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The Great Chicken Debate: To Wash or Not?

Posted on 09/3/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthJust about every cookbook icon, from Julia Child to Martha Stewart to the Joy of Cooking’s Rombauer sisters, has told us to rinse off our raw chicken before preparing it. Guess what? They were wrong, scientists say. Rinsing raw chicken to get rid of the bacteria just spreads it around more, increasing our risk of getting sick, says food-safety researcher Jennifer Quinlan, with Drexel University  in Philadelphia and one of the developers behind a new “Don’t Wash Your Chicken!” campaign. …

FCC Halts Plan to Replace Landline Phone Service in NY, NJ

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put the brakes on Verizon’s plan to fast track the replacement of traditional landline telephone service in parts of New York and New Jersey with a new, less reliable, wireless option called Voice Link.  Instead of automatically approving Verizon’s application, the FCC has requested more information from the company. Superstorm Sandy In October of 2012 Superstorm Sandy, the most destructive storm of the season, devastated much of the Northeast.  Sandy soon became one …

Sex, Alzheimer’s and Boomers: Trouble for Nursing Homes

Posted on 08/7/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayRomance — for many, it’s one of life’s great pleasures. But for those living in a nursing home sex can get a bit more complicated. Having Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia calls into question whether the individuals involved have the ability to give legal consent. Nursing homes regularly struggle to make that call, and this problem will only grow worse as the number of older Americans grows as the the boomer generation joins their ranks. Related: Sex and …

3 Things to Do Today to Prevent Falls

Posted on 08/6/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe phone calls from my Dad have come all too often. “Amy, your mother has had a fall,”  he’d say. I’d slide out of bed into my shoes and race to my parents’ apartment, sometimes meeting the emergency squad when I arrived.  We’d spend hours in the emergency room, grateful every time she came home without any broken bones or a concussion. Each fall set her back, increasing pain and limiting her mobility.  That resulted in less strength, poor circulation …

‘Life and Death in Assisted Living’ — Investigative Project Premieres

Posted on 07/29/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIf you have a loved one in assisted living — or see that possibility on the horizon — this week brings some essential TV viewing and reading. “Life and Death in Assisted Living” is an investigative journalism project with several public faces: a powerful television documentary (premiering July 30 on the PBS series Frontline); a four-part, deeply reported web presentation (starting July 29 at ProPublica.org); and an online chat with correspondent A.C. Thompson and two of the documentary’s subjects on …

Are Cruises Safe? Senate Investigates Recent Fires

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelBy Jessica Gresko of The Associated Press The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International defended their industry and their practices to senators Wednesday following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships. In February, Carnival’s ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Mobile, Ala. “We really seriously put our guests in an uncomfortable position and that bothers …