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Thin or Fiscally Fit: You Choose

Posted on 07/31/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWould you rather be thin or debt-free? I know, you want to be both. For those of us who are overweight and underwater, it’s a nice dilemma to mull over (beats the quandary of saving for retirement or paying for your kid’s college education). But it wasn’t a tough call for 72 percent of 2,021 Americans polled. They’d rather keep their current debt than the alternative: gain 25 pounds and owe nothing. Related: Be Debt-Free in a Year or Less Maybe …

Paying for College With Your Retirement Funds? Don’t.

Posted on 07/30/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSure, we want our kids and grandkids to go to college. But not every family, including mine, has been able to save enough to cover four years’ worth of tuition expenses. Consider this: In the next five years, college costs at a public institution are likely to be $99,125 for four years, and $203,114 at a private institution. Who can afford this? It’s no wonder, then, that many of us parents are doing the worst thing we could be doing: tapping into …

In Banking, Americans Lean Local

Posted on 07/26/2013 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsI won’t tell you the name of my bank, but I will tell you this: it’s the oldest in the state; it didn’t use account numbers until the Federal Reserve forced it to; it has 25 branches, all within easy driving distance of one another; and every employee at the branch I use — from manager to teller — knows me by name. Not only that, the tellers all have baskets of lollipops and bags of dog biscuits at the …

Walking Shapes Our Bodies and Our Lives

Posted on 07/2/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesOur built and natural environments play a vital role in our physical, social, psychological, spiritual and emotional health. So, it’s important to find a neighborhood that’s well designed, connected, and to protect the green space that runs through it. Walkability lies at the heart of this picture. It builds social ties and cohesion; it strengthens our legs, lungs, hearts and minds, which in turn helps prevent or fight heart disease, diabetes, dementia and other serious health problems. As walking becomes …

Is Your Community Walkable?

Posted on 06/20/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Nancy LeaMond: When we see the yellow school bus making its rounds and picking up kids, we know it’s time to turn around and head home. So go the early morning walks with one of my friends from the neighborhood. We’ve been meeting at the corner of a nearby school for years. We talk about health, careers, family, local arts and theater, good TV, bad TV. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Walking is a …

What Dads Really Need for Father’s Day

Posted on 06/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyMy dad is a man of simple needs, and the same goes for his Father’s Day desires. Last year my mom and I surprised him with a charcoal grill, and, in a pinch, he always appreciates a handmade coupon for nine holes of golf with his favorite (and only) daughter. My parents have recently graduated to empty-nester status and, as they revel over the clutter-free counter tops and the need for only one carton of milk a week, the whole …