Puzzle Builder Merl Reagle Got His Message Across—and Down

Merl Reagle, the pun-ishingly inventive man who had created crossword puzzles for AARP The Magazine since 2004, died suddenly of acute pancreatitis in a hospital in Tampa on Aug. 22. He was 65. Those are the facts of the case. What they can’t give you is a sense of Merl’s love of words, or a flavor of how much fun it was to work with him — or a little behind him, I should say, since that’s where his sprinting …

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

It’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?

This 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

Everybody 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

This 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?

Doesn’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 …