11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Google’s latest self-driving car doesn’t have a steering wheel or brake pedal. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Some astronomers insist that the likelihood of life beyond earth is “close to 100 percent,” scientists testified recently. (Learn more at The Independent) 3. Traveling the globe, Biddy the hedgehog is an Instagram sensation. (Learn more at Daily Dot)   >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter 4. If you think that home is the place to recuperate from work, …

Calling All Cynics: Your Mistrust Is Bad for Your Brain

If you’re a cynic, you’ll probably disregard this, but researchers say that cynical mistrust will triple your risk of developing dementia. Scoff all you want, but researchers in Finland who tested 1,449 older adults (average age: 71) found that highly cynical people were three times more likely to develop dementia than those with a more trusting, optimistic personality, according to a study published today in the journal Neurology. In other words, “your personality may affect your brain health,” explained lead …

Is It More Stressful to Care for a Spouse or a Parent?

By Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta of the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans may wind up helping Mom as she gets older, but a new poll shows the most stressful kind of caregiving is for a frail spouse. The population is rapidly aging, but people aren’t doing much to get ready – even though government figures show nearly 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care at some point after they reach age 65. >> Connect with other …

Whatever Happened to ‘In Sickness and in Health’?

Well, this is depressing: A new study finds that an older couple is more likely to divorce if the wife gets seriously ill, but not if the husband does. While the health consequences of divorce are well known, researchers wanted to see how marriage in couples age 50 and older was affected when one spouse developed a serious health condition like cancer, heart disease, lung disease or stroke. They examined 20 years of data on 2,717 marriages from the Health …

12 Mother’s Day Scents for Deserving Divas

Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it’s a great excuse to start spritzing: Every 50-plus woman I know has a to-do list at least a decade long. And with Mother’s Day fast approaching, now seems the perfect time to rejuvenate the senses of any marvelous moms in your life (including yourself!) with the gift of a new fragrance. Here are my picks of the best …

5 Beauty Antidotes for Red Itchy Skin

April is prime rash season for those of us with rosacea, atopic dermatitis (a prevalent form of eczema) or chronic itching. It’s also National Rosacea Awareness Month and National Stress Awareness Month – an ironic duo since a red blotchy face and scaly body patches are total anxiety boosters. Aside from the extreme physical discomfort, there’s the visible issue of irritated skin to deal with on top of all our other aging woes. Here’s how to stay calm and carry …