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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Scientists have built the world’s first bionic man. (Learn more at Today.com) 2. The U.S. Postal Service won’t issue stamps it’s already printed to promote the government’s “Let’s Move” campaign because some depict kids doing things that may not be safe. (Learn more at New York Times) 3. An Oxford University researcher who led a study of kissing is “still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves.” (Learn more …

Catching Up With Sophia Loren, Who Turns 79 Today

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Beauty & FashionBy Marlene Fanta Shyer Happy Birthday to the world’s most beloved Virgo, Sophia Loren Ponti. As she celebrates her 79th birthday today, she treats the passing of time as she does her personal and professional life: By not letting it touch her renowned grace and dignity. Born Sofia Villani Scicolone in Rome, she is the same Sophia we all remember, both global star and three-dimensional “real” and unaffected woman, with exactly the same focus as many women her age, her …

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: A Glass-Half-Full Frame of Mind

Posted on 09/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeAs we pass the halfway point of life we may begin to wonder what we will do with the rest of it. We long to explore new horizons of self-discovery and experience, but we fear the wages of age — loss, decline, disappointment. Is our glass going to be half-full or half-empty? The scale is tilted by circumstances — health, finances and luck — but it is also weighted by outlook. Those who head toward reinvention may first notice a shift in priorities …

5 Beauty Secrets of Good Sleepers

Posted on 08/29/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionGetting beauty sleep is no fairy tale. Sleep deprivation accelerates aging according to a new study sponsored by Estee Lauder at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Bad sleepers showed more wrinkles, saggier skin and uneven pigmentation than good snoozers. Funny thing. Many women 50 and older say they hardly sleep. We doze on and off between other night activities such as reading, snacking, sex, checking our emails and shopping online. Here are five tricks to outsmarting the …

Help! Who Will Care for Baby Boomers When They Need It?

Posted on 08/26/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingMany hands may not really make light work, but at least they help. The abundance of baby boomers means many can care for their aging parents. But a sobering report released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that within the next 20 years, when boomers are in their 80s and need help of their own, there won’t be enough hands to go around. Consider these findings: In 2010, there were 7.2 potential caregivers (ages 45-64 or the average …

Transportation for Older Adults Requires a Tapestry of Funding Sources

Posted on 08/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“We desperately need that service in our community, but how do we fund it?” is a common complaint I hear across the country as communities try to meet the growing demand for transportation services. A recent publication, Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults, addresses this important question. The report by the AARP Public Policy Institute highlights seven case studies that show how transportation providers in diverse communities combine federal grants with state, local and private-sector …