Dr. Barbara Collins | Authentic After 50: A Blog For Women
Dr. Barbara Collins is a midlife transition expert.
Midlife, Tranisition, Menopause
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Authentic After 50: A Blog For Women

As we age a doctor will typically ask the history of disease in your family when trying to diagnose an illness.  The history of family disease is important information for health aging. I’m not a medical doctor or an expert how knowing your DNA relates to...

I did not write my blog for December because I wanted to take a break from any external chatter like smart phones, Facebook, texting, and TV shows that didn’t comfort me. I needed to rest my brain from all incoming information. I remember an idea that...

Not long ago in the airport, while waiting for my flight, I overheard a conversation between two women seated next to me. One woman was looking through a magazine and commenting on how all these new face lift procedures are very intimidating. She was trying...

I met a lovely lady while eating dinner in Hilton Head, S.C. Waiting for our dinner we shared a few thoughts about getting older. Before she left the restaurant she put this note in my hand, “Growing old is natural. Growing up is spiritual.“ I...

Retirement: time to relax, rest, pursue new hobbies, travel and potentially, argue! Argue? Perhaps, arguing during retirement seems far-fetched to you? However, married couples have different expectations as they face retirement which can lead to tension. Many things change; identities are shifted; work life is...

I recently went to Harlem, New York, to see the wonderful musical, “Alive! 55+ and Kickin” performed at the Dempsey Theater. The play is a musical conceived and written by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro. I was thoroughly entertained and inspired! In April, 60 Minutes aired...

“Strong Like Bull” is a diverse, aging, funny, and active group of friends that meet at our local Y. We move our bodies, well, any part of our body that is willing to participate. There is no scheduled time to meet. It’s great when two...

I once met a woman after speaking at a conference who thanked me for removing the “shackles” from her wrists. What a powerful word. My presentation, It's Your Turn: Find Your Authentic Self, made her realize that all her life, she felt she was living someone else’s dream. She...

A major fear of aging women is being alone. Staying engaged is one of the major predictors of living a healthier, longer life. According to the Administration on Aging, 37% of women in the U.S. over 60 live by themselves. Are you lonely? Are you fearful...

A woman was unfortunately laid off from her job. She did not receive a severance package, just a goodbye and a thank you for her 15 years of service. She needed to pay her bills and rent. Survival was her main goal. This woman loved baking...