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Las abuelas se mantienen perspicaces cuidando a los nietos —pero no exageres—

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

En EspañolCuidar a los nietos puede aumentar la capacidad intelectual de las abuelas, pero cuidarlos por demasiado tiempo podría producir el efecto contrario —según nuevas investigaciones, posiblemente porque las abuelas sienten resentimiento–. El estudio de 120 abuelas australianas, de entre 57 y 68 años, tenía como fin determinar si cuidar a los nietos juega un papel en ayudar a las mujeres posmenopáusicas a mantenerse perspicaces a medida que envejecen. Investigaciones previas habían demostrado que las actividades sociales con amistades y familiares ayudan a mejorar la función …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Planet Earth has a cousin — Kepler-186f — about 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.  (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. A disorder that causes you to act out your dreams is the best predictor of brain disease, says a new study. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A majority of American adults in all age groups now owns a smartphone. (Learn more at TIME) 4. Colorado boomers are the best educated; Maryland’s boomers …

Sleep Disorder Linked to Parkinson’s, Dementia

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayThrashing about while you’re asleep may be a sign of something more troubling than mere restlessness:  It could be a predictor of brain disease. A new study suggests that 80 to 90 percent of people who suffer from Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder will eventually develop Parkinson’s or other brain diseases. What’s REM sleep behavior disorder?  It’s a condition that causes people to act out vivid, intense, even violent dreams. People who have it often yell, punch and kick …

Can Keeping a Hen Help You Live Longer?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayWant to stay active, feel less lonely and generally be healthier? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a hen. HenPower, an experimental project based in Gateshead, England, aims to get older residents of the community involved in hen keeping as a way to reduce their feelings of isolation and to enhance their health and well-being. The “pensioners,” as the Brits refer to retired folks, look after the hens, collecting their eggs and rearing their chicks; the handiest among them design …

Want Paper Social Security Statements? They’re Back

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsFor those of you who liked getting your estimated Social Security benefits statements by mail, you’re in luck. The Social Security Administration says it’s planning to send out paper statements once again, beginning in September. Not everyone will get one, however. Only workers who haven’t signed up to review their statements online will be getting the paper version — and those will be mailed out only every five years rather than annually, says SSA spokeswoman Dorothy Clark. Related: When Should You …

Your Most Embarrassing Number, and It’s Not Weight

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhich number is your most embarrassing –  age, weight or credit-card debt? Surprise, it’s debt, according to a poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Thirty-seven percent of nearly 2,200 respondents say they would be the most red-faced to admit their credit-card balances. Credit scores came in second on the shame scale, with 30 percent saying they would not be comfortable disclosing their number. Consumers have fewer qualms about divulging weight and bank balances, according to the foundation. (Twelve …