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Getting Old

What It's Really Like To Turn 83

Stanley Ely | Posted 11.22.2015 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

Exactly three years ago, my uncle Morris passed away in Dallas at age 103 plus a few months. He never expected to live that long -- does anyone? But he did, and was alert until his very final days. This happened just as I was giving myself an 80th birthday party in New York.

A Very Funny Jew Looks At Turning 50

Bryan Behar | Posted 10.04.2015 | Fifty
Bryan Behar

I have a solemn confession to make. In a couple months, I am turning 50. Even as I type this I'm imagining anyone affiliated with my career making a frantic dash for my computer. 'You work in television, you can't admit that! Quick, say that you're turning 8. Or that you haven't been born yet.' Please.

8 Things In Life I've Grown Too Old To Do

Michelle Combs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Fifty
Michelle Combs

My mind doesn't understand that I'm 52-years-old. It still feels 31. My body, however, is fully aware of the number of years it's lived. There are things I'm too old for. Here are eight of them.

9 Signs You're 'Getting Old'

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 08.02.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

How do you know when you're old? None of my peers seem to know they're old. Even after they see their wrinkles and gray hair, whine about arthritic pain and celebrate another monumental birthday, all I ever hear them say is, "I'm getting old." They don't get the connection between those old age signs and actually being old.

What Is Your Emotional Age?

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

When I was 16, I tried to act as if I was 21. When I was 21, I tried to act 30. When I was 40, I tried to act 30 again. When I was 60, I realized I could act any damn age I wanted to!

When My Teen Accused Me of Being Old, This Is What I Did

Lori Holden | Posted 02.25.2015 | Fifty
Lori Holden

Instead, I took to heart what she said. I am really old, to her very young eyes. And it appears she does not carry the same judgment in saying so that I do in hearing so. I've lived on this planet -- I've thrived on this planet -- for a long time.

Katla McGlynn

Talking Online Satire With Joe Garden And The Ladies Of Reductress | Katla McGlynn | Posted 09.29.2014 | Comedy

HuffPost Comedy Editors Carol Hartsell and Katla McGlynn spend all day looking at funny things on the Internet. Now, they have a podcast. This is "Too...

Watch Out Cupid! Transhumanism is Going to Change Love

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you're in a coffee shop, don't overlook that 70-year-old sitting in the corner reading Dickens, Hemmingway, or maybe even a copy of The Transhumanist Wager. That senior citizen with their years of wisdom and experience might soon be fair game for a love interest.

Aaaackk! I'm Older Than The President's Wife!

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

Michelle Obama turned 50 recently. And while everyone was saying, 'Oh, isn't it great, Michelle Obama is 50!' I was looking in the mirror saying, 'I'm older than the president's wife?!?' For the first time in my personal history, the first lady is younger than I am. And that's not sitting very well with me.


Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Please ignore the egregious error being perpetrated by that nasty little website, Facebook. The folks at Facebook decided to send around a message to all my friends this week claiming that I have turned 49.

On the Back Nine, Part Two: The Physical Body

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

We don't know how to be with this body as it is. It's written off as gross, old, icky because we only live with it in comparison to the way we looked in the past.

A Portrait of the Artist at 83

Chris Delyani | Posted 07.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Chris Delyani

"Getting old is wonderful," my neighbor Robert Akeley told me with a smile, his blue eyes lighting up, when I asked him for the single most important message he'd like to pass on to Huffington Post readers.

Dare to Be 100: Guts and Smarts

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2013 | Fifty
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

In my experience, every single person who has mastered the great art of successful aging has had an inner grit. Not necessarily with any bravado or flourish, but with a steely determination to look loss straight in the face without blinking.

The Items I Find Impossible To Open

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

OK, you just bought a jar of kosher pickles and you're dying to put one on the burger you just barbecued. You should be able to just unscrew the lid easily, remove the juicy pickle from its briny bathwater and slap it on the meat. This used to be easy. Not anymore.

The Year I Got Old

Sofia Aguilar | Posted 03.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Sofia Aguilar

When I read and see how the millennials conduct themselves, how they date, socialize and lead their lives, I have nothing in my own history to compare it to. That piece on "The End of Courtship" made me feel from another era.

6 Reasons Why Turning 56 Was Far Different Than 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

A few weeks ago I turned 56. To commemorate and celebrate, I ran 5.6 miles around Central Park. It felt good knowing I could run that distance and still be fit enough to join my husband and daughters at a birthday dinner downtown a few hours later. That's a sea change from when I turned 50.

Fear Of Aging: 'It's All About Attitude!'

Barbara Melton Perkins | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Melton Perkins

If you grow up with a negative attitude, are abusive to others, complain about everything, and are never thankful for the blessings in your life, then you probably are going to be a grumpy, mean 'ole cuss.

Taking Care of Someone With Alzheimer's Can Take its Toll

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 11.12.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Growing up, I remember Auntie Honey harping constantly about almost everything. Her most bitter comments were about her mother -- my grandmother -- a slight, sweet, extremely religious woman who had lost her mind and didn't know where she had left it.

A Surprising Reason Getting Older Is Hard

Debbie Leon | Posted 10.29.2012 | Fifty
Debbie Leon

Among the indignities of getting older, the minute I turned 50 I started getting insulted by my mail.

WATCH: Arianna On Aging

Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living

"In a culture that values youth as much as ours does, time is public enemy number one," says Arianna Huffington. "Every new wrinkle or gray hair can s...

On Getting Old: You May Be Aging Gracefully, But Are You Aging Fearlessly? (VIDEO)

Terri Cole | Posted 10.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

It is totally possible to embrace the aging process and grow older fearlessly! But as with everything, the choice is yours. Choose fearlessness rather than denial, which does not produce the results you seek and keeps you constricted and stuck.

Does Getting Older Make You Meaner?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.25.2012 | Fifty

According to some social scientists, the older we get, the more our personal ethics matter. It probably has something to do with the desire most of us...

Why 85 Feels A Lot Like 50

Richard Abrons | Posted 08.28.2012 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

At other ages I was defined by what I did. Schoolboy, father, husband, stockbroker, writer. Now, if there was only one thing you could know about me -- just one -- I would choose that you know I'm 85.

Top 10 Myths Of Aging

Posted 06.22.2012 | Fifty

Senior moments, increasing isolation, an inability to grow and change -- these are just a few of the common stereotypes about what people can expect l...

Declining With Dignity

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

There's nothing quite like "placing" an elderly family member in a "facility" to conjure up feelings of guilt and shame and anger and, yes, failure. None of those feelings was communicated to us in any way by my father-in-law.