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Ann Brenoff

When Are You Too Old To Be A New Parent?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 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 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.

Thank You Brian Williams For Making Misremembering Legit

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.08.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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.