No Silver Bullet: Lessons From International Programs for Financing Long-Term Services and Supports

Life spans are increasing around the world, but countries differ enormously in how they deal with increasing demands for long-term services and supports (LTSS). AARP International recently sponsored a policy symposium on the LTSS systems in Germany, France and the United Kingdom to inform important discussions about how to reform the U.S. system. As AARP Executive Vice President Debra Whitman noted in her opening remarks, the costs associated with LTSS represent the largest uninsured risk to the retirement security of …

Berlin Style: Made for America?

When my husband, Howard, turned 60 this fall, I gave him a trip to Berlin. Rivaling London and Paris, the German capital has emerged as a mecca for food, historical sightseeing (of course) and fashion. Did I have an ulterior motive? Absolutely! Though Howard’s primary interest is architecture, I hoped he would help me capture the clothing and accessory styles of fashionable older Berliners: Might we Americans be able to learn something from the way German women dress? >> No …

Tips for International Travel

Two back-to-back international trips this year — to Germany and South Africa — gave me a good reason to brush up on my world-traveler skills. Here are the main things I think about when I’m planning a trip abroad. Phoning home. How I am going to communicate? I mainly use Skype. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make international calls. There are similar applications for phones, including Viber and WhatsApp, that allow you to text, call and send photos and …

One Small Voice of Change

  Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. So bright-eyed and passionate, Malala. Her small voice may hopefully become the ammunition that helps defeat the Taliban’s ban on a girl’s right to be educated. Is she too small, too alone and too wounded to effect change?  Apparently not! On October 9, …

Boomer Boozing Costs UK 10 Times More Than In Younger Set

A new report from the UK finds that when it comes to treating alcohol-related ailments, middle-aged patients cost England’s National Health Service 10 times more than younger adults.

U.N. Report: 1 Billion Will Be 60+ by 2020; Global Action Needed to Protect Aged

The global population of over-60-year-olds will reach one billion within the decade, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In a new report, the organization warns that discrimination, abuse and violence against older adults — and especially older women — are still common, even in wealthy industrialized nations.