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 …

Would Oprah Turn Her Back on Women Over 50?

An article in the New York Times about Oprah Winfrey and the declining readership of  O, The Oprah Magazine, her 12-year old publication, stopped me in my tracks.  Here’s the paragraph that leapt off the page and gave me my own “Aha!” (but not in a good way) moment: Ms. Winfrey wants that audience for the magazine, but she wants its readers to be younger. The median age for O readers is 49, according to data tracked by the audience …

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, …

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 …