About the Author

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic is the Executive Editor of UCLA Healthy Years. Her mission is to help people feel better in their bodies. She does that by writing about health and wellness and teaching Pilates and yoga. As a freelance writer, she has enjoyed a satisfying career writing about everything from Caribbean travel to new medical discoveries. Among her published books are the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Back Pain and The Essential Guide to Healthy and Healing Foods. Her articles have appeared nationwide in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, American Way, Pilates Style, Baylor Innovations, and Massage Therapy Journal. She has blogged for a variety of clients, including the Chronic Disease Fund, and maintains her own blog at JoAnnMilPilates.com. Milivojevic has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Indiana University and did graduate work in creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago. She began her career as a writer/producer for public radio and public television. In addition to loving her work as a health writer, she enjoys dancing the Argentine tango.

Articles by JoAnn Milivojevic

What Is Sundowner’s Syndrome?

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What Is Sundowner’s Syndrome?

“Sundowning” is a type of agitation that increases in the evening and at nighttime. Why sundowner’s syndrome happens is a mystery, but we do know that it’s common among people with Alzheimer’s disease. We also know that people with this disturbance can experience increased confusion, anxiety, agitation, and disorientation beginning

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Signs of A Heart Attack

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction (“myo” means muscle; “cardial” stands for heart), occurs when oxygen-rich blood is blocked from reaching the heart. Most heart attacks are the result of coronary artery disease, which is a build of waxy plaque in the arteries. This plaque can build up

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A Failing Heart: Interventions and Preventions

Heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump out enough blood to supply what the body needs. The result is fatigue, shortness of breath, and fluid retention—all classic signs of heart failure. Many people don’t realize that heart failure is not actually a disease, rather it’s the result

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Stop the Itch at the Source

If you have an itch, should you scratch it? For most people, that’s a rhetorical question. It’s virtually impossible not to scratch an itch. And while there may be temporary relief after you do, constant scratching can wreak havoc to the skin. This is especially true for older adults because

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Looking for an Energy Boost?

There’s no shortage of drinks, foods, and supplements promising a quick burst of energy. Problem is most will give you a jolt and follow with an energy crash. While an occasional extra cup of coffee may not be harmful, if you’re constantly reaching for an energy boost, it’s time to

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Managing Caregiver Stress

For many people, the stress of caregiving can be exhausting, especially when a loved one has a progressive disease such as Alzheimer’s. Decisions must be made around living arrangements, financial and legal matters, and home health care. For many caregivers, these demands can lead to feelings of frustration, helplessness, depression,

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Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

Leaky gut has been associated with a wide range of disorders including asthma, food sensitivities, psoriasis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. At its most basic, leaky gut is like having large holes in what is supposed to tightly woven fabric. The holes allow particles, such as toxins and harmful bacteria,

Is It Stress—or an Anxiety Disorder?

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Is It Stress—or an Anxiety Disorder?

Sweaty palms, fast heartbeat, a pit in your stomach…. we’ve all been there. Feeling anxious is a normal response to the many stressful situations in life. But some people tend toward these physical reactions and catastrophic thinking more frequently than others, making negativity their go-to emotional reaction to any challenging

Exercise: The Perfect “Natural Antidepressant”

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Exercise: The Perfect “Natural Antidepressant”

Wondering how to boost your mood with a natural antidepressant? The best starting point is regular exercise. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are brain chemicals that help you feel good while also promoting nerve cell growth, as noted in the University Health News report Overcoming Depression.

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