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Grandma Betty: Why ‘Cute’ Can’t Capture It

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeLet me first say I love what’s going on with Grandma Betty, the Indiana octogenarian turned Instagram star. When Betty was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her great-grandson Zach opened an account (@grandmabetty33) to chronicle her journey. More than 309,000 followers later, what started as a project for friends and family has turned into a worldwide sensation. I just love that the bond between a great-grandmother and her teenage great-grandson, more than 60 years her junior, has inspired an outpouring of …

24 Veterans Get Long-Overdue Medals of Honor

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeMelvin Morris vividly remembers the day in September 1969 when he became a war hero in the eyes of others. Morris was a young Green Beret staff sergeant in South Vietnam. After his master sergeant was killed in a jungle ambush in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Morris, serving as the commander of a Special Forces strike force, went back into the line of fire three times to recover the body and a map case — and was wounded three …

‘Ban Bossy!’ Say Sheryl Sandberg, Beyoncé and More

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeIf you’ve got a young girl in your life — a daughter, a niece, a granddaughter, a young friend — here’s a campaign you definitely should know about:  Ban Bossy. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of the best-selling book Lean In, has joined forces with a group of high powered women — including former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, CEO of the Girl Scouts Anna Maria Chávez,  and a host of celebrity spokespeople — to launch a public service campaign …

How Does Life Get Better After 50? You Tell Us!

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeThe year I turned 50, I notched my fastest time ever in the Sea Gull Century — a yearly 100-mile bike ride on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that I had tackled for more than a decade. Was I a lean, mean cycling machine that year? Far from it! (See team jersey, right.) Rather, I think it took me that long to develop the mental toughness not to let the ride’s length intimidate me. “Hmm,” I thought, admiring my total time — …

A Dollmaker Brings Cheer to Children

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeAfter her husband passed away in 2007 following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, Reva Balogh searched for something to fill her time. Then, reaching into her own childhood, she found it. Balogh, 89, of Curtice, Ohio, is known these days as The Doll Lady. That’s because in the past six years, she’s made more than 1,600 dolls and donated them to charitable organizations, social service agencies, hospitals and the Ronald McDonald House, which distributes them to children. “I love …

The Power of Pause: Taking Time to Visit Seniors

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeI’ll admit it: I love a good to-do list. When I’ve got a lot on my plate, or even when I don’t, there’s something so satisfying about crossing things off as I go. But my latest project has been a lesson in letting go of the list. As part of my grad school assistantship, I’m administering cognitive tests to older adults at a care facility near campus. When my adviser, Kate, told me about it, I was excited to jump …