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Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Be a Change Maker

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

Your LifeThere was a time when we couldn’t wait for things to change — for school to end and the summer to begin, to go away to college, to find a job, to find a better job, to find a partner, and perhaps find a better partner, to watch our kids grow up. But now we are just as likely to fear change, especially if we become preoccupied with the unpleasant ones that come with age. Actually the worst thing for …

Paula Deen’s Teachable Moment: Can We Change Our Attitudes?

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | RelationshipsTo nutritionists, the list of Paula Deen’s sins may still be topped by overuse of mayonnaise and a predilection for frying. But the celebrity chef’s empire is in free fall because of allegations that she used hurtful, racist language. Does Dean, 66, need to adjust some of her core beliefs, attitudes and behaviors? Can she, or for that matter, can any of us? And if so, how? Discussion: Is Paula Deen a Racist? Is Dr. Laura? There’s good news and bad …

Tips for Difficult Family Conversations

Posted on 12/12/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIn the course of caring for our aging loved ones many family members must have difficult conversations around decisions and changes — whether they be about driving, living situations, health care, financial or care and support issues. Here are some of my tips for approaching these conversations, as well as my Taking Care with Amy Goyer video (above) on the topic. Talk early and often. The more you’ve discussed and planned for the future, the easier it will be when it is time to …

2012: A Year to Get in the Game and Make Good Plays

Posted on 01/4/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeLet’s start 2012 out on the right foot, the correct path, a good mindset, have the best intentions, etc etc, etc. No, I’m not going to talk to you about personal resolutions. I’m not going to give you five steps to healthier living or have you add blueberries to you daily food pyramid. Nor am I going to tell you to drink more water, eat less red meat, walk faster or sleep more. However, all those are excellent recommendations; I should …

2012 Changes May Hurt Older Americans Who Support Charities

Posted on 12/7/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIf you give to charitable organizations, you definitely want to read this post. There are some important changes being made to how some charitable contributions are treated that can potentially affect you. Two main areas to be aware of relate to IRAs and Charitable Gift Annuities. IRAs It is unclear right now if the IRA charitable rollover law will remain in place in 2012. What this means is that unless Congress intervenes people over the age of 70½ who are …

In Life, It’s Good to Have a Plan B

Posted on 08/2/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeWhen life doesn’t go according to plan what do you do? Do you have a plan b, an alternate route to take? This week Sean and I mapped out the fall schedule, every weekend from now until Jan 1st! Michael’s Ravens games are every Sunday, with a few exceptions, SJ has football games on Friday night and then his basketball season starts first of November. Collins coaches an inner city cheerleading squad and she attends their games on Friday nights - we …