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The Rush to Tweet Goes On

Posted on 08/5/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyI find myself using Twitter more these days. I’m searching for contacts and ideas, trying to get my own point of view heard and trying to follow the recommendations of some key experts, whose thoughts and links I value. Turns out, I’m not alone. Related: Looking for a job? Why you need to go social Use of the social media site Twitter by those ages 50-64 has doubled since November 2010, nearly keeping pace with the overall growth in use of …

Virginia Johnson: She Helped Bring Sex Out of the Bedroom

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn 1957, Virginia Johnson, a divorced mother of two, saw an ad for a position as a research assistant at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The job turned out to be working for Dr. William H. Masters, a gynecologist who’d begun to study a topic that was largely taboo: sex. Johnson took the job, and it was the start of a partnership that would change America. Johnson, who died on July 24 at age 88 in St. Louis, …

What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelThis would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off — not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away — traveling — to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

Eudaimonia, Hedonism, and Happiness, Oh My!

Posted on 07/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeEveryone wants to be happy — it’s a no-brainer. But what is happiness? The Greek word for happiness is “eudaimonia” which means “having a guiding angel.” In 1776, the Founding Fathers felt it important enough to mention the” pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. By the 19th century, economists felt they could measure happiness in units of pleasure, but they learned that money could not buy happiness because a person with twice as much income as another was …

If I can’t remember all my online passwords, am I losing it?

Posted on 05/22/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthEvery time I have to log into one of my online accounts and have no clue what the password is, I wonder if I am finally “losing it.” I know I am not alone with this fear, as survey after survey we conduct among our members reveals their interest in brain fitness. In our most recent Member Opinion Survey, staying mentally sharp was one of members’ top concerns. However, apparently this questioning is not unique to my boomer age group. …

Call Your Mom! Wait, What Do You Mean You Already Did?

Posted on 05/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWith Mother’s Day around the corner, let me add my praise for mothers. I applaud the efforts every mother makes to try to ensure their children live a well-balanced life. I also applaud aunts and grandmothers too, as more and more it takes a village to raise Millennials! Mother’s Day is a huge day for retailers who sell flowers and chocolates. In my own qualitative assessment, these sellers are in for another banner holiday. At a big warehouse store this …