A Caregiver’s Tough Lessons Learned

A friend recently told me she didn’t understand how I survived 2012. It was a rough year, to say the least, for our family. In retrospect, I know that I do what each of the other 42 million caregivers across this nation do – we just keep going – what else are we to do? The good news is that along with the challenges, there are also many triumphs, blessings and lessons learned. As I look back at the past …

The Best Apps of 2012 (50+ Edition)

My life has become app centered.  In fact, I probably spend more time on my smartphone testing apps than most 20-somethings. I ask my friends, I ask the Internet, I ask my Twitter followers … and I download, tap and swipe away. All in the service of this blog. I must admit, I download a lot of toads before I find a prince.  So I offer these suggestions for my favorite apps of 2012 after extensive personal research. What apps …

Four Steps to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment

The following is a guest post by Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health, AARP Education and Outreach This Friday, December 7, marks the end of the 2012 Medicare open enrollment season.  Medicare open enrollment is the time of the year when you can review and make changes to your Medicare coverage.  The December 7 deadline is approaching, but there’s still time for you to review your plan and decide if you need to make changes.  Act fast!  Any changes you make will …

Get a Tax Extension? What You Need to Know for Oct. 15

The following is a guest post by Alan Kalman.  Fall is in the air and with it comes NFL football, the baseball playoffs, Halloween – and filing tax returns. More than a million of you who did not file your 2011 tax returns in April asked for the automatic six-month extension to Oct. 15. So get out all those forms (W-2s and 1099s) you received, and all your tax receipts and records and get started since time is running out. …

To Lose Weight and Get Fit in 2012, Should You Begin with Eating or Exercise?

A common question for individuals starting out on their quest for fitness is whether to focus on eating or exercise. Would it be better to establish healthier eating habits and then add the habit of exercise? Or begin with exercise and work on nutrition later? Harvard University researcher Miquel Alonso studies the relationship between the two. His study suggests that exercise is the place to begin since “physical exercise seems to encourage a healthy diet.” He reports that exercise changes …

2012: A Year to Get in the Game and Make Good Plays

Let’s start 2012 out on the right foot, the correct path, a good mindset, have the best intentions, etc etc, etc. No, I’m not going to talk to you about personal resolutions. I’m not going to give you five steps to healthier living or have you add blueberries to you daily food pyramid. Nor am I going to tell you to drink more water, eat less red meat, walk faster or sleep more. However, all those are excellent recommendations; I should …