Holiday Weight Gain: 5 Easy Pieces (of Advice)

Thanksgiving is all about getting together over food — and I’m fine with that. But then comes that killer five-week stretch of yet more parties and food, with plenty of festive (and fattening) drinks thrown in. Knowing that a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner can easily exceed 3,000 calories, how can health-conscious types survive the holidays unscathed? Many people succumb to temptation (the average holiday weight gain is 1 to 3 pounds, says the NIH), then repent — or at least …

Four Money Resolutions for Building Wealth

It’s been another good year for investing, but only if you’ve been doing it right. U.S. stocks are up 14 percent this year as of Dec. 26, on top of a 33.5 percent gain last year, as measured by the Vanguard Total Stock Index Fund ETF (VTI). If you want to do it right in 2015, and maximize the chances of growing your wealth, now is the perfect time to make some New Year’s resolutions. Repeat after me…. I will stop making …

New Year’s Resolutions? How About Two Easy Ones

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014? You don’t have any? Join the club. Turns out, according to a new CBS News poll, most Americans are giving up on making resolutions. Some 68 percent of Americans are skipping the annual tradition, and of those who do make resolutions, about half don’t keep them. It does depend on your age, however. Nearly half of those under 30 – those idealistic little darlings – still like to make resolutions, while those …

A Prayer from my Dad: Hope, Inspiration and Alzheimer’s

Recently, when he was told it was Sunday, Dad asked if we were going to have a “service or a blessing.” Although he leads us in grace for every meal, he has never asked about this before. I put together a short service for us around the kitchen table with a reading and a prayer. I asked what hymn he would like to sing, and he began to sing The Lord’s Prayer. Although we sing throughout every day, I don’t …

Make Groceries Last Longer: 6 Expert Tips

Here’s a healthy, money-saving New Year’s resolution: Stretch your budget by helping fresh food stay fresh longer. This list of savvy storage strategies comes from one of last year’s most popular food posts on Buzzfeed.com. The original post, compiled from several sources, is long – 27 useful, inventive tips – but here are some of our favorites. 1. Onions hung in panty hose will last eight months. Don’t refrigerate onions. Use this method, which keeps them cool and dry, and …

Who are we, anyway? AARP Illinois!

Editor’s Note: AARP has 53 offices – one for every state and territory of the US!  That said, there are so many awesome things going on locally that we want to be able to highlight here on our blog. We’re starting with the kick butt team over in Illinois as a pilot. To start things off in the new year we thought the AARP IL team would share their new years resolutions… My name is Gerardo Cardenas and I am …