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Are Your Streets Working for You?

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAmerica is changing politically, socially, demographically and economically — in ways that bode well for active transportation. Increasingly, we’re getting back to a nostalgic view of the street as providing the lifeblood and pulse of a neighborhood. It’s the place where shops and restaurants thrive on customer loyalty; where neighbors catch up and friends interact; where parents walk their kids to school. In essence, streets are reemerging as the fundamental context for placemaking, and it’s a change that comes just …

Why People Love Their Medicare Drug Coverage

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMedicare’s drug coverage gets a 90 percent satisfaction rating from people who use it. Medicare Part D, in short, gets an A from beneficiaries. Pretty good for a program that barely squeaked through Congress 10 years ago. Here’s what Medicare beneficiaries think about Part D today, according to a national survey sponsored by the Healthcare Leadership Council: Ninety-six percent say the drug coverage gives them peace of mind. Ninety-five percent say their plan is convenient to use. Eighty-four percent say …

New Health Plan Premiums Will Be Less Than Expected

Posted on 09/25/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby and Phil Galewitz, for Kaiser Health News Just days before new online health insurance markets are set to open, the Obama administration Wednesday released a look at average premiums, saying rates in most states are lower than earlier projected – and that 95 percent of consumers will have at least two insurers to choose from. The report — released the same day that President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton touted the law’s benefits — comes …

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: A Glass-Half-Full Frame of Mind

Posted on 09/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeAs we pass the halfway point of life we may begin to wonder what we will do with the rest of it. We long to explore new horizons of self-discovery and experience, but we fear the wages of age — loss, decline, disappointment. Is our glass going to be half-full or half-empty? The scale is tilted by circumstances — health, finances and luck — but it is also weighted by outlook. Those who head toward reinvention may first notice a shift in priorities …

Secretary Sebelius: Medicare Helps Millions

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health The following is a guest post from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius AARP Op-Ed on the 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Tuesday, July 30, 2013 My 92-year-old father first ran for public office after he finished his military service in World War II. He served on the city council, and later was elected to Congress. In 1965, he helped write and voted for Medicare and Medicaid, which celebrate their 48th anniversary today. Since then, Medicare has …

The Fifth Habit Can Save Your Life

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAre you practicing the fifth habit that could save your life? Thanks to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we now know and can practice the four habits that reduce our risk for heart disease, including the risk of suffering a fatal heart attack: Exercising regularly Eating a healthy diet Avoiding smoking Consuming a moderate amount of alcohol. Practicing these habits is associated with a 57 percent lower risk of both fatal …