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Ann Brenoff

Dear Colleges: Thank You For Wasting Trees And Building False Hopes

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.27.2015 | Fifty

Just like labor pains, as we draw closer to the time when college applications are due, the solicitations from schools come faster, harder and closer...

Here's Why Your Credit Card Keeps Getting Hacked

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.06.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My credit card information was just stolen -- again. This is the fifth time in the past three years, which, if polling my Facebook friends is any indication, is about par for the course. It happens to everyone, it seems, about once every nine months.

Why Twitter Is The New Better Business Bureau

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.23.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Finally, a use for social media I can wrap my head around: If you have a consumer complaint, just put it out on Twitter. Twitter, for all intents and purposes, is the new Better Business Bureau. The ability to publicly shame a company for its bad service is a weapon in the consumer arsenal.

The Magical Mystery Puzzle That Broke Our Family's Screen Addiction

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Eventually, I hope to regain the use of my dining room table. Actually, if it meant that my two teens remain transfixed by the 1,000-pieced jigsaw puzzle that is in a partial state of assembly on the table and continue ignoring their electronic devices, I will be more than happy to eat standing up for the rest of my life.

Why We Need The Hashtag #AgingMatters

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Isn't it about time we reimagined what being old is? We can start with who we call 'elderly,' and maybe we could stop assuming that every 66-year-old is going to retire the very moment they reached full retirement age.

5 Celebrity Scandals I Wish Would Go Away -- Now

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.15.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Age is supposed to be coupled with wisdom, right? Here are five cases where it clearly is not -- and it's why I just wish these celebrity scandals involving older people would simply go away.

Retirement: Where Will You Be When The Music Stops?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.09.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Lately, I view everything through the prism of retirement. If we vacation in a new place, I envision what it would be like to live there after I retire. When I contemplate buying new clothes for work, I immediately amortize their value against the knowledge that I'll never wear them once there is no office to go to every day.

How Handbags Have Marked The Stages Of My Life

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Lately, I have been carrying a small cross-body bag inside my cavernous tote bag. 'Why two purses?' my stalwart husband asked when he caught me doubling up. 'You're not becoming a bag lady on me, are you?' No, I'm not becoming a bag lady. But I am transitioning.

Why Old People Having Sex Makes Young People Squirm

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.18.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Old people have sex. They have it in many places; they even have it in nursing homes. They have heterosexual sex, same-sex sex, sex with multiple partners, and sex with themselves. But for some reason, the very fact that older people have sex makes younger people uncomfortable.

Why Happy Hours May Soon Replace Early Bird Specials

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

For me, the early-bird specials that I shared weekly on Sundays with my aunts were an edible symbol of what growing old looked like. Sure you would save a few dollars by eating off-hours, but wasn't there something else being lost?

Why We Should Erase The Concept Of A Fixed 'Retirement Age'

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The old-age dependency ratio we rely on has a big, glaring weakness: It assumes that at age 65 everyone will become an 'old-age dependent' -- meaning retire and leave the workforce. And the reality is, that isn't the case now and certainly won't be true in the future.

10 Tips For New Graduates That I Wish Someone Had Given Me 40 Years Ago

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.21.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My Facebook feed is filled with photos of smiling college graduates. If you want to share some real advice with the graduates in your life, try these tidbits. Here's what nobody told me at my graduation 40 years ago that I wished they had.

10 Things I Want My Kids To Know This Mother's Day

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Now that I am a Mom -- an older Mom at that -- there are some things I need to tell my kids (now 17 and 14) this Mother's Day.

The Elderly Are Taking Too Many Pills

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As people rise in years, so rises the likelihood that they will be prescribed a pill for what ails them. It's the end results that are so disturbing.

Dementia And Sex: What Was Really On Trial With Henry Rayhons

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

An Iowa jury on Wednesday found 78-year-old Henry Rayhons not guilty of charges that he sexually abused his wife by having sex with her in a nursing home after the staff told him her Alzheimer's rendered her cognitively unable to give consent.

When Are You Too Old To Be A New Parent?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.14.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

For years, I have stared down anyone who dared suggest that I was too old to parent. My husband and I went into adoption with our eyes wide open. The German woman, though? Yeah, she gives me pause. Never being too old to love a child isn't the same as never being too old to parent one.

7 Lessons From A Whirlwind College Road Trip

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Spring break of a high schooler's junior year marks the official starting gate of the college application season. Up until this point, your student may have toured a few colleges near home -- and rejected them all based on that fact -- but spring break is when thousands of families hit the road.

The Day I Realized No One Cares About Woodstock Anymore

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

What has happened to Woodstock? Has it been obliterated from our collective memories? The three-day gathering of half a million flower children was a watershed moment for a generation, heck for the country itself. But do younger people even know about it?

I'm Not Trying To 'Age Gracefully' -- So Stop Pressuring Me To

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.26.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I am apparently guilty of one of the last social offenses against humanity: I am aging while female. I plead guilty. I am 65 and a few months ago had that day that everyone eventually has -- the one when you look in the mirror and see a stranger, a stranger who looks much older than you feel.

5 Questions I Wish Younger People Would Stop Asking Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I write about aging, work in an office where I am the oldest woman, and have been married to the same man for what feels like centuries. I understand that at a certain point in life, we morph into mentors to those who are younger. That said, here are five questions I really can't answer.

Is It Still Cheating If Your Spouse No Longer Recognizes You?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

When your spouse no longer knows who you are, should you still be held to wedding vows of 'til death do us part?' Or does death sometimes come in stages, draining away the person you married drop by precious drop?

Why This 65-Year-Old Is Still Not Ready To Go Gray

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Every few years, I get a sign that maybe -- just maybe -- it's time to stop coloring my hair. As I wrote 3.5 years ago, I'm a die-hard dyer and have been coloring my hair now for more than 40 years.

Why Egg Freezing Isn't The Answer To Every Problem

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

After spending Valentine's Day alone -- curled up on the couch in the fetal position downing pints of ice cream in between fits of sobbing -- the single 30-something (daughter of a) friend sought my opinion: She is considering freezing her eggs, postponing motherhood until a time down the road when she is married, she said. She asked me, 'Does that make sense?'

5 Things Older Workers Should Do To Keep Their Jobs

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.21.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

A friend confided recently that nary a day goes by when she doesn't expect to lose her job. It isn't just that she's in an industry that has shrunk dramatically during the past decade -- she works for a newspaper -- but that she is in her mid-50s.

7 Reasons Being Over 50 Is Absolutely Awesome

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

There are lots of spinmeisters working the aging beat these days. I know this because, well, I'm one of them. We parrot things like '60 is the new 40,' and 'you are only as old as you feel.' While both those statements are in many cases true, there are times they make me cringe.