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AARP's Slightly More Mature Ins and Outs List

The latest trends for those who weren't born yesterday

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Just for Men

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Silver foxes

Actor Steve Carell wearing a gray blazer and checkered shirt.

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All the trendsetters are going gray, with everyone from Steve Carell (above) to Kim Kardashian showing how great a touch (or a major wash) of this cool tone can be.

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Multi-gen travel

Three generations of a family hike in an outdoor field.

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Skip-gen travel

Grandparents walking on a beach while holding their granddaughter's hand.

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Taking every generation on that big vacation is passé. Skip the middle. Just take the grandkids. (Good luck with that, say their parents!)

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Death sex

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Killer Sex

New research shows you won't die from even the most enthusiastic of lovemaking; less than 1 percent of cardiac arrest cases, it turns out, have anything to do with coitus terminus.

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“Anti-aging” skin creams (and everything else)

Mature woman looks in mirror, smiling, and applies makeup.

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Whatever Lauren Hutton is having

Model Lauren Hutton smiling while holding a purse and wearing a beige trench coat.

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“The way we think about aging starts with the way we talk about aging,” wrote the editor of Allure, describing why that magazine would no longer use “anti-aging” to describe beauty products or practices. AARP followed suit, rejecting the use of the phrase in any instance as ageist, unnecessary and at odds with our goal of expanding, not limiting, the opportunities that come with the years.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter

If Life-Changing author-magician Marie Kondo couldn’t move you to declutter with all her shirt-folding as high art, perhaps your own mortality (and Margareta Magnusson's new Death Cleaning book) will?

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Millennial pink

An interior living room painted pink, including a mirror, couch, pillows, and end table.

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Ultraviolet

A living room with a purple carpet, purple couch, purple lampshade, and walls painted purple.

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Associated with 20-somethings, velvety home decor and subtle fashion clashes, the super soft pink hue that has recently reigned supreme has met its pastel end. We like the sound of Pantone's more assertive official shade of 2018: “Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

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140/90

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130/80

Medicine has given us a cool new blood-pressure reading target (of 120/80, now that “high” blood pressure has been re-defined as 130/80 instead of 140/90.) That’s the positive way to look at it, anyway!

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All-cardio training

A row of women riding stationary bikes at a gym.

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Weight training

A fit, mature man wearing a blue shirt curls a dumbbell at a gym.

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So you’ve been ignoring the advice about lifting weights? Try these latest takeaways: Pumping iron extends life for those over 50 and now trumps cardio for helping people lose weight.

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Sleeping pills

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Light therapy

A mature women pushes drapes aside to look out her bedroom window.

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Sleep drugs are so tired. Our money's on Nobel Prize-winning science. Sync your body clock to the rising sun, and you may learn to slumber soundly again.

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Multitasking

A women multitasks at her kitchen counter.

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Meditating

A women meditates in lotus position surrounded by an outdoor garden.

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Once a badge of honor, all that juggling turns out to be damaging to the brain. Even time-starved CEOs now are embracing the benefit of working mindfulness into their daily schedules.

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Decaf

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Full-strength java

Dump that decaf; you'll actually get more health benefits — including a lower risk of Alzheimer’s, depression and even some cancers — by drinking more joe (up to four caffeinated cups a day).

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Man caves

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She sheds

An outdoor studio shed designed for comfort living in a fenced backyard.

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Women are finding their voice and their place — and for some, it’s their own backyard space.

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Financial planners

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Financial therapists

You’d like more money, yes. But would you also like to explore your feelings about not having money? Forget the stockbroker. Find the financial therapist, the new hybrid healer-money guru who can help sort through retirement’s complicated saving-and-spending dance.

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Staying together

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Living together

A happy, mature couple cooks together in a kitchen.

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Divorce rates for people over 50 have more than doubled since the 1990s, according to research from the Pew Research Center. But if they're not staying married, couples are shacking up: More people over 50 are cohabitating now than ever before.

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Bucket lists

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"Immediate" gratification

First of all, thanks, bucket list. Without you, there would be so many fewer inventories of trips we won't actually take. That said, we vote for tightening up the time frame for fun. Let's disconnect things we really want to do from thoughts of our own mortality, and just do it — now.

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