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The Best of Everything After 50

Is The Anti-Aging Industry Bad for Our Health?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Have we created a society of "haves" and "have nots" based not so much on how much we have, but on how much we can spend on looking younger?

The Post 50 Plan to Declutter Your Life . . . For Good

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

When I turned 50 a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by the stuff that had accumulated over the years, and I realized that it wasn't just physical clutter but mental clutter, as well.

The Good Patient: How To Make Your Doctor Love You

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

We expect a lot from our doctors, but it's a two-way street. I asked a few physicians to tell me which behaviors they see in patients that impede their ability to provide the best care.

The Myth of Spontaneous Sex

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Why, you may ask yourself, are you not having wild, spontaneous sex now that you and your partner have been together for five, ten, fifteen, maybe twenty or more years?

Make This the Year to Embrace Your Age

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Isn't it time to change how we view aging? Have we created a society of "haves" and "have nots" based not so much on how much we have, but on how much we can spend on looking younger?

Why Turning 50 Can Save Your Life

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.27.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

For too long, women have been tricked into seeing 50 as the end of the road when, instead, we should be viewing it as the start of a new life, one in which we are truly comfortable with who we are.

What Post 50 Americans Fear Most

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.17.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Always digging deeper into what women over 50 are really thinking (and not just depending on the academic reports and studies, many of which are frightfully discouraging), I asked friends on Facebook to reveal the one thing that keeps them awake at night, that single nagging worry that haunts their sleep and has the potential to overshadow their generally positive outlook on life.

What Post50 Women Really Want to See on TV

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, TV watching was simple and predictable: Friday nights found us watching The Addams Family (accompanied by Swanson TV Din...

What's in Your Closet? Ten Must-Haves for Post50 Fashionistas

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.07.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I had the great opportunity to interview Diane von Furstenberg, Ginny Hilfiger, and a few other fashion-forward experts who gave me guidelines (no rules, please!) on what to wear and to avoid once I turned 50. Here's their master list of "must haves."

Why Post50 Women Will Lead the "Occupy ERA" Movement

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.25.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Can a country that prides itself as the leader and protector of democracy in the world, and one which implores other countries to include the word "women" in their constitutions (Afghanistan and Iraq), still not protect the rights of women in its own?

The Eyes Have It: Eye Contact and Power

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.23.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Women will often remain silent during meetings, adding to their accumulative disadvantage, because they've learned that being ignored can be humiliating and painful.

Occupy This: Create a Lasting Legacy by Passing the Equal Rights Amendment

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The Occupy Movement continues to protest economic inequality. But it's missing an opportunity to create a lasting legacy: to push for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Running the NYC Marathon and What I Wore

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Like many people over 50, I was worried about running, because I had heard that running, or even strenuous walking, can hurt our joints. Research shows, however, that it won't, if done right.

What's Stopping You From Being Fearless After 50?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.26.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I looked in the mirror and thought, "OK, this is it. This is what being middle aged is all about, and I'd better just accept it." Then, I mentally tucked myself under the proverbial blanket and was getting ready to stay there -- until I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, declaring, "Giving in to fear is not an option."

The Best Is Yet To Come

bestofeverythingafter50.com | Posted 12.22.2011 | Fifty

Getting older is something that happens to other people. As children, 20 seems impossibly old, thirtysomething is unimaginable. But when we reach our ...

The Power of Pretty, the Power of Hope: When Feeling Beautiful Matters Most

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.17.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

As more Americans survive cancer, and live longer, organizations -- and individuals -- are grappling with how to help them transition out of the "patient" stage and into a new life as a survivor who feels good, looks good, and has hope for her future.

Older Mother, Better Mother?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.13.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

It's possible that, generally speaking, older mothers -- especially those who have spent time in the workplace -- are often better equipped to handle the trials and tribulations of motherhood, and everything that comes with it, than their younger counterparts.

Life After 50: Why 50 Is More Than an Age... It's a Movement

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Post-50 Americans are teeming with justified frustration... just waiting to be turned into positive action. All we need to do is band together, declare our intention, and put a name to that which will propel us forward: movement.

Life After 50: I'm Running to Raise Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer... Because I Can

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.06.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

In early January, not knowing how else to express my grief, frustration, and fear, I decided to run in the ING NYC Marathon to raise much-needed money for research, treatment and support of those who contract pancreatic cancer.

5 Infuriating Fibs About Women Over 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Make no mistake: there is a revolution brewing and women over 50 are moving it forward. We demand nothing less than a societal sea change on how women over 50 are viewed in this country.

A Call to Action: It's Time to Silence the "Silent Killer" of Women

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.27.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If you knew there was a killer on the loose attacking over 21,000 women every year, wouldn't you demand that the government do everything necessary to stop him?

Life After 50: Walk Breaks During Marathons: Wimpy or Brilliant?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.16.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Purists snicker at the idea of taking walk breaks, but they'll be the ones looking for the orthopedic surgeons.

The Healing Power Of Olive Oil

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

My favorite beauty "secret" (which sure wasn't a secret to the ancient Greeks or my grandmother) is using olive oil on just about every part of your body, inside and out.

Life After 50: The End of Aging as We Know It

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.07.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Isn't it time to change how we view aging? Have we created a society of "haves" and "have nots" based not so much on how much we have, but on how much we can spend on looking younger?

Life After 50: Why Should Gray Hair Work Against Women?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.02.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If a woman is looking for a job -- or trying to keep one -- in this fragile economy, is she putting herself in an even more precarious situation if she chooses to rebel and "go gray"?