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The Fifth Habit Can Save Your Life

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAre you practicing the fifth habit that could save your life? Thanks to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we now know and can practice the four habits that reduce our risk for heart disease, including the risk of suffering a fatal heart attack: Exercising regularly Eating a healthy diet Avoiding smoking Consuming a moderate amount of alcohol. Practicing these habits is associated with a 57 percent lower risk of both fatal …

Was My Mom Abused?

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthOn July 2, USA Today reported that more than 20 former employees of a Georgia Alzheimer’s care center are facing dozens of criminal charges after a three-month state investigation uncovered allegations of cruel treatments of patients. The cruelty ranged from physical abuse – slapping patients and throwing water on them – to outright neglect and financial exploitation. Other abuse included shackling patients to their beds with sheets and ‘double diapering’ so the staff wouldn’t have to change soiled diapers so often. As it …

Indianapolis Cultural Trail: Known by Few, Used by Many

Posted on 07/16/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesIf there were an award for the most under-appreciated trail network, Indianapolis would be a contender. Home to some of the fastest race cars on earth, many Hoosiers leave their cars behind to enjoy the city’s futuristic people-mover system, or to walk and bike on what is undoubtedly one of the best trail systems in America. Earlier this year, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail opened with eight miles of great places to bike and walk. The Cultural Trail is a uniquely …

Ready for Retirement?

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Sam Wilson — AARP Wisconsin State Director ARE YOU READY FOR RETIREMENT? AARP CAN HELP! WATCH AARP LIVE JULY 18, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV In my role as state director for AARP Wisconsin, I’ve learned that retirement means many things to many people, from volunteering to pursuing that dream career, traveling or just spending time gardening. At some point in our working lives, we will probably ask ourselves, “What’s next for me? …

Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingEmployers and policy leaders, are you listening? With the onslaught of aging boomers, the need for family-friendly work-leave policies will only increase. And yet, current policies don’t reach enough people and are not meeting the needs of today’s working caregivers. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies, issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted 20 years ago, …

Getting Around Town

Posted on 06/25/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you every struggled to get around town?  Many Americans who don’t drive are relying on public transportation to take care of their basic needs — shopping for groceries, banking, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy, and getting to the nearest doctor’s office. For one town in New York, aging residents are singing the praises of a new transportation program that helps them stay connected to their community. With a population of about 250,000, North Hempstead is New York’s seventh …