The latest edition of the AARP Bulletin profiles Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, chief strategist of the Center to Champion Nursing in America and senior vice president and director of the AARP Public Policy Institute.
Merl Reagle, the pun-ishingly inventive man who had created crossword puzzles for AARP The Magazine since 2004, died suddenly of acute pancreatitis in a hospital in Tampa on Aug. 22. He was 65.
It's strange, the things that go through our minds when we are suffering a life-altering, heartbreaking loss. When my Mom passed just three weeks ago, one of the first things I thought of was the coming issue of the AARP Bulletin with our photo on the cover and an excerpt of my book, AARP's Juggling Work and Caregiving. I knew it was to be a visual depiction of the love I feel for my mom and the care I was giving her. People who had seen it had told me it took their breath away and Mom looked beautiful. I'm so proud of both of my parents, and I had eagerly anticipated the moment I would see the cover and show it to her. Truthfully, in my heart that moment was more important to me than having my book published. Now that moment will never come. After she passed, the first time I saw the cover I was not prepared. I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably for an hour.
This would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define "vacation" differently. For some it's simply days off - not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away - traveling - to someplace different than home. I've encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I asked in a meeting at my office last week how many have taken a two-week vacation, and no one replied affirmatively. They did say that two-week vacations are only when they go out of the country to places like Europe or Asia, and that those are not frequent.
This is awesome. Check out this video and article on how intergenerational programming -- in other words, bringing older and younger folks together to build relationships across generations -- has been booming as of late. While you generally see these kinds of programs as one-visit stops by a student to an older folk in a retirement home, intergenerational programming is not about charity, but about fostering a sense of community and comradery. Make sure to check it out.
Doesn't seem to make sense, but it's actually becoming more and more common. While medical tourism has existing for some time -- where Americans will travel abroad to other countries to get necessary medical treatment for cheaper -- a new trend is growing in the U.S.: Domestic medical travel. Via AARP Bulletin:
AARP gets into the yays and nays of getting pet insurance in a Bulletin piece today. Any pet owner knows that while paying a monthly dues for pet insurance is less than appealing, trips to the vet can often be an obscene amount of money -- even sometimes more expensive than your own doc's visits:
Everyone is trying to save money anywhere they can these days, while still doing all the things they love, like traveling and indulging in your favorite foods and restaurants. (I personally can't wait for the coupon section each Sunday!) AARP Bulletin has a great list of 99 Great Ways to Save - with tips that you might not have thought of on your own! Check them out...and here is a sampling of a few good ones:
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