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Why Don't You Burn Those Decorative Candles?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.28.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I think the world can be divided into two groups of people: Those who burn their candles and those, like me, who don't burn them because, well, then they'd be gone.

We Need Some Rules for Boomer Playdates

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.27.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

There was a popular book years ago called "All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Lessons included how to share, how to wait your turn and how to line up without touching the guy in front of you.

Me, Bruce, And A Colonoscopy

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.26.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I just had the ultimate boomer moment: I booked a colonoscopy for the same day that I had tickets to see Bruce Springsteen.

New Ways to Cash in on Your Life Insurance Policy

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.24.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you don't need your life insurance policy any longer, are having difficulty with the premium payments or could just use the money, a life settlement is definitely an option worth considering.

Estate Planning: What You Don't Say Can Hurt You

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.23.2012 | Fifty

My friend Jim Flanagan in New Jersey always said he planned to live to be 100 and die with one shiny nickel left to his name. His four children -- and...

Living Together Is A Substitute, Not a Precursor To Marriage

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.18.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

When I was 18, I moved in with my first love. This was the late 1960s and as much as I loved him and he loved me, we both knew that we were too young to get married. Living together served many purposes, not the least of which was to seriously piss off our parents.

Seven Habits That Will Help You Live Longer (And Better)

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The anti-aging industry wants us to believe that we can actually turn back the clock. We can't. But what we can do is be responsible for our own health by following simple, proven steps to healthier living.

Thinning Eyebrows? How To Get Brooke's Look

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.17.2012 | Fifty

Contrary to popular wisdom, your eyebrows may actually be the first thing to go. Long before the hair on your head turns gray, you may notice that you...

Rewriting the Story of Your Life

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.16.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

At midlife, it's time to sort through the life stories we tell, pitching out the ones that no longer fit.

Soccer Moms Find Big Profits In Stinky Feet

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

The key to any successful business is to identify a problem (preferable a problem that people didn't know they had) and fix it. For example: Whoever c...

Who's Watching The 'Granny Cam'?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.22.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

A friend recently noted that parenting her parents was a lot like parenting her kids, except the kids came with more homework. Actually, I think she was wrong on the homework part: Figuring out which Medigap policy to pick for Mom is right up there with the complexities of 10th-grade math.

Why Are We Still Having The Stay-At-Home-Mom Debate?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.12.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Wow, talk about a conversational flashback. Thanks to Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen saying how Ann Romney -- stay-at-home Mom to five boys -- "actually never worked a day in her life," that old can of worms about SAHMs has again been reopened.

Got 20-Plus Years Of Experience? Apply Here!

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.22.2012 | Fifty

Imagine a universe where those who are post 50 are pursued for their experience, where those who don't have at least 20 years of experience needn't bo...

PHOTOS: The 52-Foot Yacht They Will Soon Call Home

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Downsizing is more than just a popular midlife slogan for Ginger and Steve Penny. Recently, the pair -- both 61 -- decided to give up their 2,700-squa...

Spring Cleaning: When In Doubt, I Toss It Out

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.02.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I have gladly sacrificed the three seconds of joy I know I would get 20 years hence when I stumble upon my daughter's first grade report card in a box in the garage. Instead, I toss all that stuff in the garbage two days after it comes home or as soon as no one is watching me.

Finding A Job After 50: Know What Your 'Customer' Really Wants

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 06.22.2012 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Any savvy marketer realizes that prior to launching a product, he or she has to determine the needs and preferences of their customers. You'll want to do the same as you conduct your job search.

Unexpected Grace on the Creative Path

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.01.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

We could all use a little grace now and then. Whether you define it as an unexpected blessing, a stroke of luck, or a spiritual wink from above, grace breathes into ordinary life with encouragement and inspiration.

The Joy of Biking: Seriously, It Is a Great Way to Stay Fit

Leslie Mellet | Posted 06.01.2012 | Fifty
Leslie Mellet

I fell in love with cycling. To me it is wonderful experience to ride long distances and commune with nature (I can't believe I just said that but it is how I feel).

Men's Spring Fashion: It's All About Color

Joe Lupo | Posted 01.01.2013 | Fifty
Joe Lupo

In general, men are pretty lucky that each season isn't a reinvention of the wheel, in terms of style. We can get away with a few updates and still look and feel fresh.

PHOTOS: 12 Great Retirement Homes From $89,000

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.29.2012 | Fifty

The question on the mind of many a midlifer is: Where can I afford to retire? The recession took a toll on our stock portfolios and a major bite into ...

Is Your Mom Or Dad A Hoarder?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.27.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

A 50-year-old businesswoman recently walked into her 83-year-old father's apartment and nearly passed out from what greeted her: stacks and stacks of papers, magazines, books -- "literally from the floor to the ceiling."

Richard Simmons On His Childhood, Weight Loss, And Life Advice

Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Richard Simmons, 63, knows how to make an entrance. The fitness guru showed up at "The Wendy Williams Show" last fall wearing a sleeveless rainbow fri...

Who Needed Facebook When You Had A Good Nail Salon?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.26.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

What beauty parlors were to my mother, this nail salon was to me: a place of community, a spot where you came for sisterhood and women-bonding. It was "Cheers" without the booze and indeed, a place where everyone knew your name.

Words Of Wisdom That Changed My Life

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

What happens when you receive life-changing advice? Do you take it all in at once? Or does one particular sentence or even phrase stay with you, becoming a part of the way you look at an issue or challenge?

Why I'm Celebrating The Anniversary Of Losing My Job At 59

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Three years ago today, an email popped into my inbox asking me to please step into my manager's office. There, a hired gun was waiting to tell me that my job as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times was unceremoniously ending.