4 Tips for a Happy Road Trip

With AAA forecasting that 41.9 million of us will hit the highways over the July 4th weekend, findings from a new AARP Travel survey prove that the old-fashioned road trip remains prized by travelers 45 and older. More than 70 percent of those surveyed said driving is still their preferred way to go, according to AARP’s research. A majority reported that they plan to take three such trips a year. Why are roads all the rage? Respondents said they take to the highway when they want a …

Let the (Home) Buyer Beware

Looking to buy or sell a home in the coming weeks (a period that’s expected to be the busiest real estate season in eight years)? If so, beware of a new impersonation scam that targets real estate agents and others involved in house closings — specifically, their clients. It starts with an email to real estate agents (supposedly sent by an interested buyer) that includes an attached link. When the recipient opens the link, malware secretly infects the individual’s computer, …

Have You Been Cheating … on Your Sunscreen?

En español | Women — even smart ones like you and me — cheat on their sunscreen. Only 40.3 percent of women ages 55 to 64 regularly use sunscreen on their face and other exposed skin, says a new CDC study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology on May 19. The timing is apt, for the Skin Cancer Foundation has designated this Friday (May 22) as “Don’t FryDay.” (Get it?) It’s a cute marketing ploy, but …

And So It Begins — My 11 to 1 Blog

Most nightmares are not a ratio, but mine was last night. The ratio 11 to 1 kept floating across my frontal lobe. Eleven to one. Eleven to one in all different sizes and typefaces — actually hovering in my mind, mocking me. Eleven to one is the ratio I read earlier that night on an online dating website: If you’re in your 50s (the new 40s!), there are 11 single women to every single man. Yikes, say it isn’t so. …

Spring Fitness Tune-Up

Guilty as charged: I’ve grown lax about my workout program in the last few months, leading to a loss in strength and a gain in weight. How can I tell? Because my scale does not lie. Nor, tragically, do my jeans. Last winter seemed to pose a bigger challenge than normal to my (mostly conscientious) exercise habits and (fairly healthy) lifestyle. That long, cold season simply would not die, forcing me to trim my running schedule from three or four …

Vive la Vie en Rose at 50!

Hydrangeas, lilacs, gardenias: Just name the flower, and I’m probably crazy about it. Ah, but roses — from cheapo supermarket buds to pricey florist-shop blooms — now those are my faves! This spring, happily, everything from skin care to watches seems to be coming up roses. If you’re a fellow blossom-head, here are five ways to boost your flower power: Meddle with some petals. Rose extracts and rosehips (the fruit of the rose) are super rich in vitamin C. Face …