Becky Gillan

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Notice to travelers: If your family is traveling with three generations, it’s a multigenerational trip, according to AARP. One third of travelers have made multi-gen travel a family tradition because it provides quality time together. I can relate.
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Why does the worst part of winter hit at the same time most Americans start preparing their taxes? Must be misery is better when it comes all at once.
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As we just start to hit the depths of winter in most parts of the United States, I long for spring. I am sure many of you have heard that the best time to go to Paris is in April. The recent AARP Romantic Getaways Survey shows springtime (35 percent) is the most anticipated season for romantic travel, and 30 percent of those romancers want to go to Europe, specifically France (13 percent). The top two activities romantic travelers engage in are dining out and sightseeing, and it’s hard to beat Paris if you are a foodie and like strolling along the Seine River.
Becky & her niece take a celebration vacation
I have to admit I am one of those people who never uses all my vacation time each year. I feel like work will pile up when I'm gone, and I'll be more frazzled on my return than before I left. I'm not alone in leaving my vacation time on the table, either. The average worker in the U.S. gets 13 days of paid vacation a year, but only 57 percent of Americans use it all.
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Our latest Getting to Know the 50+ fact sheet profiles 50+ Americans' shopping habits in a couple areas. I decided to see how well our average American shopper matched up with my own habits.
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Recently, I wrote about New Year's resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals--the largest category by far. We've found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50 th birthdays, losing weight was the strongest theme within the 50 th birthday conversations around achieving a goal. Typical quotes included: "Looking forward to losing this 50# by my 50th B-day in July."
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It's February of a new year, and for many that means starting to see some results from those January resolutions. And for some others...perhaps it means starting to slip on those January resolutions. How have you guys been doing?
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The end of the year & beginning of a new year is the time when everyone makes their "lists," so here's mine. 2013 was the year of the infographics for AARP Research. Infographics allow us to succinctly communicate important facts as well as tell an overall data story in a visual manner. We learned, like many others, that visual images get more attention than text as the brain can process the visual faster.
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Only 15 percent of Americans age 45 or older looked for a job in the past year because of employment uncertainty, according to our AARP Bulletin poll published in September. It has been six years since the start of the Great Recession, but people are still uneasy about their current jobs. Confidence about job stability has improved since 2009, but fewer than half of those polled feel that their jobs are stable (49 percent now versus 39 percent in 2009). The poll included 1,019 people 45 and older.
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