Five Tips for Healthy Summertime Hearing

In general, summer is easier on the ears than winter, because many of us spend time outdoors and enjoying leisure activities that tend to be quieter than some winter pursuits. But don’t be lulled into thinking your hearing is safe. Here are five of the most damaging sources of summer noise exposure, and suggestions about how to protect yourself. Click here to see a “noise thermometer” giving you specific decibel levels. 1. Fireworks. Don’t stay home from celebrations, but do …

Jeff Gordon, NASCAR Champ and Hunger Fighter, to Stop Competing

Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR champion and AARP’s ally in fighting hunger among older Americans, announced Jan. 22 that he is stepping away from full-time racing after the 2015 season. In a posting on the Hendrick Motorsports website, Gordon, 43, wrote: “I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the off-season, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship. I won’t use the ‘R-word’ because I plan to stay extremely …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun…   1. Snail slime might be the fountain of youth. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Not only have Twinkies gotten a second life, their shelf life has increased from 26 days to 45 days. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A Lego fanatic who didn’t know you need a kid with you to visit Legoland sure knows now. (Learn more at CTV News) 4. By interfering with mosquitoes’ ability to fly, airwaves from a simple fan keep …

Morgan Shepherd, at 71, Breaks NASCAR Age Record

Updated July 15, 2013 Morgan Shepherd has become the oldest driver, at 71, to start a race in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race. Shepherd started 41st in the 43-car field at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, driving for Brian Keselowski Motorsports, and completed 92 laps of the 301-lap race before he pulled into the garage. The previous record was set by Jim Fitzgerald when he started the June 1987 Cup race at Riverside International Raceway at age 65. …

NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon Ends the Year With Many Victories!

It’s been a big fall for Jeff Gordon, who has been behind the wheel of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet for nearly two years, helping AARP Foundation raise millions of dollars to help feed nearly 9 million older people age 50+ who are struggling with hunger in the U.S. Last week, the National Motorsports Press Association awarded him the prestigious Myers Brothers Award for his contributions to NASCAR. On Nov. 18, just after Jeff ended the NASCAR …

Chris Economaki: 5 Little-Known Facts About the Voice of Motor Sports

During the Great Depression, automobile racers used to hold meets on a dirt track in Hoboken, N.J., that originally had been built for horses. A young boy named Chris Economaki, born in Brooklyn to a Greek immigrant father and the great-niece of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, lived nearby, and when he heard the roar of the engines, he couldn’t resist their siren song. Economaki didn’t have any money to buy a ticket, so he climbed over the fence to …