Barbara Hannah Grufferman

3 Ways To Fix Your Fashion Failures

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionWe are always looking out for the next ‘new thing’’–that one diet that will help us drop the pounds, or the skin cream with the latest anti-aging ingredient that promises to erase every wrinkle—instead of just taking some good, simple advice about what really works (and what doesn’t). And this is especially true of one of the easiest things to fix: what we wear. No matter how many magazine articles or books we read about how to look (and feel) …

Why You Should Throw Out Your Blow-Dryer Today

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

Beauty & FashionDo you know what your hair really looks like? After decades of blow-drying and pulling and stretching and coloring and perming  . . . how could anyone know? Years ago I had a long talk with my hair.  I made a very strong case, but it simply refused to listen. The battle lines were drawn.  My hair wanted to be curly, and me?  Nope.  It was 1969 — a year full of rebellions — and I had to look like a Mamma …

Better Beauty With Olive Oil? Yes!

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionInteresting fact about turning 50: Things change surprisingly fast. For example, everything’s just a tad bit … drier. My hair, skin, eyes and, umm, other places, too (get more info on dealing with this issue right here). When doing research for my first book about living a healthy life after 50, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the best skin care experts in the country. Most said quite simply that the keys to great skin …

COPD at 50+: Are You at Risk?

Posted on 11/27/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy mother, now 77, has suffered with asthma since birth. She tells stories about how her working class parents struggled with the idea of moving the entire family from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Arizona, which was a premiere destination in the 1940s for those with asthma, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, and other lung issues. Hot mustard plaster and frequent trips to the emergency room were all part of my mother’s early life. The fourth of five children my adoring (and adorable) grandparents …

The Menopause Symptom No One Talks About

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionOur self-esteem is tightly woven into our sexuality. We live in a youth-obsessed society, and admitting that our vaginas are changing — even to our closest friends — is like wearing a t-shirt that reads: “Ignore me. I’m over the hill.” We rationalize that anyone can have dry eyes or hair, but, many people believe, only women who are getting old have dry vaginas (which isn’t true). And, it’s so easy to think that you’re the only one who has …

Are You Thinking About Running A Marathon? Do It!

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionIn 2011, the year I was turning 55, I decided to do something that would be meaningful to me, and hoped would be inspirational to others. I ran in the New York City Marathon. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Apparently, the urge to tackle 26.2 grueling miles is becoming increasingly common for a lot of us who are over 50.  According to a Wall Street Journal article: As the total number of runners finishing marathons in the …