On First Monday, Some Supreme Court Milestones

Happy First Monday! You may know that the U.S. Supreme Court starts its term every year on the first Monday of October. But you may not have realized that all the justices on the nation’s highest court are eligible for membership in AARP. (The youngest is Justice Elena Kagan, who’s 54.) The nine justices are fine evidence for the theory that people who love what they do stay young at heart. The oldest justice ever? Oliver Wendell Holmes, who retired …

Living Long and Loving it in America

If you are wondering why I am standing on a chair raising my fist and shouting “Right on!” it’s because someone has finally come up with a formula for human longevity that makes sense. If you want to live longer, part of the formula goes, eat out alone at a different posh restaurant every night-and that doesn’t mean a Burger King. The advice was contained in a story from The New York Times that carried an interview with a 103-year-old …

Elton John: Still a Student at 60 Years On

Elton John, whose first solo studio album in seven years comes out today, told University of Southern California students treated to a free concert of his last week, “You have to keep trying and improving. Coasting is dangerous. I can’t just play ‘Bennie and the Jets’ over and over again.” But John did play “Bennie and the Jets” during his concert at the university’s 1,250-seat Bovard Auditorium, along with other hit classics including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.” …

Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: A Glass-Half-Full Frame of Mind

As we pass the halfway point of life we may begin to wonder what we will do with the rest of it. We long to explore new horizons of self-discovery and experience, but we fear the wages of age – loss, decline, disappointment. Is our glass going to be half-full or half-empty? The scale is tilted by circumstances – health, finances and luck – but it is also weighted by outlook. Those who head toward reinvention may first notice a shift in priorities …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. A small, red, furry mammal called an olinguito lives in the trees of South America. (Learn more at Smithsonian Magazine) 2. A popular use of the phrase “organ recital” has nothing to do with music. (Learn more at AARP) 3. The guy who wrote the famous headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar” was axed. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Boomers would most like to revisit the 1980s. Americans 65 and older prefer the ’50s and ’60s. (Learn more at …

Who Wants to Live to 120? Hardly Anyone

If 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 …