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Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Tools To Find Your Own Happiness Quotient

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Based on the latest research, we know a lot about why happiness is worth fighting for: It elevates your mood, helps you sleep better, makes you more attractive to others, propels you forward with goals, improves ability to resolve conflicts, relieves stress, and boosts your immune system.

These Fall Colors Can Help Build Strong Bones

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Mark your calendars! October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day, an annual event dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

The Truth About Broken Bones After 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If you're over 50 and fracture a bone, there's a very good shot you'll be treated and released without first having a simple test that could make the difference between enjoying a healthy, active future . . . or succumbing to a painful, limited one.

15 Reasons Why Knitting Is Totally Badass

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

It wasn't until I turned 50, many years after my beloved grandmother had passed on from Alzheimer's, that I decided to step into my local knitting store and finally get that lesson. To say that I am hooked is an understatement.

How You, Too, Can Have Full, Gorgeous Eyebrows

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.30.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Eyebrows have a true purpose for being -- to help keep sweat out of our eyes, and convey a wide range of emotion through facial expression. But they've also had a starring role in beauty trends for thousands of years.

The Embarrassing Health Problem That's Surprisingly Common Among Women

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I am one of the biggest believers in positive aging on the planet. Embracing who we are now, and all the new experiences that come along with getting older, is essential to our long term happiness and well-being. But, I'll also be the first to admit that sometimes these new -- and often unexpected -- changes can make us want to stick our heads in the sand.

20 Reasons To Run The NYC Marathon At Least Once in Your Life

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Every year around this time, I get the New York City Marathon bug. My usual every-other-day run generally takes me to Central Park, where I loop around for three or four miles, sometimes doing the full six.

3 Crazy Easy Ways To Love Yourself To A Better Body

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

A friend and her husband recently took the scenic route from Colorado back to their home in New York, making interesting stops along the way. Knowing how strongly I feel about the importance of eating well, exercise, and keeping weight at a reasonable level, she sent me this description of what she saw at one of the places they stopped to eat lunch, somewhere in the midwest.

What I Learned From 5 Influential Boomer Celebs

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

As a contributor to AARP and host of The Best of Everything series on the AARP YouTube channel, I was invited to participate in the Ideas@50+ event recently in San Diego. Here are a few kernels of wisdom from some of the biggest names at the event.

7 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Protect Your Bones At Any Age

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

May was National Osteoporosis Month but right now is the best time to figure out how to lower your risk of breaking a bone and avoid osteoporosis down the road. The good news is it's ridiculously easy to put yourself on the right path.

Is It Time For Mature Women To Embrace The 'No-Makeup Look'?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The 'no-makeup look' ebbs and flows in popularity, peaking when celebrities like Beyonce or Gwyneth Paltrow post photos of themselves on Instagram without a stitch of powder or even a dab of lipstick.

How Turning 50 Broke My 'Inertia Curse' And Ultimately Saved My Life

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Here's an experiment: imagine you're under a spell -- or really, a curse. You aren't asleep or even hurt. You haven't been imprisoned in a tower or turned into a toad. No, under this spell you are not only alive, but able to live your life exactly the same way you did yesterday. That's the curse.

10 Great Financial Tips Sure To Save You Loads Of Money

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

April 15 -- a day that's become a nagging reminder of the money we make and how much we spend -- is around the corner and boomers in particular might wonder how they can save more money in 2014.

5 Biggest Mistakes Women Make When It Comes To Love And Dating

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

These are the five biggest mistakes women in midlife make about love and dating.

Who Knew? These Celebrities Are Turning 65 In 2014!

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Do you know what the average age of retirement is in America? Or, which celebrities are turning 65 next year? Well, we're here to tell you...

A Head-To-Toe Guide To Fighting Dryness

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

One of the most common and annoying aspects of aging is ... dryness. Hair, eyes, skin -- and a few other places -- might need a bit more attention (and lubrication) than when we were younger.

The #1 Reason To Skip Sit-Ups

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

A few years ago when I turned 50 and my world was topsy-turvy . . . I decided to get a grip. Not only had I packed on 15 post-menopausal pounds (too much of it settled around my middle), my energy lagged, and I felt gloomy and glum a lot of the time. Even worse, I started to think that midlife wasn't going to be so great after all. For the first time in my life, I had a bad attitude.

5 Life-Changing Events That Can Shake Us To Our Core

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Organization expert and best-selling author Julie Morgenstern told me when I interviewed her recently that turning 50 is often so traumatic it can make many people stay stuck where they are, unable to move on.

2 Preventable And Treatable Menopause Symptoms Women Choose To Ignore

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Sadly, while research shows that many women are simply too embarrassed to talk about the issue with their health care providers, doctors are just as reticent to bring it up. Result? Women are left dangling in limbo: wanting to fix it, but not sure how.

Sexy And Sensible Shoes Post-50 Women

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.12.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I've loved shoes since I got my first pair of white patent leather Go-Go boots in 1965.

Could This Be The Real Reason You're Not Having Sex?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Shortly after turning 50, I had dinner with a group of girlfriends. Over great food and a fantastic bottle of pinot noir we chatted about kids, spouses, jobs, and politics, until the discussion eventually settled on sex.

Want To Wow On Date Night? Watch This!

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If you're going on a first date -- especially one where kind friends made the introduction, or, thanks to the Internet, you've met only virtually -- you will no doubt want to put your absolute prettiest foot forward and plan a fun and flirty outfit that makes you look and feel fabulous. But, doesn't your long-term love deserve just as much effort from you?

Are You Caught In The Middle?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

There are many words we could pull out of our hats to describe a woman over 50 with kids who still need her (whether they're living at home or not) AND parents who need her, too, sometimes even more.

4 Reasons You Should Start Eating Kale -- Today

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.23.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I ingest so much kale that my husband thinks I'm addicted. True, I do mix some with brown rice for lunch almost every day, sneak this green wonder into my family's nightly salads (they still can't tell the difference between kale and lettuce), and, yes, a bottle of my 'green juice' is with me at all times.

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing The Plank Every Day

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.15.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Not everything in life is a 'given.' We can never say with complete certainty that we'll be in the same job, relationship, home, or state of health, as we are right now. Life is fraught with change -- both wanted and unwanted, good and bad. This is especially true for those of us who are being squeezed into that sandwich between our children, aging parents, and everything else that life has to offer.