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October 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, New Hearing Aid Options and Self-Acceptance
Date:10/24/2009

earing or eliminate all background noises. Free consultations may not be the source of unbiased advice, especially when the provider is selling only one brand of hearing aid.

Plan for the expense: Medicare doesn't pay for hearing aids. Some insurers pay for part or all of the cost. Costs can vary considerably, up to several thousand dollars.

Allow adjustment time: It takes time, patience and practice to get used to wearing a hearing aid.

When Wrinkles Appear: Tips for the Beauty of Self-Acceptance

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- In a culture that values super-model-Barbie-doll-celebrity-of-the-moment ideals, how does a woman cope when dealing with a round belly, gray hair and flabby arms?

The October issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource looks at American cultural pressure on youthful appearance and offers ways to accept the changes of aging -- wrinkles and all.

At any age, those bad moments in front of the mirror can seep into a woman's psyche, leading to low self-esteem, emotional distress, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. The inevitable changes of aging lead to a whole new set of challenges. The changes, from wrinkles to weight gain, are normal and natural. But in the United States, they often are seen as disastrous.

Accepting the changes that come with an aging body creates a solid foundation for self-esteem and contentment. Consider these ways to develop the beauty of self-acceptance:

Remember that self-worth is more than appearance: Seeing oneself as a whole person, rather than a collection of parts that need improvement, can boost self-worth. Consider the people you admire most. Are their bodies perfect? Does it matter?

Emphasize good health: Regular exercise and healthy eating promote physical and emotional well-being.

Say yes to a sex life: Anxiety about appearance may cause women to
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