Charlotte works in AARP's Media Relations department and blogs about breaking news coming from the organization. Occasionally she'll blog about general news too!

AARP Fights Back Against Samuelson’s Characterization of Social Security

Take a look at AARP Executive Vice President John Rother’s strong response to criticism of Social Security by Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson: Our nation will need smart and fair strategies to solve its long-term fiscal challenges. Unfortunately, Robert Samuelson’s latest attack on Social Security (“Why Social Security is welfare,” March 7) smacks more of a personal obsession than an attempt to explain the many factors causing our budget problems, and the many potential ways to address them. More troubling, it …

Foodie Friday: Cauliflower Pickle

Something a little different this week.

Charlie the Tuna Turns 50 Years Old!

50 is a big birthday no matter how you look at it, but here at AARP it’s especially important because it means you are officially eligible to become a MEMBER!  What is a better way to bring in the big 5-0 for Charlie the Tuna than to present him with his very first AARP card?!  On Friday the 11th in Times Square, NYC a whole slew of birthday activities were held in his honor.  AARP spokeswoman Luci De Haan presented …

Walking Your Way to a Better Memory

It might not be that surprising to find that exercise could improve one’s mental sharpness — but getting serious proof that taking daily walks can literally increase your brain size? Aerobic exercise keeps the aging brain - as well as the aging body - in fighting form. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois, Rice University and Ohio State showed that a program of aerobic exercise, over the course of a year, can increase the size of the hippocampus - …

Foodie Friday: Egyptian Ful Medames

Check out this vegetarian Egyptian dish.  History is in the making, after all.  

Tasty Super Bowl Party Snacks

When Super Bowl day arrives, there’s one other thing besides the TV that’s on — our hunger switch to eat massive amounts of food. And what better than to prepare appropriately ahead of time for the big eating event? Check out some tips AARP has on what food to make (and how to make it): – Keep it simple: Some gatherings are perfect for culinary experimentation, but for the Super Bowl it’s best to keep the nibbles classic. Bust out …