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Ageism

Dear Hollywood, I May Be Invisible To You, But I'm Very Real

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.26.2016 | Fifty

I am not any one of “The Golden Girls.” I am neither Grace nor Frankie. I may have a touch of OITNB’s Red, although I haven’t murdered anyone ...

A 40-Year-Old Woman Has A No. 1 Hit For The First Time In 16 Years

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.26.2016 | Entertainment

Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 ― but there’s another reason to hit the dance floor besides that. With her Cari...

Reflections On A Composer's First Opera

New England Conservatory | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Opera is a fabulous teaching tool, but I don't identify with the fluffy, fantasy, or historic driven plots of many of the most popular operas. I appreciate it in its many forms, but not in this work.

This Is One Of The Final Frontiers Of Discrimination

Kari Henley | Posted 07.18.2016 | Fifty
Kari Henley

The next time you catch yourself using some sort of ageist adjective on yourself or others, try to catch yourself. Ask yourself where that came from, and what purpose it serves. Ageism is the final frontier of discrimination and limiting paradigms.

Age Takes Center Stage Around The Brexit Vote--Not In A Good Way

Ashton Applewhite | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Ashton Applewhite

In anxious times, we look for scapegoats. But blaming the Brexit on old people is more than reductionist and misinformed. It obscures the origin of the underlying discontents in global capitalism, which profits by pitting us against each other.

Why This Closeted 'Old' Person Finally Decided To Reveal Her Age

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 07.12.2016 | Fifty
Margery Leveen Sher

In 1974, I cut my hair which had been hippie-style long, parted in the middle, and sometimes embellished with a tie-dyed scarf hovering over my eyebrows. I was going on a job interview to be the Executive Director for a non-profit. It didn't bother me that I lacked any experience whatsoever.

What We Should Call Older People Instead Of 'Seniors'

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 06.29.2016 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

I shouldn't admit this given that someone in my line of work knows better, but this morning when I came across an organization called the National Senior Games Association (NSGA), the image that immediately came to mind was that of frail and hunched over men and women shuffling mightily.

The Surprising Way Your Name Can Give Away Your Age

Lori Day | Posted 06.26.2016 | Fifty
Lori Day

I was born in 1963, when the most poplar girl names are now relics of history: Lisa, Mary, Susan, Karen and Linda. Not far down the list were the cutesy names like Cindy, Marci, Tracy, Stacy, and yes, Lori. They all scream, "I'm a child of the '60s! Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" That is so helpful when I am submitting writing to millennial editors named Amber or Tiffany.

Invisible At Fifty

Dani Alpert | Posted 06.22.2016 | Comedy
Dani Alpert

I recently read an interview (more like a Q&A) with author, Elizabeth Gilbert, in The New York Times In Transit section. Now while I wasn't one of those readers who went insanely gaga over EAT, PRAY, LOVE, I was inspired by her latest work, BIG MAGIC.

Don't Tell Me To Dress By Decade

Cindy Weber-Cleary | Posted 06.20.2016 | Style
Cindy Weber-Cleary

Contrary to much anxious industry speculation, I don't crave extreme entertainment when I shop. I am not looking to ski, surf or take in a show at the same time. I simply want to find a wider selection of exciting clothes and accessories to choose from that make sense for my current age and lifestyle.

Social Experiment Reminds Us All Just How Terrible Ageism Can Be

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.16.2016 | Fifty

"You're just not exactly what we're looking for," might be a phrase you'd expect to hear at a job interview, not at the corner food truck. Age discri...

You Can Dine Nude At This Eatery, Unless You're Old Or Overweight

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.13.2016 | Fifty

We haven't even seen the menu, but a new Tokyo restaurant has already left a bad taste in our mouths. Japan's first "naked restaurant" will open its ...

Burlesque Dancers Over 40 Are Destroying Ageism With Hip Thrusts

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts

"There’s this deadly idea that once you reach 40 you’re put on the shelf," Sandy Eggers explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. "But I...

The Cure For The Midlife Mid-Career Crisis

Tracy Darchini | Posted 06.09.2016 | Fifty
Tracy Darchini

Most of us have seen it happen time and time again to family, friends, and colleagues -- corporate professionals in their early 50s being laid off. Too young to retire and too old to easily find another job at a commensurate level, pros over 50 can feel especially vulnerable.

The Upside of Aging

Adele Scheele | Posted 05.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Adele Scheele

And all this translates to greater emotional well-being as we age moving to that upward swing of the U. Not a revolting development, after all!

Leave Madonna Alone

Harry Lewis | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Harry Lewis

At 57, Madonna is basically expected to crawl into a corner and die. Her body, appearance, performance style, sexuality, clothing, voice, mannerisms, habits, and everything under the sun are the subject of constant public ridicule.

Will the "Age Wave" Make or Break America? The Questions That Trump, Clinton and Sanders Must Answer

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

Two-thirds of all the people who have ever lived past the age of 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today. For a more local reference, when our Constitution was crafted, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was barely 36 years and the median age was a mere 16. During the time of our founding fathers, there was no anticipation of an "age wave." In this regard, we are living in truly unchartered territory and longevity is humanity's new frontier. This demographic transformation will create new lifestyle, social contribution, and marketplace opportunities as well as potentially devastating medical, fiscal, and intergenerational crises. Are we prepared? No.

We Can Prove Margot Robbie Isn't Lying About Her Age

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 05.14.2016 | Entertainment

On Friday, Jezebel published an article titled, "No Offense to Anyone But Margot Robbie Is Not 25." Actresses lying about their age isn't exactly anyt...

Don't Call My Daughter A Moody Tween

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

We humans are moody a bunch, each and every one of us. Some more so than others, yes, but it's there inside us all as we experience sadness, melancholy, frustration, disappointment, hurt and, hopefully, some joy along the way. To be human is to experience a full range of moods from day to day, hour to hour, moment to moment depending on factors often out of our control.

17 Women Stand Up To Ageist Stereotypes In One Powerful Video

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.06.2016 | Fifty

Iconic women, including Gloria Steinem, Virginia Madsen and Lauren Hutton, and many others, have a powerful message for you: There's nothing wrong wit...

If You Think 40 Is Old, Cameron Diaz Would Like A Word With You

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 04.29.2016 | OWN

Age is nothing but a number... to some people. To others, it's the official way to designate individuals as "old" and, therefore, dismiss them as less...

7 Real Strategies To Combat Ageism

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 04.26.2016 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

In a society that values youth above age, it's all too easy to accept a defeatist view about getting older. We 50- and 60-somethings find it natural almost to assume that along with some wrinkles, gray hair, and loss of hair that you'll also be less able to hold your own in the mental sphere.

Stay Active and Healthy Longer by Living Well

Jacqueline Gikow | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Gikow

For many people, the argument is, "if I can't be like I was when I was younger, I don't want to enter old age." Social science supports this, and tends to define old people by their disabilities. But people don't define themselves that way.

Woman Dresses As 90-Year-Old For A Day, Has Shocking Revelation

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.21.2016 | Fifty

Ageism isn't something we usually think about until we're a target of it ourselves as we get older. To find out exactly how differently society treats...

Gillian Anderson Says Women Need To Stop Feeling Ashamed Of This

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.21.2016 | Fifty

Gillian Anderson insists she hasn't had any work done, but says she's no stranger to the pressure women in Hollywood feel to keep turning back the clo...