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Losing a Partner — and Finding It Hard to Let Go

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeBy Joan Marans Dim My husband, Stuart, died last June after a decade-long struggle with cancer. He was 77 years old, a former journalist and public relations executive, a marathon runner, and a man beloved and respected by family and friends. In going through his belongings, I often find things that I have forgotten about, small things that taken together are not small. In the back of a drawer, I discover a poem that he wrote when we were students …

Tell Us Your Secret to a Long and Happy Marriage

Posted on 01/30/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayAre you still crazy in love after all these years? Will you tell us your secret? If you’re a happily married boomer, we’d love to know what makes your long-term relationship a success. Here’s how you can help: Use your camera or smartphone to take a short (15- to 30-second) video of you – and your partner – telling us your secret to a happy marriage. Get right to the point: Say, for example, “We’re Sue and Sam. We’ve been …

Outsmart Con Artists: Arm Yourself Against Fraud

Posted on 01/21/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Nancy Mahoney, an AARP Foundation ElderWatch volunteer in Colorado. Each year, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft, investment fraud and other types of scams.  Last year alone, 12.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft — that’s one person victimized every three seconds. They are people just like you and me who told themselves they’re too smart to fall for a scam. Yet, as a volunteer with AARP Foundation …

Dreaming of an AIDS-Free Generation

Posted on 11/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBy John Hennessy How many people remember handwritten personal address books? Before computer programs and social media helped us organize contacts and dates, we kept our “little black books” current with friends’ and family addresses, birthdays and anniversaries. I still have mine. I hang on to it for a very personal reason. It is long out of date, with fading ink entries, but I keep it as a record. You see, in the 1980s I began to draw a line through …

Faces of Hunger in America

Posted on 11/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayAARP Live – November 21, 2013 Guest blog post – Charlotte Whittaker I’ve seen the faces of hungry seniors across west Kentucky. While working as the Director of the Ohio County Senior Center, I saw first-hand how vital a simple home delivered was to these seniors. As a daughter of a rural Baptist preacher, I was taught at an early age the true meaning of compassion.  I was also taught that compassion wasn’t enough; I had a duty to help others …

Caregivers Are Liberators

Posted on 10/31/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregivingby Paul Tobin “You need a caregiver.” These are words that no person wants to hear, much less admit to themselves. Most of us are fiercely protective of our independence and the prospect of requiring assistance from a caregiver means a loss of freedom. The feeling is even greater in the military and veteran communities, where asking for help is perceived as weakness or burdensome on others. I shared that view when I began needing assistance with everyday tasks. Now, …