iOS app Android app

Fifty News

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing The Plank Every Day

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.15.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Not everything in life is a 'given.' We can never say with complete certainty that we'll be in the same job, relationship, home, or state of health, as we are right now. Life is fraught with change -- both wanted and unwanted, good and bad. This is especially true for those of us who are being squeezed into that sandwich between our children, aging parents, and everything else that life has to offer.

Understanding Angelina Jolie's Choices

Stephanie Bender | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

A myth, as inaccurate and dangerous as any that pervades American society, is that women enter menopause as if falling off a cliff.

Child Specter Appears Nightly at Carnival

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.08.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I'm following traveling carnivals from coast to coast for a year, writing essays about America from the road.

This Secret Code Unlocked An Amazing Surprise

Posted 06.04.2013 | Weddings

A secret code helped 81-year-old Cynthia Riggs and 90-year-old Howard Attebery find love. Riggs told CBS News Friday that she and Attebery met 60 y...

War Refugee and Balloon Maker Drivers: Stories From a Gary Truck Stop

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.30.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

In this morning's version of Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks," the diner is a Gary, Indiana truck stop and the patrons are cross-country truckers.

A Dirty, Smelly, Messy Gift for a Little Girl

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

My daughter turns eight-years-old this weekend and I want to be home for the celebration so I began making plans to leave my New York carnival a couple days ago.

No Job, No Man, No Sleep

Vicki Abelson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
Vicki Abelson

Being single again at this stage of my life doesn't thrill me, but that's not what's keeping the sandman at bay.

American Drifters: "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Did I look like an American drifter? Am I one of them? Should I be flattered or just find a laundromat?

3 Surefire Ways To Sell Yourself To A Potential Employer

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 07.15.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

It goes without saying that the post 50 job-seeker has plenty of experience. Nevertheless, although you're an applicant of maturity, you won't want to market your experience level as the cornerstone of your job search. Employers have issues that need to be dealt with, projects to complete, and problems that have to be resolved now.

Incredible Story of Navajo Mike, Child of the Dust Devil Air

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

The wind blew a small tornado of tumbleweeds onto the parking lot of the Motel 6 along the old Route 66 in Moriarity, NM. So many tumbleweeds it blocked the entrance to the parking lot and made parking impossible before someone from the hotel came out to clear the lot.

Wild Night Ride Fueled by Pot, Puke and the Dead

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.13.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

By the time we made it to a rest stop and a McDonald's in Van Buren, Arkansas I was sick of the Grateful Dead.

'Retirement Can Be A Dangerous Word'

Phyllis Sues | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

For me retirement means giving up. Half a life. The past dominates and the future is lifeless. UNLESS, you take on a new project, something you've never done before. Something that stimulates you mentally and physically. Dancing (ballroom), Swing, Latin, Tango, language (foreign), art, musical instrument, Yoga (any level), cooking.

The Women Who Came Before Us

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

When the digital image opened on my computer screen, I saw a face I hadn't seen for half my life -- my mother's.

WATCH: Love Her Enough To Sign A 'Momtract'?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.09.2013 | Fifty

You're a big person now. It's time to sign a "Momtract" for Mother's Day. So what if you've grown up? Mama is getting on, too, and she deserves your s...

New Study Reveals The 10 Worst States To Retire

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.09.2013 | Fifty

It's got breathtaking beauty, but Oregon is no place to live out the golden years, a new study says. The Beaver State ranked as the worst place to ...

WATCH: After A 30-Year Relationship, They Finally Tied The Knot

Posted 05.08.2013 | Weddings

After a 30-year relationship, a World War II veteran and his girlfriend are proving that it's never too late to tie the knot. Eighty-eight-year-old...

Kid Gypsy: A Bright, Painted Trickster Rolls

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.08.2013 | Weird News
Michael Sean Comerford

He wears conventional, thick brown glasses along with a Mohawk hair cut, white-hallow earlobe rings, a septum ring, metal piercings on his lips and chin, and tattoos on his nose and chin. Yet his face is a work in progress.

The 10 Worst Pieces Of Advice My Mother Ever Gave Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.08.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Teenagers don't listen anyway, right? Maybe it's a good thing because the advice we offer them is probably time-warped flawed. When I think back to all the things my mother used to say to me five decades ago, only one kernel still rings of the truth. It was when she said, 'You need to make your own mistakes. Just please try not to make the same ones I did.'

Why You Need To Start Doing Push-Ups -- Now

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

A staggering 57 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). Half of all women (and one in four men), will break a bone due to this disease. But guess what? By making a few lifestyle changes -- like exercising and eating the right foods --it can be prevented.

Friends Reunite After 40 Years Apart, Fall In Love Instantly

Posted 05.02.2013 | Weddings

After a 40-year separation, two long-lost friends have finally reunited -- but now, they're more than friends. They're husband and wife. João Cris...

I Feel Bad About My Shoes

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

"They're bad for the environment!" "They can't be recycled!" "They will cause your arches to collapse!" I began to see cruel Facebook posts about them. One particularly heartbreaking one went something like this: "Wow, that's a nice looking pair of Crocs. Said No One Ever."

Route 66, a Vanishing Hitchhiker and Starting Over

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.30.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

The L.A.-Chicago route which also was called "America's Main Street," is literally the main street in Moriarity, New Mexico. It runs parallel to Interstate 40, which I am hitchhiking today.

What Do the Experts Say About Boomerang Kids?

The GypsyNesters | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

The economy could be considered a viable reason for helping a young adult get on their feet. But let's take a look at the other half of the experts' scenarios.

Why Men Need To Toughen Up

Tammy Bleck | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

Let's just call it like it is. Women take pain, panic, worry, anger, hurt and fear without missing a beat and all the while, wearing a smile.

Life After 50: Breaking Free From Breaking Bones

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

There's a silent and stealthy disease you may not even know you have... until you fall. A new study reveals that the prevalence of low bone density and the risk of breaking a bone are far greater among people over 50 than previously realized.