Plenty of Movies for Grownups at Friday’s Film Festival

Greetings from New Orleans. I’ve just spent the evening strolling around the French Quarter, which for those of you who have never been is something of a cross between Downtown Disney and the Innermost Circle of Hell.But most importantly, this afternoon I was at the Louisiana Theatre at the New Orleans Convention Center watching the final preparations for our Movies for Grownups Film Festival. It’s all part of AARP’s Life@50+ Member Event, which is drawing tens of thousands of folks …

Should Your Guy Dye His Hair?

Manic Panic can be cool for teens and sunny streaks look sexy on surfer dudes but obvious color is just plain weird on mature men. Like us, men 50 + are out there competing for jobs and social connections. Some follow Paul McCartney, Donald Trump, Robert Redford and Rod Stewart with not-so-natural shades of orange-y brown and golden blonde. I love Billy Crystal but not his dark cap of frizz. Help your guy get it right. Brad Johns, Color Director …

Your Views on Aging, Your Looks and George Clooney

A new survey of Americans’ attitudes about aging yielded some fascinating — and surprising — nuggets, including the fact that more than half of us think we look younger than our age, 70 percent of those over 65 say they’re more active than their parents were, and most of us say age 38 was when we first “felt our age.” As for our role models in aging well: Celebs Betty White and George Clooney get the top votes. The survey …

Who’ll Win the Oscars on Sunday…And Who Ought To

            Every year my extended family and I have a nationwide Academy Awards Pick ’em. We sit through the ceremony, dutifully checking off actual winners versus our predictions, and then we honor the most accurate prognosticator with congratulatory e-mails. The winner also gets custody, for one year, of a retired version of our Movies for Grownups Chaise d’Or trophy (This one dates from about two incarnations ago, as the MFG Trophy goes through tweaks the way Joan Rivers goes through …

This Valentine’s Day, Make an Effort to Invest in Your 401k Called Love – Everyday!

February is the month that we correlate with love. You know as the song says, “a crazy little thing called love.” Do our head and heart work together and come up with a plan? Do they see a certain person and the head tells the heart this the first crush or this is the one who will be the lasting and deep attachment? Have you ever wondered why we fall in love with the one person and not another? We …

The Descendants: Movies for Grownups 2012

“The Descendants” takes an understated, emotionally uncompromising look at a family in crisis. The movie is set in paradisiacal Hawaii, a contrast against the slow unraveling of its main character, played by George Clooney, who faces a series of emotional challenges that test his limits. Older audiences will identify with the film’s surprisingly stark look at true-to-life family dilemmas. (You can read our full review here.) “I just have to share getting older with everybody in the world on screen …