Walking the Walk: Renewal in New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

Ten years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, AARP had to cancel our Life@50+ national conference in New Orleans. We could not hold that event, but neither could we walk away from the people of that great city. We vowed we would be back — and in 2012, we brought 20,000 AARP members to New Orleans to explore and pursue their possibilities. Most important, we have strengthened our connection to New Orleans and committed to the work of recovery …

Spot On: Learning to Live With Age Spots

If wrinkles are welcome houseguests, adding dimension to my dimply smile, then brown spots and red splotches are uninvited couch potatoes, lounging on my cheeks and forehead. I’ve tried various eviction methods on these unwanted guests — laser removal, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, hydroquinone serums — but they show little inclination to vamoose. Though daily applications of sunscreen and retinol cream have lightened the color of the blemishes (which some insist on calling “age spots”), my dermatologists inform me …

A Tutoring Adventure With AARP Experience Corps

Beth Dugan, 58, loved volunteering at her kids’ elementary school. Now that her kids are adults she wanted to help out in a classroom again. A friend pointed her to AARP Experience Corps, a program of the AARP Foundation that tutors and mentors more than 20,000 kids in disadvantaged schools in 23 cities across the country. Dugan liked the structure, the 25 hours of pre-service and ongoing training and especially the kids. “I have grown very fond of the children,” …

Elizabeth Dole Receives Andrus Award, AARP’s Highest Honor

Elizabeth Dole has received the 2014 Ethel Percy Andrus Award, AARP’s highest honor, for her support of military family caregivers. The leader of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and former U.S. senator, Cabinet member and president of the American Red Cross accepted the award at a dinner March 11 in Washington. Dole’s foundation aims to strengthen services for those caregivers — the nation’s “hidden heroes,” she calls them — through innovation, evidence-based research and partnerships across all sectors. In presenting the …

A Spring Beauty Trend to Try: The No-Makeup Look

A beauty trend gaining traction on runways and magazine covers has spawned its own hashtag: #IWokeUpLikeThis. The “No-Makeup Look,” as it’s called, is quick and easy, and the results are very pretty. Yes, we’ve been through this before: The No-Makeup Look threatens to catch on every time Beyoncé or Gwyneth Instagrams a photo of herself sans powder or lipstick. Or when Dakota Johnson, the female star of Fifty Shades of Grey, graces the cover of Vogue looking as if she’s wearing …

7 New Year’s Beauty Promises — to Yourself!

“New year, new you.” Does anyone buy that predictable January tagline besides magazine editors and morning talk-show producers? In my experience it leads to some truly regrettable makeovers — the kind that prompt most of us to respond, “Ugh!” or even “Unbelievable!” In the real world, meanwhile, most of us make vows in our heads to begin a diet or a workout routine. To start wearing sunscreen each day without fail. To finally — finally! — get that skin-cancer check. …