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The Weather Watcher Who Has Seen It All

Posted on 08/8/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeAt 101, Richard G. Hendrickson is no weather wimp. He’s been reporting temperatures and conditions to the National Weather Service from his family farm on Long Island in Bridgehampton, N.Y., for 84 years — rain, shine, sleet or snow. For his faithful service, the National Weather Service recently honored Hendrickson as the nation’s longest-serving volunteer weather observer. A new 80-year service award has been named in his honor. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  “I don’t think I …

Which Retirement Personality Fits You?

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkThe notion of retirement, in which decades are devoted solely to leisurely pursuits, is evolving. In the future we’ll be hard-pressed to find older folks perpetually lazing on the beach, taking up their days with golf or tennis, or lounging around the house. Instead, most retirees will be working. At least, that’s one of the findings from a new Merrill Lynch/Bank of America survey of 7,078 people, including 1,856 working retirees and about 5,000 who are nearing retirement or retired …

Having My FaceTime With Arthur

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeI didn’t know what to expect from my long-distance friendship with Arthur — but it wasn’t this. It’s been three months since I moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to small-town Ohio for grad school. It was tough telling friends I was leaving, especially Arthur, who had come to rely on my Friday visits. Several weeks before the move date, I called our social worker Sasha at DOROT to strategize about how to break the news. “When do you think I should …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 10/30/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. A common food additive comes from scent glands located near a beaver’s butt. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The coldest known place in the universe (at 458 degrees below zero) is Boomerang Nebula, in the constellation Centaurus. (Learn more at Discovery) 3. Men really do look at women’s bodies more than their faces. But so do women. (Learn more at Fox News) 4. An Alabama man has been fighting to fulfill his late wife’s …

Ideas to Help in Your Community on 9/11 and Every Day

Posted on 07/29/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOn Sept. 11, 2013, nearly two-thirds of AARP employees will not show up for work. Instead, they will be gardening, painting, reading to children, sorting and cleaning eyeglass donations, making toys and blankets for shelter animals, offering hygiene kits and friendly conversation to the local homeless, creating cards for sick children; visiting nursing home residents, removing toxic plants from the pastures of a therapeutic horseback riding program, and preparing and serving breakfast at a soup kitchen.  All of this “giving …

Ready for Retirement?

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Sam Wilson — AARP Wisconsin State Director ARE YOU READY FOR RETIREMENT? AARP CAN HELP! WATCH AARP LIVE JULY 18, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV In my role as state director for AARP Wisconsin, I’ve learned that retirement means many things to many people, from volunteering to pursuing that dream career, traveling or just spending time gardening. At some point in our working lives, we will probably ask ourselves, “What’s next for me? …