Calling All Book Lovers

In my 15 years working at the Library of Congress – my previous stop before AARP – one particular date stands out: Sept. 8, 2001. That was the day of the inaugural Library of Congress National Book Festival. First Lady Laura Bush, herself a former librarian, proposed that we at the Library of Congress organize a literary gathering in Washington, D.C., where authors and readers could connect. The first National Book Festival, similar to the Texas Book Festival that Mrs. …

Financial Abuse of Older Adults: AARP and American Bankers Association Foundation Partner to Tackle Growing Problem

An 81-year-old woman who was swindled out of $806,500 by a lottery scam A man who drained his grandfather’s life savings for his personal use A “traveling handyman” who received an up-front payment for work that was never completed All of these are true examples of financial exploitation — now the most prevalent form of elder abuse. Older adults lose at least $3 billion each year due to fraud. What can be done to address this problem? The answer: educating bankers and …

Accelerating the Pace of Change for Caregiving Families

Not a day goes by that I don’t meet someone who is caring for a parent, another adult family member or a close friend with a chronic, disabling or serious health condition. This unpaid family care — known as “family caregiving” — is almost universal today as our population ages. Despite some recent policy advances at the federal and state levels, the pace of change must accelerate to adequately recognize and explicitly support caregiving families. The good news: Not all …

Hospital to Rehab to Home: How to Ease Transitions

I’ve recently been helping a friend who has been managing her mother’s transitions from a hospital to a rehab facility and then to another rehab facility that now wants to send her home before she, or her family, is ready. It reminded me of how tough family caregiving transitions can be. I’ve been through so many of them with my parents and my sister — some smooth, others unexpected and rocky. As a study in the American Journal of Nursing found, …

Beware of Financial Designations and Awards

When you walk into my office, you may notice a beautiful granite and glass plaque gracing my bookcase that displays the honor of being one of “America’s Top Financial Planners.” It was awarded by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, whose address on Pennsylvania Avenue is less than a half mile from the White House. Now before you think I’m just tooting my own horn, this impressive plaque is actually inscribed with the name “Max Tailwager” — my beautiful and loyal …

Help Your Grandchildren Keep Learning This Summer

This summer, AARP Foundation Experience Corps and PBS KIDS are collaborating to help prevent learning loss. New episodes of the popular PBS KIDS Word Girl TV show will air on your local PBS affiliate and on YouTube throughout the summer. A Super Summer Fun Book has been created to accompany each show. You can download the activity book, set your own pace to watch the program on YouTube and reinforce those lessons with the book’s fun activities all summer long. …