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It’s August So It Must Be Make-A-Will Month

Posted on 08/20/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSo August is National Make-a-Will Month. Who knew? Getting a will isn’t the most pleasant of tasks, and consequently, too few people do it. A recent survey of more than 2,000 people by the online legal service Rocket Lawyer found that 64 percent don’t have wills. The biggest reason cited by folks: They just never got around to it. Some said they didn’t want to think about death. You might believe that only wealthier families need a will. You’d be …

Don Pardo: The Man with the Big Voice

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a staff announcer at NBC for 60 years, Don Pardo was a robust, velvety virtuoso of enunciation, whose baritone resonated like the aftertaste of a full-bodied fine wine. His trademark gig was performing the introductions at the beginning of each episode of Saturday Night Live, which he did for all but one season between the show’s debut in October 1975 and its most recent season finale in May.   Pardo, who died on Aug. 18 at age 96 in …

Tips for Empty Nesters on Selling the Family Home

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyLast spring Cathy and Gary Chester put their ranch home in Morris County, N.J., on the market. Come August, the house is unsold and Cathy admits that she’s enjoying another summer in the home that the couple built 21 years ago. What saddens her is the prospect of closing a chapter in her life. “This is where — young, married, pregnant with my son — I started a new part of my life that ends when I sell the house,” …

Los pacientes de Parkinson también padecen conductas compulsivas

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En Español¡Qué sorpresa tan lamentable fue para muchos la muerte del actor y comediante Robin Williams la semana pasada! Yo creo que nadie se lo esperaba. Aunque eran conocidas varias de sus condiciones de salud, como su operación de corazón abierto y su adicción a las drogas y el alcohol por las que había buscado ayuda en centros de rehabilitación, lo profundo de la depresión que lo llevó a quitarse la vida era un aspecto de sus dolencias mucho menos evidente. …

Big Drop in Hospitalizations, Deaths From Heart Disease

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA new study of 34 million Medicare patients has found what one prominent heart researcher calls “jaw-dropping” reductions in hospitalizations and deaths from heart attacks and strokes over the past decade. According to the findings published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the number of patients age 65-plus who were hospitalized with heart attacks dropped nearly 40 percent from 1999 to 2011, while those hospitalized with strokes caused by blood clots  fell by 34 percent. >> Top 15 Superfoods for …

How Stroke Changed One Man’s Life

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Personal HealthAmong the top five “Stroke Myths” on the website of the National Stroke Association is: “Stroke only strikes the elderly.” A man who shattered that myth and lived to recount the experience is Mark McEwen, who turns 60 in September. From 1987 to 2002, McEwen was the face of morning television on CBS, first as a weatherman, then as an entertainment reporter and finally as co-host of The Early Show. Traveling with his wife, Denise, in 2005 — he had …