As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I realize how fortunate I am to walk in the footsteps of Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP in 1958, the year I was born. As I seek to “ disrupt aging” — to change the conversation in this country about what it means to grow older — I often think about the enormous challenges she faced as she sought to bring about social change during her time.
Oct. 1 presents the perfect opportunity to explore core issues women face as they age. It marks the 25 th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons, which the United Nations established to draw attention to the issues facing older people throughout the world and to celebrate their contributions to society.
Celebrating May as Older Americans Month offers the perfect time to remember leaders who helped to build a nation that respects and protects its older citizens. A new AARP website feature called Champions of Aging does precisely that.
It's National Teacher Day, and I have a question. Do you remember your first-grade teacher's name? How about your third-grade or sixth-grade teachers? Mine: Ms. Giest, Ms. Hall and Ms. Hughes. Come to think of it, I could probably name all of my teachers throughout my entire school career. There's a reason for that - they made an impact on my life in one way or another.
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