7 Beauty Blunders Women Over 50 Keep on Making (and How to Stop)

We are always looking out for the next ‘new thing”–that one diet that will help us drop 15 lbs, or the skin cream with the latest anti-aging ingredient that promises to erase every wrinkle-instead of just taking some good, simple advice about what really works (and what doesn’t). No matter how many magazine articles or books we read about how to look (and feel) fab over fifty, a lot of us are still stuck in bad health and beauty habits …

Fight the Frump! Finding Your Perfect Pair of “Readers”

Who said reading glasses had to be frumpy? Since entering my 50′s, I’ve had to keep a 6x magnifying mirror adhered to my bathroom mirror so I don’t end up putting mascara on my lips. Presbyopia (an age-related condition whereby eyes have trouble focusing on objects that are close) is a natural byproduct of getting older, and I have it in spades. According to the Vision Council, the leading trade organization representing the optical industry, an estimated 90 million people …

Are You Ready to Embrace Your Inner Crone?

Aging in America isn’t always easy, especially when we’re bombarded with messages trying to convince us that youth equals beauty. ‘Old’ is something we should avoid at all costs, they seem to tell us, and if we don’t . . . well, maybe it’s time to just step aside. It’s enough to make women run for the hills, or to the nearest plastic surgeon. That’s not what I chose to do after turning 50. Instead, I pulled myself up by …

The 7 Biggest Mistakes We Make After 50 (and How to Avoid Them)

I was worried when I turned 50 a few years ago.  Like many of us, I was unsure about the right steps to take for better health, fitness, style . . . everything. Midlife can be a very confusing time, filled with all kinds of change, often making us anxious about our futures. This is the main reason I decided to research and write “The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More.” …

Can Turning 50 Save Your Life?

As a new columnist for AARP, I wanted to introduce myself and share a little background about why I wrote  “The Best of Everything After 50” and have become a very loud supporter of embracing your age . . . whatever it is. I look forward to having a lively dialogue with all of you in the months ahead! Is this your story, too? Five years ago I turned 50 and everything seemed to change overnight. “¨In my 20s, 30s and …

Charlie the Tuna Turns 50 Years Old!

50 is a big birthday no matter how you look at it, but here at AARP it’s especially important because it means you are officially eligible to become a MEMBER!  What is a better way to bring in the big 5-0 for Charlie the Tuna than to present him with his very first AARP card?!  On Friday the 11th in Times Square, NYC a whole slew of birthday activities were held in his honor.  AARP spokeswoman Luci De Haan presented …