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‘When Will I Be Loved?’: Linda Ronstadt Gets an Answer

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentLegendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 68, undoubtedly has had plenty of secret admirers over the years, though perhaps none quite as famous as the president of the United States. Ronstadt, who’s won numerous accolades over the years for her “one-of-a-kind voice,” was at a White House ceremony on July 28 to receive the National Medal of Arts. As President Barack Obama prepared to hang the medal around Ronstadt’s neck, he confessed, “I had a little crush on her back in the …

El virus de la Chikunguya sigue expandiéndose

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolHoy quiero comenzar confesándoles que soy una mujer dura, dura para las enfermedades. Y no es que jamás me haya enfermado o que carezca de empatía para los enfermos, pero por lo general soy de las que prefiere agarrar el toro por los cuernos y buscar soluciones prácticas a las dolencias y dolientes que llegan a mi entorno antes que tirarme a morir en una cama por una gripe. Por eso cuando empecé a escuchar en mi casa, entre mi …

Recreated Pop Culture Scenes You’ll Never Forget

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayInspired by a German retirement community’s viral success earlier this year with what one website lauded as “probably the best calendar ever,” residents of nine Senior Living Communities across the United States have tweaked the concept to produce a home-grown calendar in which they recreate some iconic pop culture scenes. Proceeds from sales of the 18-month calendar (August 2014 – January 2016) will go to local charities chosen by each of the nine retirement communities. The residents designed costumes and …

Handshake or Fist Bump — Which is Less Germy?

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthManners maven Emily Post probably would have disapproved, but British researchers say if you want to protect yourself against germs, you should pass on the traditional handshake and instead exchange a fist bump, especially with your doctor. Scientists with Aberystwyth University in Wales wanted to see how doctors could reduce the spread of bacteria, so they tested three types of  hand-to-hand greetings to see which one transferred the fewest germs: a handshake, a high five or the sort of knuckle-to-knuckle …

Medicare in Good Health — for Now

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare is in much better health and has a somewhat longer life expectancy than previously expected, according to the 2014 Medicare Trustee’s report released today. Spending on Medicare’s Part B program, which covers mainly doctors’ services and outpatient care, has significantly slowed, the report says. That’s good news for the 59 million people on Medicare, because it means that the standard Part B premiums, which are always pegged to the previous year’s costs, are expected to stay at the same …

Lawmakers Urged to Act Soon to Shore Up Social Security

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | WorkThe financial outlook for Social Security remains largely unchanged from last year, with the combined trust funds that pay benefits to retirees and workers with disabilities expected to exhaust reserves in 2033, according to a government report released today. After that date, money coming into the system would be enough to cover 77 percent of benefit obligations, according to the Social Security trustees report. At a news conference on Monday afternoon, Treasury Secretary Jack J. Lew said Social Security and Medicare are …