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Ann Brenoff

5 Common Medicare Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I am about to turn 65 and am eligible for Medicare. But it appears that things between me and Mr. M are already off to a rocky start. Frankly, I think he's a lying cheating bastard who promises to love and care for you like nobody's business but then -- at least from what I keep hearing from friends who have already spent time in his company -- it turns out he's all talk and no action.

It Was Just My Anniversary, But Please Don't Ask Me Which One

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.20.2014 | Weddings
Ann Brenoff

Weddings and anniversaries seem like one-day events to me. What matters more are the things that transpire on all the other days of the year -- how you treat each other, how you make one another feel, what kind of partnership you have running the show that is your life together.

Why The 'Golden Girls' Got It Right When It Comes To Living Arrangements

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.16.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought to my commune -- the one I plan on forming when I'm older and widowed and my kids are launched into lives of their own. Think I'm alone in the commune-planning department? You'd be mistaken.

There Are Just A Few Jobs People Over 50 Really Are Too Old To Do

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As the drama unfolds and fingers of blame are pointed at the Secret Service over recent breaches of security at the White House, we have a bit of good news/bad news to report.

Why It Actually Might Be A Good Idea For Everyone To Die At 75

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.02.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Death isn't what scares me. Dying is. And that's because the act of dying today is too often accompanied by medical interventions long passed the point where the patient's prognosis would suggest their futility. Why should dying be so hard?

Is This Behavior Killing Your Friendships?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Last week, I had one of those absolutely awful days. In Internet-speak, it was a 'Worst. Day. Ever.' I'll spare you the details, but suffice to say when I got home, I did something unusual: I phoned a friend.

Ann Brenoff

One Family's Devastating 'New Normal' After Losing An 11-Year-Old To Cancer

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents

One of the small things Ellen Stern struggles with now is what to say when a new acquaintance asks her how many kids she has. "Twice now, I've sai...

The Incredible Life Lesson I Learned From My Teenage Daughter

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.18.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The say that eventually the child becomes the parent. In my mind, that's a situation that comes much much later in life when parents are old and frail and need help getting around. But I recently learned otherwise.

When The Face In The Mirror Looks Older Than You Feel

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.12.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The day when we all eventually do age is real, is out there, is waiting for each and every one of us. It comes even when you feel younger than your years, even when you truly believe that age is just a number and that you are only as old as you feel.

This Is Why Plumbers Rule The World

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I had to smile when a colleague emailed that she had to work from home that day because she needed to wait for the plumber. She's a virgin home owner, which is to say that when she and her husband bought their first house just a few months ago, she hadn't a clue what bidding adieu to a landlord meant. Mostly what it means is that you spend a lot of time waiting for plumbers.

7 Reasons Not To Celebrate Labor Day

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.28.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As companies focused more on the bottom line, they began to refer to workers as "assets" and when times got tough, they looked at which "assets" to cut. "Do more with less," "Get rid of the fat," and "leaner and meaner" were the propaganda slogans that sent chills down workers' spines. Older workers quickly read the writing on the wall.

This Is Going To Make You Very Mad At Your Doctor

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.21.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Some doctors seem to have embraced the airlines' model for doing business -- you know, the one where they now charge fees for things they used to just do for free.

Woodstock: Yeah, It Was Something -- Just Not What You Think

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.14.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

About a month ago, I was standing in front of the Woodstock display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio when it happened again. A guy about my age, wearing a baseball cap over what I assumed was a balding head, sized me up and asked: 'So, were you there?' I nodded 'yes' and then what happened is pretty much what always happens.

5 Types Of Annoying People To Avoid At All Costs

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.07.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Sometimes, I just don't get people. I mean, we all share the same planet and that alone means we need to be aware of overlapping into the personal space of others, right? So with that in mind, I would like to call out a few folks who, to my way of thinking, broke some planet rules.

Older People Are Not Adorable, So Please Stop Calling Them That

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

There's lots of discussion these days about what to call people as they grow older. Nobody likes 'elderly'; 'senior' and 'senior citizen' are a scant improvement over 'elderly'; and we can argue till the cows come home exactly what 'older person' means. I'm fine with using my actual age as a descriptor. I'm a '64-year-old.' Period. What I'm not fine with is being called 'adorable.'

Does This Weight Chart Make Me Look Fat?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My doctor gave me one of those heart-to-heart talks: You need to lose some weight and exercise more, he said. The "or else" was implied. I know that being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and a million other bad things. But I just had to ask: Am I really overweight?

Facebook's Highest Purpose: Talking To The Dead?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Forget trips to the psychic. Increasingly, Facebook has become our conduit for talking to the dearly departed.

Ann Brenoff

5 Reasons Summer Just Isn't What It Used To Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty

Growing up, the happiest day of the year for me was always the last day of school. Why? Because it was the start of the laziest, most fun season of th...

Why Can't Anyone Stop The Onslaught Of Scam Phone Calls?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.10.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The voice message left on our home phone sounded very convincing. Authoritative and with a hint of menace, the caller said that the IRS Crime Investigations Unit was about to file charges for tax evasion against us -- but if we called them back right away and could explain a few things to the caller, perhaps our imminent prosecution could be averted. But only if we called him back right away.

Why Worrying About Retirement Is Actually A Luxury

Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.09.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Retirement planners used to talk about the "three-legged stool of retirement income -- Social Security, traditional company pensions, and personal savings." Nowadays, many of us are sitting on legless stools.

The One Big Downside To Virtual Friends

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.26.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I have two sets of friends: There are the brick and mortar ones who I meet for dinner, spend holidays with, and text -- and then there are my virtual friends, who are the people I have gotten to know online and who I frequently feel that I know just as well.

THIS Is What Happens When The Child Becomes The Parent

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.25.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Peggy Scott just returned home from a lovely jaunt through Italy and Greece with her college daughter, Abigail. Abby was finishing up a semester abroad and her Mom joined her over there. Peggy's Facebook feed was filled with photos. It was a trip where Abby, having spent the semester abroad and with a newly acquired knowledge of all things European, took the lead.

What To Do When Your Kids Are Embarrassed By You

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I spotted something on Facebook the other day that caused a parenting flashback. A woman posted how her overweight husband was at a school function when at some point during the festivities, her young daughter whispered in his ear and asked him to please leave. Why? Some of her classmates were commenting on his weight, calling him things like "fatso."

6 Vintage Graduation Tips That Still Apply Today

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.18.2014 | Fifty

Remember in "The Graduate," Dustin Hoffman's character Benjamin was given just one word of advice upon his graduation? "Plastics." While there...

How To Spot The Unapologetic Apology

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

It's safe to say that Clippers soon-to-be-former owner Donald Sterling is a poster boy for how not to apologize. Surely, it can't be that hard, even if you are a multi-billionaire who likes to parade around with strange-looking chicks on your arm. (I'm sorry; that was an uncalled-for and mean remark.)