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Why This 54-Year-Old Took A Pregnancy Test

Lisa Shanahan | Posted 02.09.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Shanahan

Last February I travelled with the extended family, but without my husband, to Key West for spring break, where I had my period. When I came back, I had sex with my husband, Jim. In March: no period. Hmm. Was I pregnant? Was it possible?

The Bad Advice I'm So Glad I Ignored When I Was Younger

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 02.03.2016 | Fifty
Lorraine C. Ladish

Here are the top five things people have told me over the years and which now at 50+ I'm glad I turned a deaf ear on. Had I listened to them, none of the good things in my life would have happened.

Show Me Your 5 Closest Friends and I'll Show You Your Future

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 01.21.2016 | Good News
Justin Ricklefs

I've grown older, I've become more aware that friendships like this didn't happen by accident. They happened little by little, in lots of small unnoticed moments.

Elder Orphans: Step One in the Aging-Alone Plan, learn the stages

Carol Marak | Posted 01.14.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

This article is the second in a series of "Elder Orphans--my aging-alone plan." If you missed the first one, "A Baby Boomer's Aging Alone Plan," the...

7 Serious Questions to Plan Your Future

Jay Lickus | Posted 01.13.2016 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Baby Boomers, Today, I am putting you to work so grab some paper and a pencil. No, really, grab some paper and a pencil !!! Today is all about moti...

Ian McKellen Reveals What May Be The Biggest Upside Of Aging

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.11.2016 | Fifty

Not everyone welcomes aging with open arms, but actor Ian McKellen couldn't be happier with one of the lesser-known perks of being older. The 76-year-...

The First Time I Really Felt Like An Adult

Nancy Roman | Posted 01.07.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

I recently had a discussion about the 'inner child' -- the well-founded idea that there is a distinct part of us that is still the small child we used to be. With this concept, our greatest joys and greatest fears arise from the child we used to be. What we loved then, we love even more now.

Update: Health Plan Revisions Help Keep a Promise to Elder New Yorkers

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Earlier this month, I introduced readers to Mrs. S., who was in danger of becoming bedbound by her arthritis, congestive heart failure and diabetes. B...

Think You're Too Old In Your 50s? Think Again.

Laurie Stone | Posted 12.22.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Stone

Admit it. When you were young, you thought being in your 50s was older than dirt. You couldn't imagine being that aged and decrepit. But then the years moved forward. And here you are. The strangest thing is you look around and realize things aren't so bad. In fact, here are seven reasons why being in your 50s is downright great...

Hanging With Neighbor Sue

Sara Lindberg | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

"Can we go to Sue's house?" I have heard that simple question hundreds of times. It's almost always followed by the kids grabbing a bike, scooter, or just high-tailing it down to their best friends house.

Desperately Seeking A New Stereotype As I Near 60

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 12.17.2015 | Fifty
Kimberly Montgomery

I'm lost in the sea of middle age that doesn't look anything like I envisioned. It's a bit confusing.

What It Was Like To REALLY Look In The Mirror At Age 50

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty
Amy L. Freeman

Aging is difficult! I get that neither failing to notice, nor obsessing over aging, is a good idea, but I'm stuck in that trough this week. I am seriously hoping that, over time, these peaks and valleys will recede in my mind, because, gosh darn it, they're going to increase on my face.

36 Years of Unremarkable Growth

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 12.03.2015 | Women
Nicole Jankowski

Wake up, it is early December and filled with only rain. There is still time, for a White Christmas. But Christmas is a million miles away and tomorrow is my 37th birthday.

11 Hilariously Honest Tweets About Aging

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty

Not everyone welcomes middle age, but if you have a sense of humor about it, growing older can be pretty darn comical. To make light of aging, we've r...

In Praise Of All The Awesome Aunts Out There

Nancy Sommers | Posted 11.22.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

Is there a female equivalent to avuncular -- a comfortable word to describe the goodness of aunts? We could say auntlike or tantesque -- but somehow these words seem less generous than a word like avuncular, cloaked in corduroy, describing a good-hearted, patient, indulgent uncle.

Why I Love Nothing Better Than To Be Called Granny

Debbie Slevin | Posted 11.18.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

What is it about grandparenting that has so totally captivated me? I try to parse the overwhelming sense of satisfaction I get when I am with my grandson, to understand the visceral pleasure of this stage of life.

The 7 Things That Change in Your 30s

Amy Chan | Posted 11.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Chan

I never understood what my older sisters meant when they told me that life changes in your 30s. Now, a few years past the three-decade mark, I can look back and with a relieved satisfaction, that yes, life does change and for the better for that matter.

9 Reasons Why What You Think About Aging Matters

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 11.14.2015 | Fifty
Kathy Gottberg

We live in exciting times because the overall view of aging and what it means to all of us as we grow older is more positive than ever. Finding out why some people age in a positive and healthier way compared to others is under study by dozens of organizations on a regular basis.

The Things My Aging Body Has Forgotten How To Do

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.02.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

She isn't sure why her body is forgetting how to do things it has always done, but she is pretty sure this forgetfulness will continue. Hopefully, the ability to hold a spoon and fork will be the last to go. Or, at least a spoon. It's tough to eat ice cream with a fork.

What Boomers Can Learn From Millennials

Paul H. Irving | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty
Paul H. Irving

For older individuals, work is associated with better health, increased financial security and a stronger sense of purpose. For employers and society, research confirms that older workers bring wisdom, experience and emotional balance to improve work environments and performance.

Why Age? An Ageless Lament

Paul Ratner | Posted 10.02.2015 | Fifty
Paul Ratner

Yep, this is me. I'm now made of lumps, unsightly hairs, and aches in places I didn't know existed. My body used to always be there for me, ready to go, like a loyal servant. I put it through thick and thin, made it work.

Face Time Is Not a Wrinkle Cream

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 09.30.2015 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

Seeing his face, I realized it's for video chatting. Totally flustered, I flailed around, calling out, "Do I put the phone to my ear, or am I supposed to look at it?" By the time I got organized, I was spared the indignity of seeing him laughing at me.

'I Think The Neighbor Likes Me'

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 09.19.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

He's about my age. His white hair is long and full, but not so much that he looks like he never found his way home from a Grateful Dead concert. I see him walking through the neighborhood all the time.

Without Family Around, Holidays Really Suck

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 09.15.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

For over 14 years, my nest has been empty. My kids are scattered and the grandchildren live far away. Tumultuous family gatherings have not materialized, nor have impromptu dinners, brunches, or barbecues. And I am sad.

The Seven Deadly Sins, Birthday Edition

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 09.09.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

For this year's birthday, I intend to find ways to exchange the seven deadly sins for seven lively good deeds. I'll trade lust for gratitude, gluttony for self-control, greed for compassion, sloth for efficiency, wrath for joy, envy for love, and pride for humility.