Look Cool When It’s Hot: Best Summer Makeup

When it comes to makeup, women over 50 often fall into two categories in the summer: 1. Those who continue to wear the same makeup they’ve been putting on their faces all year long, and very possibly, since they were 20. 2. Those who decide it’s too hot, too much trouble, and too annoying to wear anything at all. Everyone needs a little bit of something, so I would like to propose a third category, one in which I put …

Summer’s Bummer: Event Ticket Scams

Nearly 5 million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes. And it’s not just “scalpers” hawking outside at the gate who should be avoided. (They collect more than $4 million per month in such bogus sales.) Increasingly, ticket trickery results when you buy from classified ads on Craigslist, eBay or on ticket-selling websites that appear to be legitimate but are anything but. So let the buyer beware – and …

Beach Report: Best (and Worst) for Clean Water

Before you pack your swimsuit, check out the latest report card on U.S. beaches with the least and most pollution. Last year the nation’s beaches had more than 20,000 closing and advisory days because of polluted water or threatened contamination, according to the annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The environmental-advocacy group analyzed water-quality results from tests conducted by the federal government and state beach coordinators at more than 3,000 locations nationwide. The report, released today, found more …

Your New Fat-Free Summer Look!

When the craving for white jeans hits and our lifelong fear of “looking fat” kicks in, we cave and stick to dark denim or black capris because they’re “thinning.”  This is irrational, as Christie Brinkley 59, Elle Macpherson, 49, and Sarah Jessica Parker, 48, clearly prove. Forget low-fat frozen yogurt. All you need are the right white jeans – the ones that flatter 50+ bodies regardless of size, shape and age. They’ll brighten every cloudy day and take 10 years …

Look Before You Lock: Children and Pets in Hot Cars

On June 29, we broke a record in Washington, D.C.: 104 degrees Fahrenheit-3 degrees warmer than the high set almost 80 years ago. In fact, the first six months in 2012 have been the hottest in the mainland U.S. since temperature records began in 1895. While extreme heat can contribute to a variety of health issues for people of all ages, for children and pets, the danger is amplified in cars. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related …

A Cruel, Cool Summer

This is a guest post from Deb Whitman, AARP’s Executive Vice President of Policy As we watch the thermometer creep up to temperatures that make us perspire just thinking about them, this summer could end up as a particularly cruel, burdensome one for seniors and others who have trouble when it comes to paying for cooling and other energy costs. According to a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, average residential electricity costs have increased by more than 42 …