How Exercise Affects the Brain and Improves Memory

For years, doctors have recommended exercise as one of the best ways to keep our brains healthy as we age. Now new research finds that regular sustained exercise may be able to slow or even reverse the biological changes that cause dementia. What’s more, exercise may even be an effective treatment for those with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. The findings, presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, D.C., have important implications for an aging population …

It’s Summer—Pack the Grandparents, Parents & Kids in the Car for a Multigenerational Vacation

Notice to travelers: If your family is traveling with three generations, it’s a multigenerational trip, according to AARP. One third of travelers have made multi-gen travel a family tradition because it provides quality time together. I can relate. Growing up, my family went to Ocean City, Md., for 43 years and stayed at the same place — the Commander Hotel — for 35 of those years (in the same rooms no less!) until the hotel was torn down. AARP research says …

When Choosing the Wrong Ride Might Be the Right Choice on a Multigenerational Family Vacation

I love helping to spread the news about our AARP travel surveys, which explore people 45-plus and their vacation and travel habits. On more than one occasion, I find myself on the wrong side of the research, and I try to adjust. I had one of those self-adjustments this month around multigenerational travel. The most recent survey found that almost half of the folks surveyed planned to take a multigenerational trip in the next 12 months. I wasn’t in that …

Can a Healthy Body Equal a Healthy Brain?

AARP is celebrating health living for April. Overall, Americans perceive their health to be excellent or good, and our research shows perceived health declines only 7 percentage points over a 45-year age range (72 percent among those ages 35-39, 67 percent among those ages 55-59, and 65 percent ages 75 to 80). In AARP’s Happiness Study, when asked about serious health conditions (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.) 12 percent of those ages 35-39 had two or more …

Night Owls at Higher Risk for Diabetes, Health Problems

If you’re middle-aged and a night owl, you’re at a much higher risk for diabetes and other health problems than your early-riser friends — even if you’re getting the same amount of sleep as they are. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism examined the health difference between what researchers call “evening and morning chronotypes” — people whose natural sleep-wake cycles make them either night owls or morning people. The aim was to see whether …

Is the Polar Vortex Worse Than Preparing Your Tax Return?

Why does the worst part of winter hit at the same time most Americans start preparing their taxes? Must be misery is better when it comes all at once. The average 50-plus household makes about $50,000, so with no deductions that household will owe $6,100, or about 13 percent. In the United States, every paycheck until April 21, 2014, went to paying taxes. This day actually has a name: Tax Freedom Day, i.e., when the nation as a whole has …