How I’m Debunking a Myth About Online Dating

A recent Washington Post article written by Christian Rudder, author of Dataclysm and cofounder of OkCupid, debunked five myths about online dating. The fifth: “Photos are the best way to tell whether you’ll be attracted to someone.” Rudder described a little experiment to promote “blind-dating” on his dating site. He called it Love Is Blind Day. For just one day, his company removed all the profile photographs on the dating site. Site traffic dropped more than 80 percent that day. …

The Best Photos for Making the Most of Online Dating

Few things make or break your online dating presence like the photos you post of yourself. Supposedly, men prefer women who smile in their photographs, and women prefer men who have a more serious look. A little cleavage can’t “huyt,” as my grandmother used to say. I’m referring to the women’s  photographs, but maybe men should show more skin. You would be amazed at the crummy photos men select of themselves for their profiles — men standing around holding beautiful …

The Town of Boomer, W.Va.

People in the boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, are celebrating the 50th birthdays of their youngest members in 2014. To mark this event, AARP asked Washington, D.C.-based photographer Jared Soares to explore Boomer, W.Va. To get to Boomer, follow the Kanawha River southeast from Charleston, West Virginia’s capital city, for about 30 miles. With a population of nearly 600 people, Boomer rests on Historic Route 60, part of the Midland Trail National Scenic Highway. In the early 1900s, the town saw rapid growth when Boomer …

Making Your Risqué Photos Less Risky

With news that hackers last weekend managed to uncover and leak nude photographs that 101 celebrities had stored on their smartphones, you may be wondering about the online security of your own salacious selfies. Don’t laugh. Such intimate photos were exchanged on Valentine’s Day 2013 by one in four everyday folks between ages 45 and 54, according to a survey by Internet security firm McAfee. And just last month, staffers with antivirus software manufacturer Avast recovered some 1,000 nude photos from …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Insects are a food source for one of every three people worldwide. (Learn more at Yahoo) 2. The debts and unpaid bills of more than a third of Americans have been reported to collection agencies. (Learn more at Urban Institute) 3. Handshakes share 20 times more germs than fist bumps. (Learn more at AARP) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. A new smartphone app simulates a retro camera by making you …

6 Mobile Apps to Help You Get Organized

Getting more organized and living healthier are classic New Year’s resolutions.  If you’re like me, you need all the help you can get. Here are six mobile apps that can help. While they aren’t marketed specifically to the 50+ audience, I’ve found reasons they can make our lives easier. I use them all regularly. They are free and available on iPhone or Android. To stay organized Manilla–– is a free service that lets you manage and organize your bills and …