Feeling down in the dumps about an approaching milestone birthday? It may buoy your spirits to know you may now be eligible for a spate of age-related "senior" travel discounts and perks, ranging from A to Z (Airlines to Zoos).
Over the years Barry and Claudia Leon lived happily all over the States. They both had full and varied careers in psychology, college teaching, business, and biology. But after retiring to their 56-acre ranch in Texas, the couple decided they wanted to add another place to their long list of residences.
It's certainly still possible to find a place to eat overseas that will make you sick, but over the past dozen years of living in and traveling around Latin America, we've found that many of the stomach problems expats get come from two common sources that have nothing to do with poor food preparation or foul water.
Going abroad sometimes comes as a response to a personal shakeup: the end of a relationship, a financial loss, or the passing of a loved one. Getting out of Dodge, at least for a while, can provide the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and explore your options.
Hospitals need to find more sophisticated approaches to this new era of consumerism and transparency. To understand the bankruptcy of their current strategy, think of it this way. Imagine that movie studio heads formed a committee and wrote a report denouncing all the film reviewers.
Access to employment is one of the most challenging issues facing older people today. However, organizations and nations have largely ignored the substantial demographic shifts over the past century. Humanity has increased life expectancy by nearly 30 years over the past century and this "longevity bonus" increases opportunities for individuals, as well as society.
No matter who we are or where we come from or why we moved in the first place, there is something about Thanksgiving that--somehow, somewhere--brings us together. Even Canadians, Europeans, and locals.
Conventional wisdom dictates that people cut back on spending after age 50, but Boomers and older consumers have bucked this trend and earned their place at the marketing strategy table.
As the primary caregiver for my father during the last eight years of his life, I know only too well the personal challenges and rewards caregivers and their families experience. But when we realize that in 2009, 62 million family caregivers provided over $450 billion in care, we see that the personal challenges of caregiving also have significant public policy implications.
Where we are now with the drone strike policy is where we were with the NSA before Snowden's revelations: insiders know what's going on, but the broad public doesn't.
For the last several months, AARP has been calling for a national conversation about the future of Social Security focused on protecting and strengthening it so current beneficiaries and future generations receive the benefits they have earned. Our discussion has centered on the vital role Social Security plays as the critical foundation of income security for the vast majority of people.
I've loved shoes since I got my first pair of white patent leather Go-Go boots in 1965.
If you are a boomer, chances are good that you are more concerned about providing appropriate care to aging parents than about the help you might need someday. But the future will see fewer family caregivers: Households have gotten smaller, and many boomers have few or no children.
We represent the largest youth organization and the largest organization of Americans over 50 in the country. Our respective members, who include more than 43 million Americans, are at two ends of the generational spectrum, but we believe there is a real opportunity for us to come together and find new ways for us to connect and help each other address unprecedented circumstances.
My friend Anne just turned 60, and she looks great. She has a great job, the capstone to a great career. She has two kids she adores and two ex-husbands she doesn't. She is full of energy and curiosity and has tons of friends. But no 'boyfriend' to do things with, to have sex with (or not), to laugh with, but not necessarily to get serious with (though that would be nice).
I understand that America's catalog-and-junk-mail industry may be the only thing keeping the U.S. Postal Service afloat, but surely we can find a better use for our trees than turning them into pulp for millions of catalogs a day that go straight into the recycle bin.