Celebrating Social Security’s 80th Anniversary

En español | On the morning of Aug. 14, 1935, Americans awoke in a country vastly different from the one we know today. The Great Depression had brought us to the point where, in the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “one-third of the nation [was] ill-housed, ill-clad [and] ill-nourished.” Suffering the most were America’s elderly. Nearly half of our older population in 1935 lived in poverty! At approximately 3:30 on that August afternoon, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security …

New AARP Survey: Americans of All Ages Support Social Security

En español | As Social Security celebrates its 80th birthday, the program remains as popular as ever among all age groups, although some people are skeptical and confused about its long-term financial outlook. Those are a couple of the findings in AARP’s new report “Social Security 80th Anniversary Survey Report: Public Opinion Trends,” released Aug. 13. AARP has measured the attitudes of Americans ages 18 and older about Social Security periodically since 1995, most recently in June. Social Security Calculator: …

4 Tips for a Happy Road Trip

With AAA forecasting that 41.9 million of us will hit the highways over the July 4th weekend, findings from a new AARP Travel survey prove that the old-fashioned road trip remains prized by travelers 45 and older. More than 70 percent of those surveyed said driving is still their preferred way to go, according to AARP’s research. A majority reported that they plan to take three such trips a year. Why are roads all the rage? Respondents said they take to the highway when they want a …

We Dislike Flossing So Much, We Lie About It

Tell the truth now: Are you really flossing your teeth every day? Or are you just lying about it to your dentist? If it’s the latter, you have company. A new survey finds that 27 percent of us lie through our teeth about flossing daily — and that figure is probably low, dental experts told NPR. For some reason, we just don’t relish yanking a thick thread between our tightly packed molars, digging out slimy, bad-smelling bits of food and making …

Most Adults Flunk Social Security Quiz

Most adults likely have heard of Social Security — or seen the taxes for it taken out of their paychecks. But when quizzed on some of the basics of the program, only 28 percent got a passing grade. That’s the finding of a survey by MassMutual, which polled more than 1,500 adults on Social Security rules, including the full retirement age, benefits for ex-spouses and whether benefits can be reduced for government workers. Granted, Social Security can be complicated, particularly …

We’re So Lazy. And It’s Getting Worse

How bad are Americans about not getting any physical activity whatsoever? Really bad. Like record-setting bad. The proof: A new survey by the Physical Activity Council (PAC) finds that the number of “totally sedentary” Americans is the highest it’s been since 2007. Roughly 83 million Americans ages 6 and up — about a third of the population — were physically inactive in 2014, nearly 3 million more than in 2013. That means they didn’t participate in any one of 104 …