Will Online Voter Registration Go National?

While several states continue legal wrangling over how voters must prove their identity at the polls, a new bill in Congress aims to make it easier for millions of eligible voters to at least register. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York filed legislation Sept. 18 that would require all states to offer online voter registration and set national standards for how they do it. Only 22 states now have some form of online voter registration; five other states have …

AARP Debuts RealPad Tablet

AARP debuted its first-ever consumer product today at the Ideas@50+ conference, currently under way in San Diego. Called RealPad, it’s bigger than a smartphone yet smaller than a laptop computer. The tablet was designed with tech-shy people in mind, AARP says, making it easy for them to keep in touch with family and friends — including their grandkids, for whom the art of letter writing is often a lost cause. Helping people navigate the digital age is important to AARP, says CEO Jo …

The Hidden Costs of Free Trials

Burn fat, grow hair, or remove wrinkles while you sleep. Earn thousands a day working from home. Learn about “secret” government grants that are yours for the asking. The promises are priceless – and so are the products, quite literally. Or so you’re told. But the common outcome of free trial offers: After providing your credit card for a small shipping and handling charge, your plastic may be bombarded with recurring charges that quickly add up. Reasons: It’s not uncommon …

Director Ron Howard and Wife Hold Online ‘Garage Sale’

If you want to sell all that stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, you probably think about having a yard or garage sale. But when celebrities pile up on random odds and ends, where do they turn? On the heels of selling their 32-acre estate in Armonk, N.Y., for the asking price of $27.5 million, director Ron Howard and his wife, Cheryl, decided to sell lots of their furniture and furnishings through One King’s Lane, a high-end home shopping website, at prices …

Men Make Passes at Glam-Mas in Glasses

What do granny panties and mom jeans have in common with eyeglasses? Until 2012, all three were items you’d rather don at home than in public. That’s the year Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, Demi Moore and a raft of other elderbabes started showing up in bold, black, geek-chic glasses that made them look sexy and smart. Boomeristas nationwide swarmed their local optician, and a trend was born. Rather than sporting the same old rimless or wire frames, everyone suddenly wanted …

A Challenge to Caregivers: Exercise and Get Fit!

AARP has launched a new online fitness and weight-loss challenge to encourage caregivers to take charge of their own health. What are the odds that caregivers will rise to the challenge? Not as bad as you might think. The average caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who has a job and a family. She spends 20 hours a week providing care for a loved one – usually her mother, who lives alone about 20 minutes away. About 6 in 10 caregivers say …