life expectancy

Is Your State a … Weakling?

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPolitico Magazine has tallied the numbers, and the Oscar for best state goes to … New Hampshire. Actually, the magazine’s ranking is pegged to a different winter event: the president’s annual State of the Union address. Here’s what Politico‘s Margaret Slattery has to say: Tuesday, President Obama, if precedent holds, will declare that the state of America’s union is “strong.” Is it? One way to judge is by the state of the states of the union: How strong are they, and, …

Does Caregiving Help You Live Longer?

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIf you’ve heard that being a family caregiver can diminish your life expectancy, the results of a new report from Johns Hopkins University should make you relax. It turns out that caring for a chronically ill or disabled family member can, in fact, extend a caregiver’s life. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The recent research showed that caregivers live an average of nine months longer than non-caregivers. Researchers took participants from a pool of 30,000 in a National Institutes of Health …

Who Wants to Live to 120? Hardly Anyone

Posted on 08/7/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf a new medical treatment could slow aging and allow you to live to 120, would you want to? Most Americans would say, “No thanks,” according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The researchers wanted to know Americans’ views on aging — after all, one in five will be age 65 by 2050 — as well as the recent push for medical research and advances to extend our life expectancy. Turns out, we’re not so thrilled about …

More Than Our Golden Girls

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIn my nine years on Facebook, I’ve seen all kinds of posts. I was a senior in college when I joined, and photos back then — the few that friends uploaded to “random pics” albums — were from formals, study abroad, graduation. Slowly, engagements and bachelor/ette parties started trickling into the mix. Now that I’m 30, it’s weddings, reunions, houses, babies. Something new is happening in my Newsfeed these days, though, and I can’t “like” it enough: grandmas. From my …

Women Face Tough Challenges in Retirement … But Can Overcome Them!

Posted on 04/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute | WorkThe writer Oscar Wilde said “When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.” This is a great insight into how vital money can be at older ages — when we have a much more difficult time earning money or just can no longer work. A recent report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute, An Uphill Climb: Women Face Greater Obstacles to Retirement Security, highlights …

New Health Test: Sit on the Floor. Now Get Up

Posted on 12/13/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow long are you going to live? Here’s one way to predict: How easily can you get up from sitting on the floor? A new Brazilian study  just published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that middle-aged and elderly adults who needed to use their hands and their knees to get up and down were almost seven times more likely to die within six years, compared with those who could get up and down without support, NBC News …