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AARP Cheat Sheet: Monday, January 3… 2011

Posted By Beth Carpenter On January 3, 2011 @ 10:42 am In Notebook | No Comments

(Sheila Poole, Ms. Senior DC [1]. “One of the funniest things about the pageant is that my maiden name is Queen. Would you believe it? As a child, I used to just hate it. When they called roll in school, our teacher always used to call us by our last names first. I was Queen Sheila. I used to be so embarrassed and just wanted her to get through the roll as quickly as possible. Kids don’t want to stand out like that. Now, that I am older, I have grown into the name. I guess you can say that it is okay to be a queen now that I am over 60.”)
Good morning, and happy New Year, AARP readers. For the iPhone users among us, we do hope you woke up on time yesterday. [2] For the rest of you still relying on good old-fashioned Groundhog Day alarms, welcome to the first work day of 2011. Look forward to seeing lots of articles like these [3], as the first baby boomers turn 65 and reach what once was considered retirement age – except lots aren’t so much retiring. [4]
We also owe a congratulations to our cover girl [5] Valerie Bertinelli, who got hitched [6]in Malibu this New Year’s Day. 1/1/11 sure does make an easy anniversary date to remember, doesn’t it?
“President Obama yesterday signed the 9/11 health bill into law [7], finally delivering federal health benefits to sick Ground Zero workers who have waited nine years for the help.”
“The reality is that we have a healthcare financing system that pays to treat people once they are sick. There’s a growing recognition that health behaviors are a major driver of premature mortality and healthcare costs….Most people tend to be not very good at making trade-offs between immediate gratification and future health benefits. There’s a probability that something bad will happen to them, but it’s not definite, whereas the cost of changing a behavior is immediate and often requires a lot of effort.” – Kevin Volpp, director of the Center for Health Incentives, arguing in favor of discounting premiums [8] for employees who don’t smoke, who exercise, et cetera.

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[1] Ms. Senior DC: http://peoplesdistrict.com/sheila-on-being-miss-senior-dc

[2] woke up on time yesterday. : http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2011/01/02/Apple-iPhone-alarm-glitch-will-be-fixed/UPI-42631293985008/

[3] these: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/01/us/01boomers.html?_r=1

[4] aren’t so much retiring. : http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/transitions/info-12-2010/approaching-65.html

[5] cover girl: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/newsmakers/info-05-2010/valerie-bertinelli-video.html

[6] got hitched : http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/01/valerie-bertinelli-married-tom-vitale.html

[7] signed the 9/11 health bill into law: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/prez_inks_bill_b29dJLtuklJUAPr61q64sM

[8] discounting premiums: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-health-incentives-20110103,0,2603060.story

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