11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun     1. Naked mole-rats may hold the secret to conquering aging in humans. (Learn more at Vox.com) 2. A man in deep thought has been lurking beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces. (Learn more at AARP)   3. A new “smart cup” can recognize and track everything you drink – and even tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. (Learn more at The Verge)   >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. The stereotype of …

Learning a Second Language at Any Age Can Slow Brain Aging

I lived in Stockholm for two years after college and doggedly learned Swedish, even though most Swedes speak beautiful English. Not only could I communicate better with then-tiny (now giant) Swedish nephews, turns out it was a good move for my brain. Learning a second language – even as an adult – helps protect the brain from aging,  says a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. “Learning a language later in life is a challenge but is very, very good for …

The Best Fashion Advice I Ever Got

Fashion should be fun, not frustrating. And it should definitely not be frumpy. But once I hit my 50s, I started feeling confused about what I should – and shouldn’t – wear to look fresh, modern and confident. In the course of researching The Best of Everything After 50, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of a group of fashion-savvy women, among them Diane von Furstenberg, Ginny Hilfiger (Tommy’s younger sister) and personal shoppers at Saks Fifth Avenue. Their …

Is It More Stressful to Care for a Spouse or a Parent?

By Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta of the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans may wind up helping Mom as she gets older, but a new poll shows the most stressful kind of caregiving is for a frail spouse. The population is rapidly aging, but people aren’t doing much to get ready – even though government figures show nearly 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care at some point after they reach age 65. >> Connect with other …

Impact of an Aging America on Individuals and Institutions

AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond delivered the following speech on the impact of an aging America on individuals and institutions in an address to AARP staff and volunteers this morning:   Impact of an Aging America on Major Institutions Good morning. Welcome to the 2014 State & National Group Leadership Summit. And a special welcome to the staff and volunteers who traveled from every corner of the country – and beyond – to be here this week. I’d like …

Diane Keaton Has 7 Ways to Age With Attitude

Diane Keaton’s new memoir, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty (Random House), is like reading your best friend’s diary. Provided your BFF is a famously funny actress, of course. Up close, I found out when I interviewed the 68-year-old star in New York City last week, Keaton, a L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel, is attractive, scarily smart and a complex mix of confident and quirky. I scrambled to keep pace as she covered all sorts of fashion and beauty topics related to …