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Ann Brenoff

Why Egg Freezing Isn't The Answer To Every Problem

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.26.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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.

Thank You Brian Williams For Making Misremembering Legit

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.06.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I would like to thank Brian Williams for helping me understand why I do what I sometimes do. No, I do not exaggerate the stories I report on, and no, I do not outright fabricate things to impress people. The prettier name for what Williams did is 'misremembered.'

Elderly Scams Cost 12 TIMES More Than Previously Thought

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.05.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

About four or five times a day, my home phone rings with people who say I've done business with them before (I haven't) or who say that I asked them to call (I didn't). Increasingly, it is angry-voiced men claiming to be from the IRS or some division of the government who say I owe them money (I don't).

Why Turning 65 Is A Process Best Shared With Close Friends

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.29.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I am turning 65, a birthday pinnacle that, without question, sounds astonishing even to me. And to mark the occasion, I staged my own version of Coachella: I called a summit of my Wolf Pack.

5 Things That Are Sexier Than Sex

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Sex is all anyone wants to talk about, read about. Is there anything sexier than sex? Actually, maybe there is. How about these five things?

If I Can't Save The World, I Want To At Least Save This Dog

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I don't know about you, but I'm still reeling from when the world went mad last week. Terrorists attacked journalists and Jews (I am both) in France and the universe spun out of control again. Craziness ruled the day and truthfully, I am blind to any hope for a happy ending.

The Things Boomers Need To Let Go Of In 2015

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

In 2015, let's let go of snap judgements, assuming the worst intentions, and mistaking unkindness for coolness. And while we're at it, maybe we can also quit bringing our phones to restaurants and sleeping with them next to our heads.

The 5 Resolutions Those 50 And Older Should Never Make

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty

Resolutions are for those who succumb to peer pressure, right? Besides, does anyone really think the flip of a calendar page is going to give them the...

The 7 Things I Hope Will End With 2014

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The beauty of flipping a calendar page is that as much as we are opening a new chapter, we are also closing an old one. Here are seven things I hope mid-lifers can leave behind in 2014.

The Customer Service Experience That Absolutely Shocked Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

With the precision of a Rockettes' dance number, one by one the windows in my house have all snapped the little doohickey that lets them slide up and down smoothly and keeps them from going off-tilt. If I were a window repairman, I'm sure there would be a real name for the broken part and with that real name, a real expensive price tag and a real expensive labor call.

Why Retirement At 65 Is A Fairy Tale

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.08.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Today, retirement is something that fairy tales are made of. A new study commissioned by the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement proved what is said in pretty much every conversation that involves people age 50 to 68: When it comes to retiring from work, we ain't going nowhere.

This May Be The Biggest Upside To Aging

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.03.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Ever since I was in my early 20s, you could set my mood-ometer to the fall weekend when we changed the clocks back. Losing an hour of daylight at the end of the day pushes me into the SAD zone -- I suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Why Tip-Of-The-Tongue Syndrome Terrifies Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

For the past few years, my husband and I have been engaged in a sort of memory-loss Olympics. We are constantly keeping track of who forgets more.

What Black Thursday Protesters Have Gotten Completely Wrong

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Black Thursday is more commonly known as Thanksgiving, a day when families -- dysfunctional and otherwise -- gather to over-eat and give gratitude that they are able to. While the day after Thanksgiving has long been the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season, the starting bell has been ringing earlier and earlier each year.

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Holding A Garage Sale

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Who knew that the keys to unlocking the mysteries of the universe could be found in a garage sale? Actually, the keys to the universe's mysteries were...

The Valuable Lesson About Aging I Learned From My Daughter's Soccer Team

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.30.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My 17-year-old daughter has been playing soccer since she was 5. One year of club soccer sent her running back into the arms of our local AYSO -- something that had little to do with her skill set and more to do with just wanting to have fun at a sport she loves.

5 Common Medicare Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I am about to turn 65 and am eligible for Medicare. But it appears that things between me and Mr. M are already off to a rocky start. Frankly, I think he's a lying cheating bastard who promises to love and care for you like nobody's business but then -- at least from what I keep hearing from friends who have already spent time in his company -- it turns out he's all talk and no action.

It Was Just My Anniversary, But Please Don't Ask Me Which One

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.20.2014 | Weddings
Ann Brenoff

Weddings and anniversaries seem like one-day events to me. What matters more are the things that transpire on all the other days of the year -- how you treat each other, how you make one another feel, what kind of partnership you have running the show that is your life together.

Why The 'Golden Girls' Got It Right When It Comes To Living Arrangements

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought to my commune -- the one I plan on forming when I'm older and widowed and my kids are launched into lives of their own. Think I'm alone in the commune-planning department? You'd be mistaken.

There Are Just A Few Jobs People Over 50 Really Are Too Old To Do

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.09.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As the drama unfolds and fingers of blame are pointed at the Secret Service over recent breaches of security at the White House, we have a bit of good news/bad news to report.

Why It Actually Might Be A Good Idea For Everyone To Die At 75

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Death isn't what scares me. Dying is. And that's because the act of dying today is too often accompanied by medical interventions long passed the point where the patient's prognosis would suggest their futility. Why should dying be so hard?

Is This Behavior Killing Your Friendships?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Last week, I had one of those absolutely awful days. In Internet-speak, it was a 'Worst. Day. Ever.' I'll spare you the details, but suffice to say when I got home, I did something unusual: I phoned a friend.

Ann Brenoff

One Family's Devastating 'New Normal' After Losing An 11-Year-Old To Cancer

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents

One of the small things Ellen Stern struggles with now is what to say when a new acquaintance asks her how many kids she has. "Twice now, I've sai...