Different Generations, Similar Desire for Walkable Communities

  Comments on a blog post about a revitalizing neighborhood in Washington, D.C., claimed that older people often don’t care about having amenities such as shopping and health care within walking distance. They can live in the suburbs and have everything they need. Affordable housing in urban areas, one person argued, better serves younger people who work. But, as an author of the recently released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) What Is Livable? Report, I can tell you the opposite is true: …

¿Eres una superestrella boomer? Participa en el concurso ‘Boomer Superstar’

¿Te encantan los karaokes o cantar en la ducha? ¿Estás convencida de que has nacido para ser diva? (¿O que por un pelín podrías haber cantado con Timbiriche o Menudo?) Pues ha llegado la hora de compartir tus dotes musicales, y lo que es más —¡podrías ganar $5,000 y una oportunidad de presentarte frente a Emilio Estefan y Patti Austin en la conferencia Life@50+ de AARP en San Diego! Es súper fácil. En este video te explicamos cómo participar en …

A Boomer’s Guide to D-Day

Seventy years ago — on June 6, 1944, commonly known as D-Day — World War II took a dramatic turn with the Allied invasion of Normandy. The Allied landings — overseen by General Dwight D. Eisenhower — were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault shortly after midnight, and, beginning at 6:30 a.m., an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armored divisions along a 50-mile stretch of the French coastline. Boomers were not, of course, around for that, but growing up …

CNN Summer Series ‘The Sixties’ Debuts May 29

Let’s just proclaim Tom Hanks America’s Official Historian. The first TV program Hanks ever produced was the monumental miniseries From Earth to the Moon (1998).  His G.I. dramas Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010) remain the definitive World War II miniseries. And now he’s the executive producer of CNN’s ambitious attempt to crystalize the most turbulent decade of the past half-century, the 10-part documentary series The Sixties. CNN has made a few episodes available to the press for …

‘Stairway to Heaven’ and 5 Other Alleged Song Ripoffs

For boomers who grew up playing air guitar to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” it’s mind-blowing to think that the 1971 classic rock standard might actually have been copied from another song. Lawyers for the estate of the late Spirit guitarist Randy California reportedly are planning to file a suit claiming that the opening riff in “Stairway” was ripped off from Spirit’s considerably less famous 1968 song “Taurus.” Thanks to a helpful YouTuber, you can listen to a comparison between …

5 Key Lessons for Engaging Volunteers Online

Does your organization struggle to recruit volunteers for your cause? If so, you are not alone. There are countless groups competing for “share of heart” from folks who are willing to lend their time and energy for the social good. Many nonprofits dream of expanding their volunteer ranks with individuals who bring decades of life and work experience — as well as commitment and passion. What those organizations may not realize is that these ideal candidates are out there… en …