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Keeping a Housing Promise to Seniors in Virginia

Posted on 08/10/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThis 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

Posted on 08/2/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringBy 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

Posted on 07/19/2012 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt’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

Posted on 06/7/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringMarcy 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 …

AARP Colorado Offers Financial and Anti-Fraud Tips

Posted on 06/5/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Money & SavingsThis post was written by Becky Squires of  AARP Foundation. In Colorado, AARP and AARP Foundation joined forces this year with the Spending Moments Program to produce three provocative short videos about managing personal finances. Lesson 1: Learn a simple exercise to help you save money     Lesson 2: Create a Budget     Lesson 3: Learn about Time Value   The videos feature Shawn Young, developer of the nonprofit Bootstraps Education program in Denver, and were created to …

Helping the Unemployed Recover After the End of the Space Shuttle Program

Posted on 05/15/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post by Dan Kulpinski. Kulpinski is a web writer and producer for the AARP Foundation. Space Shuttle Discovery piggybacked a ride over Washington, D.C., April 17, drawing many oohs and ahhs and prompting many folks here at AARP headquarters to go up to the roof or down to the National Mall to see the spectacle. The event reminded us that the shuttle era is over, but in Brevard County, Florida – home to the Kennedy Space …