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Alejandra Owens is a senior advisor in AARP Social Media.

Top AARP Health Videos of 2011: Ernestine Shepherd: BodyBuilder-My Generation

Recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the oldest competitive female body builder, Ernestine Shepherd began pumping iron when she was in her fifties. Now, she uses her life and flex appeal to be an ageless inspiration.

Top AARP Health Videos of 2011: My Generation: Maria’s Story

Maria Shriver shares her very personal story with Alzheimers.

Top AARP Health Videos of 2011: Iranian Cure for the Delta Blues

The Mississippi Delta is one of the poorest places in the United States. Health care in the region is worse than in some developing countries. Yet Iran – isolated for its atomic pursuits – has an innovative rural health care system the World Health Organization describes as “remarkable.” Since 1980, it has reduced child mortality by 70 percent. Three Mississippi doctors are now trying to implement the Iranian system in the Mississippi Delta.

Top AARP Health Videos of 2011: Electronic Eye Glasses

Electronic eyeglasses took took top honors at the Consumer Electronics Expo this spring. By tapping the temple of the glasses, you can switch the focus, eliminating the need for reading glasses, progressive lenses or bifocals. Check out the video to see how they work.

Drug Abuse Among Older Adults On the Rise

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. When you picture a typical drug addict, what age is that person? Probably not over 55. Yet drug and alcohol abuse among older adults is on the rise. Between 1995 and 2002, the number of substance abuse treatment admissions for people 55 and older increased by 32 percent, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2005). Typically, older drug addicts aren’t abusing …

How To: Get the Most Out of Your Medicare

This guest post is written by Lisa Yagoda, MSW. After many years helping people navigate the Medicare maze, I have learned that whether you are new to Medicare or not, there is always something more to learn. And the best place to start is with the basics. Just follow these five tips, and you will be on your way to getting the most out of Medicare: Enroll when you are first eligible. You might not need to enroll in Medicare …