Recipes - July 31, 2020 A shrub is an old-fashioned summer sipper that’s rebounding in popularity as fermented drinks like kombucha become more mainstream. Made with summer fruits like peaches, pears or apricots, shrubs are slightly sweet, a little bit bubbly, and very refreshing on … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 11, 2020 In this time of social distancing, we’ve had to skip gym workouts, group fitness classes, and the motivation that comes from exercising in an organized class or with friends. The experts say to get out and walk because it can … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 31, 2020 Most crafters are friendly, social folks by nature. They enjoy the conversation and camaraderie that usually accompanies the act of creating something new out of raw materials, whether it be a quilt, a scrapbook, or knit booties for a new … Continued Read More
Recipes - May 21, 2020 Ingredients 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries); fresh or frozen 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt, any flavor 1/4 cup granola or high-protein breakfast cereal Directions Layer half of the fruit, yogurt and granola/cereal in a small glass. Make another … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 14, 2019 First, drain, rinse, and dab-dry the chickpeas. Next, combine dried chickpeas, olive oil, and red wine vinegar in a mixing bowl. Mix well. To serve, top portioned arugula with chickpea mixture, halved grape tomatoes, and shaved parmesan. Cauliflower Steak: Ingredients … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - August 5, 2019 We Spend Too Much Time Inside, Online Many baby boomers spent years working inside – in an office building, in a retail store, on a manufacturing floor, or perhaps in our homes. Unless you spent your career as a farmer, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 16, 2019 As cold and flu season approaches, being proactive about staying healthy takes on even greater importance. Tried-and-true practices like frequent handwashing and getting enough rest are the best ways to keep colds at bay, and you can further improve your … Continued Read More
Recipes - February 5, 2013
Handmade Pasta with Shrimp in Tomato and Garlic Sauce Serves 2-4 Making homemade pasta is a lot easier than you think. It’s a fun way to get hands-on with your meal, and your sweetheart can help too! Garlic is an … Continued
Enjoy Handmade Pasta and More With These Valentine’s Day Recipes From Chef Jen Wanous.
Active Living Profiles - September 25, 2019 Take Good Care of Yourself – Top Health Tips for Women Did you know that women are at greater risk than men for developing chronic health conditions as they age? Not only are more women more likely to develop arthritis, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 6, 2012 If you thought you needed ample property to grow your own vegetables, think again. Whether you have a small yard or just a porch, you can enjoy the fun and bounty of a garden. The top two reasons to start … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 24, 2012 If your grandkids are spending too much time plugged in, help get them unplugged with games you can play with them. Some of these interactive games even offer learning opportunities, and all will elicit conversations as you play. Card Games … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 13, 2012 Whether you’re starting to see someone new or have been married for several decades, date nights help turn up the romance. While taking someone out on a date is often synonymous with spending money, a wonderful day or evening together … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 7, 2019 Hint! Hint! Ask for a Gift You’ll Actually Use We’re approaching the time of year when spouses, children and friends start asking for holiday gift suggestions, so why not be ready with some ideas? The list below includes tech gifts … Continued Read More
Daily Skin Care
Health & Well Being - November 19, 2012
Walk into any drugstore, and you’ll find hundreds of skin care products lining the aisles, all promising various things. It can be overwhelming to discern what you really need to care for your skin. Here, Douglas A. Thomas, M.D., who … Continued
If the Skin Care Aisle has You Boggled, Follow This Straightforward Advice from a Dermatologist
Active Living Profiles - September 2, 2020 Retirement can be the Most Fulfilling Time of your Life In the not too distant past, many workers looked forward to retirement as an opportunity to leave the daily grind behind and do absolutely nothing except relax. Today, the vast … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 24, 2012 With Halloween comes sugar overload. But fall is also primetime for apples and pumpkins. Here are some healthy treats to make with the grandkids that incorporate fresh ingredients and fall favorites. Naturally Sweet Apple Pie First, nothing says autumn like … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - October 18, 2012 Laura Mitchell has always been a teacher – first preschool, then elementary. Now, after earning her Ph.D., she trains other Therapists. So when the chance came along to turn her seven acres into organic demonstration gardens that would help others … Continued Read More
It’s OK to Indulge (in moderation)
Health & Well Being - February 1, 2012
The word diet is indeed a four-letter word – one that brings to mind restriction for most people. “Diet” earned its bad rap because the majority of fad diets are all about what you can’t do: no eating carbs, no … Continued
From wine to chocolate, eating your favorite foods can be good for you
Active Living Profiles - July 3, 2012 Ever dreamt of learning to ride a horse, play a musical instrument, golf 18 holes well or another pursuit? “Push yourself. Make time for it,” advises 65-year-old Kathy Browning. Kathy’s dream was to learn to ride horses – a dream … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 13, 2019 Winter’s chill can take a toll on your health and well-being No matter where you live in the U.S., most parts of the country experience cooler temperatures and challenging weather during the winter months. For some, that may just mean … Continued Read More
Enjoying Partial Retirement
Active Living Profiles - October 17, 2013
John Sands enjoyed a long and successful career and in 1996, at age 66, he decided to give retirement a try. That lasted about six months. “I tried to retire but almost went crazy,” he says of the brief stint. … Continued
John Sands left retirement to work part-time and shares why he finds this arrangement to be an ideal balance.
Leisure Pursuits - September 13, 2012 The joys of volunteering are many – especially the feeling of giving back and helping others in need. Nowadays, there are more ways to volunteer than ever before. Whether physical limitations, transportation issues or just the convenience factor make you … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 1, 2013 When it comes to vacation trends, multi-generational travel is on the rise. According to the U.S. Travel Association, at least 5 million U.S. family vacations each year include representatives from three generations. Traveling with children and grandchildren is a great … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 9, 2016 Humans and cats have been friends for a very long time. Both the ancient Egyptians and Romans held great reverence for cats as pets and symbols. Some scientists speculate that the domestication of cats began over 12,000 years ago. Some … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 18, 2013 Take a lesson from the kids: Group exercise is fun. On any warm day, visit a popular local park, and you’re bound to see kids riding bikes, playing games and having fun exercising together. Exercising with others is usually more … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 13, 2012 For many, the word meditation may conjure up preconceived images of people sitting in a circle. But these days, people of all ages and walks of life are learning the benefits of meditation – including health benefits, such as reducing … Continued Read More
Eat With the Seasons
Recipes - February 2, 2012
Once upon a time, everyone ate seasonally. But as mass transportation and shipping made it possible to eat things like strawberries in winter, many of the benefits of eating food that is in season locally were lost and forgotten. However, … Continued
For better tasting, more nutritious and more affordable food, choose fruits and vegetables that are in season
Active Living Profiles - September 13, 2012 Sandy Giedeman spent much of her career focused on the words of others. For many years she was a magazine editor. “I loved the fast pace of the magazine world, the travel, the rolling deadlines, and the collaborative aspect of … Continued Read More
Using Technology to Stay in Touch
Health & Well Being - December 26, 2012
One of the nice things about seeing friends and family regularly is keeping up to date with the day to day of their lives – the Grandkids recitals and soccer games, new haircuts, small trials and milestones. When friends and … Continued
From Video Chats to Wireless Photo Frames, Staying Connected to Friends and Family has Never Been Easier
Recipes - Most types of fish are high in protein and low in fat – and as an added benefit, many varieties are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, too. Here, Chef Jen Wanous suggests four ways to prepare and enjoy fish … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 19, 2013 Music can trigger memories, alter your mood and stimulate your mind. Because music is so highly personal and subjective, “best of” and “must have” lists are always debated. Here, four individuals in their 50s through 80s share their favorite tunes … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 23, 2012 Imelda Marcos, the First Lady of the Philippines who loved shopping, may have had 2,700 pair of shoes, but it’s likely the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) wouldn’t have approved of any of them! “In order to obtain and … Continued Read More
Walk This Way
Active Living Profiles - May 10, 2012
Walking is a great form of exercise which can help reduce isolation and improve mood: it’s low impact, free, accessible and a great activity to do with friends or family. If walking is your main form of exercise, you’ll want … Continued
Celebrity trainer Ashley Borden offers tips for getting the most out of your exercise walk
Recipes - November 19, 2012 There’s no mystery about it: Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you! They’re packed with nutrients, high in fiber and much lower in calories than most processed foods. National guidelines recommend everyone consume nine servings of fruits and … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 3, 2013
Adjusting Facebook settings: Since you’re already on Facebook, it’s the perfect place to start! In the upper right hand corner, you should see a little paddle-lock icon. Click on that icon, and a drop down menu to your privacy settings … Continued
Check out these tips for keeping your money and identity protected as you navigate through cyber space.
Leisure Pursuits - June 6, 2012 The allure of bike riding – getting out and about in the great outdoors – is not just for kids. Here are four reasons to get pedaling again: 1) It’s great exercise. Bicycling is a good aerobic workout and burns … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear … Continued Read More
Money Matters - March 25, 2016 Tax Season is almost finished. Last-minute filings are being prepped and, for many, relief is in the near future. For victims of tax season scams, however, relief is still a long way off. There are many scams and frauds out … Continued Read More
Recipes - December 26, 2012 Ready to try something new in 2013? Here, Chef Jen Wanous provides two delicious recipes made with fresh ingredients for tasty and adventurous flavors. Based in New York City, Chef Jen is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute. She … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 3, 2013 An Indian summer is the perfect time to take advantage of nature’s bounty at your local farmers market. When the barometer stays up in early fall, that’s when tomatoes are at their prime. The best of these juicy gems are … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - August 28, 2015 Every day, baby boomers are making a difference across the United States, whether it’s as part of their job or as a volunteer. Retirement or partial retirement also offers new opportunities to give back. “Find out what your passion is,” … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 13, 2012 It’s common sense that laughter makes us feel better, but to discover all of its benefits, experts have been studying the power of laughter since the 1960s. There’s even an official word for this branch of science: gelotology (from the … Continued Read More
Money Matters - May 10, 2012 Budget travel may conjure images of college students backpacking through Europe or bunking at youth hostels, but travel expert Kelly Merritt, author of The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel, shares how older adults can travel comfortably while still saving a bundle. … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear Dr. … Continued Read More
Essential Items to Keep in Your Car
Health & Well Being - September 3, 2013
September is National Preparedness Month and a great time to take simple steps so that you’re prepared in case of an emergency or unexpected situation. The majority of Americans drive cars and spend many hours each week in their vehicles. … Continued
Stock your car with a few essential items to help you stay safe and comfortable in case of a breakdown or emergency.
Health & Well Being - December 2, 2013 The spirit of gratitude and giving fills the approaching holiday season. Most grown-ups describe their childhood holiday memories as joyful, carefree times they looked forward to with longing and excitement. However, with today’s fast-paced lifestyles, there’s no denying the stress … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 3, 2012 Sometimes it is indeed the simple things in life that are the best “medicine.” In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to get tense and stressed out. To maintain your mental and physical health, find time to nurture yourself, relax and … Continued Read More
Recipes - August 13, 2012 While there may be no such thing as a “superfood” in the superhero sense of the word, there are certainly foods packed with more healthy nutrients than others. Here are three such star standouts, plus easy ways to incorporate them … Continued Read More
Playing the Sports You Love
Health & Well Being - May 23, 2013
When it comes to fitness, the emphasis is often on going to the gym. But many prefer to get their exercises, or at least supplement their gym workouts, by playing the sports they love. There are adult and senior leagues for … Continued
For Many, the Camaraderie and Competitiveness of Playing Sports Beats a Gym Workout Any Day.
Shall We Dance
Leisure Pursuits - June 12, 2012
Thanks to the popularity of “Dancing with the Stars,” more and more people are discovering the age-defying health benefits of ballroom dancing. “I have no aches and pains,” says Barbara Ritschel, 67, who has been involved with ballroom dancing for … Continued
Across the country, people of all ages are discovering the joys and health benefits of dancing
Health & Well Being - October 24, 2012 The “pursuit of happiness” is lifelong, and it’s safe to say that most people want to feel happy as much as possible. While feeling happy all the time may not be realistic (and those dealing with serious depression, sadness or … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 8, 2015 The history of the two-wheeled bicycle dates all the way back to the early 1800s. Today, millions of bicycles are sold each year and in many cities, bicycles are a primary mode of transportation. Whether you use your bicycle for … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 26, 2012 Want to meet new people with similar interests? Become more involved with the community? Get fit while enjoying the company of others? Maybe you want to network with the local business community? Whatever your interest or goals, there’s a club … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 5, 2013 Who doesn’t love a spa day? With a little creativity and these handy tips, you can bring the spa experience home to enjoy whenever you desire. Partake in the below suggestions all together, or pick and choose the elements that … Continued Read More
Gifts for Any Occasion
Leisure Pursuits - May 22, 2013
Picking out a gift for someone – whether it’s a grandchild, friend, or relative – can be tricky if you’re not sure what they want, need, or if you’re just not feeling inspired. Luckily, inspiration is close at hand. Peruse … Continued
Add Some Creativity to Your Gift Giving With These Easy-to-Customize Suggestions.
Connecting With Grandchildren
Health & Well Being - August 13, 2012
It may be a typical conversation: You ask your grandchild, “How was school today?” He or she answers something along the lines of “Fine.” But what’s next? How can family members connect with children and keep the conversation going? … Continued
A Psychologist Shares Tips for Taking Your Conversation Beyond ‘How Was School?’
Health & Well Being - April 3, 2014
There’s no debating it: Friendships are good for your health. With that in mind, how do you nurture your friendships to keep them strong, and how do you make new friends? Several Facebook fans of AARP Medicare Supplement Plans, insured … Continued
Three readers share their tips for nurturing friendships and making new friends.
Five Ways to Date and Meet New People
Leisure Pursuits - September 3, 2013
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to meeting new people. What feels comfortable and right varies from person to person. Luckily for all singles, there are many options available. We’ll explore five great ways to meet other singles. … Continued
When it comes to dating and meeting other single people, there are more fun options than ever before.
Recording Your Family Tree
Health & Well Being - May 29, 2015
There comes a time when most children and grandchildren are interested in learning – and documenting – their family history. This curiosity can be a great way to spend time together, recording your family’s story. Online Research The Internet is … Continued
Involve your grandchildren in recording and preserving your family history.
Leisure Pursuits - July 23, 2014 Whether you have your own dog, have to “babysit” a dog for friends or family, or volunteer with them, these handy training tips will help you and your canine friends communicate. Trainer Jessica Wheatcraft of Synergy Dog Training in San … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - May 11, 2012 Joseph Schartz was born in 1939 in Great Bend, KS., the fourth of seven children. His father and grandfather were Midwestern farmers, and he was soon to follow in their footsteps. Today, he farms 5,000 acres of corn, alfalfa and … Continued Read More
Dive Into Eco-Travel
Leisure Pursuits - October 9, 2013
Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and has a major impact throughout the world. Many beautiful and pristine places where people dream of traveling will become fragile without careful stewardship. As people become more “green” at home, they also look … Continued
Choosing eco-friendly destinations helps preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.
A Date Like No Other
Leisure Pursuits - January 28, 2014
Tired of the old dinner and a movie date night? Trying new things is not only good for you – it’s also good for your next date! Here are 10 fun ideas: 1) Watch the sun rise. Forget sunset – … Continued
Discover 10 one-of-a-kind date ideas for Valentine’s Day or any time you choose.
America’s Free Attractions
Leisure Pursuits - October 16, 2015
Travel and spending seem to go hand in hand, but whether you’re driving down the road or flying across the country, every major city has free things to do – activities that allow you to explore and enjoy without shelling … Continued
Travel doesn’t have to be expensive when exploring America’s amazing free attractions.
Leisure Pursuits - September 8, 2014 America’s National Parks are an amazing treasure – each one is worth a visit. However, some of the nation’s most popular national parks such as Yosemite, become very crowded during peak travel months, while lesser-known parks welcome visitors without traffic, … Continued Read More
Celebrate Your New Years on a Budget
Money Matters - December 23, 2014
New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. Maybe this year it’s time to mix up your usual routine and try something new. Whether you’re looking for romance, or to spend time with friends or family, here are five ideas for ringing … Continued
Whether you want to spend time with friends, family or your special someone, these ideas offer something for everyone.
Health & Well Being - November 12, 2014 Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day! If you have a mutt you love, try one (or all) of these 10 fun ways to celebrate! If you’re dog-free, consider helping one of the 6 to 8 million dogs and cats that … Continued Read More
Superfoods Never Tasted So Good
Recipes - July 23, 2014
“Have you heard of chia seeds yet?” asks Chef Jen Wanous. “They might ring a bell if you remember the once-popular Chia Pet, where the chia seeds sprout and grow into cute pet-plants. Now chia seeds are hitting the market … Continued
Learn about three superfoods and how to combine them to make one luscious summer treat.
Health & Well Being - July 2, 2013 These days, the majority of single people use online dating. And while it can seem intimidating at first, with a few precautions, online dating can be a fun and great way to meet new people. Choose Your Site There are … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - May 15, 2015 When Pat Wolfinbarger was born in Denver, Colo., in 1956, he had no idea his future career would largely revolve around computers – a foreign concept at the time. “Back in the day, no one saw a use for a … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 14, 2013 When you’re with an old friend or a family member, moments of silence seem natural, and no one worries much about them. However, when you’re one-on-one with someone you just met like, a first date or an outing with a new … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 22, 2019 Fun fact, 1 ounce of nuts daily can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. For a heart-healthy snack, try this easy-to-make Halloween nut mix! Ingredients 8 cups popcorn, popped 2 cups mini pretzel rods 1.5 cups mixed nuts 1.5 … Continued Read More
The Power of Pets
Health & Well Being - February 2, 2012
People have pets for many reasons. But beyond providing healthy companionship for people of all ages, including older adults, research is suggesting that having or even interacting with animals could improve your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continued
Being around animals has shown surprising mental and physical health benefits for older adults
Priceless Holiday Gifts
Money Matters - December 16, 2013
Rather than the sound of holiday tunes, many hear the “cha-ching” of the cash register when the holidays roll around. Whether it’s to save money or to give something more personal, a homemade gift or the gift of spending time … Continued
Homemade items and quality time together can become the most cherished of gifts.
The Joys of ‘Senior’ Pets
Health & Well Being - October 9, 2013
November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. Here, Hillary Noyes, DVM, shares her thoughts on the joys of adopting adult animals. “The first pet I rescued was a young, extremely energetic dog who had been mostly ignored in her previous home,” said Dr. … Continued
A veterinarian shares her stories of adopting adult and senior pets and explains the benefits of choosing an older animal.
How to Write Your Life Story
Active Living Profiles - March 26, 2012
Everyone has a story. Whether you want to write yours to share with children and grandchildren, in hopes of getting published or just for yourself, author Jean Hastings Ardell offers tips for getting started. Ardell has taught memoir writing for … Continued
Bestselling Author Jean Hastings Ardell Offers Tips for Writing your Autobiography
Leisure Pursuits - July 3, 2012 Cruising can be an ideal way to see the world. Once you book your trip, all the worries of a land-based vacation, like car rentals, directions and parking, are out the window. And with all the competition in the cruise … Continued Read More
Cholesterol Education Month
Health & Well Being - September 11, 2015
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and the CDC estimates that 102 million adult Americans have cholesterol levels above 200 mg/dL – levels beyond what’s considered healthy. Your body produces the cholesterol it needs to function, but cholesterol is also … Continued
September is the perfect time to make a plan to get your cholesterol back on track.
Health & Well Being - May 14, 2014 Stories about in-law relationships are legendary. Whether it’s a mother- or father-in-law, daughter- or son-in-law, these relationships often prove tricky. Feelings get hurt, and someone may be put in the middle. However, it’s in everyone’s best interest to get along, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 14, 2013 A love of travel and saving money are two common passions, but often the two seem at odds. Traveling usually calls to mind spending lots of money. However, it is possible to travel on a budget, see the world and … Continued Read More
Top 5 Affordable and Fun Places to Retire
Leisure Pursuits - April 24, 2015
Not sure which city to retire in? We’ve got the top cities for you! We’ve accounted for everything from cost to weather, health care and activities. Below you’ll discover five great retirement cities from five “best of” lists. Explore why … Continued
Whether you’re looking for small towns or big cities, this roundup will help you explore some of the best retirement locations.
Leisure Pursuits - March 18, 2016 With cruise season going full throttle, fans were given a special treat: the chance to ask cruise related questions to a team from the AARP® Travel Center Powered by Expedia®. With years of experience to pull from, the team answered … Continued Read More
How to Keep Seasonal Allergies in Check
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2014
Seasonal allergies – itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, congestion… whatever symptoms plague you, seasonal allergies can make even the most pleasant weather miserable. Here are some tips for staying on top of your seasonal allergies and enjoying your time indoors … Continued
Follow these suggestions to keep your allergies under control this season.
Health & Well Being - August 1, 2013
While no one should live in fear, taking common-sense advice can drastically reduce accidents, injuries and even fatalities around the house. Take a few minutes to assess if you have room for improvement when it comes to these household safety … Continued
Common sense yet oft-overlooked steps help prevent injury, contamination and accidents year-round.
Active Living Profiles - February 24, 2015
March is Women’s History Month, a month often focused on famous women and their contributions to society. However, each and every day, “ordinary heroes” are among us, working hard to make their communities better. Adrienne Valencia – Sharing the Music … Continued
In honor of Women’s History Month, meet three everyday heroes working hard to improve their community.
Five Free and Fun Activities to Do With Your Grandchildren
Leisure Pursuits - November 17, 2014
You have your grandchildren for the day, the night, the weekend or maybe even longer! What to do? Here are five fun and free ideas for spending quality time and making lasting memories. Create a Collage A different type of … Continued
Try these fun activities next time you have free time with your grandkids.
Money Matters - July 2, 2013 Ah, summertime. Long sunny days can be great, but they can also be costly. Here, we offer tips to beat the heat and save money this summer. Saving on AC Air conditioning costs are usually the biggest factor when it … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 1, 2014
Approximately 4 million pets are euthanized each year in shelters. Many people who can’t commit to adopting another pet choose to help by fostering. Fostering provides a natural environment in which pets thrive until they’re adopted. Fosters may foster for … Continued
A pet foster parent shares the rewards of providing a temporary home to animals in need.
Health & Well Being - April 19, 2013 Studies have shown that time spent with pets can lower your blood pressure; decrease feelings of loneliness, increase social contact, as well as help maintain an active lifestyle with healthier cholesterol and triglyceride levels. What’s more, you don’t have to … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 2, 2013 With most airlines now charging for checked baggage, going carry-on is more appealing than ever. Plus, carrying on your luggage means no waiting in baggage claim and no risk of lost luggage! With these handy tips, you can easily carry … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 2, 2016 Good news for fans of morning food: September is All-American Breakfast Month. You have 30 days to share your love of the first meal of every day. If cereal, waffles, and other breakfast foods don’t get you excited, don’t worry, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 16, 2016 Though Fall is not quite behind us, it’s not too early to begin planning for your wintertime getaway. Whether you’re looking for a place to relish the snow, or enjoy the warmth of a sunnier locale, one of these five … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 1, 2013 A recent Pew study shows that 56 percent of Americans now own a smartphone. Smartphones are basically pocket-sized computers with thousands of applications, or “apps” as they’re more commonly called, that can allow you to do a number of things … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - May 23, 2013
After earning her Master of Arts degree in history and criticism of cinematography, as well as her Master of Fine Arts degree in theater, Marylou Gombar taught high school for a few years before finding her niche as a community … Continued
Veteran Theater Teacher Marylou Gombar Shares the Benefits of Collaboration in Creating a Great Production.
Recipes - July 23, 2014 Summer is here, and who’s ready to cook? It’s the perfect season to start mixing ingredients and grilling outside in the fresh summer breeze. But finding the perfect dish to impress your friends and family can be a daunting task … Continued Read More
Flavors of the Garden
Health & Well Being - August 1, 2013
Like the Victory Gardens of yore, growing edibles – fruits, vegetables and herbs – has been steadily gaining momentum the past few years, with more than a quarter of households gardening. In addition to providing healthy and fresh produce, gardening … Continued
Growing an herb garden is easy and promises a flavorful boost to your favorite meals.
Health & Well Being - December 9, 2016 During the holiday season it’s easy to get caught up in the celebration when it comes to decorating your home. If you’re a pet owner, don’t forget to take certain safety precautions to ensure the safety of your animals. Keep … Continued Read More
Take Cooking Class
Leisure Pursuits - May 23, 2013
Whether you love to cook or just love to eat, taking a cooking class with a friend, your partner, or by yourself can be a fun way to try something new. You can bring home recipes and skills you can … Continued
Cooking Classes Offer a World of Possibility, From Learning to Roll Sushi to Preparing Gluten-Free Meals and More.
Active Living Profiles - February 6, 2012 “At 5-years-old, my grandmother put complete makeup on my eyes: mascara, eye shadow, eyebrow pencil, lipstick, rouge,” remembers Sharrie Williams. “She paraded me into the living room so that my great uncle could see. He said, ‘There’s nothing more beautiful … Continued Read More
Reducing Food Waste
Health & Well Being - July 31, 2013
Recent studies have shown that the average American throws out about a quarter of their purchased food and beverages. The majority is eventually tossed because it has “gone bad” or the person fears it might have. To help reduce waste … Continued
Tired of wasting food or not sure if those leftovers are still OK to eat? Follow these handy tips.
Leisure Pursuits - April 17, 2015 Jazz – there are so many creative variations and brilliant artists, you can’t help but appreciate this American-born musical genre. Jazz music is characterized by improvisation, as well as syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing and often deliberate distortions of pitch … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 4, 2015 Pets offer many benefits, from companionship to improved health. On average, dogs live around 11 years and cats live well into their teens. As your pet ages with you, both of your needs and abilities may change. Here are a … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 26, 2012 Looking for the perfect form of exercise? It may be time to get off the land and into the water. Of course, as with any exercise regimen, you should consult your doctor before beginning. Exercise in general – at least … Continued Read More
3 Ways to Enjoy Yoga – Anytime, Anywhere!
Health & Well Being - May 11, 2012
Once considered a mind-body workout for the young and nimble, yoga has proven itself beneficial to people of all ages and abilities. “Yoga seems tailor-made to address the health concerns of [older adult],” says yoga instructor Jane Adams, who has … Continued
With many ways to try yoga, it’s easy to add it to your regular routine
Leisure Pursuits - June 17, 2014
You love living life to its fullest with your family and friends. For many, family includes the dog. Whether looking for a rental, heading out to eat, traveling, or purchasing homeowner’s insurance, here’s a handy guide to a pet-friendly life. … Continued
From renting to lunch out to your next family vacation – discover how to bring your pets along for the ride.
Health & Well Being - January 2, 2012 Trying to keep up with – or even make sense of – your grandkids’ ever-changing vocabulary can be challenging. Slang is updated by the minute, so don’t feel hopelessly behind if you’re not up on all the latest lingo. But … Continued Read More
Money Matters - November 12, 2014 Once upon a time, Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, meant people staying up all night to get in the stores the moment they opened – sometimes even trampling each other to try and be the first to get the … Continued Read More
Money Matters - November 19, 2012 Bargain hunting can take a little extra time and effort, but could help save hundreds of dollars. Many people think of it like a sport and enjoy bargain hunting with friends or family, and like to share their stories of … Continued Read More
Punching the Clock – Part Time
Money Matters - March 11, 2013
Are you retired? The discussion often seems black or white. However, for many, there are countless options after retirement. Some choose to do temp, freelance, part-time or consulting work to supplement their retirement income, while others do it for the … Continued
Whether it’s For Fulfillment or Extra Cash, Part-Time Work is a Popular Option.
Health & Well Being - April 12, 2012 Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear Dr. … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 13, 2012 The verdict is in: It’s never too late to learn a new language. Whether you want to pick up the basics for an upcoming trip, refresh your knowledge of a language you studied in school, or become fluent to speak … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 18, 2012 Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 10, 2012 Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear Dr. … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 19, 2016 Trends change daily. What’s hot today may be forgotten tomorrow. New technologies alter the way people live overnight. To help you navigate through the endless waves of social trends, here’s a list of a few notable “hot topics” in the … Continued Read More
Keep Your Mind Sharp
Health & Well Being - February 5, 2013
With all the focus on physical health, ways to keep the mind sharp can be overshadowed. And while the two often go hand-in-hand, there are many things you can incorporate into your daily life to help ensure that your mind … Continued
A Fun Recipe of Healthy Living, Passion and Adventure Can Help Keep Your Mind Sharp.
Easy At-Home Exercises
Health & Well Being - July 2, 2013
Dr. Marilyn Moffat is a professor of physical therapy at New York University and the co-author of “Age Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life.” Here, she offers quick and effective balance, strength … Continued
From balance to strength-training, Dr. Marilyn Moffat offers six exercises you can do anytime, anywhere.
Springtime Fun With the Grandkids
Leisure Pursuits - April 3, 2015
Spring is bursting with color, warmth, life and a million of fun things to do! Don’t waste another second and get out there for some fun in the sun with your grandchildren. Take advantage of springtime with these suggestions for … Continued
Grab your grandchildren for the perfect spring outings, crafts and creations.
Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Health & Well Being - May 23, 2013
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face,” said Eleanor Roosevelt. While that quote may conjure grand images of facing momentous fears, stepping outside your comfort zone, even in … Continued
Whether it’s Dancing, Dating or Jumping from a Plane, Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone Can Offer Multiple Rewards.
Health & Well Being - November 27, 2015 Everyone knows that exercise is good for the body. No confusion there. The question is: What exercise is the right one for you to do? There are a number of fitness trends, fads, and whims that come and go. Here … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 18, 2014
Humans have long had a fascination with flying, so an interest in birds only seems natural. In 2012, Audubon magazine reported that 46 million Americans consider themselves bird-watchers; ranging from casual hobbyists to competitive bird enthusiasts. Whatever your level of … Continued
Whether it’s participating in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count or watching birds from the comfort of your own home, getting to know the local bird population can provide hours of enjoyment.
Health & Well Being - April 4, 2012 Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear … Continued Read More
Recipes - November 14, 2013 Welcome to the season of sugar: pies, cookies, cakes and the ever-tempting chocolate box. “If you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship to sugar,” says chef Jen Wanous. “No sooner do I pop a peppermint cookie in my mouth … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 11, 2012 Dr. Reed Q & A – Shingles Vaccines Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on … Continued Read More
Friends = Health Benefits
Leisure Pursuits - April 19, 2013
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize how vitally important friends are in my life,” comments Sandra Giedeman. “When I think about my friends, I think how I love their warmth, sense of humor, intelligence, or generosity. I’m lucky … Continued
New Studies Show Friendships Help You Stay Healthier both Mentally and Physically.
Health & Well Being - October 11, 2019 Art – in all forms – can improve our state of mind, mood and sense of well-being. For many, walking through a gallery or attending a concert instills a sense of peace, quiet and calm like nothing else. Just looking … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 12, 2012 Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear Dr. … Continued Read More
Packing the Grandchildren
Health & Well Being - October 7, 2014
Getting away from the distractions of everyday life makes quality time, laughter and special memories come more easily. For these reasons, many families plan trips together and taking a vacation with your grandchildren – whether or not their parents are … Continued
Taking the grandkids on a trip is the perfect way to create lifelong memories.
Health & Well Being - October 2, 2015 Do you have handwritten family recipes stashed here and there? Or perhaps they’re in your head, or you’ve been meaning to ask your relatives to write them down. October is National Cookbook Month, the perfect time to gain inspiration for … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 16, 2015 March is National Nutrition Month and the perfect time to renew any New Year’s resolutions that may have fallen by the wayside. Staying active and eating nutritious foods provides a host of benefits, and there are even nutrients that are … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 13, 2019 Looking for fun and creative decorating tips this Thanksgiving? Upcycle tattered books or out-of-date dictionaries to create these beautiful, colorful paper leaves. Materials An old dictionary or book Leaves from the yard Cardstock Spray ink – green, orange, yellow and … Continued Read More
Up Your Walking Motivation
Leisure Pursuits - April 3, 2014
There are many ways to get exercise, but walking is one of the most popular for countless reasons – it’s low-impact, it’s easy to talk and be social while walking, it’s free (no gym membership required!), and you can do … Continued
Adding friends and nature to your walking routine can make a world of difference.
Leisure Pursuits - May 27, 2016 There are a great many adventures to be had in this country. Each of the fifty states offers a variety of experiences. For those looking for edge-of-the-world excitement, Alaska is king of the hill. Here are a few reasons Alaska … Continued Read More
A New Year of Financial Wellness
Money Matters - December 17, 2013
Money, work and the economy are major sources of stress for most Americans. Luckily, January is Financial Wellness Month, just in time for a fresh start in 2014. Understanding your finances and having a plan for keeping them on track … Continued
January is Financial Wellness Month, the perfect time to create a solid game plan for your financial future.
Celebrate National Dog Week
Leisure Pursuits - September 16, 2014
The last week in September is National Dog Week! To celebrate, here are four fun dog facts as well as four ways to enjoy more of your furry friends. Did You Know? 1) Dogs are good for your health. They … Continued
Discover four fun dog facts and four ways to get your fill of man’s best friend!
Leisure Pursuits - July 29, 2016 If you’ve been looking for an excuse to spend some time outside, you’ve found it: This month is National Picnic Month. July isn’t over yet, so there’s still time to celebrate! Pack your best basket full of delicious foods and … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 17, 2013 Holiday traditions – they create lifelong memories and are often so cherished they’re passed on from generation to generation. Many center around meals and recipes, decorating, music, games, activities and when to open presents. However, specific traditions need an update. … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 18, 2012 Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear … Continued Read More
Don’t Call Me That
Active Living Profiles - October 24, 2012
When does someone become a “senior”? Is it ever OK to call someone “elderly”? If those in a particular age group could decide, what would they want to be called? Here, six people, ages 55 to 84, weigh in on … Continued
See What a Group of 55 to 84 Year Old Adults Say About Common Terms for ‘Older’ People
Recipes - May 14, 2014 “An eager friend once asked me what I make when I’m short on time and ingredients, and I told her, ‘A quesadilla,’ ” says Chef Jen Wanous. “She seemed a little crestfallen, like she was expecting something a little more … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 11, 2012 Reed V. Tuckson, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Reed is a nationally recognized speaker on preventive health and clinical medicine. Q: Dear Dr. … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2016 It’s exciting to visit new places, try new things, and witness the beauty of the world we call home. There are hundreds of lovely, naturally-crafted locales across the country just waiting to be experienced. This blog lists a few favorites … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 15, 2016 Wintertime is not as nice to skin and hair as other seasons. For skin, this can mean a dry, wrinkled appearance; while in hair, this can cause discoloration and thinning. Let’s look at some tips to help keep your skin … Continued Read More
Which Dog Breed is Right for You?
Leisure Pursuits - August 7, 2015
While it can be tempting to choose a dog on looks alone, there are many important factors to consider when choosing your next four-legged friend. After all, bringing a dog into your home is a commitment of 10–13 years if … Continued
Veterinarian Matthew Wheaton shares his tips for finding the right match.
Leisure Pursuits - December 26, 2012 Ever dreamt of learning to paint, sculpt or draw? Or are you already an artist who wants to improve and practice your art on a more regular basis? Good news: There are now more options than ever before to gain … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 22, 2015 In the last few years, river cruising has gained remarkable popularity. Luckily, you don’t even have to leave the country to enjoy this wonderful way to travel. Start planning your summer river cruise today! Why River Cruise? River cruises tend … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - January 21, 2015 Ann Smalley works full-time, has three dogs, is a wife, and a mother of two. But to her, volunteering isn’t just one more thing to do; it’s an important and fulfilling part of her daily life. For the past seven … Continued Read More
Money Matters - August 13, 2012 Things like shopping online or making a donation to a charity don’t need to cause stress or worry, but they are areas where a little knowledge goes a long way. Here are a few tips for keeping your personal information … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 26, 2016 There are a lot of good reasons to go to Hawaii: beaches, cuisine, year-round mild weather, festivals, wildlife, and much more. Vacations to Hawaii, however, can get expensive if you don’t plan ahead. Airfare, tours, daytrips, food, and lodging costs … Continued Read More
Cold Hard Cash
Money Matters - January 28, 2014
Most people use it every day. The dollars folded, the coins piling up in the car and on the dresser. But how often do you stop and think about our currency? While the Coinage Act of 1792 created the U.S. … Continued
Explore fun facts about the U.S. currency, plus practical tips for carrying and exchanging cash.
Health & Well Being - February 5, 2016 Typically, ski season begins in November and wraps up around April. That means you still have a few months left to strap on your boots and enjoy some time in the snow. If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding, or … Continued Read More
Money Matters - March 11, 2014 Seeing eye to eye means being on the same page, but when it comes to money matters, couples often find themselves having very different points of view about spending or even saving for that inevitable emergency. The popular press cites … Continued Read More
10 Ways to Meet New People
Leisure Pursuits - July 3, 2012
In the past, science often overlooked the importance of friendships; however, recent studies have shown that friendships play key roles in health, happiness and longevity. Whether your goal is dating or just finding like-minded individuals to spend time with, meeting … Continued
Making New Friends Becomes Natural When Combined With Activities You Enjoy
Recipes - September 18, 2020 Here’s a pizza that even those with wheat allergies can enjoy. Add your favorite toppings to the crispy cauliflower crust for a delectable gluten-free meal. Ingredients: 1 large head of cauliflower; stem removed OR 2 bags frozen riced cauliflower (12 … Continued Read More
Get Back in the (Dating) Game
Leisure Pursuits - March 23, 2012
Are you looking to get back into the dating game? Here, dating expert Tom Blake offers his best advice on everything from where to meet new people to what to do on your first date. Blake is the author of … Continued
Dating-After-50 Expert Tom Blake Offers Tips for Meeting New People and Having Fun Along the Way
Leisure Pursuits - May 13, 2016 Chances are that these days you’re using a smart phone, or a tablet, or both. Many people use these devices to make phone calls, play games, or read books. There are, however, tons of useful applications for this wondrous technology … Continued Read More
10 Easy Everyday Money Saving Tips
Money Matters - February 9, 2012
To find some often overlooked, but extremely helpful money-saving tips, we consulted Mark Hager, co-owner of AgeInPlace.com, a website for older adults and their families to learn more about staying in their homes as long as they are able after … Continued
An expert shares simple ways to save money that are often overlooked
Leisure Pursuits - December 17, 2013 Train travel holds a special allure. There you sit in a comfortable chair, facing a large window, watching the beautiful scenery roll by. A waiter passes by and brings you drinks and food. Your room is mere steps away – … Continued Read More
Make Time for YOU
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2013
Many people feel a little bit guilty about making time just for themselves. Some may feel they aren’t being productive, while others are just so used to taking care of everyone else that it’s foreign to them to do something … Continued
Carving Out Time for Yourself Each Day Can Lead to Improved Mental and Physical Health.
Health & Well Being - January 15, 2019 Poor Posture Can Cause Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Other Problems Have you checked your posture in a mirror lately? Try it now. Chances are that you – like most adults – slouch forward, lean to one side or the … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 1, 2016 Vacations are amazing. Traveling somewhere you’ve never been and trying things you’ve yet to try can be a soulful experience. Doing all that with your nearest and dearest friends can be an even greater experience. It can also be a … Continued Read More
Top Books for Baby Boomers
Leisure Pursuits - March 16, 2015
Whether you love the classics, books by fellow boomers, self-help books, how-to books or the very latest releases, this roundup of top books from various “must read” lists is sure to have something of interest. Dive in, learn, and let … Continued
Explore which titles top the must-read list for the boomer generation and beyond.
Asking for Help
Health & Well Being - July 31, 2015
Everyone needs help sometimes, but asking for that help can be hard, especially if you consider yourself the independent type. An injury or illness, changes in mobility, or financial issues can all necessitate asking for help – whether it’s help … Continued
While it may not be fun, asking for help and planning for help you may need in the future is essential.
Have you saved for retirement?
Money Matters - July 24, 2015
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average American spends 20 years in retirement, but fewer than half of all Americans have calculated how much they will need to save for retirement. How much you’ll need: The AARP Retirement … Continued
Check out these straightforward tips and resources for retirement savings.
Health & Well Being - December 17, 2013 The holidays are upon us, and with the holiday season comes a busy calendar packed with shopping, wrapping, cooking, entertaining, and often hosting or traveling. And while the holidays usually mean extra calorie intake, fitting in exercise can be twice … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 14, 2015 Who doesn’t remember a great family road trip complete with games played in the car, amazing scenery and those all-important detours? If you’re ready to hit the road again and see the sights – no plane or passport required – … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 23, 2017 Every year on July Fourth, America observes the anniversary of the nation’s independence. There are plenty of ways to partake in these celebrations, though some methods tend to be more popular than others. Here are a few different ways to … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 23, 2015
Millions of people visit the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument each year in Washington, D.C. but, did you know there are dozens of other presidential sites of interest located across the United States? February is filled with historical, presidential events … Continued
As we honored our Presidents this February, consider a visit to one of the countless, presidential historic sites across the nation.
Leisure Pursuits - July 10, 2012 It’s safe to say that everyone reading this has mastered the Facebook basics of creating a profile, knows how to “Like” a page and read posts. But with the site constantly evolving, here are a few tips and tricks to … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 5, 2016 Every four years, America celebrates its finest athletes as they travel to compete in the Summer Olympic Games. This year, the world’s best will travel to beautiful Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to compete in every sport from archery to … Continued Read More
Money Matters - October 30, 2014 Just like a diet with no indulgences, a strict budget that doesn’t allow for occasional splurging won’t work well either. Explore when to spend and how to splurge wisely. Mini Splurges For many, treating yourself to that something special brings … Continued Read More
Military Family Month
Active Living Profiles - November 13, 2015
Every year, the President of the United States signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. This annual proclamation marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family, honoring the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the … Continued
Meet the Myers family, whose service roots go all the way back to the American Revolution.
Health & Well Being - July 22, 2016 Sleep is important. According to experts, sleep helps people maintain critical body functions, restore energy, repair muscle tissue, and lets the brain process new information. Not getting enough sleep can hinder a person’s ability to think clearly, focus, react, and … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 22, 2019 Earth Day – Our Annual Reminder to Treat Mother Nature with TLC On April 22, 1970, concerned citizens of the world united in protest of pollution, pesticides, and the damage being done to the Earth’s air, land, and water. They … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 3, 2017 Ready or not, the big game is coming. Whether you’re a diehard fan of pigskin, or a more casual enjoyer of commercials, food, and fun, chances are you’ll be celebrating this most sacred of American days with friends and family. If you’re … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 16, 2012 The old saying “No pain, no gain” implied that in order to be effective, a workout needed to be painful. However, times have changed and professionals now understand the benefit of low-impact, non-concussive exercises that are easier on the joints … Continued Read More
Stretching for Relaxation and Flexibility
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2013
Remember gym class? Stretching was once standard practice before any exercise. While studies may not have proven the value of stretching prior to a workout, stretching after a workout is still considered a good practice. What’s more, stretching regularly – … Continued
Stretching Plays a Key Role in Maintaining Flexibility and More.
Leisure Pursuits - June 17, 2014
When it comes to fostering great lifelong relationships with your children, nieces and nephews, go long! Finding ways to stay close throughout the years can be more difficult as adult children invest in their careers, get married, have their own … Continued
Discover three great ways to spend quality time with your adult children and other loved ones.
Health & Well Being - February 26, 2016 Eating healthy is a never-ending responsibility. Avoiding certain foods is a good start, but it can be easier to avoid one or two ingredients in each meal, as opposed to a dish altogether. Why miss out completely on something you … Continued Read More
Money Matters - November 25, 2016 Even though the holidays come the same time each year, they can still be a shock for an unprepared budget. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to score some last-minute savings if you find yourself stretching your budget: Take inventory … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 4, 2014 September is National Yoga Month! Channel your inner “Go Long” spirit and, with your doctor’s ok, try something new that benefits both the mind and body. Yoga provides mental and physical benefits for those of all ages and can easily … Continued Read More
Five Tips for River Cruising
Leisure Pursuits - May 14, 2014
One of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry, river cruising is now more popular than a traditional Mediterranean cruise, and many ships fill up far in advance. If you’re considering a river cruise, you won’t want to miss … Continued
Hop on board one of the travel industry’s hottest trends and discover the allure of river cruising.
Inside the Gluten-Free Trend
Recipes - December 17, 2013
“Is it just me or has every other person you’ve met lately gone gluten-free?” asks Chef Jen Wanous. “Tons of people seem to be giving up bread and pasta, and it’s not just because they want to cut out the … Continued
Chef Jen Wanous discusses the reasons people go gluten-free and provides a tasty recipe.
Health & Well Being - January 27, 2014
Depending on where you live, winter can mean snow, ice, sleet, rain or all of the above. Take a look at these various scenarios and gain some sage advice for staying safe and comfortable this season. It’s Cold Outside, but … Continued
Whether it’s raining or snowing in your neck of the woods, learn to stay safe and warm no matter what the weather brings.
Three Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
Money Matters - January 1, 2015
Eating healthy on a dime, let alone 50 dimes, is not so easy these days. But with a few simple tips, you can save money and eat healthy. 1) Prioritize Your Organics The price of organic foods is daunting. The … Continued
Chef Jen Wanous offers cost-saving, healthy-eating tips plus a fish taco dinner for $4 per person.
Health & Well Being - October 29, 2014 Who knew that playing with kids could help keep your mind sharp? If you have grandchildren, these activities serve a dual purpose –bonding with the grandkids while helping your mind stay sharp. Don’t have grandchildren of the right age? Consider … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 31, 2017 Donating one’s time is a year-round activity enjoyed by numerous Americans across the country. There are thousands of organizations that utilize volunteers to make an impact around the world. Every year, these fine men and women who give themselves to … Continued Read More
Recipes - August 22, 2019 Start your day right with these healthy, no-added-sugar Banana Oat & Nut Waffles. Ingredients: 2 Bananas 1 cup Walnuts (or other preferred nut) 2 Eggs 1 cup Rolled Oats 2 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 cup wholemeal Flour … Continued Read More
Enjoy a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
Recipes - November 12, 2014
“Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a complicated dance with dietary restrictions,” says Chef Jen Wanous. “In this post, we’ll figure out how to host a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner so that you and your guests strike a savory samba, without too … Continued
Making this holiday gluten-free is easy with tips and recipes from Chef Jen Wanous.
Holidays are a Time for Giving
Leisure Pursuits - November 24, 2014
The holiday season is a time for giving, and many people get into the spirit of the season through volunteering and donating. Giving back can also be a great way to teach the younger generation about helping those less fortunate. Here … Continued
Whether it’s making crafts to donate or volunteering, involving the entire family in the spirit of the season makes for special memories.
Recipes - February 10, 2017 Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re still in search of something romantic to do for your special someone, consider this collection of recipes to create a light, healthy feast that shows what a big heart you have … Continued Read More
Lifestyle Habits for Brain Health
Health & Well Being - September 18, 2015
The CDC reports that one in eight adults aged 60 and older experience confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse over the past year. Luckily, recent decades have seen more research into what people can do to … Continued
Studies show that a variety of lifestyle changes can produce positive impacts on the brain.
A Grandpa’s Story
Active Living Profiles - March 11, 2013
Think all-day babysitting and picnics with the grandchildren are the territory of grandmothers? “No way,” says single grandpa Donald Schartz. Divorced since his two girls were school-age, his oldest daughter Nikki now has two daughters – Julianna, age 11, and … Continued
Single Grandfather Donald Schartz Makes it a Priority to Spend Time With His Granddaughters.
5 Communication Strategies
Health & Well Being - January 21, 2015
Part of the “Go Long” lifestyle involves connecting with others within your community. You can strengthen relationships with friends, family, and colleagues by practicing these five communication strategies. Active Listening Psychologist Anne Hanley says, “I’ve always been struck by the … Continued
Improve your relationships with friends, family, and colleagues with these tips.
Leisure Pursuits - March 6, 2014 If you enjoy writing and believe you have a distinct voice, then blogging may be for you. There are many reasons people choose to blog, including: Self- expression – having a creative outlet Making a difference – educating people about … Continued Read More
Money Matters - May 14, 2014 A little bit here and a little bit there – it all adds up. Whether it’s spending too much for coffee or your monthly electric bill, little changes can create big savings in the long run. Here are 10 spending … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 21, 2015 The United States encompasses 3.806 million square miles with 95,471 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Whether you love mountains, lakes, deserts or the sea, there’s a plethora of outdoor adventures waiting for … Continued Read More
What Grandkids Love Most
Health & Well Being - April 9, 2014
Grandparents and grandchildren – it’s a love affair as old as time. But what do grandchildren value most about their relationship with their grandparents? Here, six grandchildren share their viewpoints. What Grandmas Make “Grandma’s recipe” and “grandma’s home cooking” are … Continued
Six grandchildren share what they appreciate the most when spending time with their grandparents.
Leisure Pursuits - April 19, 2013 It’s safe to say that most people are curious about their ancestors, but thanks to the Internet and several family history and genealogy TV shows, interest in this type of research has soared. With today’s technology and resources, information is … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 1, 2014 Not only is music fun to listen to, fun to dance to and fun to sing along with, it’s actually proven to be good for your mental and physical health. First, there was live music, then the radio and vinyl, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 16, 2016 As life goes on, friends and family may take out-of-state jobs or you may decide to relocate. Perhaps you’ve simply outgrown your current friendships or fell out-of-touch. In any case, remember that you’re not alone. Follow these tips and you’ll … Continued Read More
Make Ice Cream in a Bag!
Recipes - July 17, 2015
July is National Ice Cream Month, and who’s the best person to celebrate with? Your grandkids, of course! Here’s a fun and easy way to make ice cream and the best part is… you don’t even need an ice cream … Continued
Grab your grandchildren to try these fun and easy ice cream recipes from Chef Jen Wanous in honor of National Ice Cream Month.
Singing a New Tune
Active Living Profiles - July 23, 2014
You don’t always know where life will take you. You just know you’re in for an adventure! It was just such an adventure that led Nancy Perrin to Tomorrowland and then back to her musical beginnings. Career Adventures “I’ve always … Continued
Nancy Perrin’s career took many exciting turns before bringing her back to her musical roots.
Choosing Part-Time Work
Active Living Profiles - October 23, 2015
When Ray Wilkerson, a licensed clinical social worker, retired three years ago at age 65, he wasn’t ready to stop working completely. “When I decided to retire, I wasn’t ready to sit back and not do anything. I wanted something … Continued
Ray Wilkerson shares how he finds a good work-life balance in partial retirement
Health & Well Being - December 23, 2014 You’re on vacation – who needs exercise, right? While some share this view, others actually feel more energetic and less guilty when they fit in some exercise during their travel and vacation plans. It may not be as much as … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 5, 2017 The Why Your Health: When it comes to physical fitness a little bit can go a long way. Choosing alternative modes of transportation over driving your car or truck may have a significant impact on your health. Ride your bike, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 8, 2016 Learning has no age limits and we’ve put together some tips on finding free education opportunities for retirees. Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 10, 2015 Dogs that get regular exercise and activity tend to display less behavior issues and stay in better health. Like people, what type of exercise your dog can handle and how much depends on his or her age, breed and health. … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 17, 2017 Preventing signs of aging can be expensive. Advertisers spend millions every year to promote creams, ointments, and supplements that promise to make people look younger. There’s often little science behind many of these cosmetic claims. With the volume of counterfeit … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 19, 2015 June is America’s Great Outdoors Month, and summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all of nature’s beauty. While the weather is fine, try these five outdoor activities with your family! 1. Fishing: Fly fishing, freshwater, saltwater and … Continued Read More
Recipes - January 28, 2014 According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The good news is that you can do something about it! February is American Heart Month and the perfect … Continued Read More
Reduce Pet-Related Expenses
Money Matters - August 28, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States reports that pet ownership in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Americans are also spending more than ever on their pets: $55.7 billion in 2013. Sure, you like to … Continued
Use these five tips to keep your pets happy and healthy without breaking the bank.
Money Matters - June 17, 2014 It’s the simple pleasures in life that often make all the difference. They can turn an ordinary week into a mini celebration – like a dinner out with a friend or significant other. In fact, Americans spend nearly half their … Continued Read More
Secrets of a Long Relationship
Active Living Profiles - September 25, 2015
Happily married for more than 48 years, Richard and Candace Robl have learned a thing or two about communication, affection and support. The couple met at the University of Texas and dated for about a year and a half before … Continued
Richard and Candy Robl share how they’ve kept their relationship strong for more than 48 years.
Recipes - July 31, 2019 Adding spinach to a smoothie is a great way to meet your recommended daily veggie intake. Celebrate the last day of National Blueberry Month with this refreshing and health-benefiting smoothie! Ingredients: 1 cup of Blueberries, frozen 1/2 of a Banana, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 14, 2017 Most people eat three meals per day, at least. Snacking, while not typically considered a meal, is what happens between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Americans love to snack. Specifically, they love to snack on-the-go. In 1960 over a quarter of … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 9, 2015
It’s become more and more common for jobs to take family members to different states and even countries, making time together more difficult. Luckily, modern technologies also make staying in contact easier than ever. Staying connected can be especially important … Continued
Combine technology with tried-and-true methods to stay in touch with friends and family.
Money Matters - February 1, 2013 Staying connected with friends and family is good for mental and physical health. And what better way to celebrate those connections than bringing everyone together for a holiday, a birthday or just because. Whether you’re hosting an intimate party for … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 20, 2017 From picking out soft, squeaky toys to making your first veterinarian appointment, there are a few things more exciting than bringing home a new pet. It’s heartwarming to watch a new puppy wag around and explore your home, and it’s … Continued Read More
Five Ways to be More Sustainable
Health & Well Being - June 26, 2015
Living a more sustainable life has become second nature in some respects, but there are countless of opportunities to help reduce waste, conserve resources and even save money in the process. Take your sustainable living to the next level with … Continued
Helping the Earth and your pocket book is easy with a little knowledge.
Leisure Pursuits - March 3, 2017 March is Women’s History Month. Designated in 1987 by Congress, this national celebration was established to pay tribute to the generations of women whose lives and work have proved invaluable to our society and culture. To honor the occasion, here … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 1, 2020 With the new year comes a new list of resolutions. Whether your goal this year is to eat better, exercise more, or to keep a sharp mind, here are some ways to develop a whole new you. Healthy Eating One … Continued Read More
Adventure Travel Awaits
Leisure Pursuits - December 2, 2013
Think adventure travel is just for the young? Think again. In fact, adventure travel is now more popular than ever for those aged 50-plus. What exactly is adventure travel, you may ask? The phrase covers a wide array things, most … Continued
From horseback riding to helicopter tours and everything in between, adventure travel is hotter than ever.
Leisure Pursuits - October 28, 2016 The holiday season is approaching… For many, this means family reunions, sometimes a lot of them. To help minimize the stress of organizing your family get-together, here are a few tips to keep the planning manageable, the work minimal, and … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - February 12, 2016 There are few sports as physical as ice hockey. Players move constantly while maintaining their balance on thin blades. They must constantly observe and control the puck, and absorb/distribute a few friendly bumps with other players. It’s a one of … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 30, 2016 Don’t be fooled by the name, High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is not as scary as it may sound. These quick workouts offer many benefits, including a healthier heart, lowered blood pressure, more energy, lowered risk of diabetes, and reduced body … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 28, 2017 If you’re considering a cruise this year and haven’t chosen a destination yet, there are a number of 2017 destinations to consider beyond the typical tropical retreat. From new destinations in Cuba to food and wine cruises around the globe, … Continued Read More
Recipes - November 20, 2015 Guest blog by Chef Jen Wanous Over the years we have come up with new Thanksgiving recipes that make for a delicious compromise. It’s a particular combination of flavors and textures that conjure up the Turkey Day tradition in my … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 12, 2016 Eating on a budget can often be seen as a sacrifice of quality for quantity, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of tasty, healthy foods that offer great returns for the money spent. Below are … Continued Read More
Historic Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2017
Leisure Pursuits - January 27, 2017
Each new year brings with it some historical significance: an anniversary, birthday or milestone. This year, experience something new while experiencing something old at these historic locations celebrating anniversaries in 2017. Celebrate Nashville’s Music History Nashville, Tennessee has a rich … Continued
Experiencing Something New by Experiencing Something Old
Health & Well Being - November 4, 2016 Every November the United States celebrate the unsung heroes who care for patients across our country: caregivers. Whether they work at an institution or in a private home, caregivers depend on communication to do their job well. Communicating is a … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 19, 2012
The holidays are a singular time of year offering special ways to spend time together. Between shopping for gifts and celebrating family traditions, set aside time for dates that can only be enjoyed during this magical season. Four Fun … Continued
Whether You’ve Been Married for Years or You’re Starting a Relationship, the Holiday Season Offers New Opportunities for Fun and Romance
Recipes - December 23, 2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations are the last hurrah of the year and typically the last food-filled celebration before people kick off their resolution to watch what they eat. Whether you’re spending the evening with family to watch the ball drop … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 1, 2016 Parades If you’re one of the lucky Americans who lives close enough to a parade to enjoy it live, you’re going to want to take a few special precautions. The American Heart Association has a few great tips for celebrating safely: … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 13, 2012 Labor Day may mark the end of summer, but it can be the perfect time to start a new family tradition. Round up everyone to head outside – the yard or a park will do – and play some fun … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 3, 2018 Imagine you are in an accident or have a sudden illness that leaves you unable to communicate. Your loved one or caregiver is faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 14, 2017 People always say it’s what’s inside that counts, right? This mantra can also be true for your home. It’s not so much the exterior of the home that matters as much as it is what goes inside. Turn any house … Continued Read More
Find a Hobby You Love
Leisure Pursuits - June 17, 2014
You’re not slowing down and neither should your leisure time. You embody Go Long! There’s no need to feel guilty about taking time to do what you enjoy most because research has shown hobbies are good for you! In fact, … Continued
Hobbies are good for you! Discover some hobbies and how to find the right one for you.
Health & Well Being - December 4, 2015 Holidays bring loved ones together to celebrate traditions and revel in good cheer. Many celebrations include socializing, gift-giving, and food. Lots of food. It can be tempting to cheat on a diet. With so many gatherings and once-a-year food offerings, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 5, 2012 Whether you enjoy golf for the competition, the fresh air or the camaraderie – or have never tried golf but want to – there’s never been a better time to take a swing. Discounts abound, making golf more affordable. … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 19, 2017 Road trips are a popular way to travel across the U.S. and see the sights, but the downside is that someone in the group is always stuck behind the wheel. That can mean missing out on the experience of relaxing … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 6, 2012
Why do people volunteer? Certainly helping others and making the world a better place are excellent reasons, but volunteers report countless others, including making new friends and gaining a sense of community. Indeed, what better way to meet people with … Continued
Find out why people volunteer and how to find the opportunity that’s right for you
Recipes - June 5, 2015 Leftovers – some people don’t mind eating them, others hate them and live by the phrase, “Variety is the spice of life.” But most agree that tossing out good food doesn’t make economic sense, especially when you consider as much … Continued Read More
How to Find the Right Volunteer Opportunity
Leisure Pursuits - January 28, 2014
More and more Americans are volunteering, driven by a desire to give back. Volunteering comes with many rewards, such as meeting like-minded individuals and new friends, having a purpose and feeling like you’re making a difference. If you desire to … Continued
Follow these steps to discover a volunteer opportunity that fits your passion.
Money Matters - October 7, 2016 Job hunting can be stressful. Perhaps the only thing more stressful is finding a job you don’t enjoy. Spending time doing something you love, as opposed to drudging through a nine to five, can make a big difference in health … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 10, 2016 Anyone can play golf, but not everyone can play golf well. Though golf’s pace may be slower than sports like football or baseball, it is no less technical or demanding than those sports. This blog features some helpful golf tips … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 2, 2016 With winter quickly approaching and the holidays just around the corner, many people are getting ready to enjoy the cozy warmth of the indoors with the company of friends and family. For those looking to embrace the cold, here are … Continued Read More
Money Matters - January 21, 2015 Cutting energy is great for the environment and your wallet. Here are 10 easy ways to get started: 1. Look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program to help businesses and individuals save … Continued Read More
Ten Reasons to Love Oatmeal
Health & Well Being -
If oatmeal is nothing more to you than morning mush, it’s time to think beyond the bowl. As a food, oatmeal is full of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need to keep your heart happy through the years. … Continued
This versatile grain can give your health, home, and skin an easy and on-the-cheap makeover.
Leisure Pursuits - July 23, 2014 The average American produces 1,600 pounds of trash a year. Much of that could be recycled and other pieces could be upcycled. Upcycling means taking something and repurposing it. These days it’s easier than ever to share fun ideas on … Continued Read More
Spring Break Without a Passport
Leisure Pursuits - April 10, 2015
Want all the beauty, adventure and fun of an exotic spring vacation without having to worry about a passport, changing currency or any other hassles of traveling to another country? Here are five of the many choices available: No passport … Continued
Explore five exotic vacations where you can travel without worrying about a passport.
Leisure Pursuits - March 4, 2016 Pets are wonderful companions. Though dogs and cats are the most common variety, not everybody has the room for them. Thankfully there are a number of animal types that make excellent friends for any number of living situations. Here are … Continued Read More
Money Matters - June 9, 2017 It’s summer time and the living is easy, maybe a little too easy. Perhaps you’re looking for something to do to fill your extra time. Many adults can find wonderful part-time jobs during the summer months. Take a look at … Continued Read More
Money Matters - December 23, 2014 Does the new year have you yearning for a new look for your home? If you have the urge to spruce up your surroundings but you can’t or don’t want to spend much on the makeover, here are five ways … Continued Read More
Money Matters - January 6, 2017 Financial stress can be daunting, but with some planning, the uncertainty around how far your money will stretch from paycheck to paycheck doesn’t have to be something you stress over. This year, establish financial stability with these budget-friendly tips. Stick … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 21, 2020 Fresh and bright flavors help this pasta salad bring out the joy of summer! Pastas made from brown rice, chickpeas or quinoa provide a gluten-free alternative. Boost the veggie quotient by substituting zucchini noodles, called “zoodles,” for the pasta. … Continued Read More
Money Matters - May 1, 2015
Second-act careers or work reimagined – whatever clever terms you want to use, many people choose to work part-time or to adjust their career later in life. The reasons are as varied as the jobs themselves. Some people want to … Continued
Use your experience and expertise to find a part-time job you’re passionate about.
Leisure Pursuits - July 28, 2017 With summer in full swing, the pool is the perfect place to spend time with not only your family but with your pets as well (they’re basically family too!). Steer clear of pool dangers with these helpful tips to keep … Continued Read More
Strength Training at Home
Health & Well Being - December 26, 2012
Strength training is an important part of overall fitness. In fact, the CDC recommends muscle-strengthening exercises two or more days a week if you’re 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions. Be … Continued
Instructor Jane Adams Offers Four At-Home Strength-Training Exercises with No Equipment Needed
Health & Well Being - February 24, 2017 Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or personal achievements are great reasons to throw on your party hat, but when was the last time you celebrated something less significant? Research shows that celebrations among groups help create a sense of belonging, which is … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 2, 2017 Summer is coming. For most that means longer nights, warmer days, and more time with friends and family. While there are an endless variety of summertime activities to enjoy, many of them can cost a sizable amount of money. To … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 24, 2016 Superfoods. You’ve probably heard the term; perhaps you’ve done some research. Many health trends claim “superfoods” can combat things like heart disease and stroke. According to an article by the Heart and Health Association, “…many so-called ‘super’ foods are good … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 30, 2017 Technology can be frustrating. You finally master one tool only to find that everyone has already moved on to the next. That’s how it can feel using social media. With platforms that feature disappearing photos and the creation of stories, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2014 Don’t have time to make it to the gym? The car is in the shop so you can’t drive to your aerobics class? It’s too hot or too cold outside? Don’t fret. With these five easy at-home exercises, you can … Continued Read More
Cooking With Grandkids
Recipes - October 9, 2013
There are lots of reasons why grandparents cook with their grandchildren. First and foremost, it’s fun – whether you bake, make a fun snack or work together on a meal! Most kids love to measure, mix, stir and pour. True, … Continued
Making meals, snacks and desserts with grandkids are fun ways to spend time together.
Leisure Pursuits - April 21, 2017 At any age, gardening can be a lot of work. It’s physically demanding for anyone, especially when it comes to those high-maintenance plants. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for a garden that requires a little less maintenance. Try … Continued Read More
Exercise With Friends and Family!
Health & Well Being - September 30, 2014
Staying active is part of the “Go Long” way of life. Following a doctor-approved fitness regime can provide a plethora of mental and physical benefits. Working out with a friend, family member or group can help keep you motivated and … Continued
Stay motivated by utilizing the buddy system and these seven ways to workout.
Recipes - November 11, 2016 With Thanksgiving right around the corner, thoughts of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all the fixings are top of mind. But this year, why not change things up a bit and give your friends and family something new … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 13, 2017 You’ve probably heard of superfoods, but have you ever thought about super drinks? Tea has been used for centuries as a way to remain alert through long meditations. Today, we still drink it to help us stay awake through the … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 18, 2020 Your smart speaker can do so much more than you know Digital voice assistants, a.k.a. “smart speakers” can turn on lights, answer questions, even tell jokes. These wildly popular tools can be found in nearly 1/3 of all U.S. households … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 7, 2017 New applications (apps) become available every single day, and there doesn’t seem to be much these programs can’t do. With so many available, it can be difficult to determine what’s out there and how it might help. This blog will … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 20, 2016 If you’re looking to start a garden at home, there are a few things you should figure out before you run out to buy plants. If, however, you feel like you cannot have a garden because of the space you … Continued Read More
Money Matters - December 5, 2019 Budget is not a fun word. It’s not often that that it comes up in conversations with any sort of glee. To most people, budgeting refers to spending less – something few people enjoy. The truth, however, is that your … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - April 15, 2016 There are few races more extreme than triathlons. One could argue, however, that a 12-hour mountain bike race might fit the bill. Meet Mr. Jim Schmitt, a 61-year-old gentleman who does both. In this blog, Jim shares his views on … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 21, 2015 With plane travel becoming increasingly bothersome, trains are making a comeback. Train travel offers many benefits, including excellent sightseeing experiences. While you can travel by train all over the world, living in the United States, you can opt to travel … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 7, 2017 Just like humans, pets need daily physical activity to keep fit. Unlike people, however, pets don’t have jobs, families, and commitments that can keep them busy all day long. So how does the concerned pet owner make time for Fido … Continued Read More
Recipes - August 3, 2020 These savory walnuts, flavored with herbs and just a touch of butter, make a great addition to a cheese tray. Substitute cashews or different spices to create your own special mix. Ingredients: 2 cups raw walnuts 1 tablespoon canola or … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 16, 2017 If you have a pet, chances are it’s a very important part of your family. Dogs and cats tend to work their way into your heart and can have you wrapped around their little paws in no time. When … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 19, 2019 Get your trip off to a stress-free start Leisure travel is supposed to be fun, right? So, how is it that travel often takes a stressful turn? Sometimes, it just can’t be helped. Bad weather and equipment problems can delay … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 3, 2016 Caregiving isn’t easy, but it may be easier with a little help from technology. Technology has afforded caregivers a wide variety of tools that can assist in many ways. Here are a few technological products that may assist you as … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 1, 2017 Traveling is a favorite pastime for thousands of people all over the world. Whether you’re exploring abroad or taking a road trip with some friends, making memories is a big part of the plan. To preserve those moments travelers take … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 15, 2017 People find joy in helping others and giving back to the community is a great way to do so. There are many benefits to giving back to others such as making social connections with those around you, gaining a new … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 26, 2017 It can be a tough adjustment at any point in your life when your empty nest becomes full again. However, living and housing expenses can be tough to brave alone. Parents and children alike are choosing to cohabitate when they … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 21, 2017 Skip the oven and indulge in some sweets this summer! Enjoy all the sweet treats you’re craving with these no-bake, refreshing sweets for you and your family to enjoy. A Delightful Summer The perfect combination of cake and sherbet for … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 15, 2016 These days, it’s fairly simple to find healthy recipes. A quick search online reveals a vast number of possibilities for any number of entrees and side dishes that won’t make you buy a belt two sizes larger. Something a bit … Continued Read More
Money Matters - April 3, 2014
The saying goes that the best things in life are free. Sure, things like quality time, love and friendship are most certainly free of charge. But for many of the things you pay for – from furniture to beauty products … Continued
From couponing to samples and free classifieds, uncover the secrets of all things free.
Health & Well Being - March 10, 2017 According to a recent study, your strength, balance, and endurance will have already started to deteriorate by the time you reach your 50’s. This, paired with low physical activity, can lead to physical injury, falls, or chronic diseases. For many … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 20, 2017 Few things can make someone smile the way your favorite pets can, especially when they’re all dressed up. However, finding the perfect Halloween costume can be tricky (and a little pricey). Get creative this season and try one of these … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 29, 2017 Life is busy. It can be challenging to cut out some “you-time” to enjoy. Thankfully, there are weekends. Weekends can be a great time to try new things, indulge in the things you already enjoy, or relax with the ones … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - May 14, 2014
For around 30 years Joan Spittler worked as a music teacher – first in the classrooms of elementary schools, high schools and colleges, and then in her home studio when she started a family. She loved teaching music and wasn’t … Continued
Joan Spittler decided to change careers at age 50 and hasn’t regretted it for a minute.
Leisure Pursuits - October 9, 2015 If you love getting together with friends, family or your loved ones but don’t have the time or money to host elaborate dinner parties, consider these tips and resources for hosting low-cost, low-hassle get-togethers! Type of party: The first step … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 8, 2020 “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves St. Laurent While many magazines have stopped publishing in print, dozens of big, glossy fashion magazines still line newsstands each month, and especially in the fall. That’s when the fashion industry predicts which … Continued Read More
Recipes - May 12, 2017 Snacking, everyone does it. Mindlessly reaching into a bag of chips to unwind for the day is a guilty pleasure for many people. But if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, indulging in a sweet or salty snack can … Continued Read More
Tai Chi – A Mind and Body Practice
Health & Well Being - June 12, 2015
Millions of people in the United States now practice tai chi, and studies have shown this ancient Chinese martial art can have a number of health benefits. “Tai chi is a series of gentle, flowing movements,” explains Don Fiore, a … Continued
Tai chi’s gentle movements and health benefits make it increasingly popular across the United States.
Health & Well Being - November 2, 2018 During National Family Caregivers Month, it’s time to celebrate those among us who care for spouses, parents. and other family members, and to provide some reminders and resources for the unsung heroes who ensure that their loved ones are safe, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 11, 2018 No Need to Hibernate This Winter! Though winter weather can make it difficult to get out and about, if you have a plan in place, you’re more likely to follow through. Set yourself up for success by get involved in … Continued Read More
Money Matters - October 21, 2016 It seems like new, expensive fitness crazes come out every other week. While the desire to stay healthy is admirable, the need to live on a budget is a reality for many. Thankfully, there are ways to do both without … Continued Read More
Money Matters - August 25, 2017 Thanks to the internet, the world is getting smaller. People are more connected now than ever before and many folks are cashing in on that connectedness. Some rent their spare rooms, others drive their cars like taxis, and many are … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 16, 2020 Many people have taken to eating their meals outside when the weather permits, perhaps on a deck or porch, or even in a driveway. Dining al fresco helps you strike up conversations with new acquaintances and keep in touch with … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 20, 2019 Journaling is a tradition with roots that date back hundreds of years. Many United States presidents have kept journals for posterity, while numerous other public figures have maintained them for a variety of other reasons. Let’s take a look at … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 18, 2020 You may be thinking to yourself, “Kids these days. They’re always on their phones, playing video games, or watching television. They rarely go outside to play, and when they do, their phones are always in hand, preventing them from getting … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 15, 2020 The Importance of Eye Exams as We Age William Shakespeare famously noted that “the eyes are the window to the soul” – our inner self – but they’re also one of the primary ways we experience the world around us. … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 9, 2018 Umami – The Science of Savory Every so often, a creative chef concocts a new dish or combines ingredients in such a way that the food world sits up and takes notice. Think blackened fish in the mid-80s, molten chocolate … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 17, 2014 You’re ready to “Go Long” in everything you do – from work to play. Part of that plan means keeping your mind sharp and ready to meet each new challenge. Luckily, the study of the human brain is shedding light … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 31, 2018 Have a ton of great ideas, but not enough budget or garden space? Don’t worry! There are many ways to revamp your garden with everyday items. Utilizing ordinary objects that might seem drab, these DIY garden ideas will transform them … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - May 29, 2020 Grandparents and grandchildren don’t always live near one another, so being apart and communicating only by phone isn’t necessarily new for all families. But if you typically get to spend lots of time with your grandkids and aren’t able to … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 7, 2019 Spring Travel – Rejuvenation After Hibernation This winter has been challenging for most parts of the country, with extreme storms and downright miserable conditions plaguing Americans from coast to coast. If you live in an area that’s been particularly hit … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 29, 2016 Spring is here. The sun is shining a bit brighter, the temperature is climbing a bit higher, and the great outdoors is shifting from a palette of brown and white to various shades of green. This is a great time … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 21, 2019 DIY Gratitude Jar A new year can be a great time to start new habits for gratitude and expressing your positive energy each day. Try making this DIY Gratitude Jar. Supplies: 1 large glass jar Glue Paper Ribbon for decoration … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 22, 2017 When you dine out, there is often a tendency to consume more than normal. Some experts say portions at restaurants can be up to three times larger than what is recommended. With a few more quick and healthy meals to … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2013 Updated April 1, 2019 It may start with simply feeling more tired than usual, some achiness, a runny nose or congestion. From there, things only get worse. No one wants to suffer through a cold or flu, and prevention … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 9, 2019 Bring holiday cheer into your home by getting creative with light As winter closes in and daylight is in shorter supply, you can bring new energy to your rooms by getting creative with light. A new light fixture can liven … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 3, 2018 Your Game Plan For a Healthy, Happy Winter No matter where you live, winter weather and holiday festivities can make people of any age more susceptible to illness and discomfort. These 10 tips can help you stay healthy and … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 26, 2018 Think Outside the Pie Plate If you’ve never eaten pumpkin except in a pie, you’re in for a treat with these savory pumpkin side dishes. In the U.S., pumpkin is most commonly used in desserts and sweets like pumpkin pie, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 28, 2020 Do You Sudoku? Here’s your chance to play! Whether you’ve played or not, you’re probably aware of the worldwide craze known as Sudoku. Sudokus are mathematical puzzles that require you to fill in a 9×9 grid so that each vertical … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 26, 2020 With many classes canceled and kids learning at home this past spring, doing science experiments in the house and backyard has become a fun, new way to learn. Share these easy indoor and outdoor kid-approved science projects with your grandchildren, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 6, 2017 Fall is upon us! It’s time to start making that delicious apple pie or homemade soup with your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables. With so many recipes to enjoy during this season, it is very important to make sure you … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 3, 2019 Have Fun in the Sun without Getting Burned Sunny days spent gardening, playing golf, or just relaxing near a pool or on the beach are summer’s most enjoyable moments. But on an especially lovely day, it’s easy to get caught … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 8, 2017 It’s no surprise the most popular exercise in the United States is walking. The low-impact, gentle nature of the exercise has proven to be beneficial even if it doesn’t always feel like you’re working hard. Maintaining a relatively active lifestyle … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 17, 2017 Spring is here and you know what that means: time to get cleaning. There’s nothing more refreshing than the feeling of an organized home. When the home is in order, life tends to feel a little more balanced. You feel … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - June 24, 2020 Having an animal friend at home can make your days so much more fun and fulfilling. Pets provide opportunities for entertainment and physical contact – things many of us have been missing lately. Countless studies have shown that pets can … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 6, 2018 Holiday wreaths make a great homemade gift and household decoration for the season. Follow these few simple steps and get crafting! Supplies: Straw wreath form Floral wire Wire cutter or scissors Fresh greens (evergreens, eucalyptus, boxwood, etc.) Additional decorative elements … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 9, 2018 Just like when Dorothy opened her eyes to a world of color in the Land of Oz, you can too when it comes to choosing good food with benefits beyond the basics. Why should you reach for colorful food? Because … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 23, 2016 Slow cookers are one of the most popular kitchen items in the country. Recipes that utilize these modern marvels are surprisingly simple – just add ingredients and wait, right? Whether you enjoy crock pot cooking because your schedule is hectic, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 15, 2019 Fall is a great time to adopt new healthy habits When cooler weather creeps in, it can be tempting to curl up on the couch with a good book and a toasty blanket rather than striking out on a hike … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 17, 2019 Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry arranged in three lines. The first and third lines of a haiku are five syllables in length, while the second line consists of seven syllables. Use one of these greeting card templates … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - March 2, 2018 It’s Women’s History Month – a time for celebrating the strong, empowered trailblazers who have been kicking open doors of opportunity for generations to come. These women didn’t need an invitation to shake things up, they took it upon themselves … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 17, 2019 Everyone’s Buzzing About World Honeybee Day World Honeybee Day, celebrated on the third Saturday in August since 2009, reminds us of the importance of honeybees to our food supply, and the need to help boost their declining population. Get to know … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 1, 2019 November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month, and the perfect time to express gratitude for those who do so much to make others feel safe, comfortable and cared for. If you or someone you know is struggling to find just the … Continued Read More
Recipes - June 15, 2020 Try a new twist on iced tea with this green tea, garnished with strawberries and basil. Ingredients Green tea bags Cold water Ice Honey, if desired Sliced strawberries Basil or mint leaves, if desired Directions Pour four cups of water … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 5, 2018 Being a caregiver requires a great deal of patience and comes with a unique set of challenges and rewards. Sometimes it can feel like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done. There have been … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 8, 2017 When life becomes habitual, it’s easy to take it for granted. Many people are unaware of the things that provide them comfort, joy, and stability. Often times, it takes an unexpected event to open your eyes to the blessings in … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 1, 2018 It can be difficult to take care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Many caregivers and families battle with hardships as a result of their new responsibilities. Other family members will experience emotions such as guilt, grief, and anger. In order … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 10, 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control, swimming ranks as the fourth most popular recreational activity in the United States. If you’ve ever been swimming, you know why: it’s hard not to have a good time when you’re splashing around … Continued Read More