March, 2012Archive

Ryan’s Medicare Plan: Stalled for Now but Not Soon Forgotten

Posted on 03/30/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe budget and Medicare overhaul proposed by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and just approved by the House (almost entirely along party lines) is all but certain to be dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But Ryan’s most recent plan to change Medicare is bound to have a long and lively life as a campaign issue this fall. Republicans, who maintain that current Medicare beneficiaries would see no change at all under the Ryan plan, hope to …

Good TV This Week: ‘DWTS’ Still in Step with Grownup Viewers

Posted on 03/30/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“Dancing With the Stars” has stepped past NBC’s “The Voice” in a big way, as last Monday’s show averaged 17.6 million viewers compared to “The Voice’s” 11.8.  That’s good news for DWTS fans, who may have been dismayed by headlines about the ABC dance competition opening to lower numbers than last season.  It did, but no tears.  The season-opener was still the second most-watched show of the week, behind only “NCIS.”  That is largely thanks to Grownup viewers.  Of DWTS’ …

Take the “Don’t Throw That Away!” Challenge

Posted on 03/30/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsEvery day the average American generates about 4.5 pounds of garbage, a portion of which is – thankfully – recycled. But there are all kinds of things that we throw away that can instead be creatively reused for another purpose around the house. Like: lemon rinds to shine copper pots and pans; a boot without a mate becomes a flower vase; an old tire makes a great kiddie swing; and don’t even get me started about all of ways to …

The Takeaway: Rural Areas Luring More Retirees

Posted on 03/30/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayMore retirees are buying up land in the country, drawn by peace, quiet and potential financial rewards. Could a rural retirement be right for you?

App of the Week: Coupons Gone Digital

Posted on 03/29/2012 by | Technology | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyBy Suzie Mitchell Clipping grocery coupons has been a Sunday morning ritual for me since I was a young girl. My Mom and I, armed with our sharp scissors, would scour the weekly coupon sections searching for our favorite brands. We cut the coupons, placed them in piles according to product type, and then put them in the special envelope marked “Groceries” in big red letters. I didn’t shop with my Mom, so I’m guessing she remembered to take her …

Reminiscing for the Generations

Posted on 03/29/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingHere’s an idea for caregivers: how about capturing the life stories of your spouse, relative or friend? I’ve heard a lot about “legacy videos,” but didn’t know what they entailed. Fast forward to last month. A professional videoproducer named Joe Pagano is smitten with my 92-year-old mother-in-law, Sylvia. He asked my brother-in-law, a good friend, if he would like him to shoot a film of her talking about her life.