Wendy Williams and Others Are Fabulous at 50+!

She was her usual chic and dynamic self. But since it was her birthday, she was even more exuberant. Yes, Wendy Williams just turned 50. And the iconic daytime talk show host whose name is synonymous with cutting edge entertainment is now – as she proclaimed – “The new face of 50!” AARP is delighted to have shared the momentous occasion with her. Yes, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and I celebrated with Wendy at her star-studded party. Chaka Khan …

Michelle Obama at 50: Botox and Other Real Issues

First Lady Michelle Obama, who once said she looks forward to being “this really fly 80-, 90-year-old,” turns 50 on Friday and is getting a lot of media attention because her new interview in People magazine leaves the door open to using Botox. Oh my! Like many Hollywood actresses of a certain age – and lots of us regular women, too – Obama said she’s not ruling out the use of such anti-aging treatments as Botox or fillers. (The F …

Happy 110th Birthday Bob Hope!

For most of us, Bob Hope was that kinda creaky guy who did awkward old-timey standup comedy while people like Steve Martin and Richard Pryor were changing the world. But Bob Hope was, in his prime, a master of timing and the fastest ad-libber in the West. He would have been 110 on May 29 – of course who could complain, since he lived to be 100. To celebrate his life I’ve dug up two vintage episodes of my Movies …

Marc Jacobs Turns 50!

It’s official: Marc Jacobs, the iconic American design darling who helms three fashion brands –  Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton  - can become an AARP member as of today. Jacobs, who made Time magazine’s “Time 100″ list in 2010, continues to add notable lines to his resume. In addition to elevating his gift of forecasting and conceptualizing trends for his clothing collections, he’s also assumed the role of Creative Director for Diet Coke (he appears topless in some …

Celebrating My 50th Birthday Cancer-Free

The following is a guest post by Jerry Bembry, journalism professor at Morgan State University. I turned 49 a year ago today. At the time, I considered all the exciting things I wanted to do leading up to my 50th birthday. “Fifty to Fifty,” was what I called my plan, and I began writing down the 50 things I wanted to do before hitting the half-century mark: “Take a cross-country drive, visit the six remaining states that I’ve never been …

Happy Anniversary, Medicare!

President Johnson didn’t hold back when he signed Medicare into law 47 years ago. He said: No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. Everywhere I go as chief volunteer spokesperson for AARP, I run into people who tell me how important Medicare is in real …