November, 2011Archive

How to Do Wine Tasting like a Pro

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelBaby boomers, and particularly baby boomer travelers, love wine! According to the US Wine Market Council, a wine boom began in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s as the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation (born between 1946 and 1964) matured and drove the consumer market with their unique set of tastes and lifestyle choices. According to the American Association of Wineries, an estimated 27 million winery visits currently take place annually, and the US Wine …

The Takeaway: A Fishy Way To Boost Brain Health; Using Hallucinogens In Health Care

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayEating fish at least once per week can seriously reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, researchers say—but only if the fish is cooked in certain ways. And hallucinogens are back, this time for a variety of therapeutic uses.

Sweets Minus Guilt = Better-For-You Holiday Cookie Recipes

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. I’m committed to my healthy lifestyle, but the idea of a holiday without cookies makes me really sad. That’s why I was so excited to find not just one, but several collections of better-for-you holiday cookies. They all include healthy swaps to help cut the fat, calories and guilt that often go hand-in-hand with holiday sweets. A word of caution, however – even though these cookies …

Let’s go #GoodSpotting this Holiday Season!

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Jean Case, CEO and co-founder of the Case Foundation. A passionate believer in all things digital and the potential of technology to change the world for the better, Jean and her team focus the efforts of the Foundation around many of the same entrepreneurial approaches she and her husband Steve cultivated throughout their business careers. The Case Foundation is recognized for its leadership in leveraging new technologies and applying innovative approaches to increase giving; catalyze civic …

Want Your Test Results? Don’t Wait. Nag Your Doctor

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPatients who passively wait for their doctor to call them with medical test results need to wake up  – and start dialing. As one doctor put it, “No news is not good news. If a patient gets a test done and doesn’t get a result, he should follow up.” Failure to pass along test results promptly — or even at all — is a growing problem and partly to blame for the big spike in medical malpractice payouts, according to …

Managing Medications: It’s All About Organization

Posted on 11/29/2011 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAnyone walking into Mom and Dad’s apartment this evening would have seen me as a cross between a mad scientist, a bean counter and a creative genius at work. Well, I’d like to think the creative genius part would be mixed in, but who knows? It’s that time of month that I have come to dread: the assemblage of 8 weekly pill organizers.   Why dread it? Here’s why, by the numbers: 22 – The number of prescription medications my …