Alert
Close

Donate to Drive to End Hunger to get your name on Jeff Gordon's car! - Donate Now

Contests and
Sweeps

Happiness
poll

most popular
articles

Viewed

With 50 in the Rearview Mirror

Things to Do at Least Once, Maybe Twice, When You're Over 50

This is prime time — so use it well

  • Dance outside, at night in a country where a Romance language is spoken.
  • Skinny dip, outside, at night, in any place where romance is spoken.
  • Scuba-dive, if it scares you. Zip-line, if it scares you. Do ropes, if it scares you. Try to master something that won't kill you, but that scares you.
  • Photo albums cost about $9. Take those photos out of the drawer and put them in chronological order. Start with your wedding. You will feel cleansed, virtuous. You may feel thinner.
  • Have the courage to stick to what you believe to be true. Without losing your temper or your dignity, stand firm. It's not "unpleasantness." You've lived long enough to pick a side.
  • Take care of your feet. No one wants rough, moldy oldies. Attractive, springy feet change your mood, and your life. Wear the best shoes you can afford. Get pedicures — as a couple (yes, guys do!).
  • Honor sleep. It really does make you better looking.
  • Earn enough to retire, then don't.

You may also like: 13 little luxuries we deserve after 50.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the best-selling author of 21 books. Her latest novel, Second Chances, comes out in September 2011.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Advertisement

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Member Benefits HomeServe

Members can protect their homes with comprehensive repair plans from HomeServe.

membership schwanns discount

Members save $20 on their first grocery delivery order from Schwan's Home Service™.

Member Benefits Discounts Angie's List

Members can save 25% to 45% on their Angie's List membership.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Advertisement