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Foreign Lottery Scams Target Older Americans

Posted on 04/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Beau Ballinger, sr. program specialist for AARP ElderWatch in Colorado Recently I learned the story of an Idaho man who was visiting his 81-year-old widowed mother when he noticed large amounts of cash being withdrawn from her bank account, totaling $26,000. His mother admitted that she had been sending money to Jamaica. She’d been told she had won a $2 million lottery, and all she had to do to collect the prize was …

Michael J. Fox and His Foundation Spark a Revolution in Parkinson’s Research

Posted on 03/28/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthApril is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research as a guest contributor. Check back throughout the month of April as the Foundation shares insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and shares next steps on what individuals can do to speed a cure.   Kicking off Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Michael J. Fox graces the April cover of AARP The Magazine. He shares his signature sense …

The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

Posted on 03/22/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThe Affordable Care Act is three years old. So what does that mean? What has happened to improve health care over the past few years? Let’s take a quick look: People with Medicare now get a 52.5% discount on brand-name drugs and a 21% discount on generics. People are already seeing a lot of savings. Medicare has a free initial checkup and a free yearly wellness checkup. Medicare also covers preventive care for free. For people with insurance, free preventive …

Joe’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Finale

Posted on 03/22/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of  “The Biggest Loser.” The FINALE … or is it? Just a few short months ago, 18 individuals, 15 adults and 3 youths, won the chance to compete on Season 14 of The Biggest Loser.  These 18 Winners were chosen from tens of thousands of applicants who each recognized their own serious health issue and elected to make a positive change.  Hopefully, most of these applicants became part of the “Challenge America” wave and are well on …

Watch AARP Live March 21st at 10pm Eastern!

Posted on 03/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Dennis Eisnach – AARP South Dakota volunteer president What Makes A Community Livable for a Lifetime?  For most of us, the ability to drive ourselves where we need to go is a given. We take it for granted. It’s easy to forget that for many seniors that’s not always the case.  As an AARP volunteer in my home state of South Dakota I see this problem every day. In some rural areas of …

Joe Takes to Heart ‘Winning’ Theme on ‘Biggest Loser’ Finale

Posted on 03/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of the Biggest Loser. Look for his posts here every Tuesday after the show. Week 11 … “Winning”. Not a surprising theme given that this was the last show before the Finale of The Biggest Loser, season 14. Hard to believe that, just a few short months ago, we all arrived at the Ranch, hungry for a big change in our lives, a forever change. As a group and individually, we likely …