February, 2012Archive

One Less Monkee Makes Me Sad

Posted on 02/29/2012 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

EntertainmentOne of my earliest TV memories is watching The Monkees in reruns. I wanted to have friends push me in my bed into a city street. Thought that would be fun. So here I am 40 and extremely saddened by the death of Davy Jones. Why? I don’t know. (Catch this fab interview he did with AARP this past December) Perhaps it’s because my friends and I locked arms and walked like they did, crossing each others’ stride. Maybe it’s …

Drum Majors Award for Service: “Honoring Women of Service Across the Generations”

Posted on 02/29/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringDeborah Stiller is the AARP Experience Corps District of Columbia Branch Director. She has been responsible for the re-launch of Experience Corps in Washington, DC. Before coming to D.C., Ms. Stiller served as the Associate Director for the Experience Corps program in Baltimore City.   At AARP Experience Corps, we’re proud of our volunteers.  So we really like it when they get the extra recognition they deserve for their service. AARP Experience Corps’ very own Harriet Saylor was just honored by …

Bring on the Caregiving Talk!

Posted on 02/29/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThe email is intriguing: My friend is gathering a group who are grappling with caregiving issues for a brainstorming dinner at her home. She feels overwhelmed, with a job and husband in Boston and very ill parents in Connecticut. Not only do I write about caregivers, but I’ve been one for 14 years straight (first my father, then my mother, now my mother-in-law). I’ve never met the others at the dinner table. At 58, I’m the baby, while one of …

For Romney, a Red-Carpet Win

Posted on 02/29/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhat do Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer and Mitt Romney have in common? More than you might think, this week at least: they all owe key victories to an older electorate. (In case you missed it: 86 percent of voters for the Academy Awards – yes, 86 percent! – are 50 or older. Coincidence, then, that Sunday night’s 2012 Oscars felt, said the New York Times, “like an AARP pep rally?” At his own pep rally Tuesday night outside Detroit, Romney …

Rest Uneasy: Sleeping Pills Linked to Early Death, Cancer

Posted on 02/29/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you take a sleeping pill to get a better night’s rest? If you do, a new study could keep you up at night. Scripps Clinic sleep researchers found that those who take even a few prescription sleeping pills during the year are nearly four times more likely to die prematurely than people who don’t take them. This is unsettling news for the nearly one in 10 American adults who use prescription sleep medications such as zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta), …

A Small Measure of Voter Dissatisfaction

Posted on 02/28/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAre older voters as angry as they were in 2010, when they formed the backbone of the Tea Party? Listening to an NPR report from a debate-watching party in Oracle, Ariz., on Feb. 20, you might not think so. At least not at first. Fifteen members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club  gathered in their retirement community, which, according to the developer’s website, offers “a country club lifestyle that can best be described as breathtaking.” The partiers weren’t really representative of …