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Smile! Oct. 1 Is Our Day the World Over

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayWithin 10 years, there will be a billion people 60 and older on the planet, up from about 600 million today. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10. Welcome to the brave, old world. These are a couple of the reasons we’re taking note of the 23rd Annual “International Day of Older Persons” on Oct. 1. As the world struggles to keep up with aging populations, this special day may draw some needed attention to a …

Celebrate Volunteers Through International Volunteer Day

Posted on 12/5/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringSince 1985, on Dec. 5 each year, AARP has proudly taken part in the celebration of the United Nations International Volunteer Day. Our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus,  set one tenet in stone at AARP, and that is our motto: “To serve, not to be served.” She believed older Americans had much to contribute — in ability, in experience, and in desire to advance the public good — and likewise, that society had much to gain from its older citizens. It’s …

U.N. Report: 1 Billion Will Be 60+ by 2020; Global Action Needed to Protect Aged

Posted on 10/1/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe global population of over-60-year-olds will reach one billion within the decade, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In a new report, the organization warns that discrimination, abuse and violence against older adults — and especially older women — are still common, even in wealthy industrialized nations.

2012 World Water Day: It Takes a Village to Conserve our Most Precious Resource

Posted on 03/22/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Bulletin TodayMost of us, when we go out for a run, now that spring is kicking in, we always carry a bottle with some fresh water to quench our thirst. When we get home, we may fill up the tub, if the time allows it, or just take a quick but refreshing shower to move along with your busy day. Clean water is also indispensable when cooking either lunch or dinner for the family. Regrettably, we don’t fully realize that our …

2012 International Women’s Day: Overcoming Inequality

Posted on 03/8/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Your LifeSince 1975, every March 8, International Women’s Day celebrates the invaluable contributions that women offer to economic growth, securing peace and social progress worldwide. The challenge this year is to “invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to resources. Provide rural women with a role in decision-making,” the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. Women represent more than half of the world rural working …