baby boomers

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

Posted on 10/30/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyIf 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?

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIf 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

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingVideo 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?

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen 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 …

Working Caregivers Need Government and Employers to Do a Better Job

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingEmployers and policy leaders, are you listening? With the onslaught of aging boomers, the need for family-friendly work-leave policies will only increase. And yet, current policies don’t reach enough people and are not meeting the needs of today’s working caregivers. That’s the conclusion of a new report, Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies, issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted 20 years ago, …

A New Place to Talk About Death: A Cafe

Posted on 06/12/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWanna talk about death? It seems that a lot of people do. Death cafes are popping up around the country, with more than 60 so far. You will be hearing a lot more about them. (I swear on my life.) Look, even USAToday has written about them! At these Cafes, the conversation is about … death: Our fear of it, how we prepare for our own, what we think happens after it’s over, near-death experiences, grieving rituals and funerals. The biggest …