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3 Sneaky Schemes That Scammers ‘Bank’ On

Posted on 08/22/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsMost phone calls claim a problem with your bank account, credit or debit card. Some allege you qualify for a lower-interest credit card because you’ve been such a good customer. And the newest trick: telling businesses that their card-swiping machines aren’t working right — and credit card transactions must be made by phone. But it’s scammers delivering such unexpected news — not legitimate financial institutions they profess to be representing, which most recently includes Bank of America, Barclay’s and scores …

Blessings Near and Far: A Lesson in Honoring Elders

Posted on 08/21/2014 by |Volunteering | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyWe arrived with jasmine garlands and two rosettes folded out of Thai baht. We slipped off our sandals and felt the cool, smooth tiles beneath us as we walked toward a woman sitting on her front porch. The woman was my friend Fon’s 90-year-old great grandmother, Chid. Fon had invited us — my friend Jess, my boyfriend Joe and me — to go to the beach, a few hours south of Bangkok. But first, she asked, could we stop to …

Dementia Caregivers Especially Stressed, Report Finds

Posted on 08/20/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingFamily caregivers who are caring for loved ones with cognitive and behavioral health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression, face particularly demanding challenges, according to a  new report from AARP and The United Hospital Fund. As a result of all the demands on them, a majority of these caregivers say they feel stressed much of the time as they try to juggle their caregiving responsibilities with other work or family obligations. As primary caregiver for my dad, who has Alzheimer’s disease, I can …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/20/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Bacteria in your gut – some crave sugar, others want fat – might be dictating what you eat. (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. Having an office window can help you sleep at night, lower your blood pressure and keep you in a better mood. (Learn more at AARP) 3. $100 is worth $115.74 in Mississippi, but only $84.60 in Washington, D.C. (Learn more at Washington Post) >> America’s Best Small Towns 4. The complexity of a …

Look Who’s Taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted on 08/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentIt’s been just a couple of weeks since the “Ice Bucket Challenge” took off in a big way, becoming a full-fledged Internet phenomenon in the name of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) awareness. ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain. The Ice Bucket Challenge aims to raise money for the ALS Association, and it’s been working like a dream. “We have never seen anything like this,” said Barbara Newhouse, …

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Flirted for How Long?

Posted on 08/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentMaybe it’s the rumor that just won’t go away: that country music icons Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were romantically involved back in the day — at least since their 1983 duet “Islands in the Stream” climbed to the top of the charts and became the anthem of a generation. The rumor persisted for more than three decades, even as they recorded the single “You Can’t Make Old Friends” last year. >> Photos: 50+ Star Couples Who Still Have the Hots …