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

Pilates for Beginners

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Pilates for Beginners

Pilates is a low-impact, joint-friendly method that invigorates mind and body. It was originally a one-on-one training system done on a mat and also on specialized machines developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1900s. He originally called his system “Contrology” and preached about the benefits of doing his

Yoga for Seniors

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Yoga for Seniors

Yoga is a centuries-old mind and body practice that has many practical applications in today’s world. Flexibility, strength, body awareness, and a calmer mind are just a few of yoga’s benefits. It’s fine to start at an older age; yoga, for seniors, can make a difference in maintaining independence. But

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What Your Walk Says About You

Walking speed has been called the “sixth vital sign” because it can communicate meaningful health information, just like your blood pressure and heart rate. Gait is the clinical term used to describe how people walk, which includes pace and step quality. An abnormal gait can mean walking more slowly, taking

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Seeing Better Despite Compromised Vision

If you’ve tried store magnifiers, reading glasses, and perhaps have had eye surgery, yet you still struggle with seeing well, you might be among the millions of American who have what’s called “low vision.”

Low vision is permanent vision loss. Problems can include trouble with contrast sensitivity, which is the ability

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Deceptive Health Claims

Most people would like to retain their youthful vim and vigor, get rid of achy joints, and perhaps reduce wrinkles, and get their sexual mojo back. There are plenty of anti-aging products that promise to do that and more.

With infomercials featuring people wearing physician’s white coats, and glamorous 65-year-old celebrities

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Why Are You Coughing?

Coughing is a reflex response to an irritant, and it’s your body’s way of trying to prevent an infection. Coughs due to colds and flu often contain mucus, a naturally produced substance of the lungs’ bronchial tubes. Mucus traps bacteria, pollen, and other particles. When you cough, these particles are

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12. Fitness as a Lifestyle

Fundraisers, Competitions, and Active Travel
Staying active for life requires motivation and dedication. But it doesn’t all have to be self-generated. Having a workout partner can make a big difference: He or she can hold you accountable for showing up (or skipping out!) and can motivate you to work harder during