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Living in Place May Just Get Easier

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThe business of aging is growing up. What is today a $2 billion aging in place technology and longevity industry is projected to reach $20 billion by 2020. Entrepreneurs, many just in their 20s and 30s, are scrambling to develop products and services that allow older adults to be independent and safe — and give their adult children peace of mind. Startups are creating an array of devices and software: wearables like wristwatches with GPS technology to track Alzheimer’s wandering; sensors that …

Online at 50-Plus: Good News and Bad

Posted on 10/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyYou think you’re tech-savvy but you’re still doing risky things online? You’re not alone. So concludes the first-ever survey by software security firm McAfee that offers insights into the online habits of computer users aged 50-75. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Key findings after interviews (done online, of course) with 1,258 folks past the half-century mark: *Nearly nine in 10 consider themselves to be equally or more tech-savvy compared to others their age. “Despite this proclaimed comfort level …

There is Nothing ‘Fuzzy’ About Social Security Benefits’ Positive Impact on the Economy

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | Public Policy | Comments

Your LifeThe idea that Social Security benefit payments help support local and state economies and the national economy is obvious to all 57 million beneficiaries who spend their dollars at stores and to the merchants who sell them goods and services. But it is not obvious to many in Washington. In a town focused only on what Social Security payments mean for the federal budget, a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute highlights, in actual dollars and jobs, what Social …

Test Your Memory: Where Were You on This Date?

Posted on 10/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayBy Gene Weingarten This happens to me almost every week: I finish writing my column and send it to my editor, Tom The Butcher. Tom reads it and proposes changes. Objections are raised; ad hominem attacks ensue; we reach a testy détente, and eventually ship off the newly negotiated version to the copy desk.  An hour passes, two at the most. Then, Tom phones me. The call goes like this: Tom: We forgot to write the headline. Me: Oh. Right. Okay. (extremely awkward …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Put on a new heart-healthy diet, gorillas Mokolo and Bebac each dropped 65 pounds. (Learn more at Case Western Reserve University) 2. Every dollar of Social Security benefits doubles in the economy. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Earth will be too hot to sustain life as we know it in 1.7 billion years. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Just now entering the job market? Women and men won’t earn equal pay until you’re ready to …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. The world’s ugliest animal is … the blobfish. (Learn more at CNN)   2. Surprise: The “perfect age” is now 50. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The Beatles have a new album on the way. (Learn more at BBC) 4. A daily cup of coffee can help prevent uterine cancer. (Learn more at AARP)   5. Why Tofutti CEO David Mintz loves older workers: “There’s no experience like experience.” (Learn more at The Tennessean) 6. The latest Forbes 400 list of richest Americans gives …