All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50.
Biography: All the news that matters to Illinoisans over 50! Gerardo Cardenas, Jennifer Baier, and Heather Heppner blogging about all things related to the health, financial security, and well-being of Illinoisans over 50.
Biography: LifeTuner is a unique online resource designed to help young adults learn the essentials of money--how to earn it, use it and save it--to live a better life. Check out our new member exclusive sections at LifeTuner.org. Posts written by your pal Danny.
Rosemary In the House
Biography: I’m an interior designer, gerontologist, author of AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home: Beautiful Living in the Second Half of Life, and an adjunct Research Associate at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. I’m passionate about attractive and inspiring home and product designs that help us live healthier, more vibrant lives in today’s world.
Biography: I’m a long-time contributor to AARP with both a personal and professional interest in caregiving. For the last twelve years, I have cared for my father, then my mother and now my 93-year-old mother-in-law. I cover aging and boomers and have written for TIME, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post, among others.
Biography: Al Martinez, Pultizer Prize-winning journalist, author and recently
annointed "Bard of L.A.," brings humor, wisdom and a sometimes quirky, perspective on life to his weekly AARP blog. The former Los Angeles Times columnist riffs about aging, current events, who he is, who we are and everything else. At 82, he's got more than a few things to say.
Aging, Home & Family Expert
Biography: As an expert in aging and families, specializing in family caregiving and multigenerational issues, I am a consultant, speaker and writer. I've worked for more than 30 years with older adults, children with special needs and their families.
As AARP's Home & Family Expert, I provide expertise on a variety of issues, including family caregiving and aging in place, livable communities, grandparenting, parenting and other family relationships, multigenerational living and family history.
Right now the most important role I'm playing in life is that of primary caregiver for my parents who are 86 and 89. In 2009 I moved to Arizona to be close to my parents and I return to Washington, DC frequently for business. It's a crazy life but I'm grateful to be able to support my parents and do the work I love at the same time!
My Take Care blog posts are about caregiving for Mom and Dad, and you'll also hear about my partner in caregiving: the adorable Jackson, their service dog, who is a Schnoodle. My All in the Family blog posts are about a variety of family, friendship and other relationship issues. I also write a column on AARP.org, act as a media spokesperson and am a regular guest on AARP radio. Author of "Things to do now you're a Grandparent." Winner of 2012 ALTY Best Blog Award in Caregiving category and Finalist in Seniorhomes.com Social Media Rockstar Award.
My new book, "Juggling Work and Caregiving" will be released in fall of 2013.
Follow me on Twitter @amygoyer and Pinterest! Connect on Facebook www.facebook.com/amygoyer1, LinkedIn or I'm agoyer here in the AARP Online Community.
Biography: Angel Livas, Executive Producer / Director of Radio for AARP, oversees the production and distribution of four-nationally syndicated radio programs: Prime Time Radio, Prime Time Focus, Prime Time Postscript and Movies For Grownups; and Ask Jane, an Internet Radio program, hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist, Jane Pauley.
Best of Everything After 50
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Biography: I wrote "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" because I wanted to be the best I could be after 50. I've had the good fortune to become a front-page columnist for Huffington Post, Chief Pundit for FOF (FabOverFifty), and Positive Living editor for GLOW Beauty Magazine, in addition to one of AARP's newest columnists. AARP just launched "The Best of Everything" video series on its AARP YouTube Channel.
A frequent guest on national television, including the Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, Good Morning America and Dr. Oz, I love to yak it up on radio shows around the country whenever I'm invited. Because of my focus on healthy and positive aging, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recently honored me with the Generations of Strength Award and named me Ambassador for Bone Health. Yay!
Last bit of info: I live in NYC with my husband, two daughters (one of whom is in college!), and rescued dog, Gunther, a frequent running companion. Oh, and I'm hard at work on my next book! I'm fearless after fifty and ready for what's next. Join me . . .
AARP Blog Author
Biography: I'm AARP’s Senior Vice President of Research & Strategic Analysis, and am focused on fostering understanding of the interests and concerns of people age 50+ and their families. Before coming to AARP, I served as the Vice President of Global Market Research & Guest Satisfaction for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Barbranda Lumpkins Walls
Biography: I'm a features editor for AARP Media who spotlights everyday people doing exceptional things in a blog called Best Life. You may not see these folks in the national news but they deserve a shout-out anyway. I'm also a proud product of the great Midwest and love pop culture—especially food, fashion, television and R&B music. Family, friends and spirituality also play important roles in my life. And traffic, unfortunately.
Fat to Fit
Biography: Carole Carson, author of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, serves as the coach for the AARP Fat to Fit online community. On the brink of 60 and just 5-foot-1, Carole Carson weighed 182 pounds. Then, unbelievably, she shed 62 pounds. Next, she turned around and inspired people in her community of Grass Valley, Calif., to lose 4 tons of weight together. Now she's doing the same for AARP members with the Fat to Fit Weight-Loss Challenge.
Biography: Drew, a lover of adventure and charity, volunteered for a week in each of the 48 contiguous states while promoting a service-to-others lifestyle. His new volunteer adventure, Here A Year, is about living, discovering, and connecting inside a state for a one year (currently Pennsylvania). These traveling projects recently landed him as "America's Best Sojourner" by Reader's Digest.
AARP Blog Author
Grannies on Safari
Biography: The Grannies on Safari hosts Pat Johnson and Regina Fraser bring healthy doses of fun, spunk and adventure as they travel the world. Follow along as they tell you how they do it - and highlights along the way.
Personal Health and Well-being
Biography: Candy Sagon writes about health topics for AARP. She previously was a reporter with the Washington Post and has written numerous articles on food, health and nutrition for national magazines.
The Ultimate Cheapskate
Biography: Jeff Yeager is AARP's resident Savings Expert and host of the AARP Savings Challenge. He spent 24 years managing national nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C., before launching his current career as a freelance writer, public speaker, and media personality in 2004. Jeff is the author of, "Don't Throw That Away!", "The Cheapskate Next Door" and "The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches." His website is www.UltimateCheapskate.com, and you can connect with Jeff Yeager on Facebook and Twitter.
AARP Blog Author
Biography: Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President at AARP, writes about AARP's focus on living, not just aging, and advocates for people 50+ to live their best life through better, more usable technology. For more, you can follow & talk to Jody on Twitter here.
Biography: I've been with AARP for over ten years. Currently, I manage AARP's non-partisan federal and state voter engagement efforts, which includes providing the candidates' positions to AARP members and the voting public so they can vote for candidates that best fit their views and values.
Giving & Volunteering
Biography: Reed lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers! He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org. A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Reed lives in our nation’s capital. Follow him on Twitter @ReedSandridge.
Biography: Laura Hahn writes about intergenerational friendship on her blog, Arthur & Bernie. Arthur is her friend. He’s a retired English professor who lives in Manhattan. Bernie was her grandfather, Pop Pop, who lived in small-town Pennsylvania. Laura’s work has appeared in People, Good Housekeeping and more. Follow her on Twitter @arthurandbernie
Leigh Anne Tuohy
Biography: I am an interior designer, motivational public speaker and philanthropist. Dubbed a "warrior princess" by best selling author Michael Lewis, My family's lives were chronicled in the blockbuster book and award winning movie The Blind Side.
Leslie Quander Wooldridge
Biography: I'm an editor with AARP The Magazine and a fashion fanatic. I'm up on shopping trends but also think that you should wear what you like--as long as it flatters you and you're comfortable. Current obsessions: midi dresses and fab shoes (flats and heels both count!). Follow me on Twitter @lesliequander.
The Garage Sale Gal
Biography: I'm the Garage Sale Gal, former TV anchor turned garage saler. I appear regularly on radio stations and TV shows around the nation. Since 2006 I've been writing my column on garage sales for the Arizona Republic, which can be seen here: http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/LyndaHammond
I've also just had my first book released: Yippee! The Garage Sale Gal’s Guide to Making Money Off Your Stuff is available online and everywhere books are sold. All this started after I created my Web site: www.GarageSaleGal.com, where users can list and look for garage sales on line.
Garage sales are huge here in Arizona, and I know they are popular elsewhere too. Who doesn't love a great bargain.
Happy garage saling!
Lois Joy Johnson
Biography: Lois Joy Johnson is an award-winning beauty and style editor known for her down to earth accessible reporting and advice for women 50 +. Lois was one of the founding editors of MORE magazine and its beauty and fashion director from 1997 to 2008. Her best-selling beauty book THE MAKEUP WAKEUP launched in 2011 and the fashion sequel THE WARDROBE WAKEUP launches December 2012. Lois lives in Westchester, New York with her husband and is the mother of two daughters and a Yorkie-Poo Louie.
AARP Blog Author
Biography: Melissa is an editor at AARP.org, where she keeps an eye on the Work, Money, Health and Politics channels. Before the digital age, she was a senior editor at LIFE and People magazines. She's also a mother of three, an author (check out "The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide") and chicken farmer.
News, Culture, Sights and Sounds
Biography: Steve writes about culture, politics, the news, and other subjects for AARP. He's also a jazz musician with the Willis Gidney Quintet. He has worked for Carnegie Hall, NPR and the Library of Congress as an audio, video and multimedia producer.
Biography: I’m a mom and boomer who writes about technology for my generation. I love discovering apps and websites that make life easier. Through my musings I hope I can make enough noise so the young app and website developers hear our Boomer voices and give us apps we can actually use. I lobby for larger point size, easy to read fonts, and simple instructions. I talk tech for boomers and seniors with anyone who will listen. Follow me at @SUZIEMITCHELL on Twitter to keep up with cool tech that makes everyone's lives easier, or on my website at www.clearwritingsolutions.com
I write the App of the Week blog for AARP. I also am a co-author of the book, How to Market Digital Healthcare Devices to Boomers, Seniors & Caregivers.
Nolan Harrison III
Biography: Nolan is currently the Senior Director of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Former Players Services, which services its 3,500 dues paying members as well as approximately 16,000 total former players in our communities. The NFLPA provides resources and guidance in career transition, community service, chapter leadership, and retirement benefits. Nolan had a ten year playing career in the National Football League, playing for the LA/Oakland Raiders, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins. Nolan spent ten years post NFL as a business owner, a vice president in the financial services industry, holds an MBA with an emphasis in global management and is a proud graduate of Indiana University. Follow Nolan on Twitter @NolanHarrison74 and @NFLPALegends.
AARP Blog Author
Biography: I lead the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. I'm passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations.
Sex & Relationships
Dr. Pepper Schwartz
Biography: I'm AARP's sex and relationship expert, where I strive to improve the lives of aging boomers and the age-50 audience by enhancing their relationships and offering counsel on everything from sex and health issues to communication and dating in midlife and beyond.
Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, and most major airports
Biography: Peter Greenberg is AARP's Travel Ambassador and the Travel Editor for CBS New. A multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and producer, Peter is also host of a nationally syndicated weekly radio show. Visit him at http://www.aarp.org/travel/experts/peter_greenberg and on the Web at www.PeterGreenberg.com.
Biography: Reshma has spent over 8 years in the government and non-profit arena, advocating on issues such as health care reform, Medicare, Social Security, consumer protection, housing and mobility, and more. She loves trying new restaurants, watching Bollywood movies, playing skeeball, cheering for the Cubs, and getting lost all around the world.
Biography: Robert Hodder is currently working with Experience Corps in Washington D.C. to help K-3rd graders with their reading skills. Previous volunteer experiences include assisting the homeless and the hungry. He oversees Executive Communications for AARP and enjoys tennis, hiking and is a stained glass craftsman with over thirty years experience .
Biography: For 10 years, I've been a full-time freelance writer, mostly covering building- and energy-industry products, technologies and trends. In early 2008, I added primary caregiver to my career portfolio, when I moved my then-86-year-old father out to live with me on Cape Cod. This newer job description has included a range of responsibilities, from medical-lingo interpreting and wound dressing to personal chef and - since he moved into a nearby nursing home - medical administrator. For several years, I've been writing about the experience in my personal blog, Life With Father (http://midlifemidcape.wordpress.com).
Biography: I am a female expat living in Ecuador with my husband and two cats. My last address in the U.S., in 2001, was in Omaha, Nebraska. Since leaving the U.S., I've also lived in Quito, Ecuador, and in Mexico (Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende and Merida) and in Panama City, Panama, and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I'm currently a writer/editor for InternationalLiving.com.
Biography: Tammy Lytle has covered the White House, Congress, politics and breaking news in the nation’s capital for 23 years. She is the former Washington bureau chief of the Orlando Sentinel and her work has appeared in newspapers magazines and websites.
Biography: 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.
Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology
Biography: A reformed defense attorney, Marshall is the CEO of Scofflaws Den LLC a cocktail & spirits consulting company offering training and consulting to restaurants and bars, public and private cocktail classes, specialty cocktails and assisting with private events. His original recipes have been featured in various food and beverage publications and he has won multiple cocktail competitions. He writes about cocktails, spirits and the booze industry at ScofflawsDen.com and AARP Blog. Any and all views are his own and possibly influenced by a cocktail.
Before I Forget
Biography: I'm a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. My husband George and I founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. I post here on the AARP blog every other Thursday.
The Roads Scholar
Biography: I’m a street doctor – I help towns get “back on their feet” by fixing their streets and public spaces. In my 68 years, I’ve worked with more than 3,500 communities throughout North America and the world to help them become places that are healthy and connected and that support active living. I’ve seen some incredible success stories and I look forward to many, many more.
Philanthropy & Fundraising
Biography: I am the senior vice president and chief development officer for AARP and AARP Foundation. I lead all fundraising efforts, including efforts to support charitable, advocacy and social impact programs. I've been in the non-profit world for nearly 25 years and have helped a number of national and international organizations become more effective through strategic investments and revenue growth. I live in Fairfax Virginia with my wife and four children. You can follow me on Twitter @Whitehead_Dave.
AARP Blog Author
Biography: Sondra Forsyth, co-editor-in-chief of ThirdAge.com, is a National Magazine Award winner and the author or co-author of 11 books. She was executive editor at Ladies’ Home Journal, features editor at Cosmopolitan and articles editor at Bride’s. A former ballerina, she is the founder and artistic director of Ballet Ambassadors, an arts-in-education company in New York City. Forsyth rode out Superstorm Sandy in her Manahattan apartment.
AARP Blog Author
Suzanne Braun Levine
Biography: When I was a young woman in the early sixties, basketball – my favorite sport – was played half court for girls in high school and not at all in college; the abortion I needed was illegal; when I looked for a job it was in the Help Wanted/ Female” pages; when I got married I began ineligible for a loan without my husband’s signature; and “Ms” stood for Multiple Sclerosis.
When I went to work at Ms. (the word was beginning to take on currency) Magazine in 1972 all that was changing. During the 17 years I edited Ms. the world women like me lived in was totally transformed, and the Ms. team were at the heart of it. We reported on the brave women who were on the frontlines, we published the powerful writers who were taking chances with material, and we told the stories that women had been afraid to tell.
When I moved on to edit the Columbia Journalism Review in 1989, the world for women had changed, but the press was often way behind the curve. From the vantage point of CJR I saw how often the same stories that made Ms. so ground-breaking were belittled or dismissed by the press at large. One milestone: The New York Times finally accepted the term “Ms.” in its pages instead of requiring any woman they wrote about to declare herself “Miss” or “Mrs.”
When I began writing books, it was a continuation of the belief that had driven my editorial efforts all along – if one woman was experiencing something, others were too, only they weren’t talking about it. Those were the stories that needed to be told. At the time I was experiencing something myself– a restlessness, a sense of approaching a frontier, a preoccupation with what I was going to do with the rest of my life. As I talked to other women my age, I heard similar concerns, so I wrote Inventing The Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood about the unprecedented stage of life we were defining by living it. My next book was the accumulated wisdom of women on that journey. It is called Fifty is The New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood. My most recent book How We Love Now: Women Talk about Intimacy after Fifty (out in paperback in January, 2013) explores the ways our most intimate relationships are changing as we change.
Change is the operative word here; we are a generation that is constantly confronting change, and we are now reinventing the way women live as we age. In the blogs and books I write I will keep telling the stories of our lives.
Biography: Carol Kaufman is the New York Times best selling author of "Safari" and the author of the Ebook "Mama Tricks: Wrapping Your Head Around Motherhood." Her work has appeared in National Geographic, where she was a staff writer, Reader's Digest and many other publications. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, two young children, and an affectionate, obese rescue cat.
Home & Family blogger
Biography: I am the Vice President for Home and Family at AARP. That means I get to work with folks all across AARP to make sure we understand what is most important regarding family relationships and connections –( caregiving and kids) and staying in your home and community and are delivering the right information and services. My family includes my wife, two teens, pets, and four generations of family spread across the country.
AARP Blog Author
Biography: David Certner is the Legislative Counsel and Legislative Policy Director for Government Affairs at AARP, serving as counsel for the Association’s legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts at the federal and state level, as well as for litigation opportunities before the courts.
AARP Media Relations Team
Biography: Josh Rosenblum works in Media Relations for AARP. He has served on Capitol Hill as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) and as Communications Director to two former members of Congress from Texas and Ohio.
He has worked on political campaigns throughout the country including on Congressional races from field organizer to campaign manager, as a state house caucus director, and at a national political committee.
He has also worked for a nonprofit focused on Social Security policy.
Rosenblum graduated from the University of Albany.
AARP Blog Author
Biography: I am the Editorial Director of AARP Media. I am the former editor-in-chief and publishing director of Ladies' Home Journal, founding editor and publishing director of More magazine, and Director of Magazine Development for the Meredith Corporation.
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
Biography: Rodney Harrell, PhD, is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute and is responsible for AARP’s housing research agenda. His expertise includes housing affordability and accessibility, transit-oriented development, community redevelopment and sustainable community initiatives.
Vice President, Media Operations Support
Biography: Traci Lucien, Integrated Communications, VP Media Operations Support in AARP Media adopted mother of a 10 year old daughter; passion for children in need of families . Pro adoption, foster care and love of children with special needs.
AARP Blog Author
Biography: Elaine Ryan is the vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in AARP's Government Affairs group. She leads a team of dedicated legislative staff who work with AARP state offices to advance advocacy with Governors and state legislators, helping people 50+ attain and maintain their long-term financial security and health.
Follow Elaine on Twitter: @RoamTheDomes.
AARP's Livable Communities
Great Places Blog Team
Biography: What makes a community a Great Place? Here you will find innovative ideas from people across the country who are making homes, neighborhood’s, cities, towns and even states Great Places to live!
Co-Director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America
Biography: Dr. Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, is Co-Director of the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She oversees the translation of CCNA's nursing policy research into public policy recommendations and works with AARP's Government Affairs division for progressive policy changes so that healthcare consumers have a highly skilled nurse when and where they need one.
Dr. Quinn also oversees the field operations of CCNA, which helps state-based teams across the nation implement the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action which was created in response to the historic 2010 IOM report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." This campaign works to ensure that nursing leaders are appointed to decision making bodies concerned with the delivery of health care; that a majority of RNs attain higher levels of education to help build a future nursing faculty and advanced health care workforce; that all RNs work to the full extent of their education and credentials; that nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals create more interprofessional training and practice opportunities; and that there is data to support all of these efforts.