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Poker Photo Flushes McCain’s Pastime Into the Open

Posted on 09/5/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThere was Secretary of State John Kerry, briefing members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on using military force in Syria. And there, as the hearing wore on, was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) passing time by playing poker on his iPhone as Kerry talked. From behind McCain, an eagle-eyed photographer for the Washington Post snapped a photo of what she saw, which was soon dispatched  to the rest of the world via the Internet, triggering a virtual tidal wave of reaction. McCain …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at Futurity.org) 2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at …

Eew, Earwax: To Clean or Not to Clean It Out

Posted on 10/16/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhat is it with our obsession with earwax? We pick, prod, dig, candle, irrigate, swab and vac it out, sometimes with harmful results. A fascinating story in the Wall Street Journal today has an earful of stunning facts, including: Some 12 million Americans visit medical professionals annually for earwax removal. Millions more have it done at spas and ear-candling parlors, which theoretically suck out earwax with a lighted candle. North Americans also spent $63 million last year on home ear-cleaning …

I Can’t Believe What I’m Hearing: New Guidelines For Older Ears

Posted on 08/20/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt just seems like common sense: Screening older adults for hearing loss is a cheap, effective, harmless way to determine if their hearing ability has worsened and might be helped with a hearing aid. And yet the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force won’t recommend routine hearing exams for those 50 and older. They won’t even commit to recommending that doctors ask about any hearing problems in older adults. Does this make sense? The task force is a panel of medical …

Aging At Home, With The Help Of Technology

Posted on 07/9/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingSome call it the “bonus years,” others call it a challenge.  Either way, we’re living longer lives (in 1900, the average life expectancy was about 47…now it’s about 78) and more than ever we want to remain active, healthy and most importantly independent . And for most, that means one thing: AARP research indicates 9 out of 10 people want to stay in their own homes as they age. With retirement lasting as much as 20, 30 or even 40 …

Honk If You Hear Me! Hearing and Driving Webinar

Posted on 05/1/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Personal HealthHear that ambulance? Or the motorcycle coming from behind? If you said, “sometimes,” that’s not good enough. Hearing plays a critical role in safe driving and we’re here to help. Changes in hearing occur naturally with age, usually popping up around age 50. Thirty-three percent drivers over age 65 report some degree of hearing loss, according to Healthy Hearing. By adjusting your driving habits, and with help from some assistive technologies, you can stay safe on the road. Join me …