Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Do you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

What if the Holiday Volunteer Sign up List is Full? 3 Family-Friendly Projects to do at Home

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer.  Since January 2011, she’s also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs. Finding a volunteer opportunity during the holiday season–it’s a no-brainer, right?  Well, actually no, says Jenny Friedman, Executive Director of Doing Good Together, a nonprofit focusing on family …

Part II: A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List

While the intangibles in my Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List post last week are at the top of my list, there are, of course, some pretty darn tangible items I’d also love to have as a caregiver! Here is a sampling of items most caregivers yearn for, Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney with these goodies: 1. A new car (might as well start big!): OK I’d love to have a new little red sports car, but what I need desperately …

Avoid Weight Gain, Sickness, and More: The Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Don’t be like Santa this holiday season. Seriously, that guy is a health nightmare, between all the extra cookies he eats to his habit of overexerting himself (at least on one night in particular). Instead, make small, healthy changes to your usual holiday festivities to avoid packing on extra pounds or getting sick. To start with, don’t stress out. Breathe. And remember, if you’ve been …

The B Word, the Ultimate Holiday Buzz Killer

I hate the “B” word, no not blonde, since I hear those jokes all the time. BUDGET….it is just like nails running down a chalkboard for me to even think about, much less have to act upon.   However, at this time of year the man I sleep with always reminds me to stay within a budget. He usually brings up the subject every December  when I am in a slight panic that I have not finished my shopping. He …

Eating Right During the Festival of Lights

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. From the latkes fried in oil and served with sour cream to the (often) fatty brisket, Hanukkah can be a trying time for those trying to eat healthier. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are several collections of healthier Hanukkah recipes that whittle down the calories, fat and cholesterol while remaining delicious.