Games for the 50+: Games Provide Family Caregivers With Time to Recharge

I’ve been writing about the landmark gaming study by Dr. Jennifer Jacobs Henderson, associate professor and department chair, and Dr. Aaron Delwiche, associate professor, of the Department of Communication at Trinity University. Their study is based on over 32,000 users of  Wizard101, an online multiplayer game that surprisingly has a large number of 50+ users. One of the biggest surprises to us at AARP are the findings that show gaming benefits for caregivers and those who have gone through a …

Games for the 50+: Grandparents & Grandchildren Find Adventures, Memories

Over 60 percent of Americans over the age 50 are grandparents. But, as the average age of a first-time grandparent in the United States is 48, there are also a number of grandparents under 50, too. So, grandparents are something we feel is important to understand at AARP. We know that grandparents want to increase the connection to their grandkids and want to help get them on the right path in life. But, there are barriers – distance or physical …

Wellframe: A Platform to Prevent Your Second Heart Attack

Heart attack. Those are two of the most dreaded words in the English language. After the moment, after the hospital trip and the frantic calls to family cellphones,  its horror is a reality check for many. What do I change now? How can this never happen again? The traditional track to cardiac rehabilitation goes like so: Patient gets discharged. Patient goes home with a stack full of instructions, books, and scary warnings. Don’t do this. Stop doing this. Change your …

Games for the 50+: Strengthening Friendships

In my last blog post, I described a very large study of 32,000 users of the free online multiplayer game, Wizard101. The study found that not only were the Wizard101 subscribers over 50 playing more every week compared to younger users, but that they also reported social benefits from playing the game, including the ability to make new friends and stay connected to old friends. The virtual world aspect of Wizard101 and similar games provide participants with an opportunity to …

Computer Geeks Make Money. Literally. What You Need to Know

Nobody knows exactly who they are. But a group of computer geeks have created a virtual currency called “Bitcoins” that’s got everybody from the FBI to international bankers to the news media talking. Bitcoins are money that flows on the Internet – money that’s not backed by gold or governments. But it does buy things – like cars, pizza and guns. Starting from zero about four years ago, the Bitcoin economy was said to be worth about $2 billion earlier …

AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center Just Went Mobile

Caring for yourself, your parents or a loved one just a whole lot easier. We’ve put our Caregiving Resource Center from our website into our AARP iPad app so you can have all the housing options, legal and respite care information you need at your fingertips. Join the discussion: Caregivers – Challenges and Advice How do you get it? Easy! Grab your iPad and click here>> App Store for AARP. Download (psst, it’s FREE!). The first square you see in the …