AARP Foundation Blog

The Challenges of Aging in Rural America

Posted: 08/08/2017 by | No Comments

Rural America is aging faster than the rest of the country. And while rural folks are known for their sense of independence and resilience, aging well in rural areas means staying connected to the community — which sometimes means relying on other people. The Challenges of Rural Aging Seniors in rural areas face many challenges […]

Self-Employment Over 50 Spells Independence

Erica Lemp
Posted: 07/12/2017 by | No Comments

You may think of “gaining independence” when you graduate high school or college, but have you thought about becoming more independent after 50? What would it be like to be your own boss? There are many reasons why you may want or need a career change. Maybe you’ve been laid off or need a second […]

My Journey to Self-Employment: Find Your Focus

Michele Higgs Dec 2016
Posted: 05/12/2017 by | 5 Comments

Finding My Focus The theme of this section of the Work for Yourself@50+ Toolkit is “Find Your Focus.” We’re getting down to work now. . . . This is almost like asking yourself, “Who am I?” It is real and it is serious. The toolkit takes us through a series of exercises here to help […]

Senior Hunger: America’s Best-Kept Secret

Posted: 04/12/2017 by | No Comments

More than 10 million older adults in the U.S. face the threat of hunger every day. If you’re surprised by that statistic, you’re not alone. Even though senior hunger exists in every community across the country, it’s one of America’s best-kept secrets. That’s why AARP Foundation has designated April as Senior Hunger Awareness Month: to […]

Tech Support Scams Are on the Rise. Here’s How You Can Avoid Them.

Refuse any unsolicited tech support offers.
Posted: 04/03/2017 by | 4 Comments

Tech support scams can be convincing. For people who don’t consider themselves “tech savvy,” an unsolicited offer to fix a slow computer may seem like the answer to their prayers. Don’t get roped in.

Back to School: Becoming an Experience Corps Volunteer

Posted: 02/27/2017 by | 4 Comments

Blogger Kay Patterson is an AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer in Buffalo, NY. Experience Corps is an award-winning literacy program that helps K-3 students from underserved communities learn to read at grade level by 4th grade, using trained volunteers 50 and older. Kay is blogging about her experience as an Experience Corps mentor and tutor. […]