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Newly Divorced? Get Gutsy and Gorgeous

Posted on 10/3/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionBouncing back from a relationship split looking better, happier and more confident is the ultimate revenge. Just ask Tipper Gore, Susan Sarandon, Maria Shriver and Robin Wright. All have never looked sexier and more self-assured. As more  longtime marriages and boomer relationships, high profile or not, end, “grey” divorcee may be the sociological trend of the decade with women initiating the quit despite looming concerns over retirement  and social security benefits, alimony and other financial issues. The prospect of going solo and …

Losing Your Hair? 5 Sexy Solutions

Posted on 09/20/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionEvery woman over 50 complains about thinning hair, but it’s still taboo talk. We’ll discuss our gastric bypass procedures, breast lifts, vagina makeovers and stints in rehab before we admit to skinny hair. I’m not including serious hair loss like hereditary female-pattern baldness, alopecia or medical related issues here, just everyday wimpy, my-hair-isn’t-what-it-used-to-be hair. Magazines often address “fine hair,” but never in an age-related way because it’s not “sexy.” Here are five solutions that are and celebs with the looks …

Ready-Made Readers Boost Vision and Looks

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionSquinting at menus? Can’t make out the shade name on your lipstick? Welcome to the presbyopia club. Presbyopia is an age-related vision problem caused by the thickening and loss of flexibility in the lens of your eye that’s common among women 50+. It’s why finding the right distance to hold the morning paper can be difficult. And while prescription eyeglasses, of course, correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, ready-made readers that come in a range of magnifications are ideal to whip …

5 Best Fall Shoes All For Under $50

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI love shoes. But finding really fabulous styles for women over 50 can sometimes be frustrating, and very expensive. Just as challenging, styles are often so young (too high!) or so frumpy (too flat!), it’s enough to make me want to go barefoot. Not good. However, scouting around recently for some great shoes to use in in an upcoming video for “The Best of Everything” series for the AARP YouTube Channel (watch the first season here!), I came across a …

‘Thursdays in the Park’: Don’t Call It ‘Gran Lit’

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentNovelist Hilary Boyd is a grandmother. But don’t let her catch you uttering the term “gran lit.” That’s the genre name that U.K. Observer columnist Robert McCrumb coined on reading Boyd’s first published novel, Thursdays in the Park, in which middle-aged wife Jeanie begins an extra-marital flirtation at— surprise! — the local park’s playground. As far as I can tell, “gran lit” designates literature by older women. It thus manages to commit a double whammy — ageism and sexism — …

Blood Test May Help Find Ovarian Cancer Early

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHopes for a screening test that could detect ovarian cancer early — something that has eluded the fight against this lethal disease — were boosted this week with results from an important new study. Published online in the journal Cancer, the research involved monitoring women’s yearly blood test results for a sudden change in a biomarker called CA-125, a protein that indicates tumor growth. More than 4,000 postmenopausal women took part in the 11-year study at the University of Texas MD …