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AARP Driver Safety Honors Black History Month With Special Promotion

Black History Month is celebrated throughout February to honor many mission-driven individuals who made or are making lasting contributions to the United States. Visit AARP Black Community >> AARP Driver Safety would like to honor the spirit of the month by furthering our mission to promote safe driving nationwide. Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has offered the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers 50-plus and has helped more than 16 million drivers stay in command of the road. …

Support by, and for, Caregivers: A Veteran’s Story

I am a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, having deployed on two different ships four times to the then-war-torn country. I married the love of my life, Mary, after my first deployment in 1970. Looking back these 46 years, I am so glad I married early in life; it enabled us to have so many wonderful times together, raise a family, have careers, travel the world and enjoy our marriage. And looking back, it also bought us some years …

Grandchild’s Death Highlights Need to Protect Pedestrians

  Once upon a time there was an awesome little boy named Zach. I called him “Zachy Pooh.” His dad and mom called him “Buddy.” Zach loved school, music, the Beatles, outer space, and everything involving transportation — especially trains. He loved his mom, dad, and new little brother Miles, whom he nicknamed “Mr. M.” He called me “Grandma Beverly.” On the afternoon of Feb. 27, 2009, everything changed. That morning, my own son dropped his little boy off at the …

A Tax Hike Is Looming for Some Seniors in 2017. Here’s How Congress Can Stop It

It may not seem like it for many Americans, but recent health care spending in the United States has been growing at historically low levels. Between 2000 and 2007, per capita health spending grew at an average annual rate of 7.55 percent. Then we saw a steep decline between 2008 and 2014, when the rate dropped to an average 3.2 percent per year. Many Americans, however, may be scratching their heads because they notice the effect health care costs have …

Receta para combatir el hambre: no desperdicies comida

In English | Lo he dicho antes y lo dirĂ© de nuevo: pienso que la comida es nuestro recurso más importante. Además de respirar, comer es algo que hacemos dĂ­a tras dĂ­a para sobrevivir. Se escucha mucho sobre recursos como el dinero, el petrĂłleo o la energĂ­a, pero creo que necesitamos hablar más sobre la comida. Y no hay mejor momento que durante el mes de febrero, el Mes de la ConcienciaciĂłn sobre el Hambre, de AARP. Como chef, siento …

Chef Jose Andres’ Recipe to Fight Hunger: Stop Wasting Food

En español | I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I believe that food is our most important resource. Next to breathing, eating is one thing we do every day to survive. We hear a lot about resources such as money, oil or energy, but I think we need to talk more about food. And there’s no better time than during February, AARP Hunger Awareness Month. As a chef, I feel it is my responsibility to help …