AARP Bulletin

Joy and Sorrow: A Precious Photo of My Mom and Me

Posted on 11/5/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIt’s strange, the things that go through our minds when we are suffering a life-altering, heartbreaking loss. When my Mom passed just three weeks ago, one of the first things I thought of was the coming issue of the AARP Bulletin with our photo on the cover and an excerpt of my book, AARP’s Juggling Work and Caregiving. I knew it was to be a visual depiction of the love I feel for my mom and the care I was …

What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

Posted on 07/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThis would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off — not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away — traveling — to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

Congress — The Branch of Government Everyone Loves to Hate

Posted on 08/15/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsEverybody hates Congress. Not exactly a news flash, is it? These days the frustration with — and outright dislike of — Congress is accepted background not only for the voting public, but also for lots of congressional candidates, who routinely disparage the performance of the government they hope to join. But there’s also evidence that voters 50 and older, in particular, are just plain fed up with government. And that dynamic could have an impact on close races this fall. …

Intergenerational Programming Thrives

Posted on 03/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyThis is awesome. Check out this video and article on how intergenerational programming — in other words, bringing older and younger folks together to build relationships across generations — has been booming as of late. While you generally see these kinds of programs as one-visit stops by a student to an older folk in a retirement home, intergenerational programming is not about charity, but about fostering a sense of community and comradery. Make sure to check it out.

Taking an Excursion for Your Medical Needs?

Posted on 12/8/2010 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthDoesn’t seem to make sense, but it’s actually becoming more and more common. While medical tourism has existing for some time — where Americans will travel abroad to other countries to get necessary medical treatment for cheaper — a new trend is growing in the U.S.: Domestic medical travel. Via AARP Bulletin: [A]s medical travel firms negotiate attractive rates with doctors, clinics and hospitals and market them to insurance companies, employer-funded health plans and individuals. While hospitals don’t like to …

Pet Insurance: Is it Worth It?

Posted on 09/9/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Home & FamilyAARP gets into the yays and nays of getting pet insurance in a Bulletin piece today. Any pet owner knows that while paying a monthly dues for pet insurance is less than appealing, trips to the vet can often be an obscene amount of money — even sometimes more expensive than your own doc’s visits: This year, pet owners will spend nearly $13 billion on veterinary care, the American Pet Products Association estimates. That’s up from about $8 billion in …