All Hail The Queen of Irreverence!

Posted on 06/20/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“Most people think I’m a hard-drinking slut, but really I’m an angel of mercy.” That’s journalist Marion Winik talking about her new book, Highs in the Low 50s: How I Stumbled through the Joys of Single Living. I’ll understand completely if you expect it to contain all manner of lewd behavior. But having written previously about everything from her drug use in early adulthood to her first husband’s death from AIDs complications in 1994, Winik seems to have Toned Things Down …

Two New Novels Tackle Regrets and Past Lives

Posted on 05/28/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHow do you process regret at midlife? Two new novels tackle that question in interesting ways. The Original 1982 imagines what might have been if its protagonist, a singer-songwriter-waitress named Lisa, had decided not to terminate an inconvenient pregnancy 31 years ago. Lori Carson, the former lead singer of ’90s experimental band The Golden Palominos, hooks you with nostalgic references to bygone music venues like Folk City, the West Village club that launched the careers of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy …

Jerome Horwitz: 5 Surprising Facts About the Inventor of AZT

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIt wasn’t that long ago — 1987, to be precise — that U.S. Surgeon General Everett Koop predicted the HIV/AIDS epidemic would kill 100 million people by the year 2000. That didn’t happen. Instead, about 34 million people are living with HIV, according to AVERT, an international health organization, and a 2006 study published in the British medical journal QJM found that patients who are diagnosed as HIV-positive before developing full-blown AIDS now have an average life expectancy of 21.5 years. …

The Takeaway: AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display in Washington, D.C.

Posted on 06/27/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was started to memorialize Americans who died of AIDS. Portions of the quilt’s now 48,000 panels–hand sewn by family and friends of those lost to the disease-will be displayed throughout Washington, D.C. during the month of July.

AIDS and Alzheimer’s: Two Deadly Diseases, Two Different Stories

Posted on 11/17/2011 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthIn 1986, when I was writing on the sitcom “Designing Women,” the brilliant creator of the show, Linda Bloodworth Thomason, and I found out on the same week that both of our mothers had a fatal disease. Linda’s mother had acquired AIDS from a transfusion; my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Within six months Linda’s mother had passed; my mom died five years later. Years later, in 2002, I had a meeting with then Senator Hillary Clinton. Hillary and Linda …

The Takeaway: New Costly Cancer Drugs; Facebook; AIDS and Aging

Posted on 06/13/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodaySeniors face Medicare cost barrier for cancer. If rising health care costs weren’t enough, Medicare patients like Rita Moore, below, who are fighting cancer are facing a new hurdle: high copays for the newest treatments.