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Talents Can Transform Your Life and the World

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | Public Policy | Comments

Public Policy InstituteIn the movie A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro plays a father who declares that wasted talent is “the saddest thing in life.” Those words ring true for me on a lot of levels. As an economist I view older Americans as an undervalued asset, too often denied the chance to use talents honed over a lifetime. As a policy wonk and advocate, I look for strategies that can help people live rewarding lives and that remove obstacles in their …

4 Facts You Should Know About National Debt and Default

Posted on 10/14/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn all of the turmoil about a possible U.S. default on its $16.8 trillion debt, there’s an overload of information to follow. Here are four tidbits that you might have missed. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter 1. China does not “own our debt.” Yes, it does hold an IOU from the United States for about $1.28 trillion, making China Uncle Sam’s largest overseas creditor. But that represents only 7.6 percent of the nation’s debt. 2. The U.S. …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun… 1. Cronuts – New York City’s new pastry craze – go for $40 on the black market. (Learn more at AARP) 2. One more reason to have sex: It’s good for your knees, elbows and other joints. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Make that two more reasons: Regular sex can make you look 7 years younger. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. In the first suit filed under a new Chinese law, a court ordered a woman to visit her mother at least twice a …

Visit Your Parents or Be Sued: Is That Un-American?

Posted on 07/8/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyBulletin from Wuxi, China: In the first suit filed under the country’s new law requiring adult children to visit their parents “often,” a court ordered a woman to check in on her 77-year-old mother at least twice a month, and on at least two of the country’s big holidays. With our summer vacations in full swing in the United States, we wonder whether a similar “don’t-you-dare-ignore-your-parents” law would fly here? Discussion: Zimmerman Verdict of Not-Guilty: Was Justice Served? Today’s Americans …

In China, Take Care of Your Parents — Or Else

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingBy Louise Watt of The Associated Press Mothers and fathers aren’t the only ones urging adult children to visit their parents. China’s lawbooks are now issuing the same imperative. New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued came into force Monday, as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population. The amended law does little to change the status quo, however, because elderly parents in …

The New Bird Flu: Many Worries, Few Solutions

Posted on 04/12/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe numbers are modest but still alarming: 13 dead, 60 sick, from a new strain of bird flu in eastern China, according to the latest reports. But even though the H7N9 virus so far has not spread outside of China, both national and international health officials worry that it may be just a matter of time before it does — and right now there’s no vaccine to protect against the disease. The New York Times reported on a new analysis by …