Becky Gillan

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Who do you think is lonelier - adults in their mid to late 40s or adults age 70 and older? One might surmise that the older folks have experienced more loss of loved ones, diminished physical or mental abilities and/or are less active, which could lead to increased loneliness. Counter to what many…
Day of service at Martha's Table
September 11 was AARP's annual Day of Service where all employees can volunteer their time and talents to a charity of their choice. Along with 10 other AARP employees, I volunteered at Martha's Table, a 33-year-old Washington, DC charity that, among other projects, feeds 1,100 people daily, many…
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Everyone wants to be happy - it's a no-brainer. But what is happiness? The Greek word for happiness is "eudaimonia" which means "having a guiding angel." In 1776, the Founding Fathers felt it important enough to mention the" pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence. By the 19th…
AARP-Travel-Fact-Sheet
Whenever we ask folks ages 50 and over what they are most looking forward to doing in their later years, more often than not their response is, "Travel!" Travel is the No. 1 aspiration of the 50-plus. People want to travel to experience new things and spend time with family and friends. It makes…
Brain-Health-One-Pager
Every time I have to log into one of my online accounts and have no clue what the password is, I wonder if I am finally "losing it." I know I am not alone with this fear, as survey after survey we conduct among our members reveals their interest in brain fitness. In our most recent Member Opinion…
AARP Generations Study One Page Fact Sheet
With Mother's Day around the corner, let me add my praise for mothers. I applaud the efforts every mother makes to try to ensure their children live a well-balanced life. I also applaud aunts and grandmothers too, as more and more it takes a village to raise Millennials!
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I LOVE FOOD.
50+ Online Dating Fact Sheet
I suspect most people can remember their first kiss, first date, first love - and have even rated those experiences versus subsequent encounters with rose-colored glasses. How many of us have ended up marrying or living for an extended period with their first love? Or maybe you split up and haven't…
Great grandfather with his young granddaughter.
I am not a grandparent yet, nor is my twin sister, so we are way behind the curve as the average age of a grandparent is 47. In fact, according to AARP's recent Grandparenting study, only 8% of adults become a grandparent at 60 years of age or older. My Dad managed to become a grandfather for the…
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I have lived half my life alone. However, it appears I am not 'alone.' According to our AARP Community research, 37% of Boomers are single, either "never married" (12%), divorced/separated (21%) or widowed (4%). And while being single does not necessarily mean you live alone, 57% of boomer singles…
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