Jeans and Tablets Are Top Items Packed for Travel – Teenagers or Boomers?

By Stephanie Miles The answer is boomers! Surprised? These may be top picks for teenagers as well, but in the new AARP Travel Trends Survey for the 50-plus, these were also two of the top items packed as the 50-plus head out for travel. I am excited to share some interesting observations from our new research on how people 50-plus will travel next year. Are you ready? Americans 50-plus spend $1.2 billion dollars a year on leisure travel, and it …

Eyebrow Rehab: 3 Tricks for Women 50+

Good eyebrows – lush and extended – are usually made, not born, at 50. They do for your aging face what a blazer does for your body, adding structure and definition. Unfortunately, too many of us got a little tweezer crazy back in the day; others are dealing with skimpy, misshapen or balding brows due to thyroid or hormonal changes. And brows do change with age. Even Brooke Shields, who is famous for her full brows, now has shapelier, more groomed …

Sharon Stone To Oprah: Why Shouldn’t 50 Be Sexy?

And you thought Christie Brinkley looked good? Sharon Stone is just four years shy of catching up to the 60-year-old supermodel who recently graced People magazine in a swimsuit, and Stone looks every bit the beauty she was at 34 when she blasted into the national consciousness as femme fatale Catherine Tramell in the 1992 movie Basic Instinct. And Stone tells Oprah Winfrey, who turned 60 in January, that being called a sex symbol at this age (she was 56 …

Goodbye Ageism! Shifting an Old Stereotype

I’m positive: You couldn’t pick a better place to have an International Conference on Positive Aging this week (or any week). It isn’t just because it’s in Florida, but also because it’s specifically in Sarasota County, which happens to have the highest percentage of people age 85-plus in the nation. The event’s host, the Sarasota  non-profit foundation Institute for the Ages, recruits and engages older people and organizations to conduct research on aging issues, connecting companies with their target audience, Sarasota …

Whatever You Do, Don’t Call Them “Senior Centers”

The next time you drop off Mom at your local senior center, you might want to stay. These places, known mostly for bingo, lunch and blood pressure screenings, can be a great refuge for family caregivers. You’ll be surprised at the transformation. A motorcycle club at the Lakeville Senior Center in Minnesota?? As the oldest boomers turn 67 this year, senior centers are trying to attract the age 50-plus set as well as those in their 80s.  There are a …

Men Don’t Only Want Sex. They Want Friendship, Too

Q: I have been divorced for almost three years and am having difficulty meeting men. Most of the guys I encounter just want sex. I want more: respect, friendship, kindness, mutual enjoyment. Any suggestions? After 29 1/2 years of an abusive marriage, I would like to think there are some nice men out there. Dr. Pepper Schwartz: There are definitely some nice men out there. Of course, your life has been colored by an abusive marriage and you have to …