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Support for Grandparents of Autistic Children is a Click Away

Karin Kasdin | Posted 07.23.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

While autism professionals continue to scramble to find causes, preventive measures and treatments, the number of families impacted by the disease continues to grow at an alarming rate.

What Helped Make My Grandparenting Experience Extraordinary

Karin Kasdin | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

In Yiddish there is a word for the mother of your son-in-law or daughter-in-law. She is your machetenesta. There is no equivalent in the English tongue, no word to describe a relationship between two mothers that can be so fragile and fraught. Someone should think one up.

In Defense of Grandparents Who Came Before Us

Karin Kasdin | Posted 07.03.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Recent blogs and magazine articles extolling the new breed of grandmothers would have us believe that our own grandmothers lived their lives in floral housedresses and orthopedic shoes.

Is 401(k) a Ticking Time Bomb?

Don McNay | Posted 07.03.2012 | Money
Don McNay

401(k) plan investments are a primary driver of the investment markets. They are also the reason that many people are pacing the floors at night, worrying if their retirement will get delayed or destroyed.

Three Books On The Challenges of Life, Love, and Sex In Midlife

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.24.2012 | Fifty
Marcia G. Yerman

Three new books tackle issues from the nuts and bolts of older sexuality to inner emotional lives.

Grandparenting Advice From Two Distinct Perspectives

Karin Kasdin | Posted 06.20.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Lindy Hough's Wondrous Child is an engaging and very personal look at how love weaves itself through generations, gender, class, race, and age.

For Aging Boomers, Will Everything Old Be New Again?

Gary Nelson | Posted 06.18.2012 | Fifty
Gary Nelson

With millions of my comrades needing extended care at the same time, what will become of us? Will the end of my life look like the beginning when there were hoards of us crammed into those hastily constructed, post WWII public schools?

Should We Force Our Kids to Major in Science or Engineering?

Karin Kasdin | Posted 06.16.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

A liberal arts education allows us to learn to think for ourselves. Armed with knowledge and experience in a variety of social contexts, we don't become mere receptacles of ideas.

Katherine Bindley

Jane Seymour: The Riskiest Thing I've Done After 50

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Over the years, actress Jane Seymour has played ingenue, leading lady, Bond Girl, serial killer, trailblazing medicine woman, and minx-of-a-mother (th...

PHOTOS: The 52-Foot Yacht They Will Soon Call Home

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Downsizing is more than just a popular midlife slogan for Ginger and Steve Penny. Recently, the pair -- both 61 -- decided to give up their 2,700-squa...

How I Failed My Granddaughter

Karin Kasdin | Posted 05.28.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Your mother's most sacred private space, her body, is even less safe from political interference than your grandmother's was. And now here you are, a tiny pink bundle of trust, and I am left with nothing to say but "I'm sorry."

How Doing a Little More (or Less) Can Change Your Life

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.22.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

It's all about setting realistic goals -- not overly ambitious ones that can never be met -- and streamlining your life to make room for what's truly important

Helping The Next Generation Find Their 'Sputnik Moment'

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.19.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

It's imperative that parents, teachers, government and business leaders forge public-private partnerships to help young girls and boys find their competitive streak, patriotism, personal pride, and desire to think creatively.

Grandparents Rights: Do We Have Any?

Karin Kasdin | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

As the structure of American families continues to morph, a steadily increasing number of grandparents find themselves in the position of outsider.

Why I Don't Care About My Wedding Ring

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.09.2012 | Weddings
Ann Brenoff

Maybe I'm just not a sentimentalist, but my marriage is more than just a gold ring. I felt the same way about my wedding ceremony many years ago. I really cared more about where we would go on vacation afterward than what flowers I carried.

Was The Mocking Of This Restaurant Reviewer Ageist?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.09.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

North Dakota restaurant reviewer Marilyn Hagerty was mocked by Gawker and Boing Boing for her review of Olive Garden. Is it ageism?

How to Write a Different Type of Resume

Janet Blair Page | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women
Janet Blair Page

When you imagine your dream job, you are likely assess what you've chosen in the past in order to gain a better idea of what you need in the future. It's time for you to put the same care into your personal life.

How My Husband's Hearing Loss Has Affected Our Social Life

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.07.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Hearing loss doesn't just impact the person whose hearing is diminished. Everyone who loves them and lives with them suffers.

How To Avoid A Lifetime Of Regrets

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 05.07.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Like a character in a short story, I have carefully created this older self so that she seems very real to me. Her image now is my North Star toward which I navigate my life, especially in my creative pursuits.

Is Embracing Your Age the Modern Thing to Do?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.06.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The more she talked, the more confident I felt that my version of post-50 life would be the future of aging in America: embracing your age, laugh lines and all.

Looking for Commitment? Here Are 30 Dating Do's

Janet Blair Page | Posted 05.06.2012 | Women
Janet Blair Page

Do acquire a multitude of subjects you're able to talk about. Women who talk about their work all the time are no more interesting than men who talk about their work all the time.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 'Twice The Stress Of Average Parents'

Karin Kasdin | Posted 04.13.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

According to the 2000 Census, 2.4 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren in their homes without the children's parents present. Every one of those 2.4 million is a hero to me.

Advice to Grandparents: Hold the Advice

Karin Kasdin | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Why is there no apprenticeship period in parenting? It is one of the only endeavors one undertakes without prior knowledge or practice, yet we often disdain the well-intended advice of those who earned their parenting stripes with distinction.

Make This the Year to Embrace Your Age

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Isn't it time to change how we view aging? Have we created a society of "haves" and "have nots" based not so much on how much we have, but on how much we can spend on looking younger?

What Post50 Women Really Want to See on TV

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.14.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, TV watching was simple and predictable: Friday nights found us watching The Addams Family (accompanied by Swanson TV Din...