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 …

Can High-Tech Gadgets Get Us in Shape?

Think of all the excuses you give yourself not to exercise: No time Working late Too cold Too rainy With my hair in this state? You must be joking!   Now counterbalance that with all the reasons why moving your body should be as automatic a part of your day as brushing your teeth: Better health Lower weight Less disease Sounder sleep Health numbers — for cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. — that put a smile on your doctor’s face.   …

After Barbara Walters Signs off May 16, What Next?

And so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16. That’s the day news icon Barbara Walters will cohost her last episode of The View and retire from full-time journalism. It won’t be a quiet send-off: The View will have a week-long celebration, ABC News is planning a two-hour prime-time retrospective, and you can expect Barbara’s face to be plastered across every network franchise from World News Tonight to Dancing with the Stars. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Enter Our Family Photo Contest To Be Featured in AARP The Magazine

Is yours the new American family? Take a picture of your immediate or extended clan -whether living with you or not-upload it onto Instagram and win a chance to be professionally photographed and featured in a Special Report in AARP the Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world. We’re looking for recent pictures of families, small and large, that epitomize the look of the modern American family for AARP’s Show Us Your Modern Family Photo Contest. If that is …

Help Find Parkinson’s Cures in Our Lifetime

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as a guest blog contributor. Throughout the month of April MJFF is sharing insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and steps you can take to help find the cure in our lifetime.   Baby boomers are known for revolutionizing everything they touch. In typical hands-on fashion, members of this trailblazing generation are now looking for …

Brain Research and the Search for Parkinson’s Cure

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as a guest blog contributor. Throughout the month of April MJFF is sharing insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and steps you can take to help find the cure in our lifetime.   It is an important moment in brain research. New technologies and insights from genetics are changing our ability to pursue elusive treatments …