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Ann Brenoff

The 5 Resolutions Those 50 And Older Should Never Make

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty

Resolutions are for those who succumb to peer pressure, right? Besides, does anyone really think the flip of a calendar page is going to give them the...

The 7 Things I Hope Will End With 2014

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

The beauty of flipping a calendar page is that as much as we are opening a new chapter, we are also closing an old one. Here are seven things I hope mid-lifers can leave behind in 2014.

The Customer Service Experience That Absolutely Shocked Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.11.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

With the precision of a Rockettes' dance number, one by one the windows in my house have all snapped the little doohickey that lets them slide up and down smoothly and keeps them from going off-tilt. If I were a window repairman, I'm sure there would be a real name for the broken part and with that real name, a real expensive price tag and a real expensive labor call.

Why Retirement At 65 Is A Fairy Tale

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.09.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Today, retirement is something that fairy tales are made of. A new study commissioned by the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement proved what is said in pretty much every conversation that involves people age 50 to 68: When it comes to retiring from work, we ain't going nowhere.

This May Be The Biggest Upside To Aging

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.04.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Ever since I was in my early 20s, you could set my mood-ometer to the fall weekend when we changed the clocks back. Losing an hour of daylight at the end of the day pushes me into the SAD zone -- I suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Why Tip-Of-The-Tongue Syndrome Terrifies Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.20.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

For the past few years, my husband and I have been engaged in a sort of memory-loss Olympics. We are constantly keeping track of who forgets more.

What Black Thursday Protesters Have Gotten Completely Wrong

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.13.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Black Thursday is more commonly known as Thanksgiving, a day when families -- dysfunctional and otherwise -- gather to over-eat and give gratitude that they are able to. While the day after Thanksgiving has long been the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season, the starting bell has been ringing earlier and earlier each year.

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Holding A Garage Sale

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.06.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Who knew that the keys to unlocking the mysteries of the universe could be found in a garage sale? Actually, the keys to the universe's mysteries were...

The Valuable Lesson About Aging I Learned From My Daughter's Soccer Team

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.30.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My 17-year-old daughter has been playing soccer since she was 5. One year of club soccer sent her running back into the arms of our local AYSO -- something that had little to do with her skill set and more to do with just wanting to have fun at a sport she loves.

5 Common Medicare Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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?