menopause

How to Survive a Summer Wedding

Posted on 06/24/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionAn outdoor wedding — on a beach, in a garden — sounds tantalizing when we first RSVP. But then we recall the likely gate-crashers: Steamy weather. Sweat. Hot flashes. Hormonal bloat. Relax and sip a glass of ice water with lemon, for we’ve devised a three-step survival plan: Panic-proof with primers. Like Spanx for your face, a primer smooths out flaws and holds your makeup in place, letting you say goodbye to those hot-mess days. Face primer follows moisturizer; eye …

Thank You, Grandma, for Human Nature

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyBy Alison Gopnik Why do I exist? This isn’t a philosophical cri de coeur; it’s an evolutionary riddle. At 58 I’m well past menopause, yet I’ll soldier, on, with luck, for many years more. The riddle grows more vivid when you realize that human beings (and killer whales) are the only species where females outlive their fertility. Our closest primate relatives — chimpanzees, for example — usually die before their 50s, when they are still fertile. This isn’t just a …

12 Scent-sational Gifts for Mother’s Day

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionCoco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it’s a great excuse to start spritzing: Every 50-plus woman I know has a to-do list at least a decade long. And with Mother’s Day fast approaching, now seems the perfect time to rejuvenate the senses of any marvelous moms in your life (including yourself!) with the gift of a new fragrance. Here are my picks of the best …

The Menopause Symptom No One Talks About

Posted on 11/14/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionOur 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 …

Do You Really Need to Give Up These 5 Foods?

Posted on 07/31/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAfter I turned 50, the post-menopasal pounds started piling on. I pretended to exercise by buying an expensive membership to an equally expensive gym, and I kept on eating pretty much whatever I wanted. A perfect “Post-50 Perfect Storm” was in the works. Luckily I got hold of my senses and decided that moving my body more and changing what I ate was the smart solution. The end result was that I lost the 15 lbs. I had gained, and …

The #1 Best All-Around Exercise for Every Post-50 Body

Posted on 06/13/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionRecently I introduced you to one of the best exercises anyone, of any age, can do to fight osteoporosis AND get those upper arms looking lean and mean. In case you missed it, click here to read the blog post and see the short video: “Fix the Flaw: How to Get Fit Arms After 50.”  For those of you who were inspired enough to get down and “do ten” (I hope that was all of you!) get ready, ’cause we’re …