50+ Mommy Chronicles: Deliriously Happy, and Doubt-Filled

Should I Still Have Mixed Emotions Five Years In? I was of sound mind and body when we adopted Johannah, now 5. I’d just turned 51 and my husband, 57. We were late bloomers, marrying four years earlier-a first marriage for both of us. We wanted a family, but the doctors said my eggs were done. Multiple attempts at IVF failed. So we considered the options and decided to pursue a domestic adoption. I reluctantly dyed my hair (to appeal …

50+ Mommy Chronicles: Not From the Lens of My Upbringing

Three years into mommy-hood and each day I am learning more about myself. My own childhood upbringing certainly influenced me early on in the way I parented my 10-year old daughter, adopted from foster care. The reality is her childhood experiences are very different from mine. I had a solid family upbringing, raised as the eldest of three in a two parent family. My parents were supportive and encouraged me in all of my interests. Both working parents, my mom …

Why Aren’t Older Adults Buying Smartphones?

There’s an app for that – but usage by older adults is stalled.  Boomers and beyond have the spending power, but they aren’t snapping up tablets and smartphones. Pew’s latest smartphone numbers tell the story – smartphone usage has not grown beyond 11% among the 65+.  And tablet ownership, despite many cute stories, has only grown to 13%. Yet you and I both know that that these phones and tablets provide significant utility, from easy access to discounts and savings …

Invest in a Life: Adopt!

Updated on Nov. 12, 2013 November is known for Thanksgiving, but did you also know that it’s National Adoption Month? This year, Nov. 23 is National Adoption Day. We don’t put up a tree with lights, or look for eggs, or ask for candy, but it still is a life changing day for so many. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter My husband Sean and I truly believe the heroes of this world are our military, police officers, …

A Purpose Prize Winner, Changing the World One Baby at a Time

Sometimes a story comes along that is so powerful and impactful that all we can do is shake our heads in wonder at the feat. Today that story is about Jenny Bowen and her non-profit organization, Half the Sky Foundation. Fifteen years ago Jenny saw a news photo of a starving Chinese girl and decided, with her husband, to adopt a baby from China. The adoption process revealed conditions in Chinese orphanages that appalled her – rampant neglect, and the …

Born With The Boomers: Aging Technology

Fellow AARP blogger Alejandra asked me if it would be interesting to collect a list of consumer technologies that were also born during the boomer generation years of 1946-1964. I found plenty of useful long lists, but to my delight, I rediscovered Karl Hartig‘s incredible chart from the late 1990s showing key milestones and events in the adoption of consumer electronics. Loading the high resolution version in my web browser, I savored the fascinating details of the chart in a long sitting. In …