Hot Topics: Hillarymania, Sexy Vegetarians, Anti-Aging Products, Mad Men's Return
What Boomers Want in a Retirement House: SmartMoney reports that we'll be shopping for homes with features that take into account our future possible mobility issues -- but that we don't want ones that are too obvious, such as wheelchair ramps. Also, fancy spas and kitchens are passe. "The goals seem to be more pragmatic and affordable," one builder explains.
Hillary as VP? In this NBC Today show interview, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shot down speculation that she might replace current Vice President Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket with President Barack Obama in 2012. Clinton said that Biden has done "an amazingly good job" and that such a move was not "in the realm of possibility." The last incumbent president to change running mates was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had three different ones for the four times that he ran for the Oval Office.
Skincare Anti-Aging Products That Work: Forbes blogger Melanie Haiken touts three skin preparations that she says, from her own experience, "really seem to peel back the layers of time."
Sexy Over-50 Vegetarians: There's still time to cast a vote in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' 2011 Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 Contest, which is accepting online ballots until noon Monday. One of the finalists is 61-year-old James Houlton, a retired teacher from Oceanside, Calif., who does look pretty darn buff, despite eschewing beef for the past two decades. He's motivated both by his concern about animals and the environmental costs of raising them for meat. Beyond that, "I just feel great," he says. I hope Houlton won't be too nonplussed that decidedly carnivore-oriented Paula Deen has been voted hottest female TV chef by Maxim magazine.
Octogenarian Athlete Shows Resiliency: Here's a Salt Lake Tribune profile of Sandy Huch Aoki, 84, who is the only athlete to have competed in all 25 stagings of the annual Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Over that time span, Aoki has won gold medals in golf, track, trapshooting, biking and team triathlon. "I have always been athletic," says the former high school football and basketball star. He also continues to work as a real estate broker and says he has no plans to retire. "I reflect in the mirror every morning and ask, 'What are you going to do?'" he says.
The Return of Don Draper: Mad Men isn't scheduled to return with new episodes until 2012, but fans of the hit AMC series about the 1960s misadventures of high-powered advertising men and women will be cheered by news that the cast is back on the set, working on new episodes. The Huffington Post offers this slideshow of Jon Hamm, who plays the debonair but deeply troubled Don Draper, acting in a scene with Jessica Pare, who portrays Draper's youthful second wife. Looks like the story line calls for some marital discord to erupt between the two.
Navigating Private Medicare Health Plans: The federal government has just released its annual review of private plans for Medicare C and D, and Medicare recipients who need to make a decision during the open enrollment period aren't the only ones paying attention. National Public Radio reports that health plans stand to make big bucks by scoring higher in Medicare's five-star rating system. This year Medicare's open enrollment starts earlier than usual, on Oct. 15, and runs through December 7.
Last Word: "I was born inside the movie of my life. The visuals were before me, the audio surrounded me, the plot unfolded inevitably but not necessarily. I don't remember how I got into the movie, but it continues to entertain me." -- movie critic Roger Ebert, in the opening lines of his new memoir, Life Itself
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