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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

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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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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The Shocking Things About Aging That No One Ever Talks About

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 2:05 PM

Everybody ages differently and nobody actually understands how they wound up at their own 60th birthday party. For most of us, "old" will always be 20 years down the road from whatever age we are now. But there are some surprises in store for some young-ens, some things that nobody...

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Rapping McDonald's Grandma Is A Facebook Sensation

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:36 AM

A 72-year-old grandmother who works six days a week in a western New York McDonald's is enjoying her 15 minutes of Facebook fame. Her special bullet train to stardom? She raps for her fast food customers and co-workers. And we mean, really raps: She doesn't just make a rhyme -- she actually throws it down!

"Yo, Yo. I work at McDonald's so what do I say? I tell everybody have a nice day."

A co-worker videoed Alaine O'Connor at the Williamson McDonald's and posted it to Facebook, where it was picked up by a Rochester NY TV news station.  

"Everybody is friendly and I get to know everybody because I'm here so often they think I live here. Most of the time I even know their orders," O'Connor told the ABC WHAM reporter.

Alaine was married for 37 years, but after her husband left her eight years ago when she was 64, she says she has had to reinvent herself. "A new chapter started in my life and I figured why not McDonald's," she told WHAM.

The rapping began last Halloween when she came to work dressed as a gangsta and wrote a rap to accompany the costume. She performed her rap again recently for a new co-worker, Danny Alsup, who posted it to Facebook

O'Connor says she's thankful for all the kind words about the video and she has a message for others about starting over.

"You just gotta pick yourself up and keep going. That's what life is about and I'm having more fun than I did 30 years ago," she told the news station. Huff/Post attempts to reach her and Alsup were unsuccessful.

So, do you think she's ready for "America's Got Talent?"



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100-Year-Old Makes A Dash To Break Guinness' 100-Meter Record

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:15 AM

With "Jesus as my coach," a 100-year-old runner in South Carolina is hoping that she has just broken the Guinness World Record for fastest 100-meter dash by a runner over 100-years-old.

Ella Mae Colbert's first attempt ended Tuesday when she stumbled and fell in front of cheering...

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The #ObsoleteJobSkills Best Left Off Your Resume

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:45 PM

Sometimes in humor, there is truth. With #ObsoleteJobSkills trending on Twitter, we thought a few of these gems may be striking a bit too close to home for older workers. See if you agree: (And for anyone looking for serious tips about things to drop from their resumes,...

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Women Who Go To Church Live Longer, Harvard Study Finds

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:29 AM

Women who attended religious services more than once per week were 33 percent less likely to die during a 16-year follow-up than women who never attended, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Those who frequently attended religious services also had significantly...

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This Device Doesn't Just Track Your Sleep, It Induces It

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 10:54 AM

Think of 2breathe Technologies as the adult version of Mom singing you a lullaby each night to get you to fall asleep.

2breathe is the patented technology of Erez Gavish, co-founder and CEO of the company whose slogan is "Ancient Wisdom. New Technology." It combines...

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Is Frankie On To Something With Her Yam Lube?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 10:41 AM



Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow thinks she is! The actress recently popped in on Chelsea Handler's new Netflix talk show Chelsea, where she shared what inspired her to produce Goop's first issue devoted exclusively to sex: It was the fictional organic yam vaginal...

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Over 50? Where The Candidates Stand On Issues That Matter To You

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 3:44 PM

Voters age 50 and older are expected to turn out in force in this, the mother of all presidential elections. We offer this guide on what the three presidential candidates still in the race have had to say about the issues of key importance to this...

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5 Reasons Why Not Taking Your Meds Is Seriously Bad News

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 11:28 AM

There is even a name for people who don't take their medications as prescribed: They are "noncompliant patients." And there are an awful lot of them: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost half of everyone taking prescription drugs does so incorrectly. Incorrectly, in this...

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6 Things We Hope Our Kids Won't Do On Prom Night

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 10:54 AM

For many baby boomers who graduated high school in the '60s, prom was something that no self-respecting hippie would dream of attending. Shedding our bell-bottoms and tie-dyed shirts to don tuxedos and formal long dresses with wrist corsages was just beyond the pale -- no matter how many...

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Want To Say Goodbye To Wrinkles? Then Say Hello To 'Second Skin'

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 3:25 PM

Say goodbye to eye bags and arm wrinkles: An invisible elastic film, developed by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, could be headed to a makeup shelf near you. 

The second skin coating, which has been tested on the eye...

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7 Nasty Things That Can Happen If You Die Without A Will

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:43 AM

About 55 percent of Americans don't have a will, according to LexisNexis. And most of them -- 60 percent -- say it's because they just haven't gotten around to making one. Let's throw in an unwillingness to consider our own mortality and you get the picture.

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Yoga Can Help Improve Memory For Those At Risk For Alzheimer's

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 11:10 AM

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Why Do We Run To Doctors For Everything? Because We Can.

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 3:22 PM

My husband and I are approaching the time of life when the statistics say people our age start to see doctors more often. My question is: Why? Why do we -- why does anyone -- rush to see a doctor for every little ache, pain and sniffle?

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