Celebrating Everyday Heroes in Denver

Every week, volunteer Joe Pells goes to the AARP Foundation Colorado Consumer Fraud Prevention Call Center in Denver and makes about 90 phone calls to warn seniors about financial scams. He’s done this for three years, spoken to nearly 5,000 people and performed more than 500 hours of service. He’s an amazing super-volunteer. Denver’s ABC7 TV station recognized Pells’s dedication, naming him a “7Everyday Hero” earlier this month. The station gives the weekly award to Coloradans who initiate solutions, motivate …

Caregiving, When Everything Hurts

A week ago, I visited my Pop Pop for his 96th birthday. I brought a big sign with me, with dozens of messages from people all over the country – family in Indiana, friends in Mississippi, Twitter followers from Boston and D.C. and Kansas. Even Arthur, who I introduced in my first post here, got in on the surprise. “How ya doin, pal?” he wrote. I figured my grandfather, the best keeper-in-toucher I know, would get a kick out of …

Keeping a Housing Promise to Seniors in Virginia

This is a guest post by Chrissy Fehskens. Chrissy is a Communications Advisor at the AARP Foundation. Last month, a promise made to longtime residents of Charlottesville Virginia’s former Sunrise Trailer Court was fulfilled.  In 2004, private developers looked to purchase land where a 16-unit trailer park stood, jeopardizing the homes of longtime residents, many of them age 50 and older.  Instead, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville ended up purchasing the land, and they promised the nine families, who …

Isolation Hinders Recovery Process and Raises Stress Levels, Says Dr. Oz

By Becky Squires, a writer-editor for AARP Foundation || In an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz said he now insists that all the patients he operates on bring someone who loves them with them to the hospital. “If you don’t have a reason for your heart to keep beating, it won’t,” the well-known heart surgeon explained, adding that there is a lot of evidence that being isolated breeds illness in our modern world. “When …

Foreclosure Crisis Hits Older Americans

It’s astounding to read the new AARP report about how some 5 million people age 50-plus lost their homes to foreclosure or remain at risk for that terrible ordeal. Read AARP’s report “Nightmare on Main Street” In previous generations, people more often owned their homes outright when they finally settled into retirement. But in the last 20 years, a growing number of people are retiring with mortgage debt. Even people 75 and older, and living on a fixed income, are …

A Positive Return on Vacationing through Volunteering

Marcy Gouge loves helping people. In fact, Marcy, the Assistant National Director for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, also finds herself volunteering for the program throughout Maryland and DC. But this past year, she decided to take her volunteer work “on the road” while vacationing in Hawaii. As a tourist, it is easy to only see the “bling” of the high-cost resorts, but just a few blocks from Marcy’s hotel on Waikiki Beach, was a Community Center for low-income workers. There, she served with local Tax-Aide volunteers who …