A New Boomer Grandma’s Tips for Buying the Right Stuff

Only two weeks till I become a first-time grandmother — and I desperately need some baby basics. I’m told that the must-have item these days is the Pack ’n Play. That’s what we used to call a playpen, children, but now it’s a “play yard,” complete with options like “micro-fleece newborn napper station,” changing table attachment, night light (!), music player (!!) and detachable toy bar. As someone who came of age in the ’60s, may I just say: Shoot me now. …

Men Make Passes at Glam-Mas in Glasses

What do granny panties and mom jeans have in common with eyeglasses? Until 2012, all three were items you’d rather don at home than in public. That’s the year Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, Demi Moore and a raft of other elderbabes started showing up in bold, black, geek-chic glasses that made them look sexy and smart. Boomeristas nationwide swarmed their local optician, and a trend was born. Rather than sporting the same old rimless or wire frames, everyone suddenly wanted …

Wendy Williams and Others Are Fabulous at 50+!

She was her usual chic and dynamic self. But since it was her birthday, she was even more exuberant. Yes, Wendy Williams just turned 50. And the iconic daytime talk show host whose name is synonymous with cutting edge entertainment is now — as she proclaimed — “The new face of 50! AARP is delighted to have shared the momentous occasion with her. Yes, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and I celebrated with Wendy at her star-studded party. Chaka Khan …

Best Quick Fix for Puffy, Dry Eyes

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to be tormented by some evil twins: puffy eyes and dry eyes. These two common conditions make your eyes look irritated and anything but beautiful. But here’s the good news: Both can be addressed with a few simple steps. One of the best ways to deal with puffiness and dryness is to close your eyes, apply a cold compress and relax — maybe even take a nap! >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

Anti-Cancer Gel May Be Safer Than Pill

For women with an early form of breast cancer, the oral drug tamoxifen can help prevent a recurrence, but the pill also has serious side effects. Could a tamoxifen skin gel, applied directly to the breast, avoid the side effects while still blocking the cancer cells? The answer may be yes, according to a small, but intriguing new study by researchers with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Both the skin gel and the pill versions of tamoxifen delivered the …

This Week in Boomer History: Miranda Warning … Live Aid … NYC Blackout

Notable events from our shared experience Gloria Steinem delivers an “Address to the Women of America,” considered by many one of the century’s great speeches, on July 10, 1971. In it, she says: “Sex and race, because they are easy, visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups, and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles …