Retirement Community Residents Have Fun Baring All For Charity Calendar

Inspired by the 2003 Helen Mirren movie Calendar Girls, a dozen women of Riderwood Village retirement community in Maryland have bared (almost) all to raise money for fellow residents struggling financially.

The Takeaway: Women Over 50 Struggle With Eating Disorders, Body Image

While anorexia, bulimia and other disordered eating habits disproportionately vex the young, older women — and men — aren’t excluded. A new study found 13 percent of women over 50 currently exhibit at least one core eating disorder symptom. The most common was “purging” (throwing up food) without binge eating (7.8 percent), followed by binge eating (3.5 percent). Overall, nearly three-quarters of all the women said they were currently trying to lose weight.

The Takeaway: 3 Grandmothers Review 50 Shades of Grey

Three California sisters who became Internet Famous earlier this year for discussing Kim Kardashian’s sex tape on YouTube are back with a review of steamy/silly bestseller 50 Shades of Grey. The verdict? Neither Mary Bartnicki, 81, nor her 72-year-old twin sisters–all working hairdressers–would recommend it.

The Takeway: Older Women Promote “Aging Stylishly” on Fashion Blogs

Fashion may be fleeting, but style isn’t””as a new crop of digitally and sartorially savvy older women have been proving. Whether starting their own personal style blogs or appearing on blogs curated (and usually featuring) those decades younger, these women aim to show that aging doesn’t have to bring muumuus and orthopedic shoes.

The Takeaway: Opera-Singer-Turned-Film-Star Marta Eggerth Still Cabarets At 100

Hungarian songstress and performer Marta Eggerth got her show-biz start as a child opera prodigy and went on to Broadway and film fame. These days, Eggerth””who will celebrate her 100th birthday April 17″”still performs the occasional one-woman show at New York’s Cafe Sabarsky, which hosts a series of ‘upscale, unconventional’ cabaret evenings.

Older Women Expanding the Legacy of Black History

This is a guest post by AARP Vice President of Multicultural Markets, Edna Kane-Williams. Williams is responsible for the development and execution of strategy relating to growing the association’s African American/Black membership. She previously served as Vice President of Strategy and Communications within the AARP Foundation. Black History month celebrates the perseverance of a determined people. Each year we’re reminded of how African Americans have survived, overcome and excelled despite major obstacles, challenges and injustices. Black women have always figured prominently …