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AARP Bulletin, December 16, 2009
Silverton Saves Its Paper
In these times of newspaper closings and sales, the Silverton Standard & the Miner’s editor thought of a way to save the community paper from closing. The historical society took over the Standard, preserving its history and connection to the people of Silverton, Colo. More >>
What Will Happen to Andy?
Andy, 25, has down syndrome; he is one of the estimated 717,000 adults with disabilities living with caregivers over the age of 60. His mother Ana Maria Miyares, 70, has been by Andy’s side his entire life, and now struggles with how to plan for his future without parents. More >>
A Journey to Remember
Joyce Cusack of DeLand, Fla., former Florida state representative and superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, never dreamed that she would see an African American as president of the United States. On the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration, Cusack and fellow members of the class of 1960 from DeLand’s segregated Euclid High School reminisce about their experiences as students during the civil rights movement. More >>
To honor Grandparents Day, students at Edison Elementary in St. Joseph, Mo., tell us what their grandparents mean to them. More >>
Never Too Old to Intern
After realizing most writing jobs were on the Internet, author Ann Hodgman decided she needed to update her computer skills. Manhattan-based company Women on the Web provides an Executive Intern Program that teaches mature workers like Ann new skills in editing and Web technology. More >>
Real Men Do Yoga
When Joan Klyhn, 75, started a yoga class in New York City, she never anticipated having many males in her class. More older adults—including men—are now practicing yoga as it can help lead to reduced back pain; improved sleep quality and mood; a better sense of well-being and quality of life; improvement in heart health, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes. More >>
A Sweet Success
Popular with older adults, entrepreneurship is becoming even more desirable as older workers face unemployment. Trina Beaulier, CEO of Simply Divine Brownies in Freeport, Maine, is successful by any standard: Her hand-decorated brownies are tucked into Oscar-party gift bags and handed out at corporate events and celebrity weddings. More >>
In Detroit, a 42 percent tax incentive for filmmakers has provided unexpected opportunities for former auto industry workers. Oakland Community College and S3 entertainment group teamed up to provide film industry training to individuals looking to make a new career out of the growing trade. More >>
Grandparents’ Time Out
Fairfax County, Va., estimates that there are 3,500 households where grandparents are raising grandchildren. To give grandparents and other adult relatives a break from parenting, the county created a program four times a year that gives children a day of fun and their parent figures a time out. More >>
Never Too Late to Say Thanks
The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring veterans to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C., at no cost. Follow a group of World War II veterans from North Carolina on their emotional trip. More >>
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