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Raquel "Rocky" Egusquiza is a Vice President of Multicultural Markets at AARP. She focuses on working with and promoting positive social change within the Hispanic community.

Latinos: Keeping your Brain Healthy

As many people out there, one of my biggest fears as a Latina is to reach my golden years and not being able to enjoy them alongside my family because of a neurodegenerative condition like Parkinson’s disease. Regrettably, we are not trained to be on the look out for early signs of Parkinson’s disease like tremors or shaking. To keep us on our tiptoes, Congress has declared April as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month.” Our community faces a big threat: A recent …

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It’s probably been quite a few years since you first learned to drive and tested for your driver’s license. Since then, cars, traffic and technology have changed, and so have you. Distractions from cellphones, talking to passengers and even sometimes grooming yourself may be activities that put you and your family at risk. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have designated the month of April to highlight the dangers of distracted driving. They have …

2012 World Water Day: It Takes a Village to Conserve our Most Precious Resource

Most of us, when we go out for a run, now that spring is kicking in, we always carry a bottle with some fresh water to quench our thirst. When we get home, we may fill up the tub, if the time allows it, or just take a quick but refreshing shower to move along with your busy day. Clean water is also indispensable when cooking either lunch or dinner for the family. Regrettably, we don’t fully realize that our …

Latinos: Time to Put your Green Hats On

The sensation in most parts of the country is that winter never made it here this year. The cold season is not officially over but temperatures are almost reaching 70 degrees nationwide. This is a great indication that spring gardening season is here; it is time to get your trowel, pruning shears and rake out of the backyard shed and let’s plant some forsythias, daffodils, or why not, some fresh cilantro. The first step to take is to give a …

2012 International Women’s Day: Overcoming Inequality

Since 1975, every March 8, International Women’s Day celebrates the invaluable contributions that women offer to economic growth, securing peace and social progress worldwide. The challenge this year is to “invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to resources. Provide rural women with a role in decision-making,” the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. Women represent more than half of the world rural working …

Eating Right Without Taking Away the Fun

Spring is right around the corner and lighter and more revealing clothes are ready to come out. Changing seasons also remind us that we should do something about those extra pounds we gained after all the holiday banquets and months of limited outdoor activities. The best place to start is reviewing our eating habits, choosing better nutritional components and starting a simple exercise routine that will not demand an impossible amount of time or effort from us. One good thing …