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Ann Brenoff

5 Things Not To Bring To The Thanksgiving Table

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty

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 ...

Maybe It's Time To Start Robocalling The Phone Companies

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty

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 calle...

My Final Soccer Tunnel

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.12.2015 | Fifty

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 b...

Who Really Knows Why The Dying Grandma Shredded All Her Money?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.09.2015 | Fifty

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....

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

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.05.2015 | Fifty

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 Aw...

Why It Took Me So Long To See A Financial Planner

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty

My husband and I did something this week that we should have done 30 or 40 years ago. We met with a financial planner about retirement. I am 65 and s...

Where Are All The Old People In Silicon Valley?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.23.2015 | Fifty

I was joking with Steven Levy, 64, editor-in-chief at's Backchannel, about forming a club. We are both the oldest people in our respe...

When It Comes To Retirement Savings, Are You A Ground Squirrel?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.15.2015 | Fifty

Get any two people who are over 55 in a room at the same time and I guarantee this is what they will be talking about: Do you have enough money ...

Stop Blaming Helicopter Parents For Your Problems

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.08.2015 | Fifty

The expression "helicopter parent," while not a new term for those of us who protectively hover over our children with our "we can fix it for you" to...

The 6 Most Annoying People You Will Meet On Every College Tour

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.01.2015 | Fifty

1. The parent who always needs to ask the first question. You know the guy. He and his wife sit in the front row of the information session and he pu...

How I Got 'Trumped' In The Whole Foods Parking Lot

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.24.2015 | Fifty

You know all those people whose anger Donald Trump is supposedly tapping into? I think I just met one of them in, of all places, the Whole Foods park...

Dear Smartphone, I'm Breaking Up With You

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.17.2015 | Fifty

Dearest Smartphone, We've had a good run of things, you and I. But honestly, this thing we have -- well, it's just not healthy. It's not you; it's me...

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.