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5 Things I’ve Learned as a Caregiver

Posted on 07/29/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI recently had the great pleasure of returning to Indiana, the state of my birth, to speak at three local AARP Indiana Caregiver Connect forums in Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis and Merrillville. It was a bittersweet experience. My parents were with me on my last visit to Indiana, where they both were born and raised. But now travel would be very difficult for them, so most likely they won’t return to Indiana until they are gone from this earth. As a …

The Lady with All the Answers

Posted on 02/12/2013 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthDear Abby:  I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Have you any suggestions? — M. J. B. in Oakland, Calif. Dear M. J. B.: Yes. Run for a public office. Such was the incisive wit of Pauline Friedman Phillips, known to millions as Dear Abby. Affectionately nicknamed “Popo” by friends, Dear Abby was the advice maven of a generation – or rather, generations. Dear …

Letitia Baldrige: A Woman of Manners

Posted on 11/1/2012 by | Best Life | Comments

Your LifeWhat do you wear to a cocktail party at the boss’s house? How do you remove a fish bone from your mouth at a fancy restaurant? What’s the graceful way to enter and exit a cab you’re sharing with co-workers? Letitia Baldrige always had all the answers. You could ask her anything about the proper way to do things, especially in sticky situations. After all, she had been chief of staff for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Baldrige, 86, one of …

Wisdom From Our Dads: Fathers Day Memories From Facebook

Posted on 06/15/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Home & FamilyMy dad is the wisest man I’ve ever known, but he’s never been much for offering sage advice. Just ask my brothers and sisters, and I guarantee they’ll all relate the same piece of classic advice from our dad: “Don’t ever place anything on the fire escape.” I suppose you could say the phrase has some allegorical meaning, that Dad was in his own way warning us not to block our life’s paths with unnecessary obstacles. But really, it’s probably …

The Cost of Taking Your Own Advice

Posted on 10/14/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeTaking a revitalizing vacation, working out and eating well have started to pay big dividends for Segunda and Lady Piola. Their slimmed-down reflections in boutique windows are sparkling and, more importantly, they’re feeling vibrant (though a bit sore). Next, the mighty duo decides to exercise their minds with a good novel.   Segunda and I know nothing feels better than a book in hand and an afternoon rolling out before you like a red carpet. That is, until your “boomerang” …

What We’d Tell George Clooney

Posted on 05/6/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentSo, George Clooney, as we mentioned before, turns 50 today. Like the rest of the Internet, we took Friday off to stare at him. I mean, reflect on his career.  There’s something about that 50 number, huh? It’s just a number. It could represent 100 divided by 2, the number of stars on the Star Spangled Banner, a great movie starring Adam Sandler, or the number of truly horrible movies starring Adam Sandler. It’s also when we send you that …