Lily Tomlin to Receive AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups® Awards Career Achievement Honor

Lily Tomlin to Receive AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups® Awards Career Achievement Honor

2021’s Best Movies and TV for Grownups to be Honored During the 20th Anniversary Special on March 18 from Great Performances on PBS

WASHINGTONAARP The Magazine announced today that Lily Tomlin will receive this year’s Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award. Tomlin — a critically acclaimed actress and comedian across TV, film and theater, and recipient of eight Emmy Awards®, two Tony Awards®, a Grammy Award®, among many others — will be honored at the 20th Anniversary Special of the annual Movies for Grownups® (MFG) Awards, broadcast on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET, by Great Performances on PBS.

“We are thrilled to honor Lily Tomlin, a trailblazer whose six-decade career as an actress, comedian, writer and advocate continues to break through boundaries today,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “She’s an icon across mediums – as fresh, innovative, and influential today as when she revolutionized TV on Laugh-In in the ‘60s. In her current role on Grace and Frankie, in which she portrays issues of aging with respect, originality and hilarity, she continues to dismantle outdated stereotypes, demonstrating why she remains at the leading edge of pop culture.”

For two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism and encouraging films — and now TV shows — that resonate with older viewers.

Ms. Tomlin said, “I am honored to receive this award from AARP. There are so few grownups in the world. I am happy to be one. I feel I am not only a grownup, but I am mature for my age and that’s the truthhhhh!”

Tomlin will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor at the virtual awards ceremony, which will also include recognition for 2021’s best films and television series, including best actor, best actress, best director, best picture/best movie for grownups, best series, best TV movie/limited series, and more.

She joins a prestigious list of previous AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees, including George Clooney, Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.

Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost actresses, has conquered a wide range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, video and social media. Throughout her extraordinary career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: eight Emmys, with 25 Primetime and five Daytime nominations over 50 years; a Tony for her one-woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony for best actress, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her one-woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableACE Award for executive producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording, and nominations for her albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth,  and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards, for Edith Ann’s Christmas (Just Say Noël), and The Celluloid Closet. She earned a 1976 Oscar nomination for Nashville, plus the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2003. In 2014, she received the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC., followed by a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. 

Tomlin is critically acclaimed for her work across television (The West Wing, Malibu Country, Grace and Frankie, Web Therapy), stage (Appearing Nitely, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Search), as well as film (Nashville, 9 to 5, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Big Business, Shadows and Fog, Short Cuts, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Kid, The Walker, Pink Panther II, Admission, Grandma, among others).

Upcoming, Tomlin will star alongside her Grace and Frankie and 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda in Moving On. Reuniting with her Grandma and Admission director, Paul Weitz, Tomlin and Fonda play two old friends who reconnect at a funeral and decide to get revenge on the widower who wronged them decades before.

Tomlin is well-known for supporting philanthropic organizations, particularly those focused on animal welfare, civil rights, health care, protection of elephants, women’s issues, AIDS-related organizations, environmental concerns, overcoming homelessness and supporting the LGBTQ community in all aspects of life.

The virtual ceremony will be hosted by Alan Cumming and will be broadcast by Great Performances on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/moviesforgrownups, and the PBS Video app as part of #PBSForTheArts, a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America.

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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.orgwww.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.​

About The WNET Group

The WNET Group creates inspiring media content and meaningful experiences for diverse audiences nationwide. It is the community-supported home of New York’s THIRTEEN – America’s flagship PBS station – WLIW21, THIRTEEN PBSKids, WLIW World and Create; NJ PBS, New Jersey’s statewide public television network; Long Island’s only NPR station WLIW-FM; ALL ARTS, the arts and culture media provider; and newsroom NJ Spotlight News. Through these channels and streaming platforms, The WNET Group brings arts, culture, education, news, documentary, entertainment and DIY programming to more than five million viewers each month. The WNET Group’s award-winning productions include signature PBS series Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company and trusted local news programs MetroFocus and NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi. Inspiring curiosity and nurturing dreams, The WNET Group’s award-winning Kids’ Media and Education team produces the PBS KIDS series Cyberchase, interactive Mission US history games, and resources for families, teachers and caregivers. A leading nonprofit public media producer for nearly 60 years, The WNET Group presents and distributes content that fosters lifelong learning, including multiplatform initiatives addressing poverty, jobs, economic opportunity, social justice, understanding and the environment. Through Passport, station members can stream new and archival programming anytime, anywhere. The WNET Group represents the best in public media. Join us.

For further information: Paola Groom, AARP Movies for Grownups®, 202-434-2555, pgroom@aarp.org; Justin Solar, R&C PMK, justin.solar@rogersandcowanpmk.com

AARP The Magazine Announces Nominees for the Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards

2021’s Best Movies and TV for Grownups to be Honored During the 20th Anniversary Special on March 18 from Great Performances on PBS

WASHINGTONAARP The Magazine today announced the nominees for the upcoming annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, with Belfast, King Richard, The Power of the Dog, West Side Story, and Being the Ricardos contending for Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups category. For two decades, AARP’s Movies for Grownups program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers.

“During the pandemic, movies have been a source of entertainment, comfort, connection, and reflection for grownup audiences. TV and streaming have played those roles too, so we’re excited to continue with our expanded categories,” said Tim Appelo, AARP film and TV critic. “Every year, we spotlight films and shows that feature crucial issues, thoughtful storylines and the most talented grownup filmmakers that speak directly to a powerful 50-plus audience. Today’s nominations are another bumper year of masterworks – so many more than we had 20 years ago when Movies for Grownups started.”

Iconic and beloved screen and stage performer Alan Cumming will host the star-studded virtual special that will be broadcast by Great Performances on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/moviesforgrownups, and the PBS Video app as part of #PBSForTheArts, a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America.

In the Best Actress category, nominees are Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Frances McDormand (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Halle Berry (Bruised), Sandra Bullock (The Unforgivable) and Helen Mirren (The Duke). In the Best Actor category, Will Smith (King Richard), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Peter Dinklage (Cyrano) and Jim Broadbent (The Duke).

The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are Judi Dench (Belfast), Marlee Matlin (CODA), Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard), Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley) and Rita Moreno (West Side Story). In the Best Supporting Actor category, J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Jared Leto (House of Gucci), Timothy Spall (Spencer) and David Strathairn (Nightmare Alley).

2021 Movies for Grownups® nominees for Best Director are Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley), Denis Villeneuve (Dune) and Steven Spielberg (West Side Story).

The nominees for Best TV Series are Hacks, Ted Lasso, The Chair, The Crown, and Succession.

In the Best TV Movie/Limited Series category, nominations go to Mare of Easttown, Halston, The Underground Railroad, MAID, and Nine Perfect Strangers.

The 2021 Television/Streaming nominees for Best Actress are Jean Smart (Hacks), Gillian Anderson (The Crown), Sandra Oh (The Chair), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) and Andie MacDowell (MAID). In the Best Actor category, Michael Keaton (Dopesick), Kevin Costner (Yellowstone), Ewan McGregor (Halston), Billy Porter (Pose) and Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building).

The complete list of the annual Movies for Grownups® Awards Nominees:

  • Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups: Belfast, King Richard, The Power of the Dog, West Side Story, and Being the Ricardos
  • Best Actress: Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Frances McDormand (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Halle Berry (Bruised), Sandra Bullock (The Unforgivable), Helen Mirren (The Duke)
  • Best Actor: Will Smith (King Richard), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Peter Dinklage (Cyrano), Jim Broadbent (The Duke)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench (Belfast), Marlee Matlin (CODA), Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard), Cate Blanchett (Nightmare Alley) and Rita Moreno (West Side Story)
  • Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Jared Leto (House of Gucci), Timothy Spall (Spencer), David Strathairn (Nightmare Alley)
  • Best Director: Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley), Denis Villeneuve (Dune) and Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)
  • Best Screenwriter: Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Guillermo del Toro/Kim Morgan (Nightmare Alley), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Tony Kushner (West Side Story)
  • Best Actress (TV/Streaming): Jean Smart (Hacks), Gillian Anderson (The Crown), Sandra Oh (The Chair), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Andie MacDowell (MAID
  • Best Actor (TV/Streaming): Michael Keaton (Dopesick), Kevin Costner (Yellowstone), Ewan McGregor (Halston), Billy Porter (Pose), Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building)
  • Best TV Series: Hacks, Ted Lasso, The Chair, The Crown, Succession
  • Best TV Movie/Limited Series: Mare of Easttown, Halston, The Underground Railroad, MAID, Nine Perfect Strangers 
  • Best Ensemble: The Harder They Fall, Nightmare Alley, Don’t Look Up, House of Gucci, West Side Story
  • Best IntergenerationalC’mon, C’mon, Belfast, The Tender Bar, King Richard, CODA
  • Best Buddy PictureQueen Bees, Off the Rails, 12 Mighty Orphans, Finch, The Harder They Fall
  • Best Time CapsuleSpencer, Licorice Pizza, Belfast, Being the Ricardos, West Side Story
  • Best Grownup Love Story: 23 Walks, Belfast, The Duke, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Cyrano
  • Best Documentary: Julia, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), My Name is Pauli Murray, The Beatles: Get Back, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
  • Best Foreign Film or Best International Film: Sheep Without A Shepherd (China), There Is No Evil (Iran/Germany), Hand of God (Italy), Drive My Car (Japan), Two of Us (France)

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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.orgwww.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.​

About The WNET Group

The WNET Group creates inspiring media content and meaningful experiences for diverse audiences nationwide. It is the community-supported home of New York’s THIRTEEN – America’s flagship PBS station – WLIW21, THIRTEEN PBSKids, WLIW World and Create; NJ PBS, New Jersey’s statewide public television network; Long Island’s only NPR station WLIW-FM; ALL ARTS, the arts and culture media provider; and newsroom NJ Spotlight News. Through these channels and streaming platforms, The WNET Group brings arts, culture, education, news, documentary, entertainment and DIY programming to more than five million viewers each month. The WNET Group’s award-winning productions include signature PBS series Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company and trusted local news programs MetroFocus and NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi. Inspiring curiosity and nurturing dreams, The WNET Group’s award-winning Kids’ Media and Education team produces the PBS KIDS series Cyberchase, interactive Mission US history games, and resources for families, teachers and caregivers. A leading nonprofit public media producer for nearly 60 years, The WNET Group presents and distributes content that fosters lifelong learning, including multiplatform initiatives addressing poverty, jobs, economic opportunity, social justice, understanding and the environment. Through Passport, station members can stream new and archival programming anytime, anywhere. The WNET Group represents the best in public media. Join us.

For further information: Paola Groom, AARP Movies for Grownups®, 202-434-2555, pgroom@aarp.org; Marian Koltai-Levine, R&CPMK, marian.koltai@rogersandcowanpmk.com

AARP Bulletin’s 2022 Guide to COVID Variants, Vaccines and Masks

Top Health Experts Answer Pressing Questions About How to Make the New Year Healthy, Safe and Productive in the Jan/Feb Issue

WASHINGTON—With the two-year anniversary of COVID approaching, AARP Bulletin reports heartening news: There is a clear path forward for older adults. Despite the widespread prevalence of the omicron variant and a short-term surge in COVID cases, scientists agree that getting vaccinated and wearing masks will continue to greatly improve health outcomes and hasten the return to more normal times.

But the mistakes that public health experts made in the early stages of the pandemic – like asking people to not wear masks – along with the chaos brought on by the virus variants, have interfered with our public health progress.

This month, the Bulletin is taking a solid look at where the science stands: the triumphs, the missteps, and the future of COVID research.

From the mysteries surrounding long COVID to updates about the new COVID pill treatments, our editors have gathered intelligence from dozens of health experts who can answer readers’ most pressing pandemic questions.

Read in this month’s cover story:

  • How to fight pandemic confusion and debunk pandemic myths
  • The future of mask wearing
  • A guide to all vaccines (not just coronavirus) recommended for people 50 and older
  • And much more.

Also in the January issue:

Your Health

  • Turning the sound back on: For those with hearing loss so severe that even hearing aids don’t improve communication, cochlear implants might be a life-changer. Read the inspirational story of how an outspoken retired journalist reclaimed her quality of life thanks to a technological miracle that can recreate the electrical signals that your brain interprets as sound, letting you hear fully, once again.

Your Money

  • A new way to pay: Layaway with a twist! Many retailers are now offering a “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) option. About 45 million Americans utilized a BNPL service in 2021. They’re convenient for those who don’t have cash in pocket, but these programs can tempt consumers into overspending. Read this month’s Live Well for Less column to learn how to spend responsibly with a “buy now, pay later” program.
  • How to buy an index fund: For years, money experts have told Americans to skip stock-picking and put their long-term investments in index funds – mutual funds that buy shares in all the stocks or bonds included in the most popular market indexes. Trouble is, there are now countless index funds, some of them dubious. How to choose? This month’s issue will teach you about the range of index funds, how to filter them for safety and performance, ways to minimize fees, and be tax-smart with your index fund selections.

Fraud Watch

  • World ending? Nope. Just a scam: The economy is failing! Global instability endangers our planet! The pandemic threatens our way of living! Scam artists increasingly use topical scare tactics like these to prey on the concerns of senior citizens. Experts advise readers on ways to avoid emotion-based scams in this month’s issue.

Your Life

  • Q&A with Mel Brooks: When did he first realize he was funny? Why did he change his name to Brooks? What did being a teenage drummer teach him about comedy? The renowned Brooklyn-born comedian and author Mel Brooks lets readers inside of his life in this month’s issue of The Bulletin.

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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.orgwww.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.

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With the ease of Medicare Easy Pay, you’ll have one less thing to remember.

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Michael J. Fox on Finding Your Purpose, Jimmy Buffett on Finding Your Dream Retirement, and Ann Dowd on Finding New Pleasures, in the December-January issue of AARP The Magazine

Michael J. Fox on Finding Your Purpose, Jimmy Buffett on Finding Your Dream Retirement, and Ann Dowd on Finding New Pleasures, in the December-January issue of AARP The Magazine

Plus: Best-Selling Authors Top Picks for your Home Library and AARP’s Guide To The Best Places To Live Post-Pandemic

WASHINGTON—This holiday season, the December 2021/January 2022 issue of AARP The Magazine (ATM) offers readers stories of hope, inspiration, optimism, and a refreshed perspective on retirement. Cover star and 2022 Purpose Prize Honoree, Michael J. Fox, shares how he lives to the fullest extent despite his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis. “Margaritaville” singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett talks about his quest to reshape aging in America via his newly launched retirement-community business. Bluegrass great Allison Krauss and Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant reveal how their follow-up collaboration project manifested. Melissa Etheridge shouts out favorite rising stars in music. Ann Dowd shares the greatest lessons she learned over the years – personally and professionally.

Plus, the latest in financial scams, insights on inflation and secrets to big savings both before and after the holidays – all in the December/January issue of AARP The Magazine.

In this issue of AARP The Magazine:

Cover Story: Michael J. Fox

AARP The Magazine caught up with 2022 Purpose Prize Honoree Michael J. Fox to discuss his inspiring journey with Parkinson’s and his unstoppable search for a cure. He spent several decades of his celebrated career telling stories on screens, but as he approached his 60th birthday this June, his increasingly unreliable speech forced him to retire from acting. Led by his unwavering optimism, the critically acclaimed actor has found his present purpose – pioneering research for his self-titled foundation which is dedicated to finding a cure and improved therapies for those with Parkinson’s.

Is Jimmy Buffett The New Face Of American Retirement?

The “Margaritaville” singer-songwriter has quickly become the unlikely face of a fast growing empire of 55-plus communities – offering a brand new, refreshed approach to retirement at his Daytona Beach property Latitude Margaritaville. The lavish resort-looking property owns its position in the retirement community landscape as one where residents are “growing older but not up.” The newly minted “retirement mogul” opens up about Latitude Margaritaville and his plans to continue expanding the lucrative business.

Revealed! Who Gets Scammed

Financial expert Doug Shadel identifies who crooks are targeting and who is most susceptible – referencing the AARP study “A Moment’s Notice,” released in October. The report, which assessed over 3,000 consumers, uncovered a crucial finding about who gets scammed: The most important factor isn’t who you are, but how you are when crooks approach. Learn how crooks take advantage of your emotional state in this issue.

Ann Dowd

The Handmaid’s Tale actress gives ATM a look into her 65-years and the lesson she has learned throughout her life – starting from her experience growing up at a Catholic school and pursuing a medical career (pre-acting) to finding her true passion, motherhood, and more. 

Health Report – When The Doc Says “Diabetes”

Leslie Goldman, MD, offers a positive perspective to the diabetes diagnosis – explaining that small lifestyle changes such as losing some weight, increasing protein intake, and taking the right meds can increase overall wellness, while also treating diabetes. Additionally, Goldman breaks down the exercise snacking method and why it works.

Best Places To Live Now, Whether To Work Or Retire

AARP shares their post-pandemic guide for low-cost housing in safe neighborhoods with fun local activites, great healthcare options, and beautiful environments. Top destinations include: Cedar Falls, IA; Idaho Falls, IA; Jackson, TN; Anderson, SC; Fort Worth, TX; Philadelphia, PA and more.

The Day Motherhood Changed

Elizabeth J. Carr, the first test tube baby born in America, has just turned 40. In an exclusive autobiographical article for AARP, she describes her and her mother’s journey and how fertility science has expanded profoundly since her birth, causing dramatic changes in how we think of motherhood today.

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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.orgwww.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.​

Mad Money Host and Stock Guru Jim Cramer Offers AARP Bulletin Readers Shocking Advice: Consider Reducing Your Investments!

Mad Money Host and Stock Guru Jim Cramer Offers AARP Bulletin Readers Shocking Advice: Consider Reducing Your Investments!

In an Exclusive Interview in the December Issue, Cramer Reveals Why He Sold a Large Chunk of His Personal Portfolio, and Why You Might Consider It as Well

WASHINGTONIn a candid, wide-ranging interview, Mad Money host Jim Cramer disclosed to AARP Money Editor George Mannes that at age 65, he reluctantly reduced the ratio of his retirement savings in stocks to 50 percent– in large part due to pressure from his wife to reduce their financial risk.

“I believe everybody has to sit down with their partner, and both people have to be comfortable,” Cramer said in describing the decision. “I could have easily said to Lisa, ‘I have a TV show, I worked at Goldman Sachs, I was a hedge fund manager. This is what we’re going to do.’ And I’ve come around to thinking that that’s wrong, that money’s a partnership, and that the partnership has to be over the dinner table, and everybody has to be happy.”

In the interview, Cramer also discusses why he is optimistic about the U.S. economy, who his long-running TV show is and isn’t for, why many people SHOULDN’T try to pick individual stocks to purchase, and his thinking for how older Americans can improve their financial security without taking undue risks.

Cramer’s interview is part of a special Bulletin cover section on ways you could protect your money in the coming year.  Also discover 10  things to do right now to get your finances in top shape for the new year; 10 money mistakes many smart people make, and how to avoid them; and 8 essential tools and services to help you get the best possible handle on your money situation.

Also in the December issue:

Fraud Watch

  • Holiday shopping scams are back: Last year, the losses from holiday shopping scams topped $250 million. They’ve made their return this year: The AARP Fraud Watch Network has been swamped with calls about online rip-offs. In this month’s issue, take a look at some of the tricks and tactics that scammers use so you can protect yourself this year.

Your Health

  • A post-pandemic guide to better sleep: COVID-19, the challenging economy, and two years of drastically changed daily schedules have wreaked havoc on America’s sleep. Doctors and health experts reveal new thinking and fresh techniques on how to achieve a full, healthy night of sleep, no matter what your age or situation.

Your Life

  • Stories from pearl harbor survivors: Fewer than two percent of Americans who served in World War II are still alive. For those who are, Pearl Harbor signifies the day when their lives changed forever. On the 80th anniversary of that day, AARP tracked down survivors and others whose lives were immediately affected by the attack and asked for their stories and lessons. Hear the tales of a survivor of the sinking USS Arizona, a Navajo code talker, and a woman who broke German code.

Your Technology

  • 15 surprising uses for your smartphone:  Remember Swiss Army knives, and all their amazing uses they have? Well, consider smartphones their successor: in this special guide, you’ll learn how to use any smart phone to measure distances, become a magnifying glass, find the nearest bathroom, send out an emergency beacon, record conversations, and much more. PLUS: a special report on how to organize and manage the apps on your phone (Americans now average more than 80 per person!).

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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, www.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.

Michael J. Fox Gets Serious

Michael J. Fox Gets Serious

In the December-January Issue of AARP The Magazine, The Actor and 2022 AARP Purpose Prize Honoree Continues To Inspire With Optimism and Hope – Even on the Heels of Personal Challenges

LOS ANGELESMichael J. Fox is always positive, always optimistic, always inspiring — until he’s not. In a profound, wide-ranging, often funny interview with AARP The Magazine, Fox discusses how he has emerged from a period of health and emotional challenges that included recovering from major surgery and a shattered left arm that required a steel plate and 19 screws to repair with even greater focus and a deeper understanding of his purpose and joys. As he approaches the 30-year anniversary of his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis, Fox still finds new ways to enjoy life and make a difference.

Fox spent several decades of his celebrated career telling stories on screens, but as he approached his 60th birthday this June, his increasingly unreliable speech forced him to retire from acting. Led by his growing sense of gratitude, the critically acclaimed actor has found his present purpose – pioneering research for his self-titled foundation which is dedicated to finding a cure and improved therapies for his disease.

The following are excerpts from ATM’s December/January 2022 cover story featuring Michael J. Fox. The issue is available in homes starting in December and online now at www.aarp.org/magazine/.

On getting through the darkness:

“As I came through that darkness, I also had an insight about my father-in-law, who had passed away and always espoused gratitude and acceptance and confidence. And I started to notice things I was grateful for and the way other people would respond to difficulty with gratitude. I concluded that gratitude makes optimism sustainable.”

On finding optimism:

“If you don’t think you have anything to be grateful for, keep looking. Because you don’t just receive optimism. You can’t wait for things to be great and then be grateful for that. You’ve got to behave in a way that promotes that.”

On keeping his career alive:

“When I couldn’t act the way I used to act, I found new ways to act.”

On starting the Michael J. Fox Foundation:

“We created what has become this giant network of patients, scientists and institutions. We’ve put more than a billion dollars into it. And patients are the key. Now they guide our agenda and have been critical, for example, to our promising work in trying to find biomarkers for Parkinson’s, which would allow us to identify the disease in people before symptoms are evident, and to treat it pro-actively and get rid of it. And we’ve got a lot of treatments that have gone through the FDA, and we’ve developed a great relationship with pharma researchers on Parkinson’s drug development. There are now better drugs and more effective treatments for a lot of the side effects and other aspects of the condition, and we helped make that happen.”

On his legacy:

“I hope people will enjoy my work as an actor and get something from it. At a deeper level, I hope people see sincerity in the things I’ve said and done. If I’ve positively helped anybody with Parkinson’s, that’s great, too. … Beyond that, and this is kind of a vanity thing – a lot of really great guitarists have come up to me over the years and said they picked up the guitar because of the “Johnny B. Goode” scene in Back to the Future. If I did anything in this life, I got John Mayer to pick up the guitar.”

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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.orgwww.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.

Act fast! Review your Medicare plan by December 7.

Medicare Open Enrollment is almost over. If you’re thinking about changing your Medicare plan, you have until December 7 to take these actions:

  • Change how you get your Medicare coverage—Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Switch Medicare Advantage Plans (with or without drug coverage)
  • Join, switch, or drop a Medicare drug plan

Even if you’re happy with your current health coverage, it’s important to know your Medicare coverage options and compare other health and drug plans during Open Enrollment. You may find Medicare coverage that better meets your needs for the upcoming year.

Compare Medicare health & drug plans for 2022

Not all Medicare coverage options offer the same benefits, and costs can change each year. There may be other health and prescription drug plans available to you for 2022. 

Compare Medicare coverage options and find 2022 health and drug plans by December 7. If you like your current health care coverage and it’s still available in 2022, you don’t need to take any action.

Need help with your Medicare choices? Talk to someone.

Find 2022 Plans Now

An AARP Bulletin Special Report: Are We Close to Beating Cancer?

On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. declaring war on the disease, doctors and experts weigh in on progress, disappointments, and what we’ve learned about who cancer strikes and why.

WASHINGTONWhen President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971 into law, he boldly declared a “war on cancer.” 50 years later, AARP Bulletin writers report that while the progress is real and encouraging, scientists underestimated the complexities and nature of the disease. Today, they note cancer is a “disease of aging,” and that as we live longer, the incidence of the disease is still rising. But new treatments and approaches have greatly increased survival rates for most – but not all – cancers.

This November, the Bulletin offers a comprehensive report on the 50 years of advancements in cancer research, and how the battle against the disease still has room for improvement. Learn about:

  • How increased knowledge about the different types of cancer has led to a massive increase in the supply of available treatments,
  • New research to determine which cells are most likely to turn cancerous – knowledge that could someday lead to medicines or processes that prevent cancer,
  • Why older adults are often given suboptimal care when treated for their cancer, and
  • How to improve your own situation if you are diagnosed with the disease.

Also in the November issue:

Your Money

  • Help Really Wanted: Job-seeking older adults might find that this is the best time to start looking for work – not just because of the number of job opportunities, but also because they have better bargaining power for workplace flexibility. In this month’s issue, learn how to take advantage of the unprecedented uptick in job postings, avoid common application pitfalls and spot discriminatory hiring practices.
  • Tapping Your Home’s Value: Suddenly, most American homeowners see themselves as tens of thousands of dollars richer, thanks to 18 months of surging home prices. But should they tap into those home-value gains, and if so, how? Finance expert Linda Stern confirms that it might be a good time to borrow against your home, but do so smartly. This edition of “Financially Speaking” breaks down the pros, cons and processes.
  • Steer Clear of Fakes: As online shopping has surged, so have sales of counterfeit products. It can be difficult to spot fake products, as the red flags are often hidden from shoppers. What’s worse, counterfeits – such as electrical products – can sometimes put the buyers’ safety at risk. Learn what precautions you should take when online shopping in this month’s issue.

Your Life

  • Feeling Lonely? Try Connecting With A Kid: The pandemic has uncovered a public health crisis that has proven to be detrimental to a vulnerable population: loneliness among older adults. That’s why some groups have started intergenerational programs that pair younger adults with older ones. Read this month’s issue of “Your Life” for the free-to-use programs that promote healthy interaction and combat social isolation.

Fraud Watch

  • Finally, Extra Phone Protection: This summer, phone companies took on scam callers. The federal government mandated that carriers offer anti-spoofing technology in their phones, blocking callers with false phone numbers. This month, the Fraud Watch experts discuss how the tool came to be implemented nationally, and other ways carriers are fighting back against scam callers.

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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, www.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.

It’s time to shop & compare plans for 2022

Medicare’s Open Enrollment is now – December 7. Review your Medicare health and drug coverage and compare it with other plans that may better meet your needs.

During Open Enrollment, you can make these changes for your 2022 coverage:

  • Change how you get your Medicare coverage—Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Switch Medicare Advantage Plans (with or without drug coverage)
  • Join, switch, or drop a Medicare drug plan

Review your options

Even if you’re happy with your current Medicare coverage, it’s important to review your coverage options for 2022. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Your needs may change. You may find you’re going to the doctor more or less often, the prescription drugs you take may be different, or you may need better access to health care services.
  2. Benefits and costs can vary. Not all Medicare coverage options offer the same benefits. Plan benefits and costs can change from year-to-year. If you have a Medicare plan, check your Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC) to see what’s different for 2022.
  3. New, more affordable Medicare plans may be available. The total cost, provider network, and services offered are different between plans. Check if other plan options could better meet your needs or lower your out-of-pocket costs.

If you like your current health care coverage and it’s still available in 2022, you don’t need to take any action.

Shop & compare plans in your area

Compare 2022 coverage options and shop for plans. Get estimates of costs and review benefits offered by Medicare health and drug plans in your area. You can even compare plans based on their star rating for quality and performance.

If you log into (or create) your secure Medicare account, you can:

  • Save your current prescriptions and favorite pharmacies.
  • Get cost estimates for each plan based on the drugs you take and pharmacies you use.
  • See your costs if you get Extra Help with prescription costs.

Find & Compare 2022 Plans