Like many women who have found themselves in the role of First Lady, Michelle Obama transcends politics. While the world debates whether her husband, Barack Obama was the best president of all time… or the worst, Michelle’s is supremely popular with the majority of Americans.
In fact, as her family departed the White House, in late 2017, Michelle Obama had an approval rating of 68%. That’s according to this Gallup poll.
Like many grandparents, I live in another city (actually, another country) from one of my grandchildren. So, whenever, I am able to visit her, it is a big deal for both of us.
In the days leading up to my visit, I feel a childish sense of anticipation as I think about all of the fun things that we are going to do together. Then, when I arrive, the warm welcome that I receive charges my little grandma batteries with enough joy to last a year!
For more than 30 years, Fred McFeely Rogers (Mr. Rogers) entertained and educated America’s children. Some of us were lucky enough to be kids when his television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, launched, in 1968. Others first experienced this wonderful actor, writer and producer through our children’s interactions with his show.
Let’s imagine a perfectly competitive, market-driven, health care insurance system for a minute. Under such a system, younger people, who get sick less often, would be free to buy stripped-down plans that offer limited coverage.
In addition, insurance companies would be completely free to charge seniors more than any other group – after all, they have the highest health care costs.
Like so many 1960s shows, Lost in Space left its mark on popular culture. Even today, if you say “Danger Will Robinson,” you will be instantly understood, even if the person who you are talking too never watched the show.
We all know that Helen Mirren has a way with words. Her role in The Queen (2006) won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Off the screen, she has used her powerful voice to fight abuse, poverty and hunger. She has also been a tenacious supporter of women’s and senior citizen’s rights.
Whenever we receive a financial windfall, whether it’s an inheritance, tax refund or bonus, it’s tempting to rush out and buy something new and shiny. Like many members of our community, this is exactly what I did when I was younger.
Scamming someone is all about playing on their most basic emotions – fear, greed or love. But, before a scammer can play on your emotions, they first need to gain your confidence. For this reason, more scammers than ever are going to elaborate lengths to pose as people that we trust.
Spend 10 minutes in almost any major city around the world and you will realize that urban environments just weren’t designed with older adults in mind. From New York to London, seniors face limited transportation options, safety concerns and few multi-generational housing opportunities.
Great teachers are more than just great educators. They are also child psychologists, trained in the school of life, with their fingers on the pulse of their students’ emotions.