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Things Grandparents Never Thought They’d Do

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyDo you find yourself at an imaginary tea party? What about slaying a dragon with a cardboard sword? Rolling down a hill at high speed? Listening to Justin Bieber? Laughing repeatedly at knock-knock jokes? How about umpiring a wiffle-ball game? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, and you are not under the age of 14 — you may be a grandparent. If you are a grandparent and have found yourself doing something you never thought you would, we …

TEDMED’s Great Challenges Day Addresses Caregiver Crisis

Posted on 05/2/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingRecently, I participated in the first TEDMED Great Challenges day which addressed 20  great challenges (see my previous post about the Dementia Tsunami, one of TEDMED’s Great Challenges). I participated in a breakout group of about 20 people who rolled up our sleeves and dove into a discussion of the “caregiver crisis.” It was an afternoon full of passion and spirit among all contributors. Many of us are or have been caregivers; others approached the topic from a business viewpoint (those who …

Grandparents Can Help Grandchildren in Aftermath of Tragedy

Posted on 04/15/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyWhile details are still being learned about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, I wanted to share with you how you can help your grandchildren heal from a tragedy like this. We want them to be active and healthy throughout their lives, and encourage them to exercise —  perhaps even become a runner — and they might have questions about today’s events. So, how can we help our kids and grandchildren cope with these traumatic events? How can we help …

Anne Samaan: Inspirational Caregiver Blazes the Trail

Posted on 04/8/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingNot even 5 feet tall, she was tiny but powerful; she filled up a room. She was my second “mommie;” counselor, comforter, friend and inspiration. Dr. Anne Samaan, my best friend Laurette and her sister Jenny’s mom, and my godchild Catalina’s grandmother, died last week; she was 91. The world is dimmer without her sometimes colorful presence. She has influenced me since I was 6 years old, especially because she was a caregiving pioneer. She taught me how to make choices …

Justin Timberlake Video Honors Grandparents — How Do You Honor Yours?

Posted on 04/3/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyJustin Timberlake’s video for the Mirrors track of his recently released new album, 20/20 Experience, is a moving tribute to his late grandfather, William, his grandmother, Sadie, and their 63-year marriage. William passed on just last December, and the video symbolizes his grandmother looking through a box of old belongings and remembering their six decades of life together. The video takes us from their meeting and dancing as teens to their wedding to what appear to be marital challenges (the woman …

Watch AARP Live March 21st at 10pm Eastern!

Posted on 03/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Dennis Eisnach – AARP South Dakota volunteer president What Makes A Community Livable for a Lifetime?  For most of us, the ability to drive ourselves where we need to go is a given. We take it for granted. It’s easy to forget that for many seniors that’s not always the case.  As an AARP volunteer in my home state of South Dakota I see this problem every day. In some rural areas of …