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AARP Cheat Sheet: Friday, January 14

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Bulletin Today(Via.) After the signing of the bill to relieve 9/11 firefighters’ medical expenses gets passed, firefighter Roy W. Chelsen is the first to pass away: “It was ironic, Firefighter Murray said, when Mr. Chelsen died in his living room on Sunday evening, at 5:45, and ‘the date was 1/9/11 — which is just like Roy to do something like that.’ Firefighters, family and friends were there when he drew his last breath, Firefighter Murray said, bantering and ‘busting each other’s …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Thursday, January 13

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Your Life(A child responds to being told his great-grandmother (pictured) is dying: “It’s ok, Mommy, because when he dies he can go in the same hole as GG! And they’ll be together, because they’re special friends.” Via.) Well, well, Julia Louis-Dreyfus… welcome to being 50! We can hardly believe you’re there already. (Also, she’s about to start playing a female vice president on a new HBO show. Watch for that!) Do not like hearing this… an elderly couple dies of exposure …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Wednesday, January 12

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Your Life(Blaisdon, England. Via.) Have you been to the Kansas City airport lately? No? Your local airport might soon operate a bit more like it. (This blogger is a big fan, herself.) Neat: senior centers pairing elders up with teenagers who want to help them learn how to use their computers. “One older couple [the teen] worked with burst into tears when they received their first family photo via email-a foal born on their daughter’s farm thousands of miles away.” Sign …

How to Be A Social Worker at 52: Sylvia Abrego-Araiza

Posted on 01/11/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Life(Looking out the front of the abandoned Chevron station located on I-40 at Exit 0, near Glenrio, on the Texas / New Mexico border. Via.) (Written by Lindsey Zoladz.) This morning Jane Pauley stopped by the TODAY Show with her latest Your Life Calling segment. This month she profiles Sylvia Abrego-Araiza, a mother of two who became a social worker at the age of 50. Sylvia joined Jane in the live chat this afternoon, along with Tracy Whitaker from the …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Tuesday, January 11

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Your Lifehttp://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1 (For years, Sylvia Abrego-Araiza’s priority was providing a safe, positive upbringing for her kids. Now she’s helping families start over in a troubled Texas town. Story here.) “Hollywood used to treat older people as dead ends — at best they sat in a chair and provided wisdom to a younger generation. There’s a much more well-rounded vision of older people now.” Bill Newcott, our entertainment editor, talking to the Los Angeles Times. About those food allergies: They “genuinely seem …

AARP Cheat Sheet: Monday, January 10

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Your Life(Sunrise, Tucson, October 2010. Via.) Good morning. After a Saturday morning in Tucson, Arizona that brought us the attempted shooting of one Congresswoman and the murder of six others (including this little girl…ugh), it’s hard to move on to the mundane and everyday. But Monday calls… Business in Congress will go on. Among the items up for discussion: the much-debated health care reform law, now possibly up for repeal. The calendar has all been postponed until later this week, amid …