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Walking to the White House

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP (updated May 13, 2014): If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so. As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was …

Mrs. Obama: How About ‘Let’s Move!’ for Older Women?

Posted on 02/28/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

Miami Dolphins Get White House Ceremony — 40 Years Later

Posted on 08/21/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMaybe this is what President Obama needs to get his way with Congress — scads of football legends lined up behind him. These players were a bit past their peak bench-pressing days — and more than 4o years past their first of back-to-back Super Bowl wins — but still in possession of the record for an undefeated season and postseason. (They remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.) So why now honor the 1972 Miami Dolphins? Related: America’s Top …

Michelle Obama and Harrison Ford: A White House Preview of “42″

Posted on 04/4/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAre you as pumped as I am to see 42, the new movie about Jackie Robinson? Earlier this week I got to attend a White House event with Michelle Obama, Harrison Ford, Jackie’s widow Rachel (who looks amazing at 90), writer/director Brian Helgeland, and Chadwick Boseman. Boseman  plays the baseball legend; Ford plays the man who signed him to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey.   In the State Dining Room were high school students from around the country, …

Where Obama Stands on a COLA Change for Social Security

Posted on 02/11/2013 by |News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWondering about President Obama’s position on slowing growth in Social Security benefits? It was made very clear during today’s White House press briefing. Asked whether the president is open to raising the eligibility age for Medicare as part of a budget deal, Press Secretary Jay Carney said absolutely not. Then the subject changed to the so-called chained CPI. The proposed change for calculating cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and veterans benefits faces strong opposition from AARP and veterans groups. Here’s …

The Takeaway: White House Holds First LGBT Conference on Aging

Posted on 05/8/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe first in a series of White House conferences devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging was held in Miami, Florida, yesterday. Many of the issues addressed—retirement security, health care, housing—are concerns shared by older Americans of all sexual stripes. But LGBT seniors also face unique obstacles, including discrimination and a lack of certain legal protections.