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Why I'm Reluctant To Call My New Life Status 'Retirement'

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Claire N. Barnes, MA

Since easing out of my position as Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, I have been extremely reluctant to apply the term 'retirement' to my new life status. I am one of those people who found the end of my full-time work life rushing toward me, rather than me rushing to embrace it.

Why Aren't Younger Americans More Enamored With Baseball?

Tom Cramer | Posted 12.19.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I love baseball. I almost wrote I still love baseball, but that's unnatural. That comes from a discussion I heard on sports radio this spring. The announcers were all giddy with anticipation, save the 20-something NBA reporter. He claimed most of his generation remained unbitten by the baseball bug, only interested in the NBA and NFL. I was first stunned, then saddened.

Entrepreneurs Are Why's Guys

William K. Zinke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
William K. Zinke

Entrepreneurs (loosely defined as those who create a new business in the hope of making money or otherwise adding value) are and need to be "why's guys," focused on both the why and why-not questions.

3 Keys To Crafting A Standout Resume

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As a post-50 job-seeker, your best bet to land an interview -- and ultimately the job -- is through people you know, i.e. networking. Nevertheless, your resume still needs to be top-notch; your contacts will generally recommend you by providing perspective employers with a copy of this vital document.

Why Should Anyone Be Afraid Of Dying?

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

We seem to be inundated now with books about death -- and about how great it is. I assume that this is part of the aging of the baby boomers (I remember someone quipping that we'd know the end of the baby boom had come when we started to see designer funeral parlors).

WATCH: You'll Shed A Tear As Grandpa Gets In Gear

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Fifty

In a heartwarming new ad for health club chain Virgin Active, a grandfather who has lost his joie de vivre gets it back with the help of his loving gr...

3 Great Reasons To Reach Out To Female Friends In Midlife

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

We sit around a table set just for us -- four interesting, accomplished, and attractive women at mid-life who are flying solo for the evening. We've left jobs, homes, and husbands/significant others behind to celebrate another aspect of ourselves that I now value more deeply: We are girlfriends.

50th Anniversary Billboard Packs Bittersweet Wallop

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.11.2013 | Fifty

Joe Mikolajczak wanted to put up a billboard to commemorate his 50th wedding anniversary last Saturday, but his wife, Marylou, died six months short o...

3 Steps To Creating A Powerful First Impression

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As a post-50 job-seeker, you're likely to encounter a number of preconceptions regarding your energy, enthusiasm and commitment to a new position and to your career in general. Many younger employers will hold the opinion that you're feeling burnt out, no longer flexible and open to new ideas, and are basically just putting in time until retirement.

The Perils of Other People's Bucket Lists

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Susan McCorkindale

This is what comes of marrying a man's man. An adrenaline junkie. A man with boundless energy and zero fear.

What Shows Like 'Breaking Bad' Say About Society

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 11.22.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

I think we do know where we are headed as a society and are reluctantly accepting of it. America is marching towards an ever increasing militarism, police who are brutal and proud of it, a continued degradation of the environment, a financial breakdown of both the poorest as well as the majority of middle class families, and our television shows reflect that now.

12 Killer Ways To Prep For Your Job Interview

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 11.18.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

The success of your job interview is contingent upon several factors: the impact of your first impression, your ability to handle yourself well and speak to your strengths, how well your skills and experience match with the general requirements of the position, your personality and your overall professionalism. This all-important conversation is your moment to shine.

Just In: New Poll Reveals America's Favorite Age

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.16.2013 | Fifty

The big 5-0 is perhaps bigger than ever. Americans would prefer to live at 50 in good health than any other age, a new Harris Poll revealed. That's...

WATCH: Girl Becomes Old Woman In Absolutely Stunning Time-Lapse

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.13.2013 | Fifty

Watching it never grows old. Anthony Cerniello's aging simulation video (above) is blowing minds across the Web not only for its haunting effect --...

The Case for Hiring Boomers -- An Open Letter to Employers

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 11.09.2013 | Fifty
Claire N. Barnes, MA

We Boomers have much to offer in the way of life experience, mentoring and skills. We can hit the ground running in our chosen fields. We are not high-maintenance and we aren't addicted to checking social media in the workplace.

The Day I Had My First Proper Fist Fight

Tom Cramer | Posted 11.07.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In the fourth grade, I had the toughest teacher of my life: Ms. Daly. She wasn't physically imposing, or necessarily mean; she was smart, tough and didn't take any crap. She was going to teach us, and we were going to learn, come hell or high water. It's like she combined the roles of parent and teacher into one authority-figure superhero. That year, I had my first proper fist fight.

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.

The Art of Aging Well

Stephanie Bender | Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Sharon Stone's comments are not only refreshing, but long overdue for all of us to consider and ultimately embrace.

The 3 Simple Words That Will Help You Land A Job

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Mature job-seekers are well aware of the fact that they face a number of unflattering stereotypes due to their age alone. However, by keeping one simple phrase in mind, you absolutely can overcome a number of negative preconceptions younger employers may be holding against you. In fact, you'll be able to market yourself, your skills and experience from a position of strength.

The Key To Avoiding A Midlife Meltdown

Michael Hogg | Posted 10.18.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hogg

Some theorists suggest that this blurred boundary of work and life is a result of technology alone, but I have always felt it's caused by a number of inter-connected factors. Newspapers, social media and even our schooling help promote the need to be as good as or better than the next person. Whatever the cause, work has entered our whole lives.

The Life Lesson I Learned At A Rwandan Chicken Farm

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 10.18.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Call it the wisdom of chickens. While visiting a Rwandan chicken farm this summer -- and more on that in a moment -- I learned a transformational lesson about scarcity and abundance.

5 Things Never To Say To Someone Retiring

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty

Retirement has gone from being the last chapter to the next chapter for many post 50s. But the circumstances of retirement in our post-recessionary li...

Following Dr. King's Footsteps in Alabama, An Emotional Journey

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

As the capital of Alabama, and former capital of The Confederate States of America, Montgomery is steeped in history, but for people of our generation its recent history is more transformational. This is the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his civil rights work.

Frankie Valli On Elvis, 'Jersey Boys' And The Tragedy He'll Never Get Over

Pat Gallagher | Posted 09.30.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Francesco Stephen Castelluccio -- Frankie Valli -- knew what he wanted to do for a living by the time he turned seven. It just took the magic of one performer -- Frank Sinatra -- who stood up on the stage of the Paramount Theater in New York City to reel him into dreaming of a singing career that would change the course of his life.

3 Big Time-Wasters That Are Sabotaging Your Job Search

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

One of the best ways to find work quickly is to avoid the big three time-wasters that may well be sabotaging your efforts. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions and be as honest as possible.