General Interest

An End of Life Journey Begins

Yes, I know. It’s been much too long since I have posted here. But as is the case with many of us who are After Fifty, life sometimes intervenes (interferes) with our plans. The intervening factor here was the sudden, unexpected illness and hospitalization of my 88-year-old mother. It was touch-and-go for a bit, and, bottom line, even though ...Read More

Alzheimer’s, The Puzzle

The October 25, 2010 issue of Time Magazine ran a thought-provoking cover story by Alice Park entitled “Alzheimer’s Unlocked.” No, the cure has not yet been found. And no, there still is no 100% definitive method of diagnosing the disease – until after death. In fact, recent experimentation and study has led, in some cases, ...Read More

After Fifty and Looking for Work

Let’s say you’re over 50, and you’re having a tough time finding a job. Is it the economy that’s the problem? Well, maybe. But it might be much more than that. An article in by Anne Kadet�quotes a study in which younger and older job hunters, with comparable skills, were paired to see which applicant would b...Read More

“So, Mother, Here Are Some Options.”

This was a very-y-y interesting weekend. I spent a great deal of time in deep conversation with Lou, my husband, about our future and how it may intersect with that of my mother’s. Yes, I know people should have these conversations frequently. But I suspect we’re not much different than most folks. Life just kind of sneaks up on you ...Read More

The Disease I Most Fear As I Age Is…..

The bi-monthly poll results are in – and the answer to this question is, hands down, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). An electrifying 61% made this selection, out of a group of ailments that also included arthritis, cancer, diabetes and, of course, “other.” While I’m not surprised by the a...Read More

The After Fifty Living Launch

I realize that I’m “behind the eight-ball” – that absolutely nothing was posted on this blog last week! Hopefully you’ll be understanding! Last week was the official Launch Week for and things were pretty hectic – exciting, but hectic nonetheless. As part of the week’s activities, w...Read More

Friendships – Finding Them As We Age

Toddling off to school may have brought an unexpected surprise to many of us. We discovered other youngsters – similar to us, at least in age.� Some of these others may have become more than just passing acquaintances. We really shined up to some who became our friends. So, while attending school allowed us to grow intellectually, we also c...Read More

Prostate Cancer Surgery – An Informed Choice?

My father officially died 18 months ago at age 89 – but life had changed dramatically for him 26 years earlier. Diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 63, he underwent a radical prostatectomy that left him both incontinent and impotent for the remaining 26 years of his life. He could no longer work (one peeing accident put an end to that), or ...Read More

Too Old To Drive?

I drove up to the ATM earlier this afternoon – and had an experience I won’t forget soon. I was driving a car which seats me lower to the ground than I like for conducting a drive-thru ATM transaction. I pulled up – and, foolishly (I readily admit), left the car in gear – with my right foot on the brake. Because I was seated...Read More

Some Life Lessons from Andy Rooney – Part 2

Here’s a gift to you all from me – the final installment of simply wonderful sayings by the incredible Andy Rooney. Enjoy! I’ve learned … that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am; … that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile; … that no one...Read More

Love ‘n Stuff – After Fifty

The end of July marked the end of the first month of some marketing done by – and so we’ve been spending some time reviewing the “stats” – learning about the site, and also about you, our visitors. One of the most fascinating stat is that the single most popular section of the site, by far, is ...Read More

Acid-Suppressants: More Than We Bargain For?

Paula Span, in a recent article in the New York Times, has sounded the alarm against overuse of what may very well be the “most widely prescribed medications” – acid-inhibitors. If you have a television set in your life, then you’re familiar with them (even if you don’t take them). You know them as Zantac, Pepcid, Prev...Read More

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