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Time of Death: Life-Affirming TV

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentDying is a subject most people would rather not talk about, let alone base an entire television show on. But on Time of Death, Showtime’s poignant, oddly beautiful docu-series that premieres tonight at 10, there’s no escape from watching life’s final act. The show follows real people who are terminally ill — medical treatment may keep them alive for a while, but there is no hope for recovery. All the main subjects of this show will die: It’s the rare TV …

Moving Beyond Loss in Words and Pictures

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWhen Judith Fox’s husband died at 53, she found herself in an “alien world” of grief and shock. At only 50 years old, she didn’t know any other widows and had no idea how to process the loss. Fast forward three years, and Fox was lucky enough to find love again. Three years after that, her second husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. An award-winning photographer and writer, Fox transformed these difficult experiences into inspiration for her books. Her latest, One …

8 Rich Resources for Needy Animal Owners

Posted on 07/10/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThere’s a lot of attention on taking care of older adults, but what happens when the elderly need help caring for others — in this case, their pets? The owners might be ill or have mobility issues and can’t walk their dog, for instance. Or, their fixed income and rising daily living costs make feeding Rover or Kitty an expense they can no longer cover. Annual expenses (i.e. vet visits, food and supplements, boarding, toys) for dogs and cats are …

Family Affairs: Do Your Kids a Favor

Posted on 06/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyThis is a guest post by Bart Astor. The other day I saw an ad with the headline, “Do your kids a favor.” It went on to say, “You checked for monsters under her bed, sent her to the best school, and helped her buy her first car. Now, do her one more favor.” That favor involves making plans in advance and communicating your wishes to your children. The ad, for a funeral home, takes a subject people don’t like …

Do You Live Each Day with Purpose?

Posted on 02/7/2013 by | Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringWhen you wake up in the morning, do you think to yourself, “I’m so excited, because today I get to… (fill in the blank)? No? I have teenagers, and on occasions I hear the following proclamation, “I’m bored!”  Usually said out loud to the world in general, with only one part (unsaid) that is directed at me:  “…and what are you going to do about it?” Boredom, idleness, and lack of motivation can often be linked to a lack of …

Aggressive Care Still the Norm for Dying Older Patients

Posted on 02/6/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Alvin Tran of Kaiser Health News Although federal data show that fewer Medicare beneficiaries are dying in hospitals, new research suggests that doesn’t mean they’re getting less aggressive care in their final days. Researchers at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and others reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association Tuesday that even as deaths in acute hospitals declined between 2000 and 2009, the use of intensive care units in the final 30 days …