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Protect Your SSN, and Be Thankful It’s Not 078-05-1120

Posted on 08/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsSeventy-nine years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, birthing that most important government program and, as a result, a coveted prize of identity thieves: your Social Security number. You know why you need to guard your SSN like an amped-up Rottweiler: In the wrong hands, it’s the quickest and arguably most common way for an ID thief to pose as you to open credit accounts and get medical care, your tax refund, even a job. …

3 Ways to Get Better Skin by Tomorrow

Posted on 08/14/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionFaced with lines, saggy skin and brown spots (that weren’t there in May!), we’re already online searching for the new Holy Grail of wrinkle treatments. Unfortunately, any de-aging product covers its tush with a claim of  “visible results in four weeks.” Who can wait that long? Driven by the urge for immediate gratification, we either give up on the new stuff in a week and go back to our old ways or hurl ourselves into the arms of a good cosmetic dermatologist and his …

Summer Makeup That Won’t Melt Away

Posted on 08/7/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionSummertime and the living is easy … or it’s supposed to be. Now is not the time to get all hot and bothered because your mascara runs or your blush streaks down your cheek. There are products that are meant to be used when the weather is warm and the feeling is light and easy. Here are a few of my absolute favorites: Don’t even think about wearing full-coverage foundation on your skin (maybe not ever, actually). Do wear a lightweight …

Shouldn’t Parents Have Fun at Weddings, Too?

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

RelationshipsMay through October is peak wedding season, and because receptions can get repetitive, bride and groom often try to make their day distinctive. Sometimes the parents of the couple, often contributing part of the $30,000 average cost of a wedding, want to put their stamp on the event, too. But proceed with caution. There’s a good reason for those traditional rules of etiquette for the parents, says wedding planner Sandy Malone, the star of TLC’s “Wedding Island” reality show. “It’s …

Cruise Tips: Keys to Smooth Sailing

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Travel | Comments

TravelI have 10 cruises under my belt — enough so that I’ve developed a protocol that helps me start enjoying myself as soon as I’m on board. Here’s what I do. I always bring a carry-on. That huge bag I packed might not be delivered to my room for hours (and I know it’ll have to be ready to go again the night before the cruise ends). In a carry-on, I’ll have the things I want to use immediately: swimsuit, …

How to Style Up Hearing Aids !

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy hearing loss was gradual, hereditary and profound. And I denied it was happening every step of the way. Though I was only 60 years old, I would replay key scenes in Netflix episodes, max out the volume on SiriusXM radio and fudge my way through conversations on the phone, at parties and in noisy restaurants. Finally I faced reality and got my ears checked by a doctor, then grudgingly went to see an audiologist about getting hearing aids. But …