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Inside the August/September Issue of AARP The Magazine Special Food Issue: Fueled By Faith, Family & Friendship

Inside the August/September Issue of AARP The Magazine Special Food Issue: Fueled By Faith, Family & FriendshipWorld-renowned chef José Andrés reflects on his special friendship with Anthony Bourdain; PLUS: Exclusive Interview with Acclaimed Actor and Western Star Kevin Costner discussing the importance of ‘staying true to yourself’; The ‘Property Brothers’ bring new life to old rooms; Geriatrician Dr. Donnie Batie discusses faith in medicine, and more
WASHINGTON— Superstar chef, author, entrepreneur and humanitarian José Andrés invites AARP into his kitchen for a conversation on family, food, community and caregiving in AARP The Magazine’s (ATM) special Food Issue. Andrés shares how his non-profit, World Central Kitchen, is partnering with AARP to provide meals to people over 50 during the pandemic.
The special food package also includes an exclusive, extended report from Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and food critic for the New York Times, on how America’s food choices and preferences have changed so drastically over the past 50 years – in some ways for the better, but in many ways to the detriment of our health and environment.
In this issue of AARP The Magazine:
Cover Story: Kevin CostnerTwo-time Academy Award®-winning actor, director and producer Kevin Costner, known for effortlessly portraying cowboys in Western films, talks staying true to yourself, transcending clichés in Westerns and pursuing the best work of his career in the August/September issue of ATM.
A Physician of Faith and Reason/Dr. Donnie Batie/Baton Rouge
Louisiana-based geriatrician, Donnie Batie, MD., shares his struggle to protect 1,200 patients during the Coronavirus pandemic and touches on another growing health crisis: the staggering shortage of geriatricians in the United States. The esteemed doctor also opens up about religion and how he’s able to separate his faith from science and medicine.
Property Brothers to the Rescue
TV’s favorite home-makeover twins, Drew and Jonathan Scott, are back with stuck-at-home renovation advice for every age and budget. The HGTV stars share budget-friendly fixes for the kitchen, dining area, living room, bathroom and yard. As Jonathan puts it, “There’s no time like a global pandemic to get your house in order.”
What I Know: Carol Burnett
From childhood, to college, to her EMMY®-winning show, Carol Burnett reflects on her inspiring journey. The comedy queen also reveals her favorite quarantine activities and gives some important advice for dealing with loss: Don’t forget to laugh.
What Your Body Needs at 50+
As we age, so do our nutritional requirements. In this month’s issue, AARP The Magazine shares the key ingredients to a healthy body at every age and stage with advice for building bone strength, preventing age-related muscle loss and more. Plus: what you need to know about hormone balance, protein intake and how to have a (naturally) colorful diet.
Moneysaver: Facts to Reassure You
In the midst of a global pandemic which has quickly devastated the American economy, AARP experts weigh in with positive thoughts on property value, social distancing, retirement savings, employment, financial security and more.
Upfront: Great Pretenders
Looking for a way to make popular dishes like Caesar Salad, Fried “Chicken” or a Southwest Scramble with delicious plant-based alternatives? Tip: Swap out protein staples such as eggs, beef, chicken and pork for mushrooms, tempeh, seitan, jackfruit and tofu. Get more plant-based pro tips in this month’s issue of ATM.
Everyday Heroes
AARP pays tribute to older “essential workers” who continued to do their jobs in the months after the pandemic hit America, despite difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions. This issue features Tina Weber, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 37 years; Charles Vascellaro, a baseball reporter-turned-propane-delivery-driver; Calvin Taylor, a Detroit sanitation worker, and more. Read the inspiring stories of these everyday heroes in this month’s issue.
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About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-Winning Actor Kevin Costner on Creative Integrity and Doing What Makes You Happy in AARP The Magazine

Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-Winning Actor Kevin Costner on Creative Integrity and Doing What Makes You Happy in AARP The MagazineThe Decorated Actor and Western Star Shares His Thoughts on Being a Father, Staying True to Oneself and Embracing Spontaneity
LOS ANGELES—Known for starring in dozens of critically acclaimed features, two-time Academy Award®-winning actor, director and producer Kevin Costner discusses accountability, transcending clichés and pursuing the best work of his career in an exclusive interview for the August/September issue of AARP The Magazine (ATM).
Costner – the legendary actor, artist and family man who has played the lead role in classic American films like “Bull Durham,” “The Untouchables,” “Dances with Wolves” and “Field of Dreams” – has never been one to shy away from standing up for what he believes in. Since his acting career took off in the 1980s, Costner has gravitated toward authenticity, fighting for creative integrity and injecting his particular brand of accessible masculinity into his work. Costner teaches these same values to his seven children, emphasizing the importance of character. “I want to see what kind of people my kids become,” Costner said. “I don’t care what they do, I want to see who they are.”
This summer, Costner returns to the screen both as John Dutton, the prosperous ranching patriarch, in the third season of Paramount Network’s hit series “Yellowstone,” and as George Blackledge, a retired sheriff faced with an impossible choice in the western noir, “Let Him Go.” In both parts, Costner plays deeply ethical men whose values mirror those of the actor himself.
When he’s not gracing the screen, the multi-talented star focuses his energy on his first love – music. Costner’s country rock band, Modern West recently released a new album, “Tales from Yellowstone,” inspired by the TV show. The band has been playing together for the last 16 years.
At this point in his career, it seems like Costner should be able to do whatever he wants, but the 65-year-old said there is a false perception that things get easier professionally with age. Costner shares, “I’m at that spot in my life, artistically. I should be doing what pleases me.”
The following are excerpts from ATM’s August/September 2020 cover story featuring Kevin Costner available in homes starting in August and available online now at www.aarp.org/magazine/.
On his acting approach:
“It’s not important for me to reinvent history or to set the record straight. I want people to think, That could have been me really easy. And if it were me, what would I have done?”
On being a parent and provider:
“I’m a bit of a survivalist. I’m not a prepper, I’m not a hoarder, but it’s important to me to anticipate things going wrong and make the best move for my family, for my extended family and friends. I take that all on.”
On advice he received from his father growing up:
“I remember stealing a piece of candy one time. I was 6 or 7 years old. Before we left the store, my dad said, ‘I think you need to put the candy back. Why did you take it?’ I said, ‘I was hungry.’ And he said, ‘It’s not yours, so the correct title is, you stole it.’ His point was, you can justify anything. But if you put the correct title on it, it will help guide your decisions in life.”
On his upcoming multi-film project:
“I have it all in my pocket as a great big secret that someday I will let people in on, and hopefully, it will be something they never forget.”
On fighting for creative integrity:
“There have been very critical moments where I had to listen to myself and act and not be afraid of the outcome. I always put the audience on my shoulder. And I will say to Hollywood people, ‘Don’t be too sure they don’t want to see that.’ And that’s what the fight is about. I haven’t always been really successful in certain movies. But I still love it.”
On making a difference through acting:
“…I want to be a part of that moment. What we yearn for, we all yearn for. I know that in my heart.”
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About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
Media contact: Paola Torres, AARP, 202-434-2555, ptorres@aarp.org

Make sure you’re protected from hepatitis

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Hepatitis viruses cause more than 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S., and that number keeps growing.
Fortunately, Medicare coverage can help keep you protected from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the most common types of hepatitis in the United States.
Hepatitis B and C viruses spread through contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. These viruses can cause either a mild illness, lasting a few weeks or a serious long-term illness that can lead to liver disease or liver cancer.
Part B covers Hepatitis B shots, which usually are given as 3 shots over a 6-month period. You need all 3 shots for complete protection from Hepatitis B.
Medicare also covers a one-time Hepatitis C screening test if your primary care doctor or practitioner orders it and you meet one of these conditions:
You’re at high risk because you use or have used illicit injection drugs
You had a blood transfusion before 1992
You were born between 1945 and 1965
If you’re at high risk, Medicare covers yearly screenings.
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Learn more about steps you can take to protect yourself from all the different types of hepatitis.

How to file an appeal if your Medicare Advantage Plan doesn’t cover an item or service

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If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you know it covers a lot of items and services, like prescription drugs, diabetic test supplies, cardiovascular screenings, and hospital visits. But, what should you do if your plan won’t cost an item or service you need?
You have the right to ask your Medicare Advantage Plan to provide or pay for items or services you think should be covered, provided, or continued. To resolve these differences with your plan, learn how to file an appeal.
Here are 4 tips to help you get started:
Get help: If you want help filing an appeal, contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) or appoint a representative. Your representative could be a family member, friend, advocate, attorney, doctor, or someone else who will act on your behalf.
Gather information: Ask your doctor, other health care providers, or supplier for any information that may help your case.
Keep copies: Be sure to keep a copy of everything you send to your plan as part of your appeal.
Start the process: Follow the directions in your plan’s initial denial notice and plan materials. You have 60 days from the date of the coverage determination. If you miss the deadline, you must provide a reason for filing late. See what information to include in your written request.
Once you start the appeals process, you can disagree with the decision made at any level of the process and can generally go to next level. Learn more about appeals in a Medicare Advantage Plan.

AARP Bulletin Reveals 99 Clever Ways to Save

11th Annual Roundup of Money-Saving Tips Includes Advice from Experts, Plus New Ways to Save During a Pandemic WASHINGTON– AARP’s “99 Great Ways to Save” is back with all-new clever tips for cheaper groceries, lower bills, DIY cost cutters, secret discounts and more. In the 2020 collection, older adults can find savings advice from personal […]

Get help with Medicare costs

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If you have Medicare and you’re facing challenges paying for health care, you may qualify for Medicare programs that can help you save money on drug and medical costs.
If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicaid—a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services. Each state has different rules about eligibility and applying for Medicaid. Contact your State Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Office to see if you qualify, learn how to apply, and how Medicare works with Medicaid.
Medicare Savings Programs
Even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, one of these 4 Medicare Savings Programs may be able to help you pay your premiums and other Medicare costs:
Contact your state Medicaid program to see if you’re eligible for savings through one of these programs.
Extra Help
If you qualify for Medicaid or one of the Medicare Savings Programs above, you’ll also get Extra Help paying for your prescription drugs automatically. Extra Help is a program that helps people with limited income and resources pay Medicare prescription drug costs, like premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance. If you don’t automatically qualify for Extra Help, you can apply online at socialsecurity.gov.
Not eligible for any of these programs?
Even if you don’t qualify to get help with Medicare, choosing the right health and drug coverage can help you save money. Medicare’s Open Enrollment (October 15–December 7) is a great time to make any necessary changes. Use our Medicare Plan Finder to compare Medicare coverage options and find health and prescription drug plans that meet your unique needs.

HIV prevention is important — Medicare covers testing

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Today is National HIV testing day. There are approximately 1.1 million people in the U.S. currently living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Getting medical care, support, and maintaining safe behaviors can help improve the health and lives of people living with HIV. Getting tested is also an important part of HIV prevention.
Medicare covers HIV screenings for people with Medicare, who ask to be tested, pregnant women, and people at an increased risk for infection (such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or people with multiple sexual partners).
There have been many advances in treatment, but early testing and diagnosis play key roles in reducing the spread of the disease, extending life expectancy, enhancing HIV prevention, and cutting costs of care.
The time to get tested is now. Visit HIV.gov to get information and learn more about National HIV Testing Day.

Medicare enrollment periods: when to sign up

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When to join a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
It’s important for you to know when to sign up for Medicare or when to join a Medicare plan. Remember these times so you get the most out of your Medicare and avoid late enrollment penalties:
Initial Medicare Enrollment Period: Most people get Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) during this period. It starts 3 months before you turn 65 and ends 3 months after you turn 65. If you’re not already collecting Social Security benefits before your Initial Enrollment Period starts, you’ll need to sign up for Medicare online or contact Social Security.To get the most from your Medicare and avoid the Part B late enrollment penalty, complete your Medicare enrollment application during your Initial Enrollment Period. This lifetime penalty gets added to your monthly Part B premium, and it goes up the longer you wait to sign up. Find out if you should get Part B based on your situation. 
General Medicare Enrollment Period: If you miss your Initial Enrollment Period, you can sign up during Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (January 1–March 31), and your coverage will start July 1. 
Special Enrollment Period: Once your Initial Enrollment Period ends, you may have the chance to sign up for Medicare during a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). You can sign up for Part A and or Part B during an SEP if you have special circumstances.
When to join a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
The best time to join a Medicare health or drug plan is when you first get Medicare. Signing up when you’re first eligible can help you avoid paying a lifetime Part D late enrollment penalty. If you miss your first chance, generally you have to wait until fall for Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period (October 15–December 7) to join a plan. During this time each year, you can also drop or switch your plan coverage.
It’s important to understand when you can enroll in Medicare and be confident in your choices. Learn more about signing up for Medicare today!

If you’re unhappy with your care, let us know – File a Medicare complaint.

When you’re unhappy with the quality of your health care, you might first want to talk with the person who gave you the care. If you don’t want to talk to that person or need more help, you can file a Medicare complaint. Filing a complaint is your right, so if you think you aren’t getting high-quality care, we want to know.How you file a complaint depends on what it’s about: 
If you’re enrolled in a Medicare health or drug plan, each plan has its own rules for filing Medicare complaints. If you still need help after you file a complaint with your plan, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.If you’ve contacted 1-800-MEDICARE about a Medicare complaint and still need help, ask the person you talk with at 1-800-MEDICARE to send your complaint to the Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman. The Ombudsman staff will help make sure your complaint is resolved.You can also file an appeal if you disagree with a coverage or payment decision made by Medicare, your Medicare health plan, or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. For other kinds of Medicare-related complaints, call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for free, personalized help. 

Be a “wise guy”— know the importance of health screenings

Are you a guy who puts off doing a task and later wishes he’d just done it? Take care of your body. If you’re a man with Medicare, ask your doctor if you should get tested for prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, or both. Getting screened is the smart move—screening tests can find cancer early, when treatment works best.
Don’t use cost as an excuse to avoid screenings. Medicare covers a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test once every 12 months for men 50 or over. Also, Medicare covers a variety of colorectal cancer screenings—like the fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy—and you pay nothing for most tests.
If you’re curious about when to get cancer screenings, keep this in mind: prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States; it’s second only to lung cancer in the number of cancer deaths. About 13% of American men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. Also, you’re at a higher risk for getting prostate cancer if you’re 50 or older, are African-American, or have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer.
Colorectal cancer is also common among men—of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If everyone 50 to 75 got screened regularly, we could avoid as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer.
In most cases, colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Fortunately, screening tests can find these polyps, so you can get them removed before they turn into cancer.
June is Men’s Health Month. Be a wise guy—don’t underestimate the importance of health screenings.  Get screened for prostate and colorectal cancer. Visit the Men’s Health Month website for more information.