6 Ways Turning 56 Was Far Different than 50

A few months ago I turned 56. To commemorate and celebrate, I ran 5.6 miles around Central Park. It felt good knowing I could run that distance and still be fit enough to join my husband and daughters at a birthday dinner downtown a few hours later. That’s a sea change from when I turned 50. Then –what now seems like a lifetime ago — running two miles would have been out of the question. I was out-of-shape and stuck …

2013: Make this the Year to Embrace Your Age

A not-so-quiet revolution has been picking up massive steam on the Internet … and I’m proud to be a part of it. It’s all about how we view aging in America and it will be one of the hottest topics in this country on many fronts: politically, culturally, emotionally and economically. Given the fact that people over 50 represent the largest demographic in the history of the world, with more joining our ranks every day, one would think that politicians, …

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, …