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Alejandra Owens is a senior advisor in AARP Social Media.

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AARP’s Guide To Working With Boomers

Posted on 07/3/2012 by |General News | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post from Mary C. Hickey from the AARP Media Content Team. A post yesterday on the Wall Street Journal’s At Work blog offered advice to Baby Boomers on how to get along with their younger colleagues in the workplace. Calling for “mutual respect,” the blogger listed the things Boomers need to understand about young co-workers, including their technological superiority, their lack of company loyalty, their unique ability to collaborate, and their drive for instant success. Okay. Got it. …

The Grand Engagement: A Generational Divide?

Posted on 05/29/2012 by |General News | Comments

RelationshipsThis is a guest post from Mary C. Hickey from the AARP Media Content Team. Not sure if it was the era (the early 80s) or the guy (a slowly recovering hippie) but my marriage proposal – if you can even call it that – was distinctly unromantic.  “We can get married if you want to,” my now husband said matter-of-factly one Sunday afternoon, after we’d been living together for over a year. We have been married almost 30 years, proof that …

Betty White On Career Comebacks

Posted on 05/21/2012 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentWhen a friend told me she had a spare ticket to see Betty White here in DC, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to go with her. I figured an interview with Betty would be funny, insightful and heartwarming, but it exceeded my expectations in every sense. Of all the answers she gave or nuggets of advice she offered, one comment stuck with me the most and I knew I had to blog about it. An audience member submitted a …

A Talk with The Greatest Generation: “I Would Like To Go Dancing Again”

Posted on 04/30/2012 by |General News | Comments

Your LifeEditor’s Note: This post originally appeared on, a Washington, DC news site that covers several popular neighborhoods in the city. Full disclosure, I contribute to Borderstan myself as a food writer and editor. When I saw this post from fellow contributor Scott Thompson, 29, it warmed my heart and just had to share it with you. I hope you love it as much as we did here! Thanks to Matt Rhoades and Luis Gomez, co-founders of the site, for granting …

Remembering: Mike Wallace, 93

Posted on 04/8/2012 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentMike Wallace was an institution in the news industry. He interviewed presidents, singers, mobsters and civil rights heroes. He needled them with a sophisticated coolness that only Wallace could. He infuriated some, charmed others and educated us all when we watched his interviews. CBS News’ eulogy for Wallace points out that “when Wallace was born in 1918 there wasn’t even a radio in most American homes, much less a TV.” For 65 years of being in front of the camera, …

Hack Your Brain: How To Keep Healthy Behaviors On Track

Posted on 01/24/2012 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. About this point in the New Year’s Resolution cycle, the novelty has begun to wear off. Many healthy eating and exercising plans have been fudged or abandoned out of frustration. One thing that I’ve learned in years of trying to live a healthy lifestyle is that willpower isn’t enough. Willpower is like a muscle, and it can become exhausted over time. Basically, the emotional part …