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7 Things We Can Learn From The East About Aging Gracefully

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 7:35 AM

The world's largest population of older healthy adults is on the Japanese island of Okinawa. And the last two people who held the title of world's oldest person (116 in both cases) were from Japan.

So what does Japan know that the Western world doesn't about longevity and...

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7 Reasons Bosses Are Communicating With Their Young Employees' Parents More Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:15 AM

Wasn't it enough when parents were calling college admissions counselors and coming along to make sure their kids signed up for the right college classes? Well in the New World Work Order, the parents of Millennial workers apparently are factors that cannot be ignored. In fact, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi...

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7 Reasons Retirement Is Way Overrated

(10) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:49 AM

So you've just entered the "land of unstructured time," as some retirees call it. Is it everything you've always dreamed it would be? Not hardly. Here are seven things about retirement that may be overrated:

1. Sleeping in can actually make your normal sleeping patterns worse.
Sure it's great...

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7 Retirement Expectations You're Getting All Wrong

(23) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 7:12 AM

Much of the focus on retirement planning is centered on finances. While grappling with the question of whether you can afford to stop work, little thought is given to what you will actually do with your days, if you manage it. Here are the seven biggest myths, which lead to...

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The Ultimate Family National Siblings Day Story

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Facebook tells us that we just missed National Siblings Day. Yeah, well, whatever. We think that Huff/Post50 knows the most incredible set of siblings out there and in honor of National Siblings Day (is there actually even such a thing?), we are republishing our post on the incredible,...

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Counting Numbers In The Death Game

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 7:16 AM

We all die, right? Some of us do it the long way, chipping away at life slowly until there is nothing left; others check out abruptly with a sudden heart attack or accident. Some of us do it when we are old and others do it when we are younger....

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Der letzte Brief eines Großvaters an seine Enkelkinder

(10) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 7:23 PM

Ein Großvater schrieb seinen fünf Enkeln einen Brief, der ihnen Rat fürs Leben geben sollte. Wenige Monate später starb James K. Flanagan unerwartet an einem Herzinfarkt. Hatte er es geahnt? Sein Brief ist eine Lektion, die uns alle zu besseren Menschen machen kann. Diese Veröffentlichung geschieht mit der Erlaubnis seiner...

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5 Key Things To Remember When Your Adult Child Moves Home

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 6:41 AM

Wasn't there a sci-fi flick called "Clash Of The Generations?" OK, maybe not. But clearly there could be one. When adult children move back into the family home, they often return as adults -- which is a cause for some adjustments in the family dynamics.

Here are five things to...

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Is It Still An Obituary If You Write It Yourself?

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 7:57 AM

There was a time when the obituaries were the best read part of your daily newspaper. That was, of course, back in the days when you actually had a daily newspaper. But as news moved online and the people producing it skewed younger, writing about someone's death -- or more...

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Do You Agree With Anderson Cooper's Take On Leaving Your Kids Squat?

(25) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Anderson Cooper recently said he doesn't believe in things like inherited money or trust funds. In fact, he called inheritance an "initiative sucker." And, no, his mother Gloria Vanderbilt won't be leaving him anything.

We asked Huff/Post50 Facebook fans whether they plan on leaving their...

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Why Women Who Feel Invisible After Age 51 Completely Miss The Point

(26) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 2:41 PM

A recent study -- by a company that sells herbal products to menopausal women -- found that women start to feel invisible around the age of 51. They no longer feel men notice them when they walk into a room, nor do they see admiring glances coming their...

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5 Things That Should Have Improved But Really Haven't

(16) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:57 AM

There are many things that have become easier or better through the decades. But then there are some stubborn harbingers -- things that are pretty much the same as we remember them from years ago. Here are five things that should have improved by now but really haven't:

1) Dressing...

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Into Each Life, A Little Beach Glass Should Fall

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:42 AM

Susan Cosentino, a Malibu Realtor friend with six kids, is one of those crazy busy working moms who is legitimately crazy busy and not the "must-catch-my-pilates-class-after-lunch-or-I'll-die" kind of busy.

I like being around Susan for a couple of reasons, chief among them is that she's one of...

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5 Ways Being Older Can Help In Your Job Search

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:32 AM

Age discrimination in the jobs market has been on the rise and many mid-lifers are struggling to gain traction in their search for work, often noting that they are competing against much younger applicants for the same spot. We spoke to experts about how job applicants can turn...

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6 Things I Want To Say To The Fashion Industry Now That I'm 60

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:08 AM

1) Clothes should never be uncomfortable.
Yet you have made dresses that we can't sit in without revealing our privates, pants that don't accommodate our bellies after lunch, and shoes that cause bunions and other foot problems. Why do you do that?

2) "Everyone has their own style"...

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4 Things That Really Haven't Changed For Women Since The 1960s

(47) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 6:58 AM

We may have, as the 1968 Virginia Slims ad told us, "come a long way, baby." Or not. Sometimes, it seems, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Here are four examples:


1) Who gets the money.
Entrepreneurs and startups rely on investors and...

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Do We Ever Outgrow Shopping?

(51) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 7:10 AM

I once suggested to my visiting 80-year-old aunt that we could spend the afternoon together shopping. "Why?" she asked me, "I don't need anything." It was a generational disconnect of the first degree. Shopping for me back then was a recreational sport where bargains were hunted with the ferociousness of...

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Grandfather's Brilliant Final Letter To His Grandkids Offers Life Lessons For The Rest Of Us

(10) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 1:01 PM

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we're revisiting a post we ran originally in 2012 in which an Irish grandfather wrote a letter of advice to his five grandkids just months before his untimely passing. Among his shared wisdom: "Be grateful. There is an Irish saying: 'This is...

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Besser leben im Alter: Japan macht es vor

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Japan gewinnt das graue Rennen. Heute ist jeder fünfte Mensch in Japan 65 oder älter. Und 2035 wird es wahrscheinlich jeder dritte sein. In Deutschland wird die Zahl der Senioren bis dahin fast ebenso hoch sein. Wir können schon jetzt von den Japanern lernen, denn sie haben einige Innovationen für...

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5 Years After I Lost My Job: What's Changed?

(166) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 7:15 AM

I went through the first 35 years of my working life having to look up how to spell "laid off." For real. It was just one of those brain twerks; to this day, I never type the words "meditate" or "environment" right the first time either.

But I sure learned...

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