Weekend Checkup: Food Fight, Helpful Mistakes, Drinking and Dementia

FOOD FIGHT, CHEF-STYLE. Is the woman in the photo “the worst, most dangerous person to America” because of the high-fat Southern food she champions? That’s what acerbic chef and author Anthony Bourdain says about celebrity cook Paula Deen, adding, “I would think twice about telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.” Yikes. Bourdain, 55, blasted a number of TV food personalities for their less-than-stellar cooking in an interview …

It’s Never Too Late To Learn New Things

My friend, knowing that I work for AARP, sent me a link to a story of a man who learned how to read at the tender age of 84. I watched the trailer (which I included below) and honestly, I can’t wait to see this film. It opens next week. It truly is a story of overcoming challenges and fulfilling dreams. Here’s a little background: In a remote, primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children jostle for a …

E-Learning Offers “Educational Goldmine”

Now this is pretty darn neat. AARP Bulletin’s Bill Hogan delves into the world of “e-learning” – in other words, getting a higher education for free online. While you don’t get the actual college credit, certain online programs like MIT’s OpenCourseWare offers 2,000 MIT courses full of syllabuses, assignments, exams and even video lectures – and all without spending a dime. It’s a great opportunity for folks who never got to study certain areas earlier in life that they always …

It’s Never Too Late to Go Back to School!

While most would think that seniors have already had their fair share of school, this isn’t the case for all of us.