How Innovative Businesses Serve the Community

What do Columbus, Ind., and Las Vegas have in common? On the surface - geography, size, weather - not much. But after visiting each of these cities this summer, I discovered a common thread: Both have benefited from corporate visionaries who employed innovation and philanthropy in their communities to attract a world-class workforce. Columbus, Ind., population 45,000, has long been known as headquarters to manufacturing companies – most notably, Cummins Engine Co. But what may surprise you is that Columbus is also …

Life@50+ Is a Sure Winner

I’ve never been a gambler, but I just returned from Las Vegas where a $25 bet netted people a big-time jackpot. No, I didn’t temporarily lose my miserly mind in the heat of the Nevada desert and roll the dice in some swanky Vegas casino. I’m way too cheap to tell people to throw away good money like that. I’m talking about a mere $25 for the cost of admission to the three-day AARP Life @50+ National Event held at …

What Happens in Vegas May Not Be Staying There This Time

When you think about gangsters with ostentatious tastes, you tend to think of guys like Tony Montana, the fictional drug lord portrayed by Al Pacino in the 1983 film Scarface. Remember him sitting in an ornate mansion with gold chains dangling out of an open-necked black silk shirt and diamond rings decorating his hands that clutched a grenade launcher? Well, the scam artists who make millions ripping off older Americans apparently spend their ill-gotten proceeds getting gaudy as well. Take, …

Political Forecast: Some Lingering Clouds in Sun City

Susan Milligan is visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from Henderson, Nevada. People are in a pretty good mood at Sun City Anthem, which describes itself as an “age-qualified community with an ideal climate and stellar location in Henderson, Nevada.” There are golf courses, thousands of single-story, energy-efficient homes, and enough activities to keep even the most …

Can the Nation’s Foreclosure Capital Bounce Back?

Susan Milligan is visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from Las Vegas. So maybe the unemployment rate here is still above 12 percent. So maybe the housing bubble burst like a nuclear explosion, taking down housing values and leaving legions of homeowners underwater on their mortgages. So what? This is Las Vegas, where most people still believe …

Nevada Republicans Place a Heavy Wager on Romney

From the Las Vegas Strip to cowboy country, Nevada Republicans bet heavily on Mitt Romney for president. He snared 48 percent of their caucus vote. The older the voter, the better Romney fared. Among 50- to 64-year-olds, he won 55 percent; among those 65 and older, he won 57 percent. Mormons made up an outsize proportion of the caucus-goers, and 9 of 10 voted for Romney, a Mormon. Still, there was a cautionary note for Romney. His share of the …