The New Face of Friendship: Has Facebook Replaced the Backyard Fence?

I grew up in Brooklyn at a time when there were many sets of parental eyes watching over us. Riding bikes, playing stoopball or jumping rope on the sidewalk, we knew, without having to think about it, that we were safe. We also knew that if any of us did or said something deemed less than civil, it would get back to our mothers (or whoever was waiting at home, and there was always someone waiting at home) before we set …

The New Jumpsuit: 4 Reasons to Own One

The jumpsuit – the iconic one-piece fashion wonder you may have worn to the disco in 1977 – is back in a big way. One need only have seen first lady Michelle Obama in a black jumpsuit on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to know that it’s cool again. But you’ll see jumpsuits in stores this spring by designers from Diane von Furstenberg to Nicole Miller. The good news is a jumpsuit can be the most comfortable, flattering, stylish …

How to Get Your Arms in Shape for Summer? Push-ups!

It seems the older I get the more difficult it is to get certain body parts back in shape. This is especially true of my arms. But, here’s the good news: I have found an easy way to make arms strong and lean again in a few minutes a day: I do push-ups. Even if you’re already engaged in a regular exercise program (and I hope you are), you should give serious consideration to adding push-ups to your routine.  There’s …

Two Must-Dos For Younger Looking Skin

I started paying attention to my skin when I hit 50.  Before that I would slap on whatever cream was around, used sunscreen only when I was at the beach, and figured I’d already damaged my skin by spending countless hours in the sun, slathered with baby oil mixed with iodine, even speeding up the damage by using one of those old reflectors. It was only when I got my first 10-times magnifying mirror, which showed every wrinkle and dark …

One Thing Boomers Didn’t Get Right (But Still Can)

2014 is a pivotal year for boomers: It’s when the last wave of us – that is, those born from 1946 to 1964 – turn 50. To spotlight this cultural sea change, AARP is staging a number of events, including Life@50+ celebrations in Boston (May 8-10) and San Diego (Sept. 4-6). The advocacy group also created this short video to put the accomplishments – and people – of this generation in focus: As a boomer born in 1956, I’m proud …

Dating After 50: Stop Looking for the Wrong Person

I know a lot of men and women over 50 who are looking for love . . . in all the wrong places. It’s not that they’re sidestepping some of the great new ways to meet new people, like online. And, they’re definitely putting themselves out there more to spread the net a bit wider. No, the problem runs much deeper. According to Bobbi Palmer, the dating expert I recently interviewed, it seems that too many of us hold on …