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Alejandra Owens is a senior advisor in AARP Social Media.

Are You Watching? The Best of Everything After 50

If you’ve been reading AARP Blog, you’ve likely come across one of our most popular columnists, Barbara Hannah Grufferman. She literally wrote the book on living your best life after 50. A few years ago she published her first book, “The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More,” which quickly became a best seller. She’s a recognized champion of positive aging, writing the weekly “Life After 50″ column for Huffington Post, and is the Ambassador …

Ronald Reagan’s 9 Wisest Words About Social Security

The following is a guest post by David Certner, AARP legislative policy director. The last time we made significant changes to Social Security – including adjustments to benefits – was the 1983 Social Security amendments. At the time, Social Security had less than a year’s worth of solvency, and a bipartisan agreement to put Social Security on sound financial footing was essential. That legislation, negotiated by President Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill, focused on what was needed protect …

Jean Chatzky’s 12 Essential Money Rules

“Rules. A life without rules is exhausting and emotionally fraught.” That’s how Jean Chatzky opened her hour long session on financial security and retirement at Life@50+ today. She admitted that rules don’t seem fun – and the audience agreed. But soon she brought the crowd around to the virtues of boundaries, planning and delayed gratification. “Once you start planning, and get the numbers down on the page, things may not be as bad as you think they are,” said Chatzky, …

How To Teach Kids Nutrition? Plant Something

“What do you do to get the kids to like stuff like kale? Or radishes?” I asked. Ms. Denise immediately begins shaking her head in protest, with a huge grin on her face. “If they take the seed and plant it. If they grow it. If they see it every day while they’re out on the playground. If they walk by and smell it. They will love eating it,” she said. We were standing in an edible schoolyard on a …

Not Your Everyday Grandma: A Toddler’s Memory of Phyllis Diller

This is a guest post by California-based writer Betsy Towner is a regular contributor to AARP Bulletin. Paul’s grandma wasn’t like ours. Whereas the other grandmothers of my first four years left impressions of intensified mothering-cozier, calmer, softer than Mommy-my neighbor Paul’s was an assault on the senses. A grand assault, mind you: Phyllis Diller would burst on the scene in a storm cloud of sparkle and shine, loudness and laughter. I watched her with equal parts fascination and intimidation …

A Cruel, Cool Summer

This is a guest post from Deb Whitman, AARP’s Executive Vice President of Policy As we watch the thermometer creep up to temperatures that make us perspire just thinking about them, this summer could end up as a particularly cruel, burdensome one for seniors and others who have trouble when it comes to paying for cooling and other energy costs. According to a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, average residential electricity costs have increased by more than 42 …