Julie Lee

Do It Yourself Car Maintenance Tips

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach With the average age of cars on the road approaching 11 years, routine maintenance is more important than ever. In addition to fuel and insurance, vehicle maintenance is one of the most expensive out-of-pocket costs for car owners, which is why some drivers opt for DIY—“do-it-yourself”—maintenance. You may not be an auto expert or repair professional, but some routine tasks, such as replacing worn windshield …

Recalling the early days of Alaska schools

Recalling Alaska’s Early School Days

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Riveting recollections from Alaska’s early teachers conjure schools set on frozen tundra, classrooms abuzz with Yup’ik chatter, meals of reindeer meat and parkas of hand-sewn sealskin. “The mission of the Alaska Educators’ Historical Society is to collect and compile these stories from the early days of education in the state,” said Virginia Walters of the Alaska Retired Educators Association. Alaska Teacher Tales, available as a Kindle e-book, contains 32 memoirs from educators who taught territorial and native-village kids before and …

Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Caring for an Aging Parent?

Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Caring for an Aging Parent?

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Susan Lutz, Project Advisor for AARP’s Education and Outreach Health Team It’s happened before: A long-time employee is denied leave when her boss asserts that it is not a daughter’s responsibility to care for her ailing mother as long as her father is still alive. Could this happen to you? As our population and labor force ages, caring for an older relative will become as common as taking care of children. With the majority of older people relying on …

Julie Lee

4 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Gas

Posted on 02/1/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach  There’s no getting around the price of getting around. According to CNNMoney, the average American family spent $368 per month on gasoline in 2011—that’s almost 10% of the average household income. While personal spending on gasoline varies by a number of factors including the type of car you drive, where you live and the number of miles you travel, it is still a significant, unavoidable …