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A Secure Retirement: American Dream or Pipe Dream?

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsI often hear from friends and family members that they’re afraid they don’t have enough saved for retirement, and the truth is, many Americans are not prepared for the future. As recently highlighted by the New York Times, the reason many are not financially prepared is because they don’t have the right tools at work to help them save for their future. In fact, when individuals have a way to save through their workplace, their rate of savings goes up …

John Kerry Shows Chinese Diplomats His Guitar Chops

Posted on 07/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSecretary of State John Kerry, who as a teenager played bass for the Electras — a rock group he formed with high school classmates — still has some guitar chops at age 70. On July 10, while on a diplomatic mission in China, Kerry took a few moments to show off some of his finger-picking skills for Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and others in the Great Hall of the People. The impromptu concert, captured on a cellphone and published …

Tell Congress: Protect Seniors from Hunger Now

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThe Older Americans Act (OAA) is critical to helping seniors live independently as they age. Yet Congress has stalled in its efforts to renew the legislation before Congress stops work for the fall elections. This is the first in a 3-part series to outline the importance of programs funded by the OAA – such as Meals On Wheels – to the dignity of seniors across America. Please read, share and tell Congress to take action and not play political games with seniors’ …

Do You Have a Voice at the Table When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates?

Posted on 07/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAffordable and reliable utilities are essential for all of us. We rely on utilities to keep us warm in winter — and cool during summer heat waves — to cook our meals and keep the lights on in the dark. During severe weather and emergencies, our utilities become more important than ever — our lifelines to health and safety. Today, many Americans struggle with high utility bills. For seniors and others on fixed incomes especially, rate hikes and other cost …

Family Caregivers at Work

Posted on 06/30/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThrough the years, I’ve had to take time off from work to care for my mom and pop. And I’ve always been grateful that I worked for an employer that allowed me to take sick leave or to telework in order to be there for my parents. But I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Today, millions of American workers have no paid or unpaid sick leave. Each day they face loss of pay — or loss of their jobs …

This Week in Boomer History: Remember the Bicentennial?

Posted on 06/29/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison of the Doors joins Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix as rock icons who die at age 27. Sam Walton and his brother, Bud, open the first Walmart store (called Wal-Mart Discount City) in Rogers, Ark., on July 2, 1962. Today, the company is the world’s largest public corporation and, with over 2 million employees, the world’s largest private employer. Ernest Hemingway, 61, shoots himself to death July 2, 1961, at his home in Ketchum, …