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Annie Taylor: A Lesson in Resilience

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 06.09.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

In 1901, Annie Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live to tell the tale. Sadly, no one was there to listen. Why do ...

Volunteers are America in Action

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 04.15.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

Time and again in my capacity as the leader of a charitable organization, I see volunteers stepping forward to help those in need. April is National V...

Help Beat Hunger in Small Ways, With Love

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 02.24.2017 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

As part of Senior Hunger Awareness Month, I have invited by dear friend Carla Hall, co-host of the ABC lifestyles show "The Chew," to share this space and to share her message of cooking with love.

Food Waste and Systems Change

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 02.08.2017 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

Perhaps no other issue better highlights the fact that links in our food supply chain are broken. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 133 billion pounds of food go to waste every year.

Remembering MLK and His Focus on Poverty

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 01.15.2017 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

As a form of tribute this year, listen to Dr.King again, including his later speeches when he focused more on poverty. And begin to think differently about poverty, as an illness whose symptoms we can treat, an illness that we can ultimately cure.

Make a New Year's ReVOLUTION: Three Words to Live By in 2016

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 12.30.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

The three words I've picked offer an opportunity to adjust my mindset. They represent a promise I can realistically keep. These three words will inform my thinking personally and professionally.

Emerging Crisis for Seniors: It's Probably Not What You Think

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

As November is National Caregiver Month, I wanted to shine a light on a topic that caregivers and their loved ones are facing at increasing rates, but that very few people are talking about in public -- senior malnutrition.

Make Thanksgiving a Time for Connection

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 11.19.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

This isolation doesn't happen overnight. A variety of factors can set in motion a spiral of detachment: disability, language barriers, caregiving responsibilities, lack of transportation, loss of a job, death of a spouse. And the consequences are dire, with very real effects on health.

My Reflections on the White House Conference on Aging: Celebrating Aging in the Nation's House

John Feather, PhD | Posted 07.20.2016 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

On any given day, working in the field of aging can be fulfilling, meaningful, or, occasionally, frustrating. This enormous issue does not always get the attention it deserves. So, as much as anything, the recent White House Conference on Aging provided a welcome occasion for recognition and celebration.

How Reducing Social Isolation Protects Older Adults

John Feather, PhD | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The Beatles were on to something big: the fact that social isolation is a social determinant of health, so potent yet so under-appreciated that we are still discovering just how important it is to this day.

It's Hunger: Let's Call It What It Is

John Feather, PhD | Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The statistics on senior hunger and the personal stories behind the numbers are shocking, but that should be a call to action.

How Young People Are Transforming The Lives Of Those Over 50

Jo Ann Jenkins | Posted 11.24.2013 | Fifty
Jo Ann Jenkins

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.

Scholarship Helps Katrina Survivor Help Others

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Bridget J.H. lost her job, her home and had to start a new life with her four children in Texas. Now the AARP ...