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What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThis would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off — not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away — traveling — to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

Eudaimonia, Hedonism, and Happiness, Oh My!

Posted on 07/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeEveryone wants to be happy — it’s a no-brainer. But what is happiness? The Greek word for happiness is “eudaimonia” which means “having a guiding angel.” In 1776, the Founding Fathers felt it important enough to mention the” pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. By the 19th century, economists felt they could measure happiness in units of pleasure, but they learned that money could not buy happiness because a person with twice as much income as another was …

What Matters to Older Workers?

Posted on 06/28/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkMore baby boomers want to work longer and as demographics change, smart employers are seeing the value of retaining and hiring workers over 50. This Infographic shows what’s important to 50+ workers, and how award winners of AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50, cosponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), stack up in terms of offerings. Not surprisingly, flexibility topped the list of what matters — and that’s something that’s also valued by all generations. Although Millennials are a way off from caregiving …

The No. 1 Aspiration of the 50+

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelWhenever we ask folks ages 50 and over what they are most looking forward to doing in their later years, more often than not their response is, “Travel!” Travel is the No. 1 aspiration of the 50-plus. People want to travel to experience new things and spend time with family and friends. It makes them feel happy and fulfilled. I think the desire to travel and explore starts at an early age. I remember summer days getting my bike, a …

Infographic: The New Normal for Experienced Workers

Posted on 02/28/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkMore older Americans are in the workforce today than in 2007 when the recession started. And while experienced workers are faring better in the overall employment numbers compared to their younger counterparts, they still face many challenges in the current job market. Find out more about the current worker landscape below and what AARP is doing to help.   Find out more about AARP’s research around employment and experienced workers: Staying Ahead of the Curve: The AARP Work and Career …

Infographic: Caregiving in America

Posted on 12/12/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

CaregivingIn the United States alone, 43.5 million Americans are caregivers. Although they do it out of love and obligation, it can pose many challenges for those that provide such care. See graphic below for details on caregiving in the US.     Find out more about caregiving research from AARP: More information on caregivers can be found in AARP’s recent Member Opinion Survey Valuing the Invaluable:  2011 Update – The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving A Call to …