What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

This would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off - not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away – traveling – to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

I’m Lonely In My Marriage

Q: I’m married and lonely. My husband, age 68, has his own business, works six days a week with 10- to 12-hour days, and is recovering from prostate cancer surgery, with a low testosterone count.  Meanwhile, I’m home alone every day by myself with no friends nearby or opportunities to make them (we live in a vacation community with no permanent residents). The one day a week hubby does take off, he sleeps until noon or later to catch up …

My Paramour

Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. I hadn’t seen her in so long, I kept imagining what it would be like to walk and just be in her hold.  She always had my heart.  So much young love and discovery had happened because I had gone to her. Each …

Who are we, anyway? AARP Illinois!

Editor’s Note: AARP has 53 offices – one for every state and territory of the US!  That said, there are so many awesome things going on locally that we want to be able to highlight here on our blog. We’re starting with the kick butt team over in Illinois as a pilot. To start things off in the new year we thought the AARP IL team would share their new years resolutions… My name is Gerardo Cardenas and I am …

Where ya headed this weekend?

According to several news stories, including this one from USA Today, many Americans are hitting the road this weekend! AAA projects that about 34.9 million people are venturing at least 50 miles from home, up 17% from 2009! They also project that 90 percent of those traveling will be traveling by car. The uptick in travel can be attributed to people feeling more confident about their personal finances than they did a year ago – and having probably taken some …

Thanksgiving Eve and the Family’s All Here

I’ve been seeing a lot of news stories – from Good Morning America segments to this story on the Wall Street Journal’s site – about the increase in “boomerang kids,” that is, adult children who are moving back home to their parents’ home amid the recession. Now, as excited as I am to head home for Thanksgiving, I don’t have any desire to be “under my dad’s roof” again any time soon… But according to the WSJ and a Pew …