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Women After 50

Celebrating 50 With A 'Croning Ceremony'

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I was mystified why this lovely woman on the other end of the phone -- whom I'd never even met -- would call me a "crone" with such glee in her voice.

What I Know About Sisters Now That I'm In My 50s

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.09.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.

7 Biggest Beauty Blunders By Post 50 Women

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I interviewed Diane von Furstenberg who told me that the key to looking great is to be comfortable. If you're tugging at your too-short skirt you'll be more focused on covering your thighs than on what you should be engaged in.

To Gray Or Not To Gray?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Letting your hair go gray is an option that women should consider, too. This might be the most bold way to embrace -- and proudly show off -- your age.

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.

How To Use Fear As A Tool For Positive Change

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.05.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Fear isn't as evil as we think. While it's usually viewed as an emotional experience we should avoid at all costs, in truth -- if harnessed correctly -- fear can turn our lives around by forcing us to make change for the better.

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 Good Patient: How To Make Your Doctor Love You

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

We expect a lot from our doctors, but it's a two-way street. I asked a few physicians to tell me which behaviors they see in patients that impede their ability to provide the best care.

Why Turning 50 Can Save Your Life

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.27.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

For too long, women have been tricked into seeing 50 as the end of the road when, instead, we should be viewing it as the start of a new life, one in which we are truly comfortable with who we are.

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...

What's in Your Closet? Ten Must-Haves for Post50 Fashionistas

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.07.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I had the great opportunity to interview Diane von Furstenberg, Ginny Hilfiger, and a few other fashion-forward experts who gave me guidelines (no rules, please!) on what to wear and to avoid once I turned 50. Here's their master list of "must haves."

Occupy This: Create a Lasting Legacy by Passing the Equal Rights Amendment

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The Occupy Movement continues to protest economic inequality. But it's missing an opportunity to create a lasting legacy: to push for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Running the NYC Marathon and What I Wore

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Like many people over 50, I was worried about running, because I had heard that running, or even strenuous walking, can hurt our joints. Research shows, however, that it won't, if done right.

The Rise of Fall

Lori Bryant Woolridge | Posted 12.31.2011 | Fifty
Lori Bryant Woolridge

My fellow fall femmes, you know that saying "Can't see the forest for the trees?" Well, that's us. We're those trees, busy living our vibrant autumns out loud while the rest of the forest stands back, green with envy!

What's Stopping You From Being Fearless After 50?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.26.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I looked in the mirror and thought, "OK, this is it. This is what being middle aged is all about, and I'd better just accept it." Then, I mentally tucked myself under the proverbial blanket and was getting ready to stay there -- until I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, declaring, "Giving in to fear is not an option."

Life After 50: Why 50 Is More Than an Age... It's a Movement

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Post-50 Americans are teeming with justified frustration... just waiting to be turned into positive action. All we need to do is band together, declare our intention, and put a name to that which will propel us forward: movement.

Life After 50: I'm Running to Raise Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer... Because I Can

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.06.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

In early January, not knowing how else to express my grief, frustration, and fear, I decided to run in the ING NYC Marathon to raise much-needed money for research, treatment and support of those who contract pancreatic cancer.

5 Infuriating Fibs About Women Over 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Make no mistake: there is a revolution brewing and women over 50 are moving it forward. We demand nothing less than a societal sea change on how women over 50 are viewed in this country.

A Call to Action: It's Time to Silence the "Silent Killer" of Women

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.27.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If you knew there was a killer on the loose attacking over 21,000 women every year, wouldn't you demand that the government do everything necessary to stop him?

The Healing Power Of Olive Oil

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

My favorite beauty "secret" (which sure wasn't a secret to the ancient Greeks or my grandmother) is using olive oil on just about every part of your body, inside and out.

Life After 50: The End of Aging as We Know It

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.07.2011 | Women
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?

Life After 50: Why Should Gray Hair Work Against Women?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.02.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

If a woman is looking for a job -- or trying to keep one -- in this fragile economy, is she putting herself in an even more precarious situation if she chooses to rebel and "go gray"?

What It Means to Be 50 and a Woman in America in 2011: A Birthday Message to President Obama

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.03.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Once we hit 50, we understand life is not unlimited, so maybe now's the time to clarify our priorities. I can only assume that President Obama and his team have been thinking about and planning his legacy for quite some time. Is he on the right track?

The Ten Commandments Of Turning 50: A Manifesto For All Ages

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Now that I'm over 50, I look back at my younger self and wish that someone had pulled me aside, sat me down, looked me straight in the eye and told me what I'm about to tell you.

Is America in an Age of Action, or Apathy?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 09.14.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Yes, we are angry about a lot of things... but we are not sure what to do about it. End result? We're not doing too much of anything.