In 2014 I Will…Embrace Positive Aging!

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, many of us are scribbling lists of ways to improve ourselves in the New Year: Lose weight. Change jobs. Spend less. Save more. But why not try something completely different this year? Rather than resolving to change yourself, how about embracing  yourself? It starts with your age: Once you’ve embraced your age, work your way toward embracing and loving your shape…your looks…everything about the way you are now. That’s the essence of positive …

3 Ways To Fix Your Fashion Failures

We 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

Do 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!

Interesting 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 …

The Menopause Symptom No One Talks About

Our 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 …

5 Women Over 50 Who Lead and Inspire

Life after 50 can definitely have its challenges. I try to follow my own advice about working out, eating well, getting enough sleep, and staying engaged and positive about aging. But sometimes life throws curve balls that make you want to pull the covers over your head  - and stay there. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter That’s not possible. So, instead of giving in to these moments (however long they last), I often find myself turning to …