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Tina Johnson-Marcel

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As online news editor for AARP, Tina will blog about news, current events and how they relate to you. She has mastered the underappreciated art of knowing a little about everything to survive any cocktail party.

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The Takeaway: Too Old to Wear Speedos? Social Security Disability Payments in Danger?

Posted on 08/22/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayStandard policy or discrimination? A New York man says he was fired from his job as a lifeguard in 2007 because he refused to wear the required bikini-style swimsuit for an annual qualifying swim test. Roy Lester, now 61, filed a lawsuit claiming age discrimination. Lester, who has 40 years of water safety experience, says older lifeguards were slowly being phased out of Jones Beach and the swimsuit mandate was a way to do it.

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Posted on 08/19/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayAging is for the birds.  A growing number of people over 50 just refuse to let it happen. Sure, they’ll celebrate the milestone birthday, but they’ll do their best not to look their age.  Or feel it. Or even act it.  (See Ernestine Shepherd. You now have no excuse for not working out.)

The Takeaway: Warren Buffett; Back to College; Seniors in the City

Posted on 08/16/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayWarren Buffett’s op-ed piece in the New York Times sparked a fury on the Internet yesterday. If you missed it, here’s the takeaway in his own words: “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” What do you think? From earlier this year: Warren Buffett on “value investing.” … Back to school.  An interesting report highlights how the economy and the growing number of …

The Takeaway: Are Seniors Too Old For Plastic Surgery?

Posted on 08/11/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayTuesday I mentioned Marie Kolstad, left, an 83-year-old grandmother who had a breast lift with implants last month.  “Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?” she told The New York Times.  Yesterday Kolstad elaborated: “It was more about looking in the mirror and liking who I am.”  She’s not the only one who feels that way.

The Takeaway: Sleep Apnea-Dementia Linked; Gambling Addiction; How’s Your Sex Life?

Posted on 08/10/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayIs mom getting a good night’s rest? A new study published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association links dementia in older women to sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing – for a short period – as they sleep. Researchers focused on women, average age 82, with various sleeping disorders, including apnea. They found those women “were much more likely than those with normal sleep habits to develop cognition problems within five years.”

The Takeaway: Are We Ready for More ‘Old’ Men?; Plastic Surgery Boom; Bernadine Healy

Posted on 08/9/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayIs America ready for more “old” men? That’s the discussion that’s taking place in Room for Debate over on NYTimes.com. As the number of men over 65 has increased by 21 percent in the last decade “what are the implications – the benefits and the costs – of having more men around longer?” Women generally outlive men, so how would our lives change with more older men in the country? Will you have to support both parents instead of one? …