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Sh*t Boomer Travelers Say

Posted on 07/11/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelAs a rule, we’re not folks given to foul language.  So, I struggled a bit as I considered the title for this article. In fact, growing up in the midwest, the use of this word was certain to find a bar of Dial soap scraped on my teeth as my dear mother was always quick to wash my mouth out with soap with its use. However, while certain profane words were absolutely forbidden, the adults in my world seemed to …

App of the Week: EmergencyLink

Posted on 06/28/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyDoesn’t it seem like the older we get, the more people’s safety we worry about? When we were young, most of us thought we were invincible.  We didn’t think about staying out of harm’s way. We did crazy stuff like drive too fast, hitchhike, and other risky and reckless activities. But then, we got married and settled down  a bit.  We started to worry about our spouses.  If they were late home from an appointment, we got nervous. If they …

Germiest Things in Hotel Rooms? Stuff You Touch First

Posted on 06/25/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWant to avoid germs during your next hotel stay? Wipe down that TV remote and the switch on your bedside lamp before you touch them. Researchers from the University of Houston took bacteria samples from several items in hotel rooms in three states, reports MyHealthNewsDaily.com. While you might expect the toilet and the sink to have high levels of bacteria, researchers found more surprising items with high contamination levels, such as the remote and the switch on the bedside lamp …

5 Ways to Survive a Road Trip with the Grandkids

Posted on 06/22/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyIt’s that time of year again: School’s out, the pools are in full use, the heat is on and so it’s time for the annual traveling with grandkids blog! So get out the suitcases, sunscreen, ear plugs and patience … and let’s hit the road. This summer, researchers are finding that the majority of travelers are planning to drive to their vacation destinations. While saving some cash is great, it may mean longer transport time … also known as more …

From Omaha to Ecuador: I’m an Expat, Not an Ex-Patriot

Posted on 05/16/2012 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

Your Life“I don’t like being called an ex-patriot,” my friend Jack said. He’s a former elected official and about as red-white-and-blue as they come. His wife is a former trial judge. But now they’re retired and living in Ecuador…for the adventure, the pleasurable lifestyle, and the lower cost of living. Gently, I explained to Jack that he is definitely not an ex-patriot. And he never will be… Jack is an expatriate. As the dictionary explains, the word “expatriate,” which can be …

From Omaha to Ecuador: All I Miss Are Triscuits

Posted on 05/2/2012 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

Your Life“What do you miss the most from home?” As a speaker at International Living conferences held around the world, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked. And it’s one that’s easy to answer. I’ve been living in Latin America for 11 years, and the truth is that I have a new home now, in Ecuador. There’s not much I miss from my old home. In fact, there are far more things I don’t miss than those I …