The Power of the 50+ Voter

“The polls got it wrong.” We hear this a lot when election outcomes don’t match pre-vote predictions.  But what about the exit polls – the Election Day surveys that pollsters and pundits use to tell us what really happened? Turns out, there is a lot those tallies miss – particularly when it comes to older voters. AARP commissioned an analysis by Echelon Insights of how many people in different age groups actually voted last November using what campaign pros call …

Wear a 1970s Look — at 50

What makes us orgasmically nostalgic — or is it nostalgically orgasmic? — whenever an oldie but goodie pops up as a “new” trend? This whole 1970s bohemian thing, for example: It gets my bateau bobbing because I’m still 35 — and holding! — in the fashion part of my brain. Are you concerned that a ’70s look might not be “age-appropriate” for you? Well, get over it, sez I, and then get on board: Staying relevant and looking contemporary may …

Home Sharing: A Win-Win for the 50+

AARP recently conducted a survey to find out where people want to live when they retire. You may think a warm-weather climate topped the list, but the No. 1 place was right where they are now. More than two-third of respondents — 69 percent — said they want to stay in their homes and the communities where they currently live. Staying put has a lot of benefits — you’ll be near your friends and the social activities that you’re used …

Yoga’s Popularity Spreads Among 50+ and Men

The popularity of yoga continues to grow, not only in the sheer numbers of people doing it, but also among older adults and men, according to a new national survey. The survey, conducted for Yoga Alliance, an international yoga teachers group, and the magazine Yoga Journal, interviewed 3,700 people to get a better idea of how much yoga has spread, who is practicing it, and the benefits they hope to gain. Among the biggest trends the survey revealed is that …

Why I Feel Freedom and Fearlessness After Age 50

One of the joys of passing age 50 is growing less self-conscious about what people think of me. By now, I know I can usually trust my instincts, and even when I falter, the judgments of others don’t sting like they used to. There are far worse things in life than falling short in someone else’s eyes. I’ve found much greater value in confronting what I think of me. This has been liberating. Aging gives us personal license — the …

6 Secrets of Ageless Women

Are you a snoop? I sure am. I can’t resist peeking in other women’s closets, bathroom cabinets and makeup bags. And when a friend says, “Watch my bag for a sec?” I’m always happy to oblige. Little does she realize how thorough the watching will be. Call me nosy, but I’m curious. She claims to be wearing Fracas, but what fragrance does she truly have on? Which drugstore creams or makeup is she into? What products does she consider splurge-worthy? …