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Our Top 10 Favorite Women to Follow on Social Media

Our Top 10 Favorite Women to Follow on Social Media

Surround Yourself with Positive Messages

If you are a woman between 40 and 60, it is important that the news feeds of your different social media accounts are filled to the brim with vast amounts of positivity. This is especially true about topics that relate to your health and body, subjects such as menopause and nutritional eating habits. Nothing can brighten up your day and give you inner peace like a feel-good message or two from women in social media.

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The people you follow on Facebook or Twitter can have a significant impact on your mood. Here is a list of our 10 favorite women that you should follow on social media to get your daily dose of positive messages. Remember, only follow positive women in social media and keep posts that are negative away from your preferred social platforms. There’s simply no reason to follow undesirable content that paints aging in a negative light as there is nothing bad about growing fabulous!

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1.    Miranda Bond

Miranda Bond is the CEO of INIKA, an organic beauty brand. In her late twenties, Miranda was diagnosed with endometriosis, a hormone-related illness that meant that she may have difficulty conceiving naturally. After reading a book called Hormones Heresy, she started to adopt detoxifying lifestyle habits with great success. She then went on to develop organic beauty products that don’t have a negative impact on women’s hormone balances. Looking to follow positive women in social media? Why not start with Miranda?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mirandabond/

https://www.facebook.com/inikaorganic/

https://www.instagram.com/inikaorganic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTKddB3YrNBIlUL7_nz1IBg

2.    Shirley Weir

Shirley Weir calls herself the menopause chick. She realized that menopause is a topic that many people shy away from, even though it plays a big role in almost all women’s lives. She does a great job of addressing the negativity that surrounds menopause. If you sometimes feel the need to be cheered up about menopause, it’ll definitely be worth it to follow the menopause chick on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/shirleyweir

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Ey-1Y1HnvjOeu_wXel3BQ

3.    Sandra Tsing Loh

Sandra Tsing Loh was once listed as America’s most influential comedians. She calls menopause “the return” since you return to your natural state as a woman. She has an incredibly honest, positive, and upbeat approach to menopause, and if there is anyone that can make you feel good about yourself and your age, it is Sandra. There are a lot of positive women on social media, but Sandra will always brighten your day!

https://www.facebook.com/sandratsingloh

https://twitter.com/SandraTsingLoh

4.    Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is an award-winning journalist and writer. She has a firm understanding of the woman over 50’s importance in society. Her straightforward, yet entertaining, way of driving home a point will help you see your own value clearly and make you realize that you are very much your own person. To remind you what you bring to the table every day, follow Connie on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/schultz.connie

https://twitter.com/ConnieSchultz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97d2P7U1Ukk&list=PLQjpw960zqeb80XRC5viXMXH9yG9SaNg7

5.    Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda needs no introduction. As an actress, fitness guru, writer, and activist, she is the epitome of positivity for aging women. She places a big emphasis on making the most of your time as you grow older, as well as learning to understand and accept yourself. If you need a little boost to give meaning to your day, follow Jane Fonda on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re searching for exceptional women in social media platforms, add Jane to your list!

https://www.facebook.com/JaneFonda/

https://twitter.com/Janefonda

https://www.instagram.com/janefonda/

6.    Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is an American writer, feminist, and lecturer that spent a lot of time contemplating the effects of aging on women, specifically in the context of social constructs and feminism. She relies heavily on her own experiences as an aging woman, and is empathetic to women between the ages of 40 to 60 and the challenges they face every day.

http://www.gloriasteinem.com/about/

https://twitter.com/GloriaSteinem

https://www.facebook.com/GloriaSteinem/

7.    Mel Robbins

For 24 years, Mel Robbins has been actively helping people get themselves mentally geared towards doing and achieving whatever they want. She is a mother, columnist for Success Magazine, and criminal lawyer. She specializes in relationship advice, and, as someone that is growing older, following her on social media can fill your life to the brim with value and positivity. It’s not always easy to find women in social media who are as relationship savvy as Mel, so definitely add her to your list of must-follow content.

https://www.facebook.com/melrobbins/

https://twitter.com/melrobbins

https://www.instagram.com/melrobbinslive/

8.    Amy Morin

Amy Morin sees mental strength in the same way many people do physical strength and fitness. She believes that you must spend time on mental exercises to become mentally strong. Amy is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Follow her on social media to learn how you can exercise your mind during menopause.

https://www.facebook.com/AmyMorinAuthor/

https://twitter.com/AmyMorinLCSW

https://www.instagram.com/amymorinauthor/

9.    Patricia Katz

Patricia Katz from Optimus Consulting believes that going through midlife doesn’t have to be depressing or characterized by discontentment and malaise. She is dead-set on helping women who are going through menopause to find meaning, joy, and direction during this time of their life. Follow her on social media to embed her positivity into your thoughts and lifestyle.

https://www.facebook.com/patriciakatz

10.    Marwa Azab

Marwa Azab studies the field where psychology, biology, and behavioral patterns overlap to determine how female hormones influence your thoughts, emotions, and behavior as a woman in your midlife. She has a holistic and empathetic approach to menopause, and following her on social media will definitely provide you with tons of value.

https://www.facebook.com/DrMarwaAzab/

https://twitter.com/DrMarwaAzab

Vergo is an interactive program that gives women the tools to understand their Menopause.

  • The Vergo iOS symptom tracker (emailable to your healthcare provider)
  • The Vergo QuikTrak symptom tracker (the refillable pdf version, also emailable)
  • Vergo’s Interactive Education Program, Journey Without a Roadmap: Understanding Menopause
  • Curated guides to the biggest questions and hottest topics around menopause symptoms and treatment options
  • Must-have information on male menopause: There’s an Andropause? (an overview of what your guy could be going through)
  • Terminology Cheat Sheets

Click the button below for more information!

“Not tonight Honey, I have a headache.”

Most men will instantly translate this to “I’m not getting any, and it’s not lookin’ good”.

We’ve all been there. Our partner makes their move, and we move away.

According to the award-winning documentary Hot Flash Havoc it is estimated that a whopping 75% of menopausal women admit to problems in the bedroom - from painful sex to loss of libido to writing grocery lists in their head during the act. (1)

couple under the sheets

The issue is much more complex than male-female stereotypes. It’s time to bust some myths. Let’s focus on just one aspect of sex during menopause - loss of libido. Do women really lose their libidos during the menopause transition?

The most commonly accepted cause of loss of libido for menopausal females is hormone imbalance.

The production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is … bluntly stated … one hot mess. How can it not be interfering with desire? (1)

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) says not-so-quick. They say there is significant evidence to suggest that low libido at middle age is due to decreased testosterone levels as an aging issue, and not menopause related. They also think the role of testosterone in female desire needs to be questioned. They’ve seen studies that show sexual desire in women is not related to testosterone levels. (2)

NAMS is questioning this common belief that low libido can be attributed to menopause. Could it be other issues? Could it be any combination of the other hundred-and-one lifestyle stressors, relationship challenges, and physical changes occurring during the aging process?

Is it really a woman’s intention to give up intimacy in her fifties? The average lifespan for the North American female is 81, and 77 for males. If couples stop having sex in their fifties, then the math tells us they will live without physical intimacy for well over twenty years, and in many cases over thirty years. (3)

Huh?

Medical evidence to support the benefits of an active sex life is easily found, and almost common knowledge. The following are a list of benefits that have been identified repeatedly through numerous highly credible studies: (4) (5) (6)

  1. Better immune systems
  2. Increases libido - Having sex makes you want to have more sex
  3. Strengthens pelvic floor muscles and bladder control
  4. Lowers blood pressure
  5. Great exercise; increases heart rate
  6. Lowers the risk of heart attack
  7. Orgasms can reduce pain level
  8. Contributes to a better sleep
  9. Reduces stress
  10. May lower risk of prostate cancer
  11. Increases intimacy
  12. Increases sense of well-being
  13. Improves cognitive functioning
  14. Reduces vaginal atrophy

But just because there is overwhelming evidence to support sex as a panacea for life’s daily irritations, doesn’t provide women solutions for their many responsibilities, and hormone fluctuations that distract them from focusing on their own sexual well-being.  So are women destined to be asexual beings in middle age?

Nope.

Women need to be mythbusters. The hot mess of changing hormones probably is influencing their sexual desire, but probably not to the extent they think it is. There are a g-zillion (that’s a whole lot) other possibilities, both romantic and practical, that are vying for her limited time and energy. Where is she going to use it, and how is her partner going to help her?

 

REFERENCES

Hot Flash Havoc. Narration by Goldie Hawn. Dir. Marc Bennett. 2012.

Iron Rose Films, 2016. DVD.

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Ohio, USA.

http://www.menopause.org  Retrieved February 2017.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/274513/life-expectancy-in-north-america/Retrieved March 2018.

https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health#1 Retrieved March 2018.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/01/health/health-benefits-of-sex-parallels/index.html Retrieved March 2018.

https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex-health-benefits#in-men-and-women Retrieved March 2018.

Vergo is an interactive program that gives women the tools to understand their Menopause.

  • The Vergo iOS symptom tracker (emailable to your healthcare provider)
  • The Vergo QuikTrak symptom tracker (the refillable pdf version, also emailable)
  • Vergo’s Interactive Education Program, Journey Without a Roadmap: Understanding Menopause
  • Curated guides to the biggest questions and hottest topics around menopause symptoms and treatment options
  • Must-have information on male menopause: There’s an Andropause? (an overview of what your guy could be going through)
  • Terminology Cheat Sheets

Click the button below for more information!

BE THE EXPERT ON ‘YOU’

Let’s be blunt – there is no shortage of menopause information. In fact there is an overwhelming amount, and it is often contradictory.

How do you know what to believe?

Good news – there is a solution for this: Become the expert on you. And yes I know that doesn’t give you a solution for sorting through all the information but it does give you a guiding principle to make it much, much easier.

What does that mean, “become the expert on you”?

1. Know what your symptoms are (consider using a symptom tracker). You don’t know what you don’t know. Get very tuned in with those unusual behaviours – like putting ice cube trays in the cupboard, or hot flashes, or being grouchy yet again.

2. Understand how your symptoms impact you, and when. Do you consider your symptoms to be mild, moderate or severe? Are they happening once a month, or once an hour? Are they impacting your ability to “be you”?  Are your family and friends tip-toeing around you? Are you one hot mess?

3. Armed with knowing your symptoms, and knowing the intensity of them you can have an informed conversation about treatment options with the healthcare provider of your choice. If it was me, I would consider having conversations with both a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and a Medical Doctor (MD).

Just know that you don’t have to suck it up; you don’t have to go home and deal with it; and you don’t have to watch you “disappear”. Push back. Ask for help. Know your symptoms and be ready to have a conversation about how severe they are, and what treatments options would be appropriate.

And no, don’t stick your head in the sand like an ostrich hoping it will all just go away. Being you is important.

Be the Expert on You.

Is Menopause funny?

This past weekend I was part of an intimate menopause conversation with six other women ranging in age from thirty-something to sixty-something.

One woman asked “when will menopause stop being funny?”

when will menopause stop being funny Click To Tweet

 

Sure we laugh at the office about hot flash jokes and whirring fans; and sure we go to live theatre and laugh at the clever scripts artfully portrayed; and sure we laugh at the standup comics seeing the humour in our women troubles, because there is a lot of material.

But where are the serious conversations?

I’ll repeat the research statistics coming from the award-winning documentary Hot Flash Havoc:

1. Estrogen impacts over 400 functions in the female body.

2. 75% of menopausal women report issues around sex.

3. 1.9 billion women AND THEIR families are dealing with debilitating peri-menopause symptoms like mood swings and depression right now.

Not so funny really.

Why Vergo?

As I was saying earlier those three “gob-smacking” stats set a fire under me. There just had to be a better way!

Vergo has been a calling. There was never any going back – only one foot in front of the other.

Creating an app and an online business brings new meaning to cash flow and burn rates. You are investing in hope. As my friend Jay Turo has written, you are striking a balance between “charming delusion” (your inspiring vision) and “cold hard reality” (you become an ATM machine).

Every time I thought of stopping, I would think of the 1.9 billion women around the world – all ethnicities, all shapes and sizes, rich, poor, smart, struggling – and I wondered how many of them knew about the crazy roller-coaster called peri-menopause. I would remember the women that approached me in the pharmacy whispering for my help because they truly thought they were going crazy.

I thought about my own brave conversation asking a psychologist, “Is this early onset Alzheimers?” Not even close, responded the doctor.

I thought about the number of other women asking the same question. I thought about the statistics around sex issues, mood swings, hot flashes and lack of sleep. Turning back was not an option.

Why Vergo? It’s not complicated. I want it to make a difference. When aging starts to invade – girls and boys – let’s figure out how to push back. Let’s be about more love, more sleep, more laughter, more sex and more fun.

Let's be about more love, more sleep, more laughter, more sex and more fun. Click To Tweet

Time to fight back.

Meet Deb, the founder of Vergo

I’m somewhat unconventional.

I actually believe that conflict is a good thing. And I believe that effective conflict resolution is the best skill set we can teach to our children. Knowing ourselves, investing in our strengths, and understanding our weaknesses is the best investment we will ever make.

I went to the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) to better understand myself and to better understand conflict and mediation. If only the courses taught there were taught everywhere in the world.

I’m also a Change Agent. I didn’t know that until I received my MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. I did my thesis on The Impact of Kindness in the Workplace. If only.

I’ve long been fascinated by people stuff: how people talk to each other; how their buttons get pushed; how people see things through different lenses; how similar we are and yet how different we are. For some inexplicable reason I have always ended up bossing people around.

And speaking of different lenses, some people see that as bossiness while others see leadership. Some people see Visionary, others Shit Disturber.

Here’s the most important thing I’ve learned in my thirty-plus-year career in developing programs and services for community pharmacy and experiencing up close and personal some very poignant menopause stories: I know there is a better way.
Worldwide, right now, there are 1.9 billion women going through the menopause transition. I wonder how they are dealing with the mood swings and libido issues and memory loss and lack of sleep. I want to tell them that it will be okay.

It brings new meaning to Change Agent.

Sign me: GOB-SMACKED

Have you ever noticed that we often have preconceived ideas of what something is going to look like or feel like before we experience it? Doing menopause research for Vergo was exactly like that – I was blown out of the water by what the science guys had to say, and here are three examples that left me beyond speechless. I was gob-smacked.

According to the award winning documentary Hot Flash Havoc (get out the chardonnay and popcorn ladies, ’cause this film is an experience), the following three stats will probably do the same for you:

#1 – 1.9 BILLION women will reach menopause by the year 2025. At first you think “wow – that’s a lot of women”, and it is, but the real significance is that those same 1.9 billion women are probably going through peri-menopause right now, and I’m betting most of them don’t know it. Would you know what peri-menopause looks like? That’s the first gob-smack.

#2 –  The main female hormone – estrogen – impacts over 400 functions in a woman’s body. That’s not a typo. That’s a 4 with two zeros. 400!  No wonder we think we’re going crazy.

That’s the second gob-smack.

#3 – Of the 1.9 billion going through the menopause transition, an estimated 75% of those women will experience problems with sex. I personally think that’s low. I’ve had conversations with pharmacists running menopause programs for their community and they have indicated that it is the number one reason women come into the pharmacy, usually in tears, asking for help.

That’s the third gob-smack, and I find it the most alarming.

Sign me:
STILL GOB-SMACKED

Meet Kelly, our hair specialist!

We are so excited to introduce you to a new expert that will be contributing here regularly. Kelly “Betty” has dedicated her 30 +year career as a Haircolor specialist to the elevation of hair color as an art form.

Trained in New York and Paris, Kelly Betty has developed a meticulous artistic approach to professional colour and is known for her creativity and specialization in corrective techniques. She excels at creating a color that will not only work with your individual look but one that will also suit your lifestyle, whether you desire an all over color or dimensional color like a finely woven tapestry.

Kelly Betty is Technical Director at TAZ Hairco in Toronto, ON. A highly respected educator in the beauty industry, she has taught for L’Oreal and Schwartzkopf, and was a presenter for L’Oreal at the International Haircolour Exchange.  Kelly Betty is presently a L’Oreal Ambassador Colourist for Canada.

She is a three time nominee for Contessa  Master Colourist Canada.  Kelly Betty’s philosophy is to make a trend not follow one.

make a trend not follow one. - Kelly Betty Click To Tweet

 

We know that Kelly is going to be helping in providing some great content! She was pretty ecstatic about becoming a Vergo Expert:

“I am very excited to be a part of the team at VERGO EXPERTS! I not only specialize in haircolour, I am also a hair loss expert in my field.

Having my own experience with hairloss 6 years ago combined with menopause led me to study why women lose hair and what can be done about it.

I have written and teach a class for hairdressers across Canada on women’s hair loss.

There are 3 categories of hair loss with different reasons and solutions. I look forward to sharing this information, tips on what can be done and answering any questions you may have to help you through this process.”

If you would like to learn more about Kelly in the meantime, be sure to check out her Facebook & Instagram page!

@kellybcolorist      @Kellybcolorist

A pharmacist’s perspective

Meet Christianne Ng , R. Ph and owner of Regency Pharmasave, located within a medical building in downtown Vancouver.  She is passionate about her patients and enjoys having the freedom to spend a little more time with each of them and to get to know them as individuals.  With her close professional relationships with patients, she is able to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to develop care plans that are catered to the individual and ultimate improve health outcomes.

Menopause is an interesting topic to her as there are so many misperceptions about menopause and its subsequent therapies.  Her ultimate goal at VERGO is to clarify the many misperceptions about drug therapy and to educate the audience about evidence based options that can provide symptomatic relief during this pivotal milestone.

 

Here is what Christianne had to say about her experience with Menopause and the treatment of symptoms:

“To be honest, my initial outlook on menopause was limited to encounters at work with women requesting their HRT prescriptions be filled. The extent of my knowledge was based on what was taught in class in addition to regular updates in drug therapy. I did not understand the extent of the controversy that was affecting women across the nation. The demographic I encountered was the women who had already decided to seek help. These women were receiving pharmacological therapy to help alleviate their menopausal symptoms.

What started as a side project to provide evidence based science to Vergo, became a drive to share my knowledge and clarify many misconceptions about menopause. Perhaps I could make a difference in improving health outcomes, not just by collaborating with prescribers and developing care plans, but also by proactively reaching out to women who are hesitant to seek help. They deserve clarity for the questions they may have in regards to drug efficacy and safety.

There is no shame in gaining a better understanding of your body and what can be done to maintain @regencyps Click To Tweet

There is no shame in gaining a better understanding of your body and what can be done to maintain, and even improve, your quality of life. Menopause is not the end of womanhood, but the beginning of a new chapter with much to be shared and experienced.

I want to be there when women ask questions. I want them to have evidence based answers.”

 

Welcome Christisanne! We are so excited to have you on board. A pharmacist’s perspectives will prove to be invaluable to our readers. To stay in touch with Christianne, be sure to visit her on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.