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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 It is long out of date, with fading ink entries, but I keep it as a record.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, …

Mirta Ojito recuerda a Oscar Hijuelos

Posted on 10/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En Español(Nota del editor: Ante el fallecimiento del escritor cubano-estadounidense Oscar Hijuelos, nuestra columnista de literatura, Mirta Ojito, rememora la oportunidad en que conoció al autor). Lo conocí hace años, en un bar de New York. Lo tenía que entrevistar para un artículo en The New York Times, y allí nos citamos. Me sorprendió que fuera tímido, que se ruborizara, que pareciera más irlandés que cubano. Se lo dije y me contestó que no era cubano, que era New Yorker. Y …

Standing with Caregivers

Posted on 10/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

CaregivingThe following is a guest post by Peter Rosenberger — Caregiver and AARP Tennessee Volunteer Today’s 65 million caregivers often find themselves pulling their hair out as they find their lifestyle dramatically altered by the constant challenges involved in caring for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one. In my experience, I have discovered that the greatest issue caregivers struggle with is not insurance but rather assurance:  They’re frightened, burned-out, and daily wondering if they will survive caring for …

Test Your Memory: Where Were You on This Date?

Posted on 10/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayBy Gene Weingarten This happens to me almost every week: I finish writing my column and send it to my editor, Tom The Butcher. Tom reads it and proposes changes. Objections are raised; ad hominem attacks ensue; we reach a testy détente, and eventually ship off the newly negotiated version to the copy desk.  An hour passes, two at the most. Then, Tom phones me. The call goes like this: Tom: We forgot to write the headline. Me: Oh. Right. Okay. (extremely awkward …