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Tips for Empty Nesters on Selling the Family Home

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyLast spring Cathy and Gary Chester put their ranch home in Morris County, N.J., on the market. Come August, the house is unsold and Cathy admits that she’s enjoying another summer in the home that the couple built 21 years ago. What saddens her is the prospect of closing a chapter in her life. “This is where — young, married, pregnant with my son — I started a new part of my life that ends when I sell the house,” …

50+ Shopping: Do YOU fit the profile?

Posted on 06/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Your LifeOur latest Getting to Know the 50+ fact sheet profiles 50+ Americans’ shopping habits in a couple areas. I decided to see how well our average American shopper matched up with my own habits. Car shopping Sixty percent of adults 50+ have two or more cars. This may come as a surprise to some, but not if you are in the car business. The 50+ are this industry’s “bread and butter,” as 63 percent of new cars in 2012 were …

Apartment Smokers: Would You Rather Switch Than Fight?

Posted on 04/25/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Home & FamilyImagine that you’ve been living for a decade in an apartment building for seniors. You’ve settled in, made friends and think of it as home. Now imagine that the building suddenly adopts a no-smoking rule and says that if you can’t or won’t comply with it, you’ll have to find someplace else to live. Like it or lump it. As the Cincinnati Enquirer tells the story, that’s what happened to Beulah Toombs, a resident of  the AHEPA 127 Apartments in …

Does This Town’s Housing Program Discriminate?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany communities have affordable housing programs designed especially for older people on fixed incomes. The idea is to allow them to maintain a good quality of life in a safe, welcoming environment. But what if you have to be a resident of the community to qualify for affordable housing — and the community happens to be 85 percent white? Does that amount to discrimination based on race? >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Yes, the U.S. Justice Department argues …

There’s No Place Like Home — But How Do You Define It?

Posted on 02/21/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteHow would you describe what “home” means to you? When do you feel most engaged in a “community”? If you struggle to answer those questions, imagine a federal agency trying to define what “home” and “community” mean for the purposes of important public benefits. That is essentially the task that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set for itself several years ago as it began the long path to its recently released rule related to home- and community-based …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Posted on 12/17/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you taken a good look around your home to see if it will accommodate the changes your body will likely go through as it ages? Have you done a similar scan at the home of an older relative or friend where you might be helping out? It’s not a bad idea. We make sure our homes are protected and we’re vigilant about making them safe for children. Why not make them more comfortable and convenient to accommodate the normal …