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Removing Barriers to Financial Independence for People With Disabilities

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteFor people with disabilities, barriers to employment can be especially devastating. Nearly 20 million working-age adults have a physical, sensory or cognitive disability. Their rates of employment are significantly lower than among the non-disabled population (33 percent compared with 73.8 percent) and their poverty rates are more than double that of non-disabled people ages 18 to 64 (28.8 percent compared with 13.3 percent in 2012). It’s not just about money. Employment enhances personal well-being, identity, purpose and social inclusion. Unfortunately, …

George Takei Is Back in Boston: Driving Miss Daisy and Hanging with AGNES

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

TechnologyYoung adults are increasingly living with older members of their families, according to a report just released by the Pew Research Center. To aid family harmony and help the younger generation understand their elders, AGNES — the Age Gain Now Empathy System — might be the perfect extra housemate. AGNES is one of many wonders that George Takei, tech explorer extraordinaire, found on a recent visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., just across the Charles River …

Burt’s Bees Founder Still a Maverick at Age 79

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EntertainmentBurt Shavitz, the 79-year-old founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, lives the life of a recluse. And he’s very happy about it. “There’s no noise,” Shavitz, 79, told the New York Times by way of describing his 40-acre spread in northern Maine. “There’s no children screaming. There’s no people getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning and trying to start their car and raising hell. Everybody has their own idea of what a good place to be is, and this is …

7 noticias de impacto esta semana

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En EspañolEstas son las 7 noticias más impactantes de la semana. ¿Crees que falta alguna? Comparte tu opinión en los comentarios: 1. Los campeones del Mundial de Brasil llegan a casa – A comienzos de esta semana las calles de Berlín fueron teñidas de negro, rojo y oro, colores de la bandera alemana, por los miles de aficionados que se desbocaron en las calles de la capital para recibir a los futbolistas que ganaron el Mundial fútbol. Los jugadores del equipo nacional de …

Bryan Cranston to Reprise LBJ Role in TV Movie

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Bulletin Today | EntertainmentMany know him as Walter White — the high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin of Breaking Bad — but actor Bryan Cranston will be making his way back to television as President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new HBO TV movie. All the Way, a phrase taken from Johnson’s successful 1964 campaign slogan (“All the Way With LBJ”), will be a reprisal of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name by Robert Schenkkan, in which Cranston portrayed Johnson …

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Scams Aimed at Seniors

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsBy Kristin Keckeisen, Fraud Watch Network campaign manager Finally, some much-needed attention to the long-running grandparent scam. Yesterday the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing as part of an ongoing series highlighting fraud’s devastating impact on seniors. Among the witnesses: an 81-year-old Ohio resident who lost more than $7,000 to a con artist impersonating his grandson. The grandparent, or “family emergency,” con is simple — and effective. Scammers troll obituaries and social media sites to glean personal information …