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Patti Shea, an AARP Social Media manager, loves baseball, beagles and Mel Brooks movies. She grew up in L.A. and now cares for her parents in Florida.

Enter Our Family Photo Contest To Be Featured in AARP The Magazine

Is yours the new American family? Take a picture of your immediate or extended clan -whether living with you or not-upload it onto Instagram and win a chance to be professionally photographed and featured in a Special Report in AARP the Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world. We’re looking for recent pictures of families, small and large, that epitomize the look of the modern American family for AARP’s Show Us Your Modern Family Photo Contest. If that is …

Are YOU a Caregiver

You Might Be a Caregiver if …

“How can you laugh when you’ve served as a caregiver for nearly 30 years through all the brutal challenges that your family continues to endure?” >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter This was how a conversation started recently when talking to a woman caring for her aging parents. Continuing on, she stated, “I love to laugh and carry on, but when the topic comes to my family and the heartbreak I am facing right now with my dying …

An Immigrant’s Daughter Reflects on Her Role as a Caregiver

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by AARP historian and speechwriter Lily Liu. Remember the book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother that created such a stir a few years back?  Author Amy Chua sparked a national debate about the differences between the “Eastern” and “Western” ways of parenting. Though I followed it all closely, I think the more defining story of our generation of Asian-Americans is the one about “Draggin‘ Daughters,” the female members of our Asian-American families …

Coping With the Death of a Parent, Everyone Does It Differently

Earlier this week, I was among the millions closely following the Twitter feed from NPR’s Scott Simon, who was tweeting about the final days, weeks and hours of his mother’s life. His mom, Patricia, died on July 29 at the age of 84. Since then, I’ve been amazed by the blowback that Simon has been getting in the Twittersphere about his heartfelt observations from the ICU. Naysayers accused him of taking advantage of his mom’s death, calling it “ridiculous” and …

Enter AARP InstaGrands Photo Contest to Win a Trip to Hawaii

If you know a grandparent that’s getting silly on a Slip ‘n’ Slide or goofy with Goofy, do we have a challenge for you: the AARP InstaGrands Photo Contest. Take a picture of grandparent(s) and upload it onto Instagram and you are automatically entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii, thanks to the AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia. We’re looking for crazy, fun, offbeat pics in these three categories: Awkward Grandparent Photos (use #awkwardgrands when uploading into …