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Best of Everything After 50

Barbara Hannah Grufferman


I wrote "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" because I wanted to be the best I could be after 50. I've had the good fortune to become a front-page columnist for Huffington Post, Chief Pundit for FOF (FabOverFifty), and Positive Living editor for GLOW Beauty Magazine, in addition to one of AARP's newest columnists. AARP just launched "The Best of Everything" video series on its AARP YouTube Channel.

A frequent guest on national television, including the Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, Good Morning America and Dr. Oz, I love to yak it up on radio shows around the country whenever I'm invited. Because of my focus on healthy and positive aging, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recently honored me with the Generations of Strength Award and named me Ambassador for Bone Health. Yay!

Last bit of info: I live in NYC with my husband, two daughters (one of whom is in college!), and rescued dog, Gunther, a frequent running companion. Oh, and I'm hard at work on my next book! I'm fearless after fifty and ready for what's next. Join me . . .

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5 Best Fall Shoes All For Under $50

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI love shoes. But finding really fabulous styles for women over 50 can sometimes be frustrating, and very expensive. Just as challenging, styles are often so young (too high!) or so frumpy (too flat!), it’s enough to make me want to go barefoot. Not good. However, scouting around recently for some great shoes to use in in an upcoming video for “The Best of Everything” series for the AARP YouTube Channel (watch the first season here!), I came across a …

Why You May Need to Learn the Squat

Posted on 09/2/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAfter turning 50, I noticed that my hips, thighs and other areas ‘below the belt’ were getting a bit too broad. More importantly, my bone density test showed that I was slowly but surely losing strength in my lower body as well. Not good! Motivated by wanting to look terrific in my new jeans and the desire to keep osteoporosis far, far away, I embarked on a life-changing fitness program. It incorporates the ‘three pillars’ of overall fitness: cardio, strength-training …

Would You Steal From the Man in Your Life?

Posted on 08/19/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI do, and it’s highly recommended. Good grief, not money! But every once in a while you should take a look through his closet to see what you can take. A tie maybe? Or how about the perfect shirt with sleeves you can roll up? Not sure what you should be looking for? Just channel your inner Katharine Hepburn or Marlene Dietrich! My most recent journey into his sacred space produced the perfect hat. My husband Howard got this Arnold …

Three Tips for Being Smarter About Money After 50

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI think about money . .  a lot. After all, my husband and I are both over 50 and still have one daughter in college and one in high school. This is definitely not the time to waste our hard-earned money on stuff we don’t need. According to Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig, author of Your Money & Your Brain, when we make decisions about money, our brains often drive us to do things that make no logical sense, but …

2 Numbers That Matter Most After 50

Posted on 08/12/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAfter turning 50, I made a life-changing decision to never again focus on numbers that are irrelevant to my happiness, health and well-being, and only embrace those that are. Age, for example, is a measurement of life of which I make note of and celebrate (with joy!) each year. However, it does not define me, as it once did. It didn’t stop me from taking up running, and I gave no thought to my age when I decided to embark …

Do You Really Need to Give Up These 5 Foods?

Posted on 07/31/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAfter I turned 50, the post-menopasal pounds started piling on. I pretended to exercise by buying an expensive membership to an equally expensive gym, and I kept on eating pretty much whatever I wanted. A perfect “Post-50 Perfect Storm” was in the works. Luckily I got hold of my senses and decided that moving my body more and changing what I ate was the smart solution. The end result was that I lost the 15 lbs. I had gained, and …