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

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Achieving Better Sleep

Good sleep is essential to good health. Unfortunately, falling and staying asleep become more difficult with age.

“Sleep is more easily disrupted and less refreshing as we get older,” says Paul Macey, PhD, UCLA Brain Research Institute. “People tend to underestimate how simple things can make a big difference, such as

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Eating for Better Energy and Immunity

How you feel depends upon how and when you fuel yourself. If you want to optimize energy, there are some simple strategies you can try. Though the recommendations are rather straightforward, transforming your diet does require thoughtful planning, trial and error, and patience. The rewards, however, are many.

“Optimal nutrition can

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Are You Experiencing Urine Leakage?

A cough, laugh, or sneeze that leads to a little urine leakage may not be cause for overwhelming concern; however, it is not something you should ignore either. Urinary incontinence (UI), the sudden loss of bladder control, occurs more often as people age, but it is not a normal part

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Your Fabulous Feet

As you may know, it’s best to try on shoes at the end of the day. That’s because walking around all day slightly enlarges and widens the feet. Feet (and shoe size) also change through the years.

“Understanding the changes feet undergo over time can help minimize age-related issues and pain,”

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Hearing Loss May Accelerate Brain Shrinkage

The stigma of wearing hearing aids has been around for decades, certainly since the 40-plus years that UCLA audiologist Alison Grimes has been in the field. But, not using them can affect far more than your ego. “We know everyone loses their hearing as they age, just like everyone loses

How To Fight Depression: 6 Steps to Higher Spirits

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How To Fight Depression: 6 Steps to Higher Spirits

Depression manifests differently in everyone. Some people, especially the elderly, may think that feeling depressed is a natural part of aging. But depression isn’t normal at any age. How to fight depression? Whether you’re 18 or 80, you can take many lifestyle strategies to help yourself feel better quickly.
1. Work

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Get Cardio-Smart

Should you walk the mall or ride the bike outside? How long should you exercise? How do you know if the intensity is enough or too much? These are among the questions people ask when it comes to aerobic exercise. They are important questions because if you overdo it (too

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Loving Animals Helping People

An elderly female patient was dozing late one afternoon when a therapeutic recreation staff member, a Golden Retriever, and the volunteer dog handler walked into her hospital room. She woke and she seemed confused, then her eyes brightened and she smiled. The dog approached her bedside, and the woman patted

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Do You Have Pain with Intercourse?

Pelvic pain can ruin the desire to be intimate, create anxiety, negatively affect relationships, and reduce quality of life. Three of the most common causes include vulvodynia (chronic pain in the vulvar region), pelvic floor dysfunctions (issues with muscles, ligaments, and joints of the pelvic girdle), and vaginal atrophy (vaginal