Better Aging Experience in Store for Us

Walking around the exhibit floor at the AARP 50+ Expo in Orlando at the beginning of October 2010, I was amazed at the amount of innovative thinking that has gone into making aging more comfortable. The organizers have done a spectacular job informing the Expo’s attendees of various ways to enhance their quality of life. “We are constantly on the lookout for new technology and ideas that help people live their best life at 50-plus,” emphasized CB Wismar, Vice President of AARP Events and the marketing wizard in charge of managing the entire Expo.

We have new tools to help us stay fit, both physically and mentally, well into our old age — read on!

Caregiving and Maintaining Connections

Seniors like to maintain independence when possible, but caregivers worry. And everyone wants to stay connected to loved ones. There are ways to accomplish all of this.

The first three companies came out of the personal experiences of their founders, and so they have been completely battle-tested.

Peace of mind for caregivers, independence for seniors

Former U.S. Treasurer Anna Cabral on Retirement Planning for Financial Security

I asked Anna Cabral, the former U.S. Treasurer, for her advice on dealing with financial challenges in retirement at the AARP 50+ Expo in October, 2010.

Julia Valentine: What would be your advice to a senior who is, let’s say, over 75 years old, looking for ways to augment his social security income, which might not be enough, but has very little venues for work, or for being hired because of age discrimination? 

eCareDiary: Making Life Easier for the Caregiver

John Mills, founder and CEO of eCareDiary, created his company out of a personal need. John could not find any solutions to help him coordinate caring for his aging father with his siblings and professional caregivers, so he created his own. If you have a similar need, check out It has been battle-tested!

CogniFit: Train Your Brain for Overall Physical Health

CogniFit's Regional Sales Manager Laura Grabarnick says, "Brain has a far greater influence over our body's physical health than previously recognized." Learn about four ways in which CogniFit is unique in brain training to help your brain stay fit. More at

CAEL Helps Seniors Pick the Right Job

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) helps you search for and pick the right job. This non-profit organization offers unique assessments and interest inventory that help seniors discover whether the job is going to be the right fit for you. David Hansen explains how this works. Visit for more information.

Retirement in Latin America = Great Quality of Life for Less

Know your retirement options, and the best, cheapest places to retire! Great quality of life and low cost of living are becoming more accessible, as U.S. companies build out ex-pat communities in Latin America up to the U.S. standards (bumpy local roads notwithstanding). I interviewed Michael Cobb, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of ECI Development at the AARP 50+ Expo in Orlando this October about Latin America being one of the best places to retire.

DirectLife: Small Changes that Make a Big Difference for Your Health

DirectLife from Philips is a personal activity monitor that can be used to measure your calorie burn and activity intensity throughout the day. Learn how this neat device measures your activity level and, by utilizing a website and a personal coach, makes recommendations that help tweak your behavior in the direction of health.

Posit Science DriveSharp: Fewer Car Accidents, More Independence for Seniors

DriveSharp helps reduce the risk of car accident by 50%! Ali Tran of Posit Science provides some excellent information if you would like to learn more. Visit the company's website at

What Makes a Good Mentor

What is a Mentor? Mentor Definition.

What is a mentor? One of the definitions on mentor I like for its clarity comes from the Encarta dictionary, which reads a mentor is an experienced adviser and supporter; somebody, usually older and more experienced, who advises and guides a younger, less experienced person.

Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich: The Secret to Marriage Longevity

Most people tend to admire long, healthy marriages. Despite mountains of relationship advice, it is not apparent to most people who set out to create a strong marriage how it can actually be accomplished. Here's at least one piece of the puzzle from a star couple, Olympia Dukakis and Louis Zorich.