App of the Week: Coupons Gone Digital

Posted on 03/29/2012 by |Technology | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyBy Suzie Mitchell Clipping grocery coupons has been a Sunday morning ritual for me since I was a young girl. My Mom and I, armed with our sharp scissors, would scour the weekly coupon sections searching for our favorite brands. We cut the coupons, placed them in piles according to product type, and then put them in the special envelope marked “Groceries” in big red letters. I didn’t shop with my Mom, so I’m guessing she remembered to take her …

State of the Baby Boomer: An Infographic

Posted on 03/7/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyVia SeniorHomes.net, a great roundup of the statistics about baby boomers out right now. Check out that stat about boomers’ mobile usage! We’re less encouraged by the unemployment number. What do you think? Does this look about right? ++ Click to Enlarge Image ++

Texting During Surgery?! The Risks of ‘Distracted Doctoring’

Posted on 12/15/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTo help prevent medical errors and give doctors and nurses speedy access to patient records, doctors’ offices and hospitals are using more portable computers and smartphones. It’s a good idea, with many benefits, but there’s also been an unexpected downside, reports the New York Times: A state of “distracted doctoring,” in which surgeons have made personal calls during an operation, a nurse has used her phone to check airfares during surgery, and half of technicians running heart bypass machines have …

Steve Jobs: Designing for All of Us

Posted on 10/6/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyWhat has Steve wrought? Here at AARP, we’ll remember him because of the far-away grandchildren and kids we used iChat to talk to. We’ll remember Steve because of the Apple Extended Keyboard, whose wide, broad keys made typing a pleasure, especially for those with arthritis. We’ll remember Steve’s Apple for its VoiceOver technology – when it came out in 2005, it was the first screenreading technology that was baked into an operating system. It was just there – part of …

Philly Mag Cover Tells Off Baby Boomers

Posted on 03/27/2011 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyOn my way to a conference to speak about our mobile apps, a magazine cover caught my eye at the newsstand in the Philadelphia train station. Well, it was more like a whack in the face seeing a photo of an iPad on the front of the March 2011 issue of Philadelphia Magazine with this message overprinted on the screen: Dear Baby Boomers, JUST DIE ALREADY. (We’ll take Philly from here. Thanks.) xoxo, Generation X As a proud iPad-owning baby …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Posted on 03/18/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayWe’re not sure if the Catchup Advisory Board approves, but the big news this week was Garrison Keillor announcing plans to bid adieu to Lake Wobegon and A Prairie Home Companion after nearly 37 years.  Judging by the response to his plans, he’ll surely be missed. Why now? “I sure don’t want to make a fool of myself and be singing romantic duets with 25-year-old women when I’m 75.” (Um … that’s a bad thing, Garrison?)