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Transportation Challenges: Is Your Community Livable?

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Great PlacesDennis Eisnach — AARP National Policy Council volunteer What do you do when you live in rural America and need a ride to the doctor’s office or have to pick up a prescription at the drugstore? Transportation is a basic need for seniors who want to age in place. This is a problem faced by seniors in rural America and many urban areas. As people age they become more dependent on public transportation. In rural America where there is limited …

Ralph Waite: Patriarch of ‘The Waltons’

Posted on 02/14/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn’t sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. …

The Unwiring of America

Posted on 07/12/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyFour or five years ago, some time after I decided to bite the technological bullet and get fiber-optic broadband phone and Internet service at home, I gave up my “analog” — copper wire — telephone line. I almost immediately regretted my decision. During our first extended power outage — and where I live, we typically have several of them a year — we lost phone service. In the pre-digital days we could call others — starting with our electric company …