Study Proves Women Over 50 Have the Biggest Hearts

It’s the holiday season: a time of year when most of us think more about giving than receiving. And of all the demographic groups, which one do you think gives the most? If your answer is “American women over 50,” you’re right. A recent study shows that our hearts just might get bigger with each passing year. The stunning study -Women Give 2012 -was conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D., …

7 Reasons to Love Your Sister (Even When It’s Hard)

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. – Marion C. Garretty It’s weird and comforting to know that there is no other woman on this planet, not even my mother, has had a closer view of my life than my sister (that’s us on the left in 1965 visiting Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.). I know pretty much everything there is to know about her, too, including a few things I’m sure she would …

The #1 Reason Why Women Age Better Than Men

Do women embrace aging better than men? Are we happier with our lives and better equipped to handle the myriad changes that life often throws our way? Are we better at digging deeper to our very core to pull out our inner resources for what we truly need as we get older? According to Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a noted Yale professor of psychology and author of “The Power of Women,” an article featured in Psychology Today, the answer could be “yes.” Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema believes …

5 Infuriating Fibs About Women Over 50

Almost six years ago I turned 50, and had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was time for a quick assessment: When did those post-menopausal pounds get attached to my body? What was it my doctor was telling me about being a tad too close to osteopenia (the first step before osteoporosis)? How did my hair end up looking like road kill from years (decades, really) of blow-drying, over-washing and over-processing? And, why were my hair, skin, …

“Ten Commandments” for Turning 50: Advice for All Ages

Here’s a simple message to those who have not yet turned 50:  it’s never too early to start taking control of your health and life. Here’s a simple message to those of us who are over 50: it’s never too late. Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s past is prologue.”  What we do (or don’t do) in our younger years will have a huge impact on how we look and feel by the time we enter our 50s. Our earlier choices and …

Need Help Getting Fit After 50? Adopt a Dog!

We all need to move our bodies every day. Period. Running, walking, spinning, biking, Zumba … whatever your choice is, just get out and do it. You’ll keep your weight down and maintain your health-check numbers where they need to be.  Plus, it just feels good. But sometimes we need that little extra reason to get us out there. While writing “The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More,” I was insisting …