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#Growing Older

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.

Versions of Me: Learning to Love Who I Have Become

Lisa M. Van Wormer | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Lisa M. Van Wormer

I know I will never be these versions of me again -- the soldier, the athlete, the new mom. But there is still some room in the back of the closet saved for my magic pants eventual retirement.

Why Technology Is The Catalyst For A New Era Of Aging In Place

Paul H. Irving | Posted 09.08.2015 | Fifty
Paul H. Irving

As futurists debate the merits and risks of new technologies, we know today that technological progress is providing solutions for a new generation of older adults who seek to remain active, contributing and connected to their families, friends and communities.

7 Ways To Avoid 7 Common Chronic Diseases

Carol Marak | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

In the next few decades, people worldwide can expect to live longer. And if you make it to 65, data implies that you my live another 20 years. That's the good news. Those living another two decades will likely live with at least one chronic condition. But some health factors can help lessen that concern.

Letting Go of the Balloon String

Ayyan Zubair | Posted 08.17.2015 | College
Ayyan Zubair

Just as surely as the days of the summer continue to shorten, so too do the days of my childhood come to a close. Leaving for college does much more than simply just changing one's ZIP code; it removes the innocent coating of childhood from us.

Why 50 Is Definitely NOT The New 30

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 08.15.2015 | Fifty
Lorraine C. Ladish

When two years ago I made it known to my social media community that I was proudly turning half a century, I was showered with all kinds of well-meant happy returns for the day. I also got many comments that were well-intended but not so well-received: 'Don't worry, 50 is the new 30.'

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.

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small...

The Dilemmas of Being a Woman of a Certain Age

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 07.27.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

My friends tell me that now I have reached the stage of life that can be best described by the French saying "une femme d'un certain age" (a woman of a certain age). I suppose this means I can no longer wear mini skirts and short-shorts without looking ridiculous.

Who You Were In College is Who You Are In Life

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Sort of. You’re obviously not the same exact person you were in college. That Fear and Loathing poster no longer hangs above your bed and ...

The Nightmare Of Nose Hair

Teresa Kindred | Posted 07.24.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

For the first time I received a really scary gift. It was a magnifying mirror. If you are young you are probably wondering why this is frightening. If you are over 50, you know what I am talking about.

The Hearing Aids I've Grown To Love

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Kathy Gottberg

While most people have a gradual decline in volume as they age, my hearing loss is more like a 'cookie bite.' I can hear highs and lows, but it's all the middle-ranges that disappear on me. Now I know why I thought so many people were mumbling.

Why Women Should Stop Trashing Each Other Over Aging

Lorraine C. Ladish | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Lorraine C. Ladish

There is such a thing as the aging wars. What is that, you ask? Well, the trend of women trashing other women over aging a certain way. It happens online, in gossip magazines, in conversation...

Helicopter Parents, It's Up to You to Let Go Now as Your Teens Get Ready For High School

Dorothy O'Keefe Diana | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Dorothy O'Keefe Diana

Your children will begin to individuate and make their own decisions, like choosing their course work, becoming involved in sports or clubs, and seeking their identity based on those choices. This is where we as parents need to learn to let go. Micromanaging or helicoptering your children does not help them -- it actually harms them.

The Future of Growing Old

XPRIZE | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living

Humans have always dreamed of longevity, but how do you achieve meaning and purpose throughout a longer life? Psychologist and gerontologist Dr. Ken...

10 Reasons Why 60 Is The New 16

Amanda Bradley | Posted 06.25.2015 | Fifty
Amanda Bradley

I know what you're going to tell me. Everybody knows that 60 is the new 40. Or 30. Or maybe the new 50. Definitely no one says that 60 is the new 16. But I haven't made a typing error. Sixty definitely is the new 16, and just to prove it to you, here are 10 things the two have in common.

The Hat Peeking Over the Steering Wheel

Ana McGinley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Ana McGinley

My father's story will sound familiar to many people. Naturally should he be an obvious risk to other drivers -- and to himself -- removing his license would be essential. But this is not the case. As with many older people in the early stages of chronic illnesses, like dementia, the disease progress slowly destroys skills and abilities.

A Wrinkle in Time

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.13.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


10 Awesome Things At 60 I Never Had At 30

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 06.14.2015 | Fifty
Kathy Gottberg

A week ago I turned 60. And while the number sounds much older than I feel, I am also extremely aware of how great my life is at the same time. In fact, thinking back I am hyper-aware of how much my life has improved during the last 30 years. But how can that be?

6 Simple Ways To Grow Happier As You Grow Older

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty

Here at Huff/Post50 we believe life only gets sweeter with age. You no longer worry about what others think. Your kids are out of the house and you ha...

Just Older

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.06.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss