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.

Take a Deep Breath — and Possibly a Food Supplement

Do you feel swamped by “Eat this, not that advice? I love today’s instant access to all kinds of nutritional information, but sometimes it leads merely to confusion. Every morning, it seems, yet another expert pops up on national television, claiming to possess the very latest research on nutrition — specifically, What’s Best For You Now. Some exhort us to consume more protein, while others insist we must go vegan. Still others burble over with dire warnings along the lines …

How Stroke Changed One Man’s Life

Among the top five “Stroke Myths on the website of the National Stroke Association is “Stroke only strikes the elderly. A man who shattered that myth and lived to recount the experience is Mark McEwen, who turns 60 in September. From 1987 to 2002, McEwen was the face of morning television on CBS, first as a weatherman, then as an entertainment reporter and finally as cohost of The Early Show. Traveling with his wife, Denise, in 2005 — he had …

Summer Makeup That Won’t Melt Away

Summertime and the living is easy … or it’s supposed to be. Now is not the time to get all hot and bothered because your mascara runs or your blush streaks down your cheek. There are products that are meant to be used when the weather is warm and the feeling is light and easy. Here are a few of my absolute favorites: Don’t even think about wearing full-coverage foundation on your skin (maybe not ever, actually). Do wear a lightweight …

Fit in Five Minutes

The way Gretchen Reynolds kicked off her recent New York Times article made me jump for joy — then jump into my jog togs: Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed. My happiness stemmed not from the realization …

Best Quick Fix for Puffy, Dry Eyes

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to be tormented by some evil twins: puffy eyes and dry eyes. These two common conditions make your eyes look irritated and anything but beautiful. But here’s the good news: Both can be addressed with a few simple steps. One of the best ways to deal with puffiness and dryness is to close your eyes, apply a cold compress and relax — maybe even take a nap! >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

Lose Weight—and Keep It Off for Good

Obesity is on the rise in the United States. In fact, almost 70 percent of American adults are considered overweight.  And that’s not good. Being overweight can contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers — ailments that range from debilitating to disabling to fatal. What steps can we take in our own lives to stop this dangerous trend? It’s simple: Eat less — and move your body more. I turned 50 a few years back — seven years …