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Cheap Fun With Upcycling

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsThis week’s episode of “The Cheap Life” is full of ideas on how to “upcycle” or reuse some items around your house like redecorating a brick with pottery or glass pieces or how to spruce up a table lamp. Think you have the craftiest upcycling project? Share it with us in the comments section below the YouTube video for a chance to win a $50 gift card!  

Supporting Family Caregivers With Leave Policies in the Workplace

Posted on 06/17/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Public Policy Institute | WorkMy sisters and I are long-distance caregivers for our 92-year old mom. We have already experienced this profound caregiving journey, having cared for our dad for nearly seven years before he died at age 94. We know how overwhelming and stressful it can be to juggle work and caregiving responsibilities. But my sisters and I are far from alone. Many of my work friends and colleagues are family caregivers too. Nearly two out of three (62%) workers aged 45 to …

What Dads Really Need for Father’s Day

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyMy dad is a man of simple needs, and the same goes for his Father’s Day desires. Last year my mom and I surprised him with a charcoal grill, and, in a pinch, he always appreciates a handmade coupon for nine holes of golf with his favorite (and only) daughter. My parents have recently graduated to empty-nester status and, as they revel over the clutter-free counter tops and the need for only one carton of milk a week, the whole …

Man’s Best Friend Used in Pet Scams

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsThe following Scam Alert is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer: Just in time for the dog days of summer comes the latest scam to hit the Web: “Pet-flipping.” Crooks are using Craigslist to sell — usually to unsuspecting new families — beloved household pets that are lost or have been stolen, sometimes from the families’ own backyards. In some cases, rightful owners see ads for their MIA mutts on that website, but scammers ignore their pleas (and rewards) for …

Dad’s Value Is Rising (But He’s Still Worth Less Than Mom)

Posted on 06/12/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyHow valuable is dad? We’re happy to report that he’s more valuable this year than he was last year. For all that dad does around the house — plumbing, BBQ grilling, mowing the lawn and other chores — he’s now worth $23,344. That’s up from $20,248 last year, thanks to average wage increases for household jobs that dads typically do, according to’s annual Father’s Day Index. (The index is based on wage data from the U.S. Department of Labor). …

Illinois Legislature Recognizes Pivotal Role of Caregivers

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Home & FamilyHello there! It’s Heather with the AARP Illinois Communications Team, bringing you good news about caregiving in Illinois! On May 29th, the General Assembly unanimously adopted House Resolution 80 – a measure that recognizes the pivotal role of family caregivers in Illinois. With the resolution, the General Assembly pledges to review state policies and support current state programs that address the needs of caregivers while also urging the Illinois Department on Aging to create a work group that focuses on …