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When It Comes to News, There Are Gazers and Grazers

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you’ve turned the pages of a newspaper in public to find out what’s going in the world, you may have felt just a bit out of place among all the twenty-somethings using tablets and smartphones for the same purpose. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, what you noticed is a profound generational difference in how Americans get their news. Those of us who are 50 and older, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at Futurity.org) 2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at …

The Rush to Tweet Goes On

Posted on 08/5/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyI find myself using Twitter more these days. I’m searching for contacts and ideas, trying to get my own point of view heard and trying to follow the recommendations of some key experts, whose thoughts and links I value. Turns out, I’m not alone. Related: Looking for a job? Why you need to go social Use of the social media site Twitter by those ages 50-64 has doubled since November 2010, nearly keeping pace with the overall growth in use of …

Coping With the Death of a Parent, Everyone Does It Differently

Posted on 08/2/2013 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingEarlier this week, I was among the millions closely following the Twitter feed from NPR’s Scott Simon, who was tweeting about the final days, weeks and hours of his mother’s life. His mom, Patricia, died on July 29 at the age of 84. Since then, I’ve been amazed by the blowback that Simon has been getting in the Twittersphere about his heartfelt observations from the ICU. Naysayers accused him of taking advantage of his mom’s death, calling it “ridiculous” and …

Social Media Overwhelmed? Fear Not, These Apps Can Help

Posted on 05/16/2013 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyAs a boomer who launched a new company a little over a year ago, I’ve had to learn a tremendous amount about social media, and how to use it. Even though I’ve owned my own business for more than 20 years, my promotional skills were a bit stale. Like many others in my generation I relied on traditional advertising and public relations for marketing. As far as social media, I had a website, and shared stories on Facebook with friends, …

A Grave Matter: What Happens to Your Social Media When You Die?

Posted on 05/6/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingJust when you thought you had all the important documents you need to know your loved one’s wishes — power of attorney, will, health care directive, perhaps Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) — here’s another to consider: a social media will. This digital estate planning document states what you want to have happen to your social media — Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, email account — when you die. Just as you need an executor of your estate, you’d have to appoint a …