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Take Charge of Your Future With ‘Work and Save’

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsWe all dream of a comfortable retirement — time to relax, travel, learn a new language or take up a hobby. But in these tough economic times, that dream can sometimes feel a little out of reach, especially for those who work for small businesses — because most of them have no access to any type of retirement savings plan at work. In fact, 3 out of 5 households headed by someone 65 or older have no money in retirement savings accounts. …

This Week in Boomer History: G.I. Joe … People Magazine … Rodney King

Posted on 03/2/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Speeding on March 3, 1991, leads to a high-speed Los Angeles police chase for Rodney King and ends with a severe beating that is videotaped. When three of the officers are acquitted of charges a year later, riots break out in South Los Angeles. Mia Farrow appears as The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan on the cover of People Magazine’s premier issue, dated March 4, 1974. Other notables in the issue: Marina Oswald, Gloria Vanderbilt …

Pushed Out of the Workplace

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsHave you ever felt like an employer was holding your age against you? If so, you aren’t alone. In these tough economic times, more and more Americans believe they are facing age-based discrimination at the office. In fact, a 2013 AARP study found that nearly 2 in 3 workers ages 45-74 said they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Of those, a whopping 92 percent said it was very or somewhat common. Nearly 20 percent of the …

Alzheimer’s: In More Ways Than One, the Costliest Disease

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAlzheimer’s disease accounts for more U.S. health care spending than any other disease, and that share will skyrocket as the nation’s population ages, experts told members of a Senate health subcommittee on Feb. 26. Research shows that 14.7 percent of Americans 71 and older had dementia in 2010 and that the condition, on average, was associated with $41,685 a year in medical and informal-care costs, said Michael D. Hurd, director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging. Dementia …

Congressman Calling it Quits After 58 Years

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRep. John Dingell Jr. of Michigan has announced he will retire from Congress, leaving behind his record as the longest-serving Capitol Hill lawmaker in history. A Democrat, Dingell is one of 20 House members who have already announced their retirements (not counting those who are running for other offices, resigning or leaving for other reasons), according to this rundown from Roll Call. Dingell served 58 years after replacing his late father and namesake in the seat. He was a proponent of the …

At 101, He’s Running … for Congress

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf Joe Newman of Sarasota, Fla., makes it to Capitol Hill, he could be a one-man Congressional Centenarian Caucus. Newman, 101, has announced he’s running as a write-in candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Newman has 11 years on Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who’s the oldest member of Congress. When Newman was learning to walk, William Howard Taft was president. He’s older than Social Security. “At what age does a person become too old to think and reason?” Newman …