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Barbara Hannah Grufferman
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Barbara Hannah Grufferman is the author of The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More, a resource book which addresses many of the concerns of women over 50 with the help of top experts in different fields, including Diane von Furstenberg, Frederic Fekkai, Dr. Patricia Wexler and many others.

Barbara has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America Health, and numerous radio and internet programs, including NPR, Dr. Oz Sirius Radio on the Oprah Channel, and Sirius Doctor Radio. She also travels around the country, speaking to groups on health, nutrition, career, fitness, sex and many other topics pertaining to being fit and fabulous after 50. She is at work on her second book.

Barbara is a weekly columnist for AARP, where she is also the host of a weekly AARP YouTube Channel series--"The Best of Everything." She received an award for outstanding journalism in the field of women's health and issues by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, which then named her the first NOF Ambassador for Bone Health.

Following a successful 20-year career in magazine publishing, Barbara joined an international conference company which focused on infrastructure needs and projects in developing countries, as President. In 1997, her firm hosted the first major meeting in Hong Kong after the island’s historic return to China, and Barbara was featured in Hong Kong’s major newspapers, as well as on radio and television.

A native New Yorker, Barbara lives in New York City with her husband, Howard, daughters Sarah and Elizabeth, and Gunther, a dog they rescued.

Entries by Barbara Hannah Grufferman

20 Reasons To Run In The New York City Marathon At Least Once In Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:31 AM

Every year around this time, I get the New York City Marathon bug.

My usual every-other-day run generally takes me to Central Park, where I loop around for three or four miles, sometimes doing the full six.

This week, it's hard to focus on anything but the upcoming...

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3 No-Brainer Ways To Love Yourself To A Better Body (And Why You Want One)

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 6:22 AM

Do you love yourself enough to care for yourself? Prove it.

A friend and her husband recently took the scenic route from Colorado back to their home in New York, making interesting stops along the way. Knowing how strongly I feel about the importance of eating well, exercise, and keeping...

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What I Learned From 5 Boomer Celebs (And What I Should Have Asked)

(8) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 10:58 PM

As a contributor to AARP and host of The Best of Everything series on the AARP YouTube channel, I was invited to participate in the Ideas@50+ event recently in San Diego. My specific duties ran the gamut from greeting attendees while walking around the convention floor...

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7 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Protect Your Bones At Any Age

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 6:12 AM

Here's a stunning fact: According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), where I am honored to serve as Bone Health Ambassador, 2014-05-28-NationalOsteoporosisFoundation.jpg54 million Americans have osteoporosis. And thanks to an aging population, the numbers are rising.

By 2020, half of all Americans...
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Life After 50: Should We Embrace The 'No Makeup' Look?

(6) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 6:25 AM

An article in the New York Times made me wonder if I would ever go to a social event or business meeting without makeup. Hmmm.

It proclaimed the "no-makeup look as the new beauty standard" and raised the question of whether going without makeup makes one more...

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Life After 50: How To Break The 'Inertia Curse' And Get Moving Again

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:07 AM

2014-04-08-52booksm226x300.pngWith permission from the authors of "The 52 Weeks: Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck" I'm sharing the Foreword to the book, which I wrote, as a way to describe how I felt after turning 50.

In a word ....

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Life After 50: Top 10 Money-Saving Tips Every Boomer Needs To Know -- Now!

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:49 AM

Spring is in the air: time to come out from hibernation, shed our coats (and maybe those five pounds?), and yes--file our taxes.

April 15 -- a day that's become a nagging reminder of the money we make and how much we spend -- is around the...

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5 Major Mistakes Women Make About Dating . . . Again

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 5:59 AM

News flash: According to AARP, almost 50% of people over 50 are single.

While I've been married for over 20 years (to the same man), many of my mid-life friends are divorced or widowed and are thinking about tip toeing back into the sometimes scary world of dating.

...
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Who Knew? These Celebrities Are Turning 65 In 2014!

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Do you know what the average age of retirement is in America? Or, which celebrities are turning 65 next year? Well, let's see if you know more about retirement than a recent Today Show audience.

I was invited to be on Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda, helping...

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Fight Dryness After 50: A Head-To-Toe Guide

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 5:38 AM

One of the most common and annoying aspects of aging is . . . dryness.

Hair, eyes, skin -- and a few other places -- might need a bit more attention (and lubrication) than when we were younger.

But, don't despair! Here's a quick guide to moisturizing your...

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Life After 50: The #1 Reason To Skip Sit-Ups: Watch This!

(5) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:34 AM

A few years ago when I turned 50 and my world was topsy-turvy . . . I decided to get a grip. Not only had I packed on 15 post-menopausal pounds (too much of it settled around my middle), my energy lagged, and I felt gloomy and glum a lot...

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5 Life-Changing Events That Can Shake Us To Our Core

(9) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 3:27 AM

Organization expert and best-selling author Julie Morgenstern told me when I interviewed her recently that turning 50 is often so traumatic it can make many people stay stuck where they are, unable to move on.

But, don't get the wrong impression. It's not only because we're turning...

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Life After 50: Two Preventable & Treatable Menopause Symptoms Women Choose To Ignore

(5) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Stop burying your head in the sand
Sometimes we bury our heads in the sand, hoping that if we stay there long enough . . . the problem we're confronting will just . . . go away.

This much I can tell you after having lived almost 57 years:...

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Life After 50: Men And Women, Confused About Shoes? Watch This!

(16) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 6:55 AM

I've loved shoes since I got my first pair of white patent leather Go-Go boots. It was 1965, I was not yet 10, and "Help!" was blaring from the am radio station I tuned into each night while doing homework at the kitchen table.

Oh, how I loved those...

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Life After 50: Could This Be The Reason You're Not Having Sex?

(466) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 5:33 AM

Shortly after turning 50, I had dinner with a group of girlfriends. Over great food and a fantastic bottle of pinot noir we chatted about kids, spouses, jobs, and politics, until the discussion eventually settled on sex.

At that time, I was still getting to know my new post-menopausal...

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Life After 50: Want To Wow On Date Night? Watch This!

(10) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:51 AM

"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little -- if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
- Coco...
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Life After 50: A Sandwich By Any Other Name...

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 7:04 AM

There are many words we could pull out of our hats to describe a woman over 50 with kids who still need her (whether they're living at home or not) AND parents who need her, too, sometimes even more.

A lot of us are members of that so-called 'sandwich generation'...

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Life After 50: Think You Have a Drinking Problem? How To Know And What To Do

(15) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 4:56 AM

We've all read the studies: moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle for many people. Men who have two drinks a day and women who have one are less prone to heart disease, diabetes, gallstones, arthritis and even Alzheimer's.

But sometimes too much Pinot...

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Life After 50: Why We Love Kale

(254) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:45 AM

I love kale.

I eat it, drink it, and write about it whenever I can. Kale articles can stop me in my tracks, especially those with recipes (most of which I've tried).

Not only is it a super-food, it's super-hip: Hollywood has embraced this humble, versatile dark,...

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Life After 50: 5 Reasons You Will Want to Do This... Every Day

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2013 | 7:23 AM

Not everything in life is a "given." We can never say with complete certainty that we'll be in the same job, relationship, home, or state of health, as we are right now. Life is fraught with change -- both wanted and unwanted, good and bad.

This is especially true...

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