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If there’s one food that people associate with Valentine’s Day, it’s chocolate. More than half of those celebrating are expected to give candy this year, spending 1.8 billion dollars on sweet treats, according to the National Retail Federation. Although studies that find chocolate is good for your brain grab headlines, this Valentine’s Day consider skipping the candy and instead spending quality time with loved ones.
Elizabeth “Izzy” Barnett, 80, is a full-time caregiver for her husband, Bob, who has dementia. They have no children or family to help and Izzy has lost contact with friends because she is busy taking care of Bob. Izzy’s is not alone in this situation. Millions of older adults are socially isolated—in other words, they lack meaningful relationships with family and friends. Life circumstances—losing a spouse, friends, and loved ones, or retirement—put older adults at increased risk for isolation.
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Growing up, we got our Christmas trees from Mr. Munro, the man who owned our house before us.
Dad & Amy Grocery Shopping at Trader Joes Jan 2015
Let’s face it: Getting out and about with a loved one who has cognitive or mobility challenges can be a logistical nightmare.
Multi-generational family kissing
“What can the very young and the very old offer each other, if given the chance?”
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In retirement, my grandfather, Pop Pop, traveled the world with my grandmother. They went to Greece, China, Peru, Portugal — you name it. They’d spent years running a small business and raising three kids, so retirement was their chance to get away and see it all.
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A selfie can’t change the world — or can it, just a little?
Sunset in a winter park
The winter solstice — and the shortest day of the year — will soon be upon us (Dec. 21), and not everyone is feeling the holiday spirit. Illness, loneliness, financial troubles, family problems and depression can make many dread the “most wonderful” time of the year and endanger both mental and physical health. A recent  University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems.
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AARP debuted its first-ever consumer product at the Ideas@50+ conference in San Diego last month.
Amy Goyer discusses a creative mother-son web series connecting the generations.
Most adult children will tell you they think their mothers are superstars, but Pat Seftel really is one - thanks to her film director son, Josh. The two collaborate on a Web series, My Mom on Movies, in which Pat shares her observations about everything from movie stars (she loves Bradley Cooper) to books (she embarrassed herself talking about 50 Shades of Grey) and politics (she says Anthony Weiner is in "deep doo-doo").
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