even retweet my tweets! I had several of them tell me “I don’t talk about THAT on my blog”. Now that brands, like Always Discreet, a discreet bladder protection product, have joined the conversation, the open discussion of bladder protection has become more acceptable. I have noticed that women bloggers and everyday women alike are much less hesitant to bring up the topic. Yes, most feel the topic still needs some discretion, but there is no need to disguise yourself in the grocery store or hide bladder protection products under a mass of groceries.

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Bladder Protection is just another personal care item

Seriously, we all love to laugh, dance and celebrate, don’t we? And no matter what is going on with my body, I seriously would not want to stop any of those activities. Yet, laughing, dancing, and celebrating can serve as a trigger to those who need bladder protection. This is an issue when you use the newest line of bladder protection products from P&G Always:

  • Always Discreet Liners — Absorbs 2X more than you may need* (*based on average US consumer usage)
  • Always Discreet Pads–Up to 40% thinner* and absorbs 2X more than you may need**(*than the leading brand, **based on average US consumer usage)
  • Always Discreet Underwear

The Always Discreet Liners work great for me. They are ultra-thin and neutralize odors instantly and continuously. Being individually wrapped, Always Discreet liners give me that discretion I need when I carry them in my purse or pocket. I can even use the wrapping from a new one to wrap up an old one for discreet disposal.

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Do you think Bladder protection is a subject that is out in the open?  Discreet? Taboo?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.