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The Best of Everything After 50

Is It Time For Mature Women To Embrace The 'No-Makeup Look'?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The 'no-makeup look' ebbs and flows in popularity, peaking when celebrities like Beyonce or Gwyneth Paltrow post photos of themselves on Instagram without a stitch of powder or even a dab of lipstick.

How Turning 50 Broke My 'Inertia Curse' And Ultimately Saved My Life

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Here's an experiment: imagine you're under a spell -- or really, a curse. You aren't asleep or even hurt. You haven't been imprisoned in a tower or turned into a toad. No, under this spell you are not only alive, but able to live your life exactly the same way you did yesterday. That's the curse.

10 Great Financial Tips Sure To Save You Loads Of Money

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

April 15 -- a day that's become a nagging reminder of the money we make and how much we spend -- is around the corner and boomers in particular might wonder how they can save more money in 2014.

5 Biggest Mistakes Women Make When It Comes To Love And Dating

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

These are the five biggest mistakes women in midlife make about love and dating.

The #1 Reason To Skip Sit-Ups

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

A few years ago when I turned 50 and my world was topsy-turvy . . . I decided to get a grip. Not only had I packed on 15 post-menopausal pounds (too much of it settled around my middle), my energy lagged, and I felt gloomy and glum a lot of the time. Even worse, I started to think that midlife wasn't going to be so great after all. For the first time in my life, I had a bad attitude.

5 Life-Changing Events That Can Shake Us To Our Core

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Organization expert and best-selling author Julie Morgenstern told me when I interviewed her recently that turning 50 is often so traumatic it can make many people stay stuck where they are, unable to move on.

2 Preventable And Treatable Menopause Symptoms Women Choose To Ignore

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Sadly, while research shows that many women are simply too embarrassed to talk about the issue with their health care providers, doctors are just as reticent to bring it up. Result? Women are left dangling in limbo: wanting to fix it, but not sure how.

Sexy And Sensible Shoes Post-50 Women

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.12.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I've loved shoes since I got my first pair of white patent leather Go-Go boots in 1965.

Could This Be The Real Reason You're Not Having Sex?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Shortly after turning 50, I had dinner with a group of girlfriends. Over great food and a fantastic bottle of pinot noir we chatted about kids, spouses, jobs, and politics, until the discussion eventually settled on sex.

Want To Wow On Date Night? Watch This!

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If you're going on a first date -- especially one where kind friends made the introduction, or, thanks to the Internet, you've met only virtually -- you will no doubt want to put your absolute prettiest foot forward and plan a fun and flirty outfit that makes you look and feel fabulous. But, doesn't your long-term love deserve just as much effort from you?

Are You Caught In The Middle?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

There are many words we could pull out of our hats to describe a woman over 50 with kids who still need her (whether they're living at home or not) AND parents who need her, too, sometimes even more.

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.

How To Break Up... With Your Jewelry

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

In 1988, my then boyfriend gave me a gleaming Cartier Santos Tank watch for my birthday, which thrilled me to no end. Even though I was 31 and had a solid career, this was my first serious watch. Wearing it made me feel glamorous, sophisticated and beautiful. A classic Cartier, it kept on ticking, day in and day out, for all these years.

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.

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!

Tweaking My Life After Becoming An Empty Nester

BetterAfter50 | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM BetterAfter50 By Jill Ebstein For years now I’ve been doing the math: At 50, I’ll celebrate our son’s Bar Mitzvah while sendi...

The Truth About Cropped Pants

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

There are so many terrific and flattering summer style options for post-50 women that I often wonder why we insist on wearing things that simply don't look good on us.

5 Tips for Becoming Fearless After 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

How can we ignore the noise from the media about how "younger is better" and stay on course? How can we stop fearing (and fighting) the aging process and learn to embrace it?

Mad Women: How the Flames of Revolution Are Ignited

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.24.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

On Saturday, April 28th, the Unite Women March, will take place in every state across America.

Seven Habits That Will Help You Live Longer (And Better)

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The anti-aging industry wants us to believe that we can actually turn back the clock. We can't. But what we can do is be responsible for our own health by following simple, proven steps to healthier living.

Are Women Mad Enough to Get the Job Done?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Something is definitely changing in America, and my heart tells me there is no going back. We are angry and ready for action. But are we angry enough?

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.

Ms.? Miss? Should We Care?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.24.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Is it okay to just let every woman choose for herself? What if she has chosen, but others continue to refer to her by a different and unwanted title?

Is The Anti-Aging Industry Bad for Our Health?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

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?

The Post 50 Plan to Declutter Your Life . . . For Good

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 04.04.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

When I turned 50 a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by the stuff that had accumulated over the years, and I realized that it wasn't just physical clutter but mental clutter, as well.