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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

No, You Aren't Just Imagining Your Midlife Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Midlife crises provide stand-up comedians with plenty of material. And who hasn't snickered when a balding guy in a red Corvette drives by? But beyond just being a pop-culture phenomenon, are midlife crises real?

Absolutely, says a new study from Warwick University that...

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Jewish Grandmas Busted In Florida For Illegal Mah Jongg Games

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Police in Altamonte Springs, Florida, "shut down" a senior citizens' clubhouse for illegal gambling. What were the elderly Jewish residents doing? Playing Mah Jongg.

The standing Thursday afternoon Mah Jongg game at the Escondido Condominium clubhouse came to a screeching halt after a male resident complained that gambling...

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Obama: I Won't Dye My Gray Hair

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Every time a president is about to leave office, media outlets publish "before and after" photos to show just how much being the leader of the free world can age a person. Barack Obama is no exception. See here and here.



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5 Things You Should Never Bring To The Thanksgiving Table

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:49 AM

This column originally ran for Thanksgiving 2013. We are struck by how sound the advice still seems and are reprinting it for those who missed it or may want to re-read it.

Thanksgiving is one of those loaded-for-bear holidays. We overeat, we over-drink, we overwatch...

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Toy Cat Robots May Be Just The Thing For Lonely Seniors

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:03 PM

Toy manufacturer Hasbro is marketing a lifelike robotic cat for seniors who may be unable to care for real fur-babies. The Joy For All Companion Pet cats look, feel and meow like real cats. They respond to petting, hugging and motion much like real...

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And The Sexiest Man Alive Over Age 50 Is ...

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:26 PM

Like a fine wine, we know darn well that men also improve with age. So on the day People Magazine announced that soccer star David Beckham, 40, was its Sexiest Man Alive, we asked our Huff/Post50 Facebook followers which men over 50 they really thought deserved the...

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The Only Way To Stop Annoying Robocalls

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:39 AM

I have tried screaming, blowing a whistle into the phone, and cussing like a drunken sailor. I've even tried Jewish mother guilt and asking the caller on the other end of the phone "How do you look yourself in the mirror knowing that what you do for a...

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Touching Video Shows What It's Really Like To Raise Grandkids

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Usually grandparents get to be the pushovers and spoil their grandkids, but this sweet video tells the real story of an older couple from the West Coast that is raising their granddaughter. In doing so, they rediscovered that parenting takes both softness and strength. Across the United States, more...

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10 New Wedding Rules For Those Who Marry After 50

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Yep, all the rules have changed. With so many mid-lifers taking a second (third?) chance on love, we thought we'd consult with Sharon Naylor, best-selling author and weddings expert, about the new etiquette for those marrying after age 50. Here's what she had to say:



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8 Lessons We Hope We've Taught Our Teenagers

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 9:56 AM

The teen years can be trying -- for everyone in the family. Teendom is when our kids straddle childhood and adulthood and there are many days when parents have no clue as to who is inhabiting their child's body or what language they are speaking. Here are some...

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10 Things Not To Do When Your Daughter Gets Engaged

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 3:53 PM

A third of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, according to WeddingWire. And it makes sense: Families and friends are gathered, the champagne flows freely and everyone is in the mood to celebrate. So, just in case, here are 10...

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Aziz Ansari Just Said The Sweetest Thing About His Parents

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Aziz Ansari's real parents, Shoukath and Fatima, are in Master of None, his new Netflix comedy show. Actually some might say they are stealing the show, in a good way, of course! Yesterday, Aziz, 32, took to Facebook with this sweet post about his...

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5 Things Parents Must Do To Survive The College Application Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Technically speaking, we are at half-time in the big college application game. The first batch of early action and early decision applications have been filed and the results are starting to trickle in.

The marching band has taken the field and everyone has taken a little break...

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Here Are 5 Things You Need To Do 5 Years Before You Retire

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 3:54 PM

1. Admit to yourself that you are, in fact, going to stop work at some point.

"Working until I drop" isn't actually considered a great retirement strategy. For one thing, the choice to keep working isn't always ours to make: Ask any older worker who was laid...

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Why Did The Dying Grandma Shred $1 Million?

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 12:51 PM

By now we've all heard about the dying 85-year-old Austrian woman who supposedly chopped up $1 million rather than let her relatives inherit it. Headlines describe her as "miserly" "spiteful," and "vengeful." Maybe she is; maybe she's not.

Police say...

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Major Study Paints Picture Of America's Health System -- And It's Not Pretty

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 9:53 AM


So you assume Americans are the healthiest people in the free world? Not so fast, Charlie. The annual OECD Health at a Glance report for 2015 found:


1. The U.S. still leads in per capita health spending.

Although U.S. health-spending growth...

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5 Things To Do The Minute You Retire

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 10:02 AM

1. Find another job.

You did it! You retired! You would like nothing more than to relax, plan a trip, take a nap. The beginning of retirement means the beginning of living off what you have accumulated, right?

Not so fast. We are living longer, living healthier...

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Congress May Have Just Robbed You Of $60,000 In Social Security Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 10:57 AM

As a fan of How To Get Away With Murder, I'm hoping that an Annalise Keating will step up and save us from the congressional version of How To Get Away With Robbery of Social Security Recipients.

While the title isn't quite as catchy, if you and...

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The Tradition I'm Going To Miss After My Daughter Leaves Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 5:28 PM

There are two traditions that run deep in the AYSO recreational soccer league. The first is the snacks competition. Reality TV shows have missed the boat on this one: Snack wars among soccer moms is epic and something that, once witnessed, you can never un-see. Yes, who knew that gluten-free...

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Lack Of Sleep (Or Too Much Of It) Raises Diabetes Risk For Older Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Middle-aged and older women who regularly get less than six hours sleep a night are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research just published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Assn. for the Study of Diabetes. But the news gets...

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