Thanksgiving is all about getting together over food — and I’m fine with that. But then comes that killer five-week stretch of yet more parties and food, with plenty of festive (and fattening) drinks thrown in.
It’s been another good year for investing, but only if you’ve been doing it right. U.S. stocks are up 14 percent this year as of Dec. 26, on top of a 33.5 percent gain last year, as measured by the Vanguard Total Stock Index Fund ETF (VTI). If you want to do it right in 2015, and maximize the chances of growing your wealth, now is the perfect time to make some New Year’s resolutions. Repeat after me....
Recently, when he was told it was Sunday, Dad asked if we were going to have a "service or a blessing." Although he leads us in grace for every meal, he has never asked about this before. I put together a short service for us around the kitchen table with a reading and a prayer. I asked what hymn he would like to sing, and he began to sing The Lord's Prayer. Although we sing throughout every day, I don't recall ever hearing him sing this before. We had recited the Lord's Prayer at church on Christmas Eve recently so perhaps that stirred his memory.
Editor's Note: AARP has 53 offices - one for every state and territory of the US! That said, there are so many awesome things going on locally that we want to be able to highlight here on our blog. We're starting with the kick butt team over in Illinois as a pilot. To start things off in the new year we thought the AARP IL team would share their new years resolutions... My name is Gerardo Cardenas and I am AARP Illinois' Communications Manager, leading a great team of professional, hard-working and talented communicators that bring our messages to our members, activists, the media, and the public.2012 is a huge year for me because ... (drum roll) ... I will finally get to the big 5-0, and enjoy full membership in the organization that I proudly represent! Now I will be able to fully convey the viewpoints of those 50+ to the communities I interact with. Oh, and my resolution is to lose 50 lbs. Lose 50 at 50. Get it? I'm Heather Heppner - Associate State Director for Communications with AARP Illinois. Born and raised in Illinois (a big shout out to Peoria!) A social worker turned PR hack who is part of a rock star communications team at AARP Illinois, dishing on all things 50+ in Illinois! My New Year's resolutions? Become a Triathlete (ok, maybe that's a stretch, but I at least plan to get in good enough shape to compete in the 2012 Naperville Sprint Triathlon), spend more time with friends, and travel more. Oh yea, I also commit to indulging myself at a spa once a month and to never ordering the same thing twice at a restaurant in 2012. I seriously need to relax more often and develop a more adventuresome palate! Hi! I'm Jenn Baier and I'm a Program Specialist at AARP Illinois. My job here is digital strategy. As the newest member of the Illinois team and a transplant from Wisconsin, my New Year's resolution is to get out and explore Illinois and all that it has to offer - entirely through Social Media! Some of my favorite Twitter sources so far are @freechicago @yelpchicago and the "Explore Chicago" Facebook page. Have suggestions on what I should try? Feel free to tweet me at or leave me a note on Facebook. I'll be sure to report back on my adventures. Photo Credit: Khedara on Flickr
It's that time of year when we all stop to reflect on the past year and think about those pressure-filled "New Year's Resolutions." But you know what? I already have plenty of pressure when it comes to caregiving for both of my parents. So this year, as I began to make the usual laundry list of personal "resolutions" such as losing weight, exercising every day, eating more healthily, keeping up with paperwork, addressing a whole list of health issues my parents are facing, simplifying their medications and of course cleaning out the garage and the like (things I'm constantly working on anyway,) I've decided to create a goal instead of a list of resolutions.
The New Year is upon us and it is time to make a balance sheet for 2011 and work on our 2012 goals. This year has been like a roller coaster ride for millions of Americans. A slow-economic recovery, high unemployment rates and rising medical costs have prevented millions from enjoying their retirement and clouding what is supposed to be their "golden years." These are some of the reasons why AARP works to help millions of our members and Americans navigate these turbulent economic waters.
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