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“No grandchildren, but I have three granddogs!”

Posted on 11/1/2010 by |General News | Comments

RelationshipsI’ve got pets on the brain with the recent additions to my family pictured here: meet Nelson and Riley, my new aunt and uncle! Well, they are my grandparents’ new cats, so what else would that make them? It may sound strange, but I came across this article today from Newsweek – and making pets part of the family is not so strange at all! Particularly, it is extremely common for folks to have “granddogs.” The article is very interesting, …

Elder Mediation Helps Quarreling Siblings Find Middle Ground

Posted on 09/21/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Your LifeAs much as you may love your sibling(s), issues involving your aging parents often lead to arguments — and even sometimes serious altercations within the family. Check out AARP’s article on a new form of family problem-solving, elder mediation, that helps siblings see eye to eye when trying to figure out what’s best for their parents: At an impasse, the family turned to elder mediation. In this fast-growing field, a trained, neutral conflict-resolution professional–sometimes an attorney or therapist–meets with adult …

Know Thy Neighbor (and how they can improve your life)

Posted on 09/16/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Home & FamilyAfter recently resolving longstanding argument with my neighbor, I appreciate this article more than ever. AARP Peter Lovenheim has a great piece on the importance of neighbors and how they can be allies — especially after retirement: A few years ago, I decided to make a concerted effort to get to know the people who live on my block. In the course of doing so, I came to the firm conclusion that there are important reasons for all of us …

Get a Last-Minute Getaway for Valentine’s Day

Posted on 02/5/2010 by |General News | Comments

TravelAARP’s relationship expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz has a new column about sexy getaways to take this Valentine’s Day. She gives us tips on how to find a place you both want and all the steps to take to make sure the trip is worthwhile are valuable, including: Bringing some celebratory cocktails Making sure you blackberries and cell phones are used at the very minimum Other items and fun you can bring to spice up the vacation! We all know hard …

Dr. Pepper Schwartz Discusses Sexuality and Health

Posted on 10/23/2009 by |General News | Comments

EntertainmentFrom Bernard Ohanian Dr. Pepper Schwartz, AARP’s new expert for love and relationships entertained a crowd of serveral hundred people in the aptly named Casanova ballroom with a talk about sexuality and health that was frank, inspirational, and funny. Schwartz, the author of 16 books and a professor of sociology at the University of Washington, hammered home her point about the importance of a good sex life. buttressing her arguments by citing numerous academic studies. At various points throughout the …

Valentine’s Day Sex Tips for 50+

Posted on 02/13/2009 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthAs we gear up for the holiday o’ love tomorrow, AARP has a special V-Day feature with Dr. Laura Berman, who answers 10 questions about making love and sex better for older couples. It’s important to not only recognize that age and time can affect the passion in relationships, but to acknowledge that older adults are still capable of passion in their lives! They also have a poll heating things up by asking AARP members if they’re still “Frisky after …