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Beth manages social media for a whole host of fun topics at AARP, including travel, technology, entertainment, and sports.

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Your Brain On Music, As Explained by Mickey Hart

Posted on 09/22/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeHe was caring for his grandmother, which was just fine with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Except she wasn’t speaking. She had been officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s some time before, and she hadn’t spoken in a year. Not one word. Finally, Mickey pulled out his drum, and played a simple rhythm. One she knew. She spoke. “Mickey?” She knew his name! Mickey Hart was fascinated. What was it about the rhythms that had such a power over a deteriorating brain? …

GIVEAWAY: Life@50+ Attendees Only

Posted on 09/22/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment  Hello! We’re here hanging out with thousands of AARP members from all over the country, and right now at midday, we have a few extra tickets to tonight’s show to give away. Here’s how it’ll work… did you take a photo of anything during the time you’ve been at Life@50+? If you post it somewhere public (like on your Twitter feed!) and comment here with the URL, or Tweet at us (@AARP) we’ll give the first 3 to send …

Brushing with Kindness in New Orleans’ Hollygrove Neighborhood

Posted on 09/20/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering“Welcome back to the Hollygrove neighborhood, ” a Habitat for Humanity staffer said as she greeted a second wave of AARP members arriving ready to paint houses here this afternoon. “AARP has a lot of history helping out in this neighborhood, and we’re glad to see you again.” It’s true. After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, we realized we had a lot of members – more than 1,000 – living in this working class neighborhood of New Orleans. We asked …

Wanted: Brain Gamers

Posted on 08/14/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyYou heard that right. Could just playing a game for 15 minutes a day keep you sharp? What if you treated it like an actual sweaty workout? You’d start with a warmup, get into a “workout”, and “cool down” when you’re done. After all, your brain is a muscle too. The folks over at ThinkFun are looking for people who’d be up to test this theory out. They’ll send you the games (one involves chocolate!) and ask you to spend …

Can You Design a Better Cell Phone?

Posted on 08/10/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyThey’re small. The keys are tiny. The text is barely big enough to read.  Their ringtones are jarring, and only your 15-year-old grandson knows how to work it.  Cell phones are a must-have these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re any more fun to use than they were 10 years ago. Over in Germany, they held a contest a little while ago to reinvent the phone. (Here are some of the ideas, although they’re in German. Your browser may be …

Catch Your Dreams Before They Slip Away: The Stones Turn 50

Posted on 07/12/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHappy 50th to one of the greatest bands that ever was. We have an AARP card sitting around here somewhere for you… Here’s a link to the playlist of the songs we’re playing today to celebrate. What should we add? Tell us in the comments. Under My Thumb… Time Is On My Side… Tumblin’ Dice… Angie… Ruby Tuesday… And the ultimate classic, I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)