New YouTube Series Shows Drama, Humor in Dealing With Aging Parents

In Ruth & Erica, Maura Tierney and Lois Smith show the drama and humor that can come from caregiving. The pilot episode of the new YouTube series premiered yesterday — check it out.

The Takeaway: Donations Pour In For Bus Monitor Bullied By Middle-Schoolers

The video is disturbing. Shot on a cell phone, the 10-minute clip shows a team of 12- and 13-year-old boys harassing their 68-year-old school bus monitor, Karen Klein, with insults, profanity and threats. But since kids from the Greece, New York, school bus uploaded the bullying video to YouTube, Klein has received an international outpouring of sympathy–and cash.

The Takeaway: 3 Grandmothers Review 50 Shades of Grey

Three California sisters who became Internet Famous earlier this year for discussing Kim Kardashian’s sex tape on YouTube are back with a review of steamy/silly bestseller 50 Shades of Grey. The verdict? Neither Mary Bartnicki, 81, nor her 72-year-old twin sisters–all working hairdressers–would recommend it.

Bruce Springsteen: “Mom, Will You Dance With Me?”

“Not too bad for almost 90!” – The Boss, about his mom. This makes my entire week.

The Takeaway: Grandparents Go Viral, Hospitals Getting Better

  Grandparents Go Viral: Not since ‘The OGs’ hit YouTube have a pair of grandparents made such a viral video splash. Bruce and Esther Huffman, a retired Oregon couple with a new laptop, just wanted to take a picture. As Esther tried to get the computer’s camera to work, Bruce made monkey faces, sang showtunes and flirted with his wife. Of course, unbeknownst to the Huffmans, the computer was recording video the whole time. Their granddaughter uploaded the video to …

Reminder: AARP Networks Socially!

We know that everyone is using social networks these days – and that boomers are social networking more and more. A recent AARP study on the matter showed that more than a quarter of Americans age 50+ are on social networking sites. You are already on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube right? And you love to keep up with the great things that AARP is doing, and see what kinds of interesting tidbits AARP has to share, right? This is your …