Best of Everything After 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman wrote "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" because she wanted to be the best she could be after 50. She's an AARP blogger, columnist and host of "The Best of Everything" video series on the AARP YouTube channel. She's a frequent guest on the Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz and other national television.

3 Quick Fixes for Holiday ‘Beauty Bummers’

’Tis almost the season — of overreach, that is, when your already busy life gets even busier. From meal planning and preparation to getting together with far-flung family and friends — and, of course, trying to look radiant through it all — the last thing you need is to be thrown off your game plan by an unforeseen “beauty bummer.” >> 10 Must-Have Wardrobe Items for Women at 50+ But don’t stress — you’ve got enough of that in your life …

Solving the Mystery of Skin-Care Products

Every woman I know (including me) is confused by the sheer number (and price range) of skin-care products out there. Many of us haven’t a clue which products work best with others, which should be applied first or last, day or night…you get the (muddled) picture! I call that a beauty bummer. Do we need peptides? Retinol? Hyaluronic acid? All of the above? As we grow older, our skin-care needs become more challenging, thanks to all those years we turned …

The After-50 Balancing Act

Let me give you the bad news with the good: We’re falling down more often on our way to longer lives. “As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape,” wrote Katie Hafner in Sunday’s New York Times, “the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.” According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, where I serve as ambassador for bone health, even younger boomers must devote some thought to their strength, stamina …

Berlin Style: Made for America?

When my husband, Howard, turned 60 this fall, I gave him a trip to Berlin. Rivaling London and Paris, the German capital has emerged as a mecca for food, historical sightseeing (of course) and fashion. Did I have an ulterior motive? Absolutely! Though Howard’s primary interest is architecture, I hoped he would help me capture the clothing and accessory styles of fashionable older Berliners: Might we Americans be able to learn something from the way German women dress? >> No …

Closet Clearing 101: Keep This, Not That

To achieve an ageless look, here are five basic items every age-40-plus fashionista should keep in her closet all year long: white T-shirts, dark straight-leg jeans, a classic navy blazer, a wrap dress and a go-to LBD (little black dress). Having these on hand helps you create a timeless foundation. You can then build on this with trendy pieces from each new season, such as two of this year’s favorite items (so far!): animal-print scarves and slouchy slacks. Anytime you add …

Has the Hourglass Figure Run Out of Time?

Ladies, are we going from zaftig to zeppelin? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the waist size of the average American woman grew almost two inches — from just over 36 to nearly 38 — from 1999 to 2012. Making the trend especially curious, the study authors noted, is the fact that abdominal obesity — which jumped from 46.4 percent of the population in 1999 to 54.2 percent in 2012 — keeps getting …