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What My Daughter Learned in College: A Lesson for All Ages

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

We can't pick up a magazine, watch television or see a movie without being bombarded with messages at every turn urging us to join the war against aging, no matter what age you are!

The Best Way To Pick The Perfect Place To Retire Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 05.03.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

When it comes to quality of life -- which is, after all, the thing that most people are looking for when they investigate retiring or living abroad -- we find that comparing countries is far too blunt an instrument.

Why Michelle's Mid-Life Crisis Is The Kind To Have

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.21.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Cutting bangs for most of us is one of those safe attempts at trying something new and adding a little spice to our old selves. Doing it in the high profile of the White House takes some courage. Good for Michelle for not being afraid. And better for Michelle for showing us how every mid-life crisis needn't end in inflicting pain on those we love.

What A Lost Earring Taught Me About Life

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 04.21.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Umbrellas implode. Socks and gloves disappear. Car keys jump from pockets. Phone numbers written on scraps of paper flutter away. Dreams fade. Love dies. By the time we reach mid-life, there is a long list of absences -- people, opportunities, aspirations -- due to departures, gradual or sudden.

Why I Want My Husband To Have a Midlife Crisis

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

We entered our forties together and, after a few years, I fell apart. But he did not and it didn't seem fair. I thought we were in this together.

The #1 Style Secret To Look Fantastic After 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.09.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

It's no secret that many women over 50, even if we've been thin all our lives, can easily pack on a few extra post-menopausal pounds, without trying too hard. The weight can sometimes slowly creep up on us over a span of years, taking us by surprise, and before you know it . . . poof! . . . we're an "apple."

Midlife Ramblings: So Glad To Meet You

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.09.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Sure I have worries and stress and angst and rush around most days like a headless chicken as I try to juggle two kids, a house, a full-time job and a commute that entitles me to a lifetime achievement award from AAA. But on my birthday? Color me content.

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?'

Winter in the '70s: Sledding, Sliding and Skeeching

Tom Cramer | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I recently remembered how much I liked winter when I was a kid. Although I first recalled the clothes, it wasn't about fashion. Everyone played outside. All you needed was warm, durable clothing that allowed relatively free movement. If you stayed active, you stayed warm.

Why Do We Take So Many Drugs?

The GypsyNesters | Posted 03.22.2013 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

We are taking way too many drugs for dubious or exaggerated ailments. What the drug companies are doing now is promoting drugs for long-term use to essentially healthy people.

Why Part-time Living Overseas May Make Sense for You

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.18.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Think you might like to try out the expat life? But not sure where to start... and maybe not ready to give up everything you have going on in your life right now?

Are You Old Enough to Know What Love Is?

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 03.18.2013 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

We are emerging from the broadened horizons of our adult years healthier, more confident and more daring than our mothers' generation. As we explore a second adulthood, we find ourselves shedding some of the trappings of the roles we have played so well.

How To Live The Good Life For $1,000/Month

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.16.2013 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Retirement in the States is getting more expensive all the time. But in the right places overseas, you can upgrade your lifestyle and live better than you can at home for a small fraction of the price.

3 Tips To Land A Job In The New Year

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 03.14.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

How can you maximize the hiring opportunities that abound at this special time of year? Here are three powerful resolutions that can make a major impact on your Job Search 2013.

How To Have A Bipartisan Friendship

Jane Heller | Posted 03.14.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

Friendships are a life raft, especially as we get older. We need positive, supportive, caring people around us -- people who cheer if we get a book deal, who call to ask how we're feeling after a doctor's appointment and who won't lace into us about the debt ceiling.

My Quest for a Cool Nickname?

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 03.12.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

I consider Nancy to be a fairly bland and boring name. Nancy fails to capture my personality, and it certainly doesn't lend itself to any fun abbreviations.

6 Things You Should Know (About Yourself) By 50

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

The only way to have a great sex life and other important lessons.

'Know And Listen To Your Body'

Kristen Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to work next week after being hospitalized for a blood clot, and there is renewed interest in preventing th...

5 Ways To Keep The Pounds Off In 2013

Joy Weese Moll | Posted 03.04.2013 | Fifty
Joy Weese Moll

I pulled several books from the shelves to gather ideas on how to adjust mindset, modify behaviors and change the environment before counting your first calorie or forgoing your first dessert.

60 Years of Marriage: A Gift My Parents Gave Me

The GypsyNesters | Posted 02.25.2013 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

This week, our family will be celebrating a remarkable event; my parent's sixtieth wedding anniversary. Only an extraordinary mixture of love, trust, faith, hard work and -- yes -- luck could have made this event possible.

6 Trends In 2012 I'm Happy To Bid Adieu

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.30.2012 | Fifty

Many midlifers may not be humming along with Frank Sinatra's "It Was A Very Good Year" as they close the door on 2012. It was a year of still-high une...

Squid and Mantovani: Remembering Christmas, Italian Style

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Every year, from the time I was knee-high to the kitchen counter, we could count on seafood bound to give a kid nightmares: octopuses with long tentacles thawing in the sink and whole squid that had to be cleaned and the eyeballs cut out before cooking.

5 Ways To 'Sell' Yourself At Holiday Parties

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 02.13.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Holiday parties and gatherings make for the perfect venue to connect with as many people as possible. So how can you successfully "sell" yourself while remaining festive, cordial, and all the while radiating the holiday spirit? There are many ways to do so.

A Touch of Mothering for a 'Mother's Helper'

Karin Lippert | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Karin Lippert

Caring for an infant or touching someone's life as she [or he] is growing up is about loving care. Supporting a young woman's goals and dreams are vital especially in our culture. Being generous with support even if they change paths or do not measure up to some idealized version of what you thought they should become. It is about letting them find their own way, but remaining a touchstone.

The Vitamin Women Over 50 Should Pay Attention to

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Some great news was just released that is sure to make big believers in the power of vitamin D smile... and maybe just a little smug.