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Meet 6 Animals That Predict World Cup Winners

Posted on 06/26/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentCan animals predict which teams win 2014 World Cup matches? In 2010, an octopus named Paul correctly predicted the outcome of eight World Cup matches in a row, including the final showdown between Spain and the Netherlands. >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. In 2010, after winning worldwide attention as an animal oracle, Paul passed away at the tender age of two and a half — a normal lifespan for an octopus vulgaris. But a raft of other …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 05/7/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Young blood can make old mice more youthful. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Middle-aged women who don’t sleep so well may be in for memory problems later in life. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The nation’s 65+ population is projected to double by 2050. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Doctors are now implanting tiny pacemakers directly into their patients’ hearts. (Learn more at Gizmodo) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter 5. Until …

Best Retirement Home Ever (for Once-Great Racehorses)

Posted on 05/2/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyJust like the rest of us, the magnificent thoroughbreds that will be running in the Kentucky Derby eventually will grow old. But unlike us, racehorses don’t have Social Security, Medicare and 401(k) plans to rely on in their retirement years, and they don’t have control over their own fate. In the past, tragically, after their breeding days were over, even some great champions such as 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand have ended their lives in foreign slaughterhouses. But fortunately, thanks to the dedication of …

Can Keeping a Hen Help You Live Longer?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayWant to stay active, feel less lonely and generally be healthier? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a hen. HenPower, an experimental project based in Gateshead, England, aims to get older residents of the community involved in hen keeping as a way to reduce their feelings of isolation and to enhance their health and well-being. The “pensioners,” as the Brits refer to retired folks, look after the hens, collecting their eggs and rearing their chicks; the handiest among them design …

Facing the Perils in Paradise

Posted on 09/4/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeThere is a place beyond imagination and beyond the rattle of the inner city, beyond the housing tracts of suburbia and even beyond the relatively distant semi-wilderness in areas around Los Angeles known informally as exurbia. We call that settlement of heavenly dreams Nowherebia. It is an area that the soul yearns for on those days that freeway traffic is jammed bumper to bumper from the ocean to the desert where crime is on the rise, where tract houses of …

Say Happy Birthday to Two ‘Nonagenarian’ Chimps

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayAs a kid growing up in Indianapolis, nothing excited me more than the thought of piling into the family station wagon for a trip to the big city: Chicago. Our favorite destination in the Windy City, hands down, was the Lincoln Park Zoo. There I would gaze in absolute wonderment at Bushman, the world-famous, fierce-visaged gorilla, who stood 6 foot 2 and weighed in at 550 pounds. Before his sudden death in 1951 at the tender age of 22, Bushman …