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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 09/11/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun …   1. Dr. Phil has a $65,000 “fountain of youth” pod — reportedly one of only 16 in the world — in his house. (Learn more at AARP) 2.Passengers and crew members on a flight diverted to Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001, have helped send to college more than 130 students from Lewisporte, the tiny Canadian town that took in the flight members. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have …

Computer-Operated Car Takes Congressman for a Ride

Posted on 09/6/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyRep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) yelled at his driver on the way to the airport on Sept. 6, but the driver didn’t even bother to respond. It was a computer. Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was testing a driverless car, designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, on a 30-mile ride to Pittsburgh International Airport. One of the researchers was positioned in the driver’s seat — just in case. (Or maybe to make sure that people in other …

Buying a Car With Alzheimer’s. Seriously?

Posted on 09/4/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingI’ve seen the occasional sensational story about a car dealer selling someone who is cognitively impaired — think Alzheimer’s — a car, only to have family members march in and demand they take it back. But I thought it was rare. My AARP editor, though, knows six staffers who know someone with cognitive impairment who has managed to walk off with keys to a shiny new car. How could this happen? Were the dealers licking their chops when they saw …

Steer Clear of These Common Parking Scams

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt can be a tough road maneuvering around scams. And it doesn’t get any easier when you’re just parking. Consider these six ploys: Movie violations. Crooks wait in movie theater parking lots and after you go inside, they break into your car — specifically to glean your address from the vehicle registration and then go burglarize your home with a two-hour window of opportunity. Keep your vehicle registration, as well as your GPS and other valuables, in a locked glove …

Top 5 New Car Technologies for Older Drivers

Posted on 09/19/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

TechnologyGoogle made a car that drives itself. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is studying 3,000 vehicles that actually talk to each other. Each day, advancements are being made to make our cars safer and easier to navigate. And while the car that drives itself may not be on the market for a few years, many new and exciting auto features have recently debuted that are already changing the face of driving. Earlier this week, The Hartford and …

With the Aid of Science! Human on Our Own Terms

Posted on 09/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthMedical science routinely offers solutions to problems that our bodies or environment can not naturally fix. It’s great when these are cool re-imaginings and re-purposing of existing products and procedures. Other times its fine-tuning that leads to good results. This week had a bunch of cool and slightly weird stories about solving some health related issues. Wheelchair Car: There aren’t many options for driving for those in wheelchairs. Existing cars often need remodeling to accommodate the systems that allow those …