De-stress Your Holidays With Our ‘Less Is More’ Plan

For boomers, the approach of the holidays can feel like one more slab of bread has just been layered atop the sandwich generation, turning jingle bells into jangled nerves. As if focusing on kids, grandkids and aging parents weren’t enough, the holidays cram our calendars with seasonal work parties, commitments to catch up with old friends and a zillion other opportunities for compulsory gaiety (rhymes with “anxiety”). >> 11 Things You Should Never Do Again After 50 So how can you …

The After-50 Balancing Act

Let me give you the bad news with the good: We’re falling down more often on our way to longer lives. “As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape,” wrote Katie Hafner in Sunday’s New York Times, “the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.” According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, where I serve as ambassador for bone health, even younger boomers must devote some thought to their strength, stamina …

Closet Clearing 101: Keep This, Not That

To achieve an ageless look, here are five basic items every age-40-plus fashionista should keep in her closet all year long: white T-shirts, dark straight-leg jeans, a classic navy blazer, a wrap dress and a go-to LBD (little black dress). Having these on hand helps you create a timeless foundation. You can then build on this with trendy pieces from each new season, such as two of this year’s favorite items (so far!): animal-print scarves and slouchy slacks. Anytime you add …

The Confidence Collapse: Don’t Let It Happen to You

Ladies, are we undergoing some sort of collective “confidence collapse”? Maybe you’ve noticed what I have lately: So many grownup women — in meetings, on the street, wherever — hold their bodies in a way that fails to exude the confidence of their experience. It’s not our words but our body language: Too many of us seem to make ourselves smaller when speaking, as though we’re trying to fade into the background. What’s behind this loss of self-assurance? Any person, …

What Ideas@50+ Taught Me About Positive Living

As a blogger for AARP and the host of its Best of Everything video series on YouTube, I had an opportunity to attend the association’s recent Ideas@50+ event in San Diego. It was a fun chance to mingle with some of the attendees and speakers, and I managed to snag some keepsake shots such as the one at right with the very entertaining Kevin Spacey. The House of Cards star — along with another Hollywood president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO’s Veep …

Thinning Hair: What Women Can Do About It

Losing 100 to 150 strands of hair per day may sound catastrophic, but it’s actually the normal rate. If you’re shedding more than that, however, you may be one of the millions of women who are experiencing hair loss. The result is hard-to-handle thinning hair. When should you start worrying about this particularly virulent strain of flyaway hair? Well, some hair loss is temporary: It may be brought on by stress, poor eating habits or a body trauma such as …