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Becky Gillan

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I'm Senior Vice President of AARP's Research Center, and am focused on fostering understanding of the interests and concerns of people age 50+ and their families. Before coming to AARP, I served as the Vice President of Global Market Research & Guest Satisfaction for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

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AARP’s New Workforce Profiles Tool Shines a Light on the Workers in Your State

Posted on 02/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkMining is not big business in Connecticut. I pretty much already knew that, but I was able to confirm it by using a new tool produced by the AARP Research and Strategic Analysis department this week. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009-2011 American Community Survey, the AARP Workforce Profiles tool enables anyone to access all sorts of data specific to workers age 40+ in their state with the click of a button. Want to know the income levels of …

The Desserts of Life: Grandparenting Rewards Us All

Posted on 01/23/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeI am not a grandparent yet, nor is my twin sister, so we are way behind the curve as the average age of a grandparent is 47. In fact, according to AARP’s recent Grandparenting study, only 8% of adults become a grandparent at 60 years of age or older. My Dad managed to become a grandfather for the first time at age 75 with his one and only grandchild, my niece Katie. Again, way behind the curve, as 91% of …

Being Single–Two Views

Posted on 01/10/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeI have lived half my life alone. However, it appears I am not ‘alone.’ According to our AARP Community research, 37% of Boomers are single, either “never married” (12%), divorced/separated (21%) or widowed (4%). And while being single does not necessarily mean you live alone, 57% of boomer singles live alone and another 25% live only with their children. So, how did I end up being alone at this stage in my life? I was happily married for ten years, …

Infographic: Caregiving in America

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

CaregivingIn the United States alone, 43.5 million Americans are caregivers. Although they do it out of love and obligation, it can pose many challenges for those that provide such care. See graphic below for details on caregiving in the US.     Find out more about caregiving research from AARP: More information on caregivers can be found in AARP’s recent Member Opinion Survey Valuing the Invaluable:  2011 Update – The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving A Call to …

Mayhem in the Quiet Car

Posted on 12/5/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeIf you’ve ever taken Amtrak, you may be familiar with the “quiet car.” This car (as recently described in a New York Times article) is a haven from the constant noise, music and conversation that invades many of our lives. I myself am a regular quiet car rider. It’s a usually peaceful experience and I use the time to catch up on research reports or read a book. But every so often we experience an “incident.” The Wednesday before Thanksgiving …