Programmable Thermostats: Savings or Not?

A couple of years ago I wrote an article for AARP about simple ways to reduce the cost of heating your home. After reading it, my wife promptly added a number of the energy-saving tips I’d suggested to my “honey-do” list, including installing three programmable thermostats around our house. The good news was that the new thermostats were inexpensive and easy to install. We found a three-pack on sale at a home improvement center for  $70, and, much to my …

Too Old For Whom? 5 Dating Style Tips For Women 50+

Clint Eastwood, Seal, Tony Danza and Bruce Jenner are all up for grabs. So what are you waiting for ? Whether you’re a cougar or prefer peers, you may find that everyone’s looking for love…  again. Besides dating sites, social networking makes reconnecting with old friends, college boyfriends, business colleagues, exes and new “friends” easy. But, what to wear? Here are five tips to make sure your clothes and looks send the right message: DATING A MUCH YOUNGER GUY. Look …

Living Long and Loving it in America

If you are wondering why I am standing on a chair raising my fist and shouting “Right on!” it’s because someone has finally come up with a formula for human longevity that makes sense. If you want to live longer, part of the formula goes, eat out alone at a different posh restaurant every night-and that doesn’t mean a Burger King. The advice was contained in a story from The New York Times that carried an interview with a 103-year-old …

Women 50+: What to Wear to Get the Job

The economy is tough. The job market – especially for those of us over 50 – is even tougher. But if you want to rejoin the workforce or land a new opportunity, the tips below can help you put your best foot forward. It’s been said that it takes all of seven seconds for a stranger to size you up. So make the best first impression you can by sporting an interview outfit that will knock their socks off. Jacqui …

Fall Fashion: The 5 Best Buys For Us

Fashion is in big trouble. Labor Day is over and we’re just getting the itch to shop … maybe. After all, what’s in it for us? As a postmenopausal fashion expert and the former fashion director of two major women’s magazines, I attend the runway circus known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (the next one begins Thursday in New York City). Let’s be honest. Runway shows are about editors hooking up with advertisers (for financial partnerships), stylists hooking up celeb clients …

Household Products You’ve Been Using Wrong

Did you know that aluminum foil boxes have little tabs you push in on the ends to hold the roll in place? Did you know most people use those paper toilet seat covers in public restrooms the wrong way? Or that Chinese takeout containers are made to be unfolded into plates? Yeah, neither did I. Neither, apparently, did the 4 million other people who viewed Gabby Noone’s recent Buzzfeed list of 18 everyday products that you’ve been using wrong. I’m …