What's up: How we're living well after 50

It's a man's world — remember those days? 'Mad Men' does

The early '60s period drama Mad Men returns to AMC for its third season on Aug. 16, a Sunday. The Emmy-winning series is a curious eye-opener for many, and an indelible memory for those who worked in the sexed-up, boozed-up world of Madison Avenue back in the day. The mysterious life of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) further unfolds at the Sterling Cooper agency. And junior copywriter Peggy Olson (the terrific Elisabeth Moss) continues her skirmishes in the gender wars.

Tell us about your indoor exercise class

When it's 90 outside, the gym is always an option for those who keep physically fit. But we'd like to hear about some of the other indoor fitness options out there that offer seniors a communal place to get and stay fit. Do you teach a tap or jazz dance class or lead step aerobics? Does an indoor pool offer swim sessions? Got a regular yoga group? If you offer cool exercise options for seniors, beyond the usual gym, e-mail us with class information, including cost, meeting times and a daytime phone number. We may feature your fit options in an upcoming issue of LifeTimes. E-mail mimi@sptimes.com; please put "SENIOR FITNESS" in the subject line.

Giving back to science with an organ donation

Have you considered organ donation specifically to help medical science research? If you'd like to learn more, there are two free, one-hour informational sessions: 9 a.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Meridien Research, 4751 66th St. N in St. Petersburg. The sessions are sponsored by Mildred V. Farmer, M.D., and Meridien. Farmer is studying the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. To reserve a spot, call (727) 347-8839. Refreshments provided. (The St. Petersburg Times recently featured a story on body donation for medical schools and research facilities.

What to expect in life's next stage

The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge (Simon & Schuster), 482 pages, $17.

What's it about? It's a comprehensive guide to navigating the body's changes with no-holds-barred talk on symptoms like night sweats, mood changes and incontinence, hysterectomy, as well as the use of hormone replacement therapy and heart health. A thorough index makes it a good reference to reach for.

Who knew? "Heavy bleeding is one of the most common signs of imminent menopause. It is estimated that a fourth of women (25 percent) will have at least one episode at some point."

Sample chapters: "Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Just You?" "Getting It On as You Get On"; "The Swing Versus the Slump"; "Mindful Menopause"; "Taking Heart" (menopause and heart disease).

Falling into the doughnut hole?

By the end of summer, more than 1 million older Americans will be in the coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program that leaves individuals on the hook for all of their drug costs while still paying premiums. It's called, with no affection, the "doughnut hole." The AARP has a new online calculator to help folks avoid the gap. The site, www.aarp.org/doughnuthole, guides you through prescription drug options using localized information about plans and prescriptions to determine if or when you'll fall into the coverage gap. Users can enter their prescriptions and graph out-of-pocket spending by month, look up lower-cost drugs and more.

Compiled by LifeTimes editor Mimi Andelman

How to reach us

Mimi Andelman, LifeTimes editor: mimi@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8272

Sherry Robinson, LifeTimes news editor: robinson@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8305

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