Can Meditation Stop You from Looking Older Than You Are?

How many of these stressors have you encountered this week?: * Work obligations * Deadlines * A family member in need * Bank-account angst * Any front-page headline! Now, how did you react to those forces? Did you succumb to the stress, letting it do its dirty work on body, face and soul? Or did you consider a different path altogether? A new study shows that a simple technique for calming your mind – anytime, anywhere – can alter the …

Isolation Hinders Recovery Process and Raises Stress Levels, Says Dr. Oz

By Becky Squires, a writer-editor for AARP Foundation || In an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz said he now insists that all the patients he operates on bring someone who loves them with them to the hospital. “If you don’t have a reason for your heart to keep beating, it won’t,” the well-known heart surgeon explained, adding that there is a lot of evidence that being isolated breeds illness in our modern world. “When …

Enjoy Summer, Protect your Skin

Brighter colors and shorter outfits are suddenly the norm: After Memorial Day weekend, the summer is here in full swing. But along with family trips, sunshine and humidity the hot season also brings risks for your skin due to sun exposure. The first step to keep these risks at bay is to accept them and stop thinking “no, that can’t happen to me.” Next, you will find that it is not so hard to take care of your skin by …

My 2012 Resolutions

The New Year is upon us and it is time to make a balance sheet for 2011 and work on our 2012 goals. This year has been like a roller coaster ride for millions of Americans. A slow-economic recovery, high unemployment rates and rising medical costs have prevented millions from enjoying their retirement and clouding what is supposed to be their “golden years.” These are some of the reasons why AARP works to help millions of our members and Americans …

Oprahcalypse! Surviving Oprah Winfrey’s End Time

Well, the world didn’t end as predicted last Saturday, and doubtless millions of Oprah Winfrey fans are hoping for a similar reprieve today as the woman who has ruled the afternoon for 25 years signs off from her daily broadcast for the last time (“What, did I say May 25th? I meant October 25th!”). Alas, that won’t happen. The Sun Queen will indeed set, leaving behind a programming void around which will continue to orbit, at least for now, her …

Keeping Your Ikigai After Retirement

You gotta love Dr. Oz. He tells it like it is and gives you straight-forward, original solutions. In this piece in AARP Magazine, he talks about how retirement can often have effects on the brain functions — in short, people may not use it as much: Retirement often takes you away from an engaging social environment, and social interaction is thought to be necessary in establishing “cognitive reserve,” a brain-backup system that allows you to function normally despite age-related brain damage. Once …