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Ann Brenoff

We Fiddle While California Burns

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.28.2016 | Fifty

I live in a rural part of the Santa Monica Mountains called Topanga Canyon. It’s a community of artists, musicians, writers and still home to a good...

What We Didn't Hear In Trump's Acceptance Speech

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.22.2016 | Fifty

At 75 minutes long, Donald Trump’s acceptance speech to be the GOP’s presidential nominee, broke records for length ― and we suspect volume. But...

To Pick Your Roommate Or Not To Pick Your Roommate At College

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty

Around our house, she is simply known as The Roommate. She will be the young woman whose name is spit out of a computer to share a college dorm room w...

Today's News Is 'Deja Vu All Over Again' For Those Over 50

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.15.2016 | Fifty

It’s been said that those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Maybe that’s why some of us are experiencing a sense of deja vu caused...

The Hardest Lesson Of All For The Parent Of Teenagers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.14.2016 | Fifty

Without question, I am the engine that runs my family. I am the organizer, the planner, the just-in-case-you-need-it-I’ve-packed-it person. If you f...

11 Small Things That Would Make A Big Difference To Caregivers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.08.2016 | Fifty

Family caregivers are the front line soldiers in the war to prevent our loved ones from dying along the side of the proverbial road. With nursing home...

The 5 Things I'm Willing To Pay More For Now That I'm Older

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.07.2016 | Fifty

As you age, different things become more important to you. Here are five things I’m willing to spend a little extra for. 1. Extra legroom. My rule o...

'Old People' Are Coming To Snapchat. Head For The Hills!

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.06.2016 | Fifty

Older users have discovered Snapchat and the reports couldn't be grimmer. "Snapchat Is About To Be Overrun With Olds," warns Gizmodo. "Snapchat’s Te...

8 Things You Should Never Say To A Caregiver -- And Why

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.30.2016 | Fifty

I was recently thrust into the role of caregiver for my husband. It has been a life-altering experience -- for the whole family. Here are some things ...

No, Caregiving Is NOT Rewarding. It Simply Sucks.

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.23.2016 | Fifty

Today a hospital social worker handed me a glossy brochure for newly anointed family caregivers of kidney dialysis patients. I am among the newly anoi...

What It's Like To Be A New Member Of The Hospital Wives' Club

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.16.2016 | Fifty

Not unlike being thrown overboard into a turbulent sea, on May 29th I was initiated into The Hospital Wives' Club. After my husband fainted while walk...

12 Bits Of Advice To My Daughter Graduating High School

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty

1. Keep your eyes forward. As you've heard me repeatedly tell you and your brother, high school can suck. It even sucks for the kids who everybody thi...

Parents Are Worried About Teens Gaming, But Should They Be?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.26.2016 | Fifty

Whether online gaming is bad for teens -- as many believe -- or actually maybe not so bad -- as others believe -- the one "take-it-to-the-bank" is tha...

The Family Secrets I Uncovered After Just A Few Hours Online

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.12.2016 | Fifty

On Nov. 12, 1912, a 30-year-old man named Srol Boronowsky from the city of Elisawetzrad, Russia, boarded the 7,869-ton passenger ship Kursk as it left...

Did My 102-Year-Old Aunt Live Too Long?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.05.2016 | Fifty

Last week, my 102-year-old aunt died in hospice care. My sadness at losing her is palpable; she was my last remaining aunt (or uncle) and with her pas...

5 Things People Over 50 Really Don't Want To Hear

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.21.2016 | Fifty

We all age differently -- something that we can thank/blame in equal parts on our lifestyle habits and our genes. But no matter how we age, there are ...

7 Things That Belong In Every Boomer's Time Capsule

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.14.2016 | Fifty

What would you put in your time capsule today -- the things that you think would help your great-grandchildren understand life in 2016? I'm pretty sur...

Senior Discounts Aren't Necessary And Actually Can Do Harm

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.07.2016 | Fifty

Many years ago, I took my two 80-something-year-old aunts to lunch at a chain restaurant near the retirement village where they both lived. The prices...

8 Things I Learned Volunteering At My Kid's School Track Meet

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.24.2016 | Fifty

Life has plenty of lessons for us, assuming you know where to look. Here's what I learned about generational differences from staffing the ticket boot...

Why This Travel Lover Isn't Going To Europe Anytime Soon

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.22.2016 | Fifty

In the relative safety of my Los Angeles home, I awoke to the news of the terrorist bombings in Brussels and immediately readied myself for the usual ...

What's The Deal With Claire Underwood's Shoes?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.07.2016 | Fifty

If you're a Netflix addict, chances are you spent a good portion of the weekend watching the newly released season of "House of Cards." While we thoro...

Why A Caregiver Tax Credit Is A Good Start

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.04.2016 | Fifty

The Credit for Caring Act, introduced in Congress Friday, would give family caregivers a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for doing what could other...

I'm Entering The Empty Nest Stage Of Purses

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.03.2016 | Fifty

My daughter -- aka the love of my life, the reason for my next breath, my daily dose of sunshine -- will be leaving for college in the fall. I am alre...

Watch How A Headline Turns A Nice Story Ageist

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.25.2016 | Fifty

About a year ago, a video was posted to YouTube by a US Airways flight attendant who had asked the barbershop quartet on board if they'd sing a number...

Sometimes A Rash Is Just A Rash

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.18.2016 | Fifty

I enjoy a special kind of crazy where, when unrelated events collide, I always assume it's the universe speaking to me. I believe there are no such th...