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The Surprising Good News About Getting Older

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe headline in this morning’s Wall Street Journal caught my eye:  “We Actually Get Nicer With Age.” Wow!  So much for the stereotype of the grumpy old man and the cranky old lady. According to the article, as people get older, they report increases in positive traits such as conscientiousness, agreeableness and emotional stability.  What’s more, negative traits—like neuroticism, anger and anxiety—seem to decline.  Overall,  as we age we become “more responsible, more agreeable and more emotionally stable,” according to …

Los jabones antibacteriales… ¿sí funcionan?

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolLas opiniones de los expertos en materia de higiene y salud pública siguen encontradas en cuanto a la efectividad del uso de jabones antibacterianos para garantizar la salubridad general y prevenir la transmisión de virus, gérmenes y bacterias, sobre todo en la cocina durante la preparación de alimentos. Mira también: Jabones antibacterianos, ¿son necesarios? Si bien a finales del año pasado la Administración de Medicamentos y Alimentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) informó que no existía evidencia contundente para …

Some Student Borrowers Face Default If Co-Signer Dies

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsMany parents and grandparents are aware of the hazards of cosigning an education loan, putting themselves on the hook to repay if the student doesn’t. Now another wrinkle has emerged that can end up hurting student borrowers: Under the terms offered by most private lenders, institutions can demand that borrowers immediately repay a loan in full if the cosigner dies or files for bankruptcy. These so-called auto-defaults can occur even if the borrower has been keeping up with payments. And …

Will Aereo Revolutionize Broadcast TV, or Kill It?

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyOn April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a lawsuit that some think will determine the future of television — or, at the very least, whether you can watch local TV news and broadcast channels over the Internet, without having to buy a cable TV subscription. The case involves Aereo, a two-year-old New York-based start-up that offers a new way to watch TV. Aereo captures signals from broadcast TV stations on banks of antennas located close to the …

The New Older Workers: Women

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkThe U.S. workforce has been turned on its (graying) head. New research finds that workers at or near retirement age are taking up a bigger share of the labor pool — a trend that’s driven mainly by women. And in this ever-evolving jobs landscape, older men and women are projected to be working more in the next decade. Using the latest Census Bureau data, the Washington-based Employee Benefit Research Institute looked at workers’ labor force participation rates over the last four …

Talking (and Listening) to People With Dementia

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | Volunteering | Comments

Caregiving | VolunteeringI talk with my friend Arthur twice a week, and each conversation starts the same way. “Hi Arthur, it’s Laura.” “Laura, dawling. Whe-ah are you?” “I’m in Ohio.” “You’re still the-ah?” It’s been almost 10 months since my boyfriend, Joe, and I left New York. “Yep, still here! Grad school is going really well, and it’s great to be close to family. It’s hard being far from friends, though. I wish we were tasting olives together right now.” >> Sign up …