Archived Contributor

Correy blogged for AARP throughout 2010 on breaking and general news topics. Her posts have been archived for your reading pleasure!

Happy Birthday, Otis Redding

Otis Redding would have turned 69 yesterday. Here’s an oldie but goodie from the musical icon.

How an Auto IRA Could Work for You

We can’t hide from the scary statistic in the story from the ABC affiliate in Houston below: about half of American workers don’t have any retirement savings at all. Last month, Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts introduced the Automatic IRA Bill of 2010 that would provide millions of Americans the opportunity to save for retirement in their workplace. AARP strongly supports this bill, as it is a “simple, low-cost solution to the problem that too few Americans are saving for …

Pet Insurance: Is it Worth It?

AARP gets into the yays and nays of getting pet insurance in a Bulletin piece today. Any pet owner knows that while paying a monthly dues for pet insurance is less than appealing, trips to the vet can often be an obscene amount of money — even sometimes more expensive than your own doc’s visits: This year, pet owners will spend nearly $13 billion on veterinary care, the American Pet Products Association estimates. That’s up from about $8 billion in …

Who’s Buying Books? Are You?

I ran across this little roundup of an interesting study on book buying habits in America on EW.com. The study was done by consumer marketing firm Bowker and is called the 2009 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Report – and some of the findings surprised me, and some did not! One that did surprise me is that more than 40% of Americans over the age of 13 purchased a book in 2009. That seems like a lot …

Election Year 2010: Hold Onto Yer Hats!

AARP Bulletin has a must-read on the atmosphere around the 2010 elections, and what you should expect: The elections have Tea Party candidates, sex scandals, lie detector tests, third parties, professional wrestling magnates, intra-party squabbling and more. Thirty-seven Senate seats are at stake, there are races for governor in nearly 40 states, and all of the seats in the House of Representatives are at stake. Control of Congress is really up for grabs this year, as Democrats are trying to …

A Little Chocolate is Good for the Soul…and Heart

Believe it or not, this little guilty pleasure can actually help your heart. A new Swedish studies shows that eating a little bit of a high-quality chocolate every week can potentially have benefits on you heart’s health — but beware, too much of it will not: The study is highly relevant as nearly 6 million Americans have heart failure and one in four women will die from heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. The nine-year study of …