11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Brits are reviving an unusual hobby — stuffing mice and arranging them in human-like poses. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Men’s faces evolved in a way that maximizes protection during fistfights. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A wool fitness mat with embedded sensors and LED lights can help you perfect yoga poses and record progress. (Learn more at Wired) >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. Bulletproof blankets have been developed to …

Winter Weary? 6 Ways to Cheer Up

Sick of winter yet? The harsh winter has left schools and governments closed, thousands without power and even the usually sunny South at an icy standstill. It’s also caused a cabin fever outbreak of record proportions. Not only are we bored and craving sun; being stuck inside alone can be bad for our health. A University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems. >> Sign up …

Michelle Obama cumple 50 —y ya piensa en sus 70 y 80

La primera dama de Estados Unidos celebra medio siglo de vida con una gran fiesta en la Casa Blanca y en medio de toda la alegría, nerviosismo y preguntas que tan importante cumpleaños trae consigo, ya comenzó a prepararse para los años que están por venir. Michelle empezó por ajustar su rutina de ejercicio —en miras a los 70 y 80—, según expresó en una entrevista que le diera a la revista People. “Me visualizo cambiando los ejercicios con pesas …

End the Year With These Fabulous Freebies

Some fabulous freebies to end the year with and ring in 2014: Free Video From Santa: Hurry! Time is running out to send the kids a personalized video from Santa via this website. If’ you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, remember it for next year. Free 2014 Calendar: Click on the link for these free, downloadable calendars. You can customize them to meet your needs and track your schedule. Free Financial Planning Tools: Several websites like Mint, Bankrate and AARP offer free calculators …

Goodnight, Sweet Wii?

Your grandchildren are probably too busy bugging you to preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts for them to notice, but this news will bring a tear to the eye of older gamers (and there are more of us out there than you might realize). Nintendo has just revealed that it’s ending production of the original Nintendo Wii in Japan, which means that seven-year-old gaming system’s days in the United States might be numbered as well. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter When the …

Yoga Helps Stroke Survivors — Even Skeptical Ones

“Yoga is for girls, yoga is for hippies,” is what a group of older male veterans — and stroke survivors — told researchers who wanted to see if doing some basic yoga movements would help improve the veterans’ balance. But then the group tried yoga anyway, and boy, were they surprised. They discovered that even long after having a stroke, working on basic, easy yoga poses helped them improve their balance, as well as boost their confidence and ability to …