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The 3 Questions Everyone Should Ask Before Marriage

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

There's no perfect method or algorithm for choosing a mate. But according to the elders, taking a step back and asking these three questions about your relationship can help you avoid a tragic mistake -- or move you toward a long, fulfilling life together.

Reinvest in California Seniors to Boost Local Economies

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 08.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Henry A. J. Ramos

More than 68 percent of Californians say that poverty is a critical issue for the state to address, and majority support restoring the social safety net.

What It's Like To Be Suddenly Poor And Homeless At 70

Sandi Bachom | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Sandi Bachom

I'm a new demographic... what I call, 'suddenly poor'... people who have had money and because of some unforeseen circumstance are now broke. Many are homeless and most are seniors. I'm on Social Security, Medicare and food stamps, which makes me a Socialist I guess. But it wasn't always like this. I used to be rich.

Yagana Shah

5 Things You Should Never Say To A Grandparent

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.25.2014 | Fifty

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us, right? Well, whoever came up with that phrase probably wasn't a grandparent. As a...

Deja Vu in Ukraine

Judith Fein | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Judith Fein

It wasn't like any other trip I've taken in my life. From the moment I arrived in Ukraine, I could feel the past under my feet, in front of me, behind...

LGBT People: Our Longing for Home, Our Right to Housing

Robert Espinoza | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

As two recent reports demonstrate, for many LGBT people -- specifically LGBT people of color and elders -- the quest for home routinely comes up against a housing supply that's dilapidated, stretched thin, too expensive and far removed from the cities and neighborhoods we deserve to inhabit.

Growing Up in Africa, I Couldn't Wait to Get Old

TueNight | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
TueNight

Alas, no one wants to get old in America. No one respects the years you have toiled, the adversities you have overcome, the sheer triumph of just being able to make it to the subway station at all, frail, shaking, fragile.

Seniors and Technology -- Bridging the Years and Miles

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 04.09.2014 | Fifty
Jason P. Stadtlander

Many elders have a lot of time on their hands and would treasure being able to be the glue that can bind the family back together, but we as their children and grandchildren need to find ways to make it easier for them to do so.

Global Curriculum -- The World Village

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

Sixth in a series of 12 - Education Unplugged 101 "Self-study, self-exploration, self-empowerment -- these are the virtues of a great education." ...

Let's Raise Our Grand Voices in Support of Children and Families

Dr. Joan Lombardi | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Joan Lombardi

Six years after Mandela launched this group, with help from other leaders from South Africa and around the world, The Elders continue to promote the shared interests of humanity by working on issues ranging from climate justice to promoting equality between men and women to ending conflict in the Middle East to political reform and peace-building processes in Myanmar.

7 Questions We Need To Ask Every Older Person

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I'm proposing a new holiday. Or rather, a new use for an old holiday. I believe that we should make Thanksgiving the day when we celebrate elder wisdom by asking older people to tell us their advice for living. Here's why.

The Life Out Loud: Listening to the Wisdom of Our Elders

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
MeiMei Fox

We need to listen to the surviving first cultures. They are a vehicle for connecting modern humanity to nature and wisdom.

Senior Actors Are Still Dreaming

Timothy Carpenter | Posted 12.25.2013 | Arts
Timothy Carpenter

Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, may be about the vagaries of love, but it's also about the difference between appearance and reality, and the fragility of identity -- themes that are relatable for all ages, but perhaps most poignantly so for seniors.

Let This Guy Tell You How To Pretend You're Working

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.25.2013 | Comedy

You could probably get through life just by listening to all of Mr. Forthright's lessons, but could you get through the workday? We've been told M...

Elders React To The Fox Song

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.20.2013 | Comedy

The Fine Brothers are back with yet another episode of "Elders React." This time they've got their victims watching Norwegian duo, Ylvis,' recent vira...

Helping Aging Parents Stay in Their Homes

Women & Co | Posted 11.06.2013 | HuffPost Home
Women & Co

There are lots of things adult children of seniors can do to make their parents' homes safer and more accessible, regardless of how much -- or how little -- the family can afford to spend.

LGBT People: Let's Talk About Ageism

Robert Espinoza | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

Mainstream culture and various sub-cultures often conflate beauty with youth, and self-worth with appearance, which leaves many people -- not just gay men -- feeling unattractive, insecure and potentially depressed as they age.

What I Learned From My Elders

Brenda Peterson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Fifty
Brenda Peterson

All my life, I've instinctively sought out elders. I longed for their patient, thoughtful scrutiny -- to be truly seen by someone who is wise. Someone who is critically detached, perceptive and yet very fond.

The Rock of the Elders

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

Have you noticed we're all moving towards becoming elderly or elders? What's the difference? I'm helping care for two elders. In their 90's, they ar...

LGBT Elders: Poverty's Challenges Worsen With Age

Robert Espinoza | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

For many, the recession has made salient the economic vulnerability of low-income families, including elders. Now let's name how poverty and discrimination interrelate to complicate aging for millions of LGBT elders.

A Gay Son and His Dad: "Why I am an Aging Advocate"

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Dad, I'm gay. Please don't hate me," I said. He responded, "I love you no matter what. And I'm happy you're out now and can be yourself. I always knew you were gay. I was just waiting for you to feel comfortable enough to tell me."

The 3 Women Who Make Me Feel Good About Old Age

Maddy Dychtwald | Posted 06.05.2013 | Fifty
Maddy Dychtwald

Who are your elder heroes? Who inspires you on the next stage of our life journey?

How Elder Care Will Change By 2050

Posted 02.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Today, for every person aged 65 and over, there are five people under 65 to take care of them. In 2050 there will be three people under 65 for every e...

Before 'I Do,' Ask This Question

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In our interviews with hundreds of long-married couples about what works and what doesn't for a long and satisfying relationship... it turns out that our elders believe there's something close to a 'magic bullet' when it comes to deciding in a relationship: 'Should I stay or should I go?'

Please Write

Jill Robinson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

Dear Mr. Roth, please write. I'd like you to rage, rage against the dying of light. What happened to the legacy of our best grandparents, professors and crusty editors, skilled, in the arts of torment, demand and attitude?