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GPS Systems Track Loved Ones on Road Trips

Posted on 06/24/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyRecently, 81-year-old Goldie Hunt and her husband, Vernon Hunt, 91, were reported missing after they set out on a 500-mile car trip from Garnet, Kansas to visit Goldie’s twin sister in Dwight, Ill. The alarming story thankfully came to a happy ending several days later when they were spotted by a law enforcement officer as they asked for directions in Michigan. The Hunts’ experience reminds me of a heartbreaking story several years ago 0f a Pennsylvania couple, William Fresch, 85, and his …

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 Insure.com’s annual Father’s Day Index. (The index is based on wage data from the U.S. Department of Labor). …