Is Going Gray for You? 5 Ways to Tell

Every woman age 50-plus who colors her hair is thinking about going gray. Maybe it’s all the parade of steely icons like Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, Christine Lagarde and Glenn Close. Maybe it’s those annoying online slideshows of fabulous mature women gone gray. Either way, they’re seriously psyching us up. But let’s get real. The former are rich, famous and polished to perfection by beauty pros and designer duds. The latter are either black-and-white photos (with Photoshop help), creative …

Boomer Alert: Nation’s 65+ Population to Double by 2050

We’re getting older – in a big way. New Census Bureau reports project that the nation’s 65-and-older population will nearly double in size – hitting a total of nearly 83.7 million – by 2050. By then, more than 1 in 5 Americans will be at least 65 years old. Boomers, who began turning 65 in 2011, are the driving force behind the project shift. The Census Bureau says that the demographic shift is already fueling growth in health-care-related industries and …

Hillary Clinton: Welcome Older Women Back Into the Workforce

Older women who may not feel welcome in the workforce have a powerful advocate – none other than Hillary Clinton. Speaking yesterday at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, the former secretary of state and first lady said older women, who left jobs to raise families, should be welcomed back to work, adding that “their brains have not atrophied” and they have great talents and ability. “There’s … a very large group of older women who could make a difference to …

When Do ‘Preferences’ for Housing Programs Amount to Discrimination?

Many communities have affordable housing programs designed especially for older people on fixed incomes. The idea is to allow them to maintain a good quality of life in a safe, welcoming environment. But what if you have to be a resident of the community to qualify for affordable housing – and the community happens to be 85 percent white? Does that amount to discrimination based on race? >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Yes, the U.S. Justice Department argues …

The Surprising Good News About Getting Older

The headline in this morning’s Wall Street Journal caught my eye:  “We Actually Get Nicer With Age.” Wow! So much for the stereotype of the grumpy old man and the cranky old lady. According to the article, as people get older, they report increases in positive traits such as conscientiousness, agreeableness and emotional stability. What’s more, negative traits – like neuroticism, anger and anxiety – seem to decline. Overall,  as we age we become “more responsible, more agreeable and more …

Wal-Mart Charged With Age Discrimination

In 2011, Wal-Mart was the talk of the nation when a gender discrimination case against the huge discount store chain went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in the case lost for procedural reasons, not for anything having to do with their discrimination claims. The accusations of gender discrimination have never been disproved, and several of the plaintiffs in the original case have filed new lawsuits. Fast forward to March 2014, and Wal-Mart’s in the news …