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50 Life Lessons My Pop Pop Taught Me – Part 2

Posted on 10/24/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeEditor’s Note: This is the last installment of a two-part series. Did you miss Part 1? Don’t fret, you can view it here.  It’s been a little over a month since we lost my Pop Pop, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie. He was 96, so it’s hard to say it came as a shock, but somehow, it did. The road through grief is a bumpy one. To help, I put together a list of important lessons I …

50 Life Lessons My Pop Pop Taught Me – Part 1

Posted on 10/17/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeEditor’s note: This is first in a two part series. It’s been one month since I lost my Pop Pop, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie. He was 96, so it’s hard to say it came as a shock, but somehow, it did. He is finally at peace after months of struggle, and for that, I am thankful. It’s difficult, though, moving on with life as usual, when I’ve never known it without him. For 30 years, Pop …

Visiting Southeast Asia to Seek Solutions to Isolation

Posted on 09/19/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Beth Casey. Beth is a program manager for AARP Foundation’s Isolation Impact Area team, which works to combat and prevent isolation in people age 50 and over. The challenges of the developing world are not so different from those faced by Americans age 50 and over, particularly the low-income segment of the 50+. Throughout the world, older adults struggle to live their lives with dignity and purpose – to continue to put food on …

I Can’t Believe What I’m Hearing: New Guidelines For Older Ears

Posted on 08/20/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt just seems like common sense: Screening older adults for hearing loss is a cheap, effective, harmless way to determine if their hearing ability has worsened and might be helped with a hearing aid. And yet the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force won’t recommend routine hearing exams for those 50 and older. They won’t even commit to recommending that doctors ask about any hearing problems in older adults. Does this make sense? The task force is a panel of medical …

Isolation Hinders Recovery Process and Raises Stress Levels, Says Dr. Oz

Posted on 08/2/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringBy Becky Squires, a writer-editor for AARP Foundation || In an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz said he now insists that all the patients he operates on bring someone who loves them with them to the hospital. “If you don’t have a reason for your heart to keep beating, it won’t,” the well-known heart surgeon explained, adding that there is a lot of evidence that being isolated breeds illness in our modern world. “When …

Caregiving Alert: The Consequences of Loneliness

Posted on 07/30/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

Caregiving“One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do. Two can be as bad as one. It’s the loneliest number since the number one.” It seems that singer/lyricist Harry Nilson was onto something. A new University of California, San Francisco study on the impact of loneliness in later life underscores the importance of social support. UCSF geriatricians discovered that loneliness and isolation can lead to a decline in physical health and even early death. Related: All the Lonely People They’re …