9 Things to Know if You’re Laid Off After 50

Tales from the newly laid-off have been overflowing my Facebook news feed of late. These journalist friends, all of them over 50, are gobsmacked by the idea that their publications will go on without them. I get it — the same thing happened to me five years ago — and I’m heartsick for all of them. On the dark day in 2009 when I was unceremoniously dismissed from USA Today, I was informed that my job had been “eliminated.” Of course, …

Susan Sarandon Is a Grandmother!

Actress Susan Sarandon, 67, has played grandmothers in motion pictures, including The Lovely Bones (2009) and, more recently, Tammy. Now her make-believe experience will be put to work in real life. The Oscar-winning actress and self-proclaimed “Ping-Pong propagandist” officially became a grandmother on Aug. 9, when daughter Eva Amurri Martino, 29, and her husband, Kyle Martino, 33, a sports analyst for NBC, welcomed their first child into the world: Marlowe Mae Martino, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. >> …

16-Year-Old Takes Awesome Selfie With Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett

It comes as no surprise these days when teenagers are unfamiliar with names like Paul McCartney or Warren Buffett. But on July 13, 16-year-old Tom White knew just what to do when he spotted two of the world’s most famous people: he snapped a selfie with both of them. Moments later, his friend, who goes by @LukeKoesters, posted the photo to his Twitter account. White also posted the selfie to his Twitter and Instragram accounts. Best picture of the night with …

On Social Media, Do You Share With Your Kids or Snoop on Them?

Some parents have battled over technology use with their children since grammar school. First came the debate on what age to allow their own cellphones. Then we moved on to laptops in the bedroom, limiting computer time, blocking certain websites. Then texting during meals and conversations. Now we move on to social media, the alternate universe where young adults typically spend more than three hours daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among other apps. >> Sign up for the AARP …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. An art project regrew Vincent van Gogh’s ear. (Learn more at The Verge) 2. Learning a second language can help make you smarter. (Learn more at AARP) 3. New 3-D printed foods look good, taste good and melt in your mouth. (Learn more at Engadget) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. Latabe the elephant took the world’s very first “elfie,” a.k.a. an elephant selfie. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 5. Elmers are, …

ID Theft in the Afterlife

To protect against identity theft, you should never share too much about yourself on social media. But once you die, those accounts can pose new problems – beyond the heartbreaking reminders that come with “friend” requests made from the deceased, often through automated programs or a hacker’s ingenuity. Each year, the identities of some 2.5 million deceased Americans are used to fraudulently open credit card accounts, apply for loans, or get cellphone or other services. Each day roughly 2,200 dead people …