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Middle Aged

40 Signs You Are Middle Aged

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 09.03.2013 | Fifty

When does middle age actually start? Is it when you hit 50? Or when you send your first kid off to college? Or after you've been married a good 25 yea...

8 Big Things That Make Marriage Last

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.07.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Here are eight big things that will make your marriage last.

To My Son on His 21st Birthday

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 07.29.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

You don't need us as much anymore. You told your father this year, "I finally realized I don't have to tell you and mom everything," and I knew we had done our job.

Why Empty Nesting May Be Easier For Stay-At-Home Moms

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 07.16.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The prospect of the empty nest, while raising children, was for me as foreign and distant as the Siberian tundra. Imagining myself without children to care for as my primary occupation seemed at once impossible and slightly seductive -- the idea of my kids off and on their own, while I had hours to pursue my dreams was something I thought about only in the abstract.

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.

How Empty Nesting Was Different The Second Time Around

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 03.31.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The truth is, adjusting to the empty nest the second time around has been easy. Having found my new passion, I was able to let my former self -- the full-time mommy of 20 years -- go peacefully, replaced by a mother of two grown people. I'm ready for anything now.

Are Empty Nests A Thing Of The Past?

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

Remember all those wistful articles by empty nesters on how to transition from chaos to the quiet resulting from children leaving home to establish pe...

Text War: Competing For My College Daughter's Attention

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 12.13.2012 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

When my daughter was in high school, she told me about a college friend who always made sure that if she texted one parent she would also text the other because if she did not, one parent would feel left out. I thought this was ridiculous. Now she is in college. "Did you get a text today?" I ask my husband.

The Baby Boomers Commencement Address

Marc Middleton | Posted 07.26.2012 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

In a very real way, we're all graduates of the school of life and we all have the opportunity to continue to grow and contribute. So here's my commencement address for all of us approaching or inhabiting middle age and wondering what's next?

Mother’s Day Recipe for Disaster

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.11.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I get confused on Mother's Day. My first instinct is to be there for my Mom. A close second, if not a full tie, is that I want to be with my kids. Do I want to be the mother or the motheree? Whose day is it really?

Should Married People Have Crushes?

BetterAfter50.com | Jeannie Muchnick | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM BetterAfter50 I’m married –- going on 21 years in fact –- but have a crush on my cute, younger-than-me-still-has-hair allergist....

How Old is 'Old'?

Posted 05.03.2012 | Fifty

If age is indeed a number, where do Americans draw the line between middle-aged and elderly? To people age 45 and younger, the line of demarcation...

Jobless and Middle-aged? A To-Do List for Getting Back to Work

Susanne Goldstein | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business
Susanne Goldstein

If you're one of those middle-aged folks, who had a good job and are now frozen in time, here's a to-do list to help get yourself back in the game.

Middle Class Divorcees: The New Face Of Homelessness?

Posted 12.18.2011 | Fifty

As boomers reach retirement age, the “Golden Years” have steadily lost their sheen, and the outlook looks bleakest for middle-aged divorcees. A ne...

Are You A MAMIL?

www.high50.com | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty

If anyone were looking for evidence that in the 21st century we are just as snobbish as ever we have been, then you only have to look at the acronyms ...

‘Money & Happiness’: Paying For College While Saving For Retirement

Posted 12.10.2011 | Fifty

This week's webisode of "Money & Happiness" with Laura Rowley focuses on a big challenge for parents: how to pay for college and save for retirement s...

The Gifts of the Autumn Years

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Autumn is a time to update the operating system of our life. There are old files and programs to be deleted, hard drives that need cleaning and random access memory to be added. It's time to push the "refresh" button and invent one's self anew.

Surviving Midlife Without A Crisis

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

We can look at how to keep this phase from turning into a major life crisis -- not just for ourselves, but for those closest to us -- and how to avoid the collateral damage that can be left along the way.

My Post-Divorce Fling: The Ultimate Cliché

Vicki Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Excerpted and revised from Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in Our 40s, a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund. "Who's that?" my older s...

'Swear' by It: Gaining Confidence With Age

Lori Sokol | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lori Sokol

The importance of conflict should not be underestimated, and the need to sometimes curse should be even less so.

Aging: The Secret Life of the Middle-Aged Brain

Barbara Strauch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Strauch

By middle age most of us, if we're honest, are a bit concerned about what's going on inside our heads. We worry about getting old; we worry about getting sick. But we really worry about losing our minds.