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Ann Brenoff
Ann Brenoff is a Huffington Post Senior Writer/Columnist. She works out of the Los Angeles office, where she is a senior manager. Prior to joining The Huffington Post in 2011, she was on staff at the Los Angeles Times.

Entries by Ann Brenoff

The Huge Milestone Baby Boomers Will Reach On July 1

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 10:34 AM

Baby Boomers will be reaching yet another milestone on July 1: That's when the oldest ones will begin to turn 70.5 -- the magical age when the IRS says they have to start withdrawing money from their tax-deferred retirement accounts -- their IRA, workplace 401(k) and...

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New Study Determines The Best Way To Discipline Your Teen

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 9:53 AM

Nobody sets out to raise a bratty teenager. And yet, well, it happens. If it does, British researchers have some interesting advice for parents who spend their lives taking away cell phones and tablets as punishment: Don't. Adolescent brains respond better to positive incentives and aren't all that...

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The Good, Bad And Ugly Effects Of Brexit On Retirees

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 10:44 AM

While the UK's decision to leave the EU occurred thousands of miles away from American shores, experts say that its impact will very likely be felt on U.S. retirees and those poised to stop working. But some of that impact might actually be a good thing. 


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Dialysis At Sea Opens Travel Doors To Kidney Patients

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 5:33 PM

People in kidney failure sometimes feel as if their lives are literally tethered to a kidney dialysis machine -- because, they are. A typical dialysis treatment program requires that they have their blood laundered of impurities three times a week for about four hours each session.


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Having Adults As Social Media Friends Is Actually Good For Teens

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:40 PM

Prevailing wisdom advises adults to steer clear of befriending teens on social media sites for several reasons:

For one, the teens -- especially if they are your own -- don't really want you following them around on Snapchat. But there is also this: Cautionary eyebrows...

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8 Great Things We Learned About Aging From Watching Netflix

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 3:39 PM

Who says television can't be educational? Here are some things we've learned about aging from binge-watching Netflix.

1. Being the supportive spouse sometimes stops being enough. 

For decades, "House of Cards"' Claire Underwood publicly appeared as the supportive woman who stood loyally behind her ambitious husband,...

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Could Retirement Eventually Be A Thing Of The Past?

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 1:31 PM

The new face of retirement is looking more and more like the old face of going to work every day. 


A new Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor employment data found that the number of and percentage of...

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8 Things You Should Never Say To A Caregiver -- And Why

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 1:02 PM

I was recently thrust into the role of caregiver for my husband. It has been a life-altering experience -- for the whole family. Here are some things people have said to me -- that I wish they wouldn't say again.

1. "I don't know how you...

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Medicare Is About To Get Even More Complicated

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 10:26 AM

Medicare, the program that provides health coverage to those 65 and older, is so complicated that it needs a separate program to help its users understand its intricacies. And while the argument could be made that taxpayers shouldn't need to fund a program in order to understand another...

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No, Caregiving Is NOT Rewarding. It Simply Sucks.

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 11:21 PM

Today a hospital social worker handed me a glossy brochure for newly anointed family caregivers of kidney dialysis patients. I am among the newly anointed.

The brochure begins with a cheery note that says I'm embarking on a rewarding journey. I have to admit, that line gave...

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Eating Whole Grains Helps You Live Longer, Harvard Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 10:54 AM

Eating at least three servings of whole grains a day could lower your risk of death, according to new research conducted at Harvard and published in the American Heart Association's journal, Circulation. While dietary guidelines have long included whole grains as an essential component of healthy eating patterns, people...

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What It's Like To Be A New Member Of The Hospital Wives' Club

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 1:01 PM

Not unlike being thrown overboard into a turbulent sea, on May 29th I was initiated into The Hospital Wives' Club. After my husband fainted while walking the dogs up a steep hill, the ambulance took him off to the ER where I, in retrospect, was primarily worried about...

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When Your Facebook Friends Become Your IRL Friends

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 2:23 PM

With all the political rhetoric and not-so-humble bragging that goes on on Facebook, has the social media site quietly developed an underbelly where genuine friendships are formed, compassion and love rule, and helping strangers trumps snarky comments? It's possible.

Facebook has made it easy for like-minded strangers...

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Why Summer Can Be Public Enemy #1 For Those Worried About Aging

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:40 AM

Summer is every teenager's favorite season. It's filled with long lazy days where you can sleep in, stay up late, and homework doesn't exist. Utopia. And then along comes middle age and suddenly things change. Summer, it seems, can be Public Enemy #1 for those concerned about aging.

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Leave It To French Feminists To Build A Better Retirement Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 1:20 PM

French women have the world's second-longest life expectancy after Japan, which, quite frankly, translates into a lot of French women flying solo in their older years. And just like boomers everywhere, no one relishes the thought of spending their days in expensive retirement homes. 

Three years ago, a group of...

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Arrests Made In 'IRS' Phone Scam -- Finally

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 10:12 AM

One of the most prevalent -- and apparently effective -- phone scams is when the caller purports to represent the Internal Revenue Service and threatens you to pay them "owed taxes" or face arrest for fraud. Nearly 6,400 victims have collectively paid more than $36.5 million to scammers posing...

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This Woman May Be The World's Proudest Grandma

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 11:35 AM


Carmen Baugh, 66, is living proof that you can’t have too many pictures of your grandchildren on display. The grandmother of two from Raleigh, North Carolina is staking claim to the title of “World’s Proudest Grandma” after she decorated her home with wallpaper, floor-length curtains, throw pillows...

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The 7 Must-Have Apps For Middle-Aged People

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 11:23 AM

Yes, there really is an App for that -- for everything -- and new ones come to market every day. But what's out there that is truly useful for midlifers? Here are some that we swear we'd be lost without:

1. A Mapping app.

Yes, we would literally be lost without...

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60-Something Grandparents Told They're Too Old To Raise Grandkid

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 11:09 AM

A young child in Ireland has been removed from the care of its grandparents after the grandparents -- both in their mid-60s -- were told they were too old by the state agency in charge of child care, according to

The child, who had...

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The Only 3 States Where Retirees Actually Have Enough Money

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 12:51 PM

The general rule of thumb is that when you retire, you need to replace at least 70 percent of the income you had when you were working. But in a report released Monday only seniors in three states are meeting that threshold.

The real...

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