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Moms Spread the Word: Sign Up for Health Care

Posted on 07/3/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMother knows best. And backers of the new health care law want young adults to start listening when their moms say they need to have health insurance. Obama: Health Law ‘Working the Way It’s Supposed to’ The idea of having a major illness or accident without health insurance is a nightmare for parents but a fantasy for many young adults. That’s why health care experts have dubbed newly minted grownups, many of whom think they can do without insurance, as “young …

Dad’s Legacy of Debt Inspired a Movement

Posted on 06/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThis is a guest post by Jeff Rose. Fathers tend to leave lasting memories behind for their children. Fond summer memories for some might involve playing catch or ‘HORSE’ basketball, going fishing, or grilling hot dogs that tasted just right. For me, my father’s legacy was debt. Growing up, my father gave me everything: love, support and understanding. I cherished every moment with him and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world. When I got older that I started to realize that my dad …

Grandparents and Parents Need a College Savings Plan

Posted on 02/19/2013 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Your LifeWe are currently in the midst of completing the college search for one son and beginning the college search for our second son.  We’ve needed a crash course to keep up with the application and search process these days but the savings work had started years earlier.  While most of the work falls to the parents and the student, the whole process of saving for school is very much a multi-generational activity.      I’d like to share some of our lessons …

Superbowl Bound or Bust

Posted on 01/31/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your Life“YOLO,” mom said to me last week after announcing that she and my father were going to the Superbowl in New Orleans. I held the phone in my hand in silence. “Are you serious?” I asked her. She laughed, “Yes.” Not only could I not believe that my mother said YOLO, short for you only live once, but that she and Dad (who put off back surgery for a week) were trekking it to New Orleans, on a bus for …

Helping Grandparents Raising Grandkids

Posted on 08/30/2012 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Your LifeThe end of summer is near and that means one thing: Parents are going through the motions to send their kids back to school or maybe start college. From that group of parents, there are approximately 2.4 million who are grandparents raising their grandchildren. For this segment, it is very important to be budget-conscious when going through expenses and to look for ways to ameliorate the big impact on their finances when supporting their grandchildren. As the great Bill Cosby …

Maeve and Me: My Chat With the Marvelous Maeve Binchy

Posted on 08/1/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

LegacySurprisingly few movies were made from the books of Maeve Binchy, whose 18 novels sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Binchy, who died at age 72 on July 30, was the poster child for middle-aged would-be authors: Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, wasn’t published until she was 42 years old. How About You?, a charming 2008 film starring Vanessa Redgrave, was based on a short story by Binchy, and she chatted with me about it by phone …