Making Communities More Welcoming to People of All Ages

Trust me, you don’t want to have problems getting around and be in Venice, Italy. Venice is an amazing city – the culture, the architecture, the food and the canals. But there are more than 400 bridges – many of them footbridges. You’re walking to yet another lovely square and, guess what? All of a sudden there are steep steps up and down if you want to continue on your way.  Good luck if you’re not up to the task – …

Is Marriage More Loving, or Boring, in Retirement?

Is marriage more boring or more fulfilling in retirement? (Hint: It’s better than you think.) Do spouses in blended families have different financial priorities for their own children than for their stepchildren? These were some of the questions that 5,415 people were asked in a study called “Family & Retirement: The Elephant in the Room.” Folks weighed in about their hopes and fears when they retire, whether they’d sacrifice their own financial security to help their adult children now, and …

Upgrading to Apple’s iOS 7? You May Want to Wait

If you are using an iPhone 4, 4S or 5, and are thinking about upgrading to Apple’s new operating system iOS 7-be prepared for a learning curve. I hear a lot of talk these days about iOS 7, but a lot of it isn’t very positive-especially when it comes from 60-something users on older phones. For starters, the iPhone 4 and 4S may not have enough memory to handle the upgrade without  removing some apps and photos to open up …

Does Caregiving Help You Live Longer?

If you’ve heard that being a family caregiver can diminish your life expectancy, the results of a new report from Johns Hopkins University should make you relax. It turns out that caring for a chronically ill or disabled family member can, in fact, extend a caregiver’s life. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The recent research showed that caregivers live an average of nine months longer than non-caregivers. Researchers took participants from a pool of 30,000 in a National Institutes of Health …

Senior Centers, Part II: Line Dancing at Age 93

Video courtesy Microsoft/IN2L/Selfhelp You might have missed a piece I wrote earlier this month about senior centers’ efforts to woo baby boomers. (At 78 million-strong, this demographic is a membership director’s dream.) To attract the Forever Young Generation, some centers are dropping “senior” from their name and serving up hip offerings such as wine tastings, dating and divorce workshops and Pilates. Programming for what are considered traditional, older attendees is also changing. (It’s Senior Center Month, so I’m giving equal time to …

Is Your Community Retirement Ready?

When you purchased your home, I bet you believed you would live there forever.  Wanting to remain in your home throughout your life is a very common desire.  Whenever AARP asks our members in surveys whether they wish to remain in their homes as they age, the response is overwhelmingly yes, with nearly 90% of all respondents responding so. The good news is that many communities are working with residents, community partners, civics, chambers of commerce, and AARP to encourage …