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Standing with Caregivers

Posted on 10/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

CaregivingThe following is a guest post by Peter Rosenberger — Caregiver and AARP Tennessee Volunteer Today’s 65 million caregivers often find themselves pulling their hair out as they find their lifestyle dramatically altered by the constant challenges involved in caring for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one. In my experience, I have discovered that the greatest issue caregivers struggle with is not insurance but rather assurance:  They’re frightened, burned-out, and daily wondering if they will survive caring for …

Living Long and Loving it in America

Posted on 10/2/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeIf you are wondering why I am standing on a chair raising my fist and shouting “Right on!” it’s because someone has finally come up with a formula for human longevity that makes sense. If you want to live longer, part of the formula goes, eat out alone at a different posh restaurant every night—and that doesn’t mean a Burger King. The advice was contained in a story from The New York Times that carried an interview with a 103-year-old …

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 …