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Can Keeping a Hen Help You Live Longer?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayWant to stay active, feel less lonely and generally be healthier? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a hen. HenPower, an experimental project based in Gateshead, England, aims to get older residents of the community involved in hen-keeping as a way to reduce their feelings of isolation and to enhance their health and well-being. The “pensioners,” as the Brits refer to retired folks, look after the hens, collecting their eggs and rearing their chicks; the handiest among them design and …

Want Paper Social Security Statements? They’re Back

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsFor those of you who liked getting your estimated Social Security benefits statements by mail, you’re in luck. The Social Security Administration says it’s planning to send out paper statements once again, beginning in September. Not everyone will get one, however. Only workers who haven’t signed up to review their statements online will be getting the paper version — and they’ll only be mailed out every five years rather than annually, says SSA spokeswoman Dorothy Clark. Related: When Should You …

Your Most Embarrassing Number, and It’s Not Weight

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWhich number is your most embarrassing –  age, weight or credit-card debt? Surprise, it’s debt, according to a poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Thirty-seven percent of nearly 2,200 respondents say they would be the most red-faced to admit their credit-card balances. Credit scores came in second on the shame scale, with 30 percent saying they would not be comfortable disclosing their number. Consumers have fewer qualms about divulging weight and bank balances, according to the foundation. (Twelve …

What Sleeping Position Reveals About a Relationship

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you spoon with your honey to fall asleep? Or do you sleep more than an arm’s length away? A new British study finds that a couple’s sleeping position says a lot about their relationship. Researchers who asked more than 1,000 people to describe their preferred sleeping position and rate the quality of their relationship found that the closer together people slept, the happier they were as a couple. “One of the most important differences involved touching,” lead study author …

Does This Town’s Housing Program Discriminate?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany communities have affordable housing programs designed especially for older people on fixed incomes. The idea is to allow them to maintain a good quality of life in a safe, welcoming environment. But what if you have to be a resident of the community to qualify for affordable housing — and the community happens to be 85 percent white? Does that amount to discrimination based on race? >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Yes, the U.S. Justice Department argues …

The Surprising Good News About Getting Older

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe headline in this morning’s Wall Street Journal caught my eye:  “We Actually Get Nicer With Age.” Wow! So much for the stereotype of the grumpy old man and the cranky old lady. According to the article, as people get older, they report increases in positive traits such as conscientiousness, agreeableness and emotional stability. What’s more, negative traits — like neuroticism, anger and anxiety — seem to decline. Overall,  as we age we become “more responsible, more agreeable and more …