Get ready! Medicare’s Open Enrollment starts October 15.

You can enroll in Medicare health and drug plans from October 15 – December 7. Get ready for Medicare’s Open Enrollment with these 5 tips:

  1. Check your mail. You may get important notices from Medicare or Social Security. If you’re in a Medicare plan, you’ll get an Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC) telling you of any changes in coverage, costs, or service area. Note any 2022 changes to your health coverage or any Extra Help you may get to pay for prescription drugs.

    You may also get brochures and other marketing materials from insurance companies that offer Medicare health and prescription drug plans. Remember — plans aren’t allowed to call or come to your home without an invitation from you. Find out how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud.

  2. Think about your Medicare coverage needs for 2022. Carefully review your current Medicare coverage, and note any upcoming changes to your costs or benefits. Decide if your current Medicare coverage will meet your needs for the year ahead. If you like your current coverage, and it’s still available for 2022, you don’t need to take any action to keep it.
  3. Review your 2022 “Medicare & You” handbookIt has information about Medicare coverage and Medicare plans in your area. If you want to get your handbook electronically, you can go paperless by logging into (or creating) your secure Medicare account.
  4. Preview 2022 health and prescription drug plans. We make it easy to compare coverage options and shop for health plans. For a personalized search, log in or create an account (if you have a Medicare Number) to create or access a list of your drugs, compare your current Medicare plan to others, and see prices based on any help you get with drug costs.
  5. Get personalized help in your community. You may be able to find free information and events online, or get help from health insurance counselors in your area by phone, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program.

Visit Medicare.gov to sign up to get important news & updates by email from Medicare.

AARP The Magazine Special Summer Issue Gives America the Positive Jolt it Desperately Needs!

AARP The Magazine Special Summer Issue Gives America the Positive Jolt it Desperately Needs!

Included In The Issue: Exclusive Interviews With 16 Country Music Stars, 26 Of America’s Best Regional Foods, Sex Advice For 50-Plus Couples, Author James Patterson Reveals His Secrets, Actor Bryan Cranston Tells Stories, Delicious Ideas For Your 4th Of July Cookout, AND Extraordinary Tales Of People Who Witnessed History Being Made

WASHINGTONAARP The Magazine (ATM) is heating up this summer with exciting celebrity exclusives, tasty cookout recommendations and much more! Best-selling author James Patterson turns the story on himself with a sneak peek into his new memoirJames Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life’ set to release June 6th. Join renowned actor Bryan Cranston as he opens up on his reasoning behind past career choices as well as future roles including his upcoming film Jerry and Marge Go Large. Answer your personal questions in the Sex Ed Guide for adults with advice on emotional and physical aspects to maintaining a healthy sex life.  

Plus, some of the best hometown cuisines across the country are ranked based on location, actress Angie Harmon reveals her secrets to staying serene while stressed, and the unity of country music celebrate and cherished amongst its biggest stars.    

In this issue of AARP The Magazine 

James Patterson, Revealed

The best-selling author is telling a new tale… about himself. Patterson has turned his prodigious storytelling skills to looking back on his own journey through his new memoir, James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life written as a sequence of short, often amusing tales covering his working-class childhood. (Exclusive excerpts included.) 

What I Know Now Bryan Cranston

Actor Bryan Cranston takes a look into his past roles, how he’s grown through the industry, and what the future may hold for his career.   

Sex Ed: A Guide for Grownups 

A guide for grownups on how to keep the heat in a relationship including: tips and tricks for yourself and your partner, advice for overcoming common bedroom obstacles, and the health benefits of maintaining an active sex life.  

What to Eat When In… 

World renown chef Andrew Zimmern and food guru Kelsey Ogletree travel across the country, ranking the best hometown cuisines— from blowfish tails to chili cinnamon rolls. 

The A List – Angie Harmon

Actress Angie Harmon offers advice into how she stays calm during life’s most hectic moments and what helps bring peace to her daily routines.  

Cover Story: For the Love of Country

Country music’s biggest stars including Dolly Parton, Zac Brown Band, Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, and more are taking a moment to celebrate all that unites us this Independence Day. Plus, Nashville’s music scene is diversifying, and a light is shown on the artists on the forefront of the change.  

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.

AARP Bulletin: Exclusive AARP/National Geographic “Second Half of Life” Research, 8 Reasons to Keep Working After Retirement, Tips on Avoiding the #1 Consumer Scam in America and Much More!

The Study Shows Americans Are Redefining Health in the Second Half of Life

Country Music’s Biggest Stars Celebrate What America Means to Them This Independence Day with AARP The Magazine

Country Music’s Biggest Stars Celebrate What America Means to Them This Independence Day with AARP The Magazine

A who’s who of musicians – including Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, Kane Brown and more – tell AARP their views of our country today

WASHINGTONAARP The Magazine is taking a moment to celebrate all that unites us this Independence Day. In the June/July issue, country legends Dolly Parton, Zac Brown, Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, and many more share what they treasure most about the U.S. and how music continues to be a uniting force of diverse communities.  

And in this special section, AARP The Magazine also pays tribute to country music. Celebrity country music fans – including Ringo Starr, Lester Holt, Terry Bradshaw and more – tell ATM why they love country music and how it’s shaped who they are today.  

In addition, a special report shines a spotlight on the diversifying Nashville music scene. Learn how new artists like Lil Nas X and Brittney Spencer are changing country from within, featuring an exclusive interview with rising star Kane Brown, and an examination of the broadening inclusion. 

Plus, a quiz to see how well you know country music; AARP’s playlist of essential country songs; and a travel guide to iconic country music sites across the country, including museums, concert halls, and backroom spots where music history was made. 

The following are excerpts from ATM’s June/July 2022 cover story featuring Country Music’s Biggest Stars. The issue is available in homes starting in June and online now at www.aarp.org/magazine/. 

Dolly Parton on what makes her proud to be American: 

“People. In my mind, that’s all this country really is. We are all in this together— trying, searching for that thing we like to call The American Dream.” 

Shania Twain on her first impressions of America: 

Luckily, I was embraced by mentors who would invite me to their house on weekends to be with their family. We’d play guitar and sing. They cooked Southern food. I was welcomed on a personal level, which gave me a good impression of America.” 

Loretta Lynn on freedom of speech: 

“Record producer Owen Bradley allowed me to write and sing as I believed. Yes, some radio stations were not playing those songs at first – like ‘Wings Upon Your Horns’ and ‘Rated X’—but they became hits anyway. I never intended to be some woman activist, but I guess a lot of people related to it. So that freedom for me was freedom for a few others.” 

Zac Brown Band on natural beauty of the U.S.A.: 

There is so much power in putting people in a situation where they have to rely on each other and understand the beauty that is in nature.” 

Lester Holt on storytelling in country music: 

“An important part of what we do in the news business is stories that people can relate to. Country music also taps into something inside us that will ring familiar about our lives and how we see the world.” 

Ringo Starr on his love of country music: 

“I love country music because of where I came from in Liverpool. To this day it is known as the “Country Music Capital of England.” A lot of lads in my neighborhood who were in the Merchant Navy would go on the ships to America and bring back country-and-western records and blues records. When I heard Hank Williams, I just loved his presence on the records. He started the ball rolling for me. I’m an emotional person, and there is a lot of emotion in country.” 

Changing Nashville: How Lil Nas X influenced the genre: 

“Over the years, there have been a few stars of color, but in 2019, the real bomb dropped. ‘I think it’s pretty amazing,’ offers documentarian Ken Burns, ‘that the number 1 country single of all time is by a gay Black cowboy.’ Burns is referencing ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X, a performer who was then so controversial that the initial recording of the song was deemed outside the bounds of the genre and pulled from the country charts. It recharted soon after, when Billy Ray Cyrus collaborated with Lil Nas X on a new version.” 

Changing Nashville: Kane Brown on the progress in Nashville diversity: 

“There is absolutely room to make more progress, but the truth is this has always been a format with fans that looked and are diverse, but the industry on the other side hasn’t always fully reflected that. I hope that by the time my daughter is a little older, she sees herself when she looks at all areas of entertainment, including country music.”  

Changing Nashville on Race and Country music: 

“When it comes to race… [there are] three main factors at work today: The industry has discovered that the audience will accept talented artists of color. The cultural effect of George Floyd’s murder prompted a sort of racial reckoning in America. And… there was an erroneous belief that African Americans weren’t interested in making country music.”  

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. 

Prevent Medicare fraud — become an informed Medicare consumer


Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. It’s National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), a time that non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you protect yourself and prevent fraud by taking advantage of your rights and making better, more informed choices.

Here are some things you can do to prevent Medicare fraud and become an informed Medicare consumer:

  • Know your rights: As a person with Medicare, you have certain rights and protections to help protect you and make sure you get the health care services the law says you can get.
  • Protect your identity: Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes. Keep information like your Social Security Number, bank account numbers, and Medicare Number safe. Get more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft.
  • Help fight Medicare fraud: Medicare fraud takes money from the Medicare program each year, which means higher health care costs for you. Learn how to report Medicare fraud.
  • Join the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP): The SMP educates and empowers people with Medicare to take an active role in detecting and preventing health care fraud and abuse.
  • Make informed Medicare choices: Each year during the fall Open Enrollment Period (October 15–December 7), review your plan to make sure it will meet your needs for the next year. If you’re not satisfied with your current plan, you can switch during the Open Enrollment Period with the Medicare Plan Finder.

Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s NCPW page to learn more about the campaign, see which agencies and organizations are able to help you, and to find out if there are any activities happening in your area.

Insider Secrets from AARP Bulletin! How to Get Around Today’s Shortage of Workers and Supplies to Get the Work You Need Done

Insider Secrets from AARP Bulletin! How to Get Around Today’s Shortage of Workers and Supplies to Get the Work You Need Done

Also in the May issue: An Investigative Report on America’s Long-Term Care Crisis: The Unfair Plight of 50+ Million Unpaid Caregivers – and How to Fix It

WASHINGTONNeed work done on your house, or an elective surgery done, or a will written, or a major car fix? Good luck getting it done soon! A unique economic moment in America (surging prices, too few workers, and a shortage of products and materials) makes getting many common needs completed harder than in any time in recent years. But there are ways to succeed. AARP Bulletin reporters spoke to dozens of industry insiders to find out the best way to get top-grade help fast in 12 categories, from home repair to money help to a new doctor. Here are the ways to separate a good home handyman from a great one; how to jump the line in securing a contractor; how to choose the right hospital, post pandemic; and more. It’s all part of “Beat the System: Experts Edition,” the Bulletin’s second guide of the past year for getting the best possible service and value in these changing economic times.

PLUS: Long-Term Care Is the Crisis Everyone Must Face: Almost a year in the making, this investigative report reveals just how difficult it can be to be a family caregiver. The report uncovers why government agencies, employers, even the healthcare system fail to provide adequate caregiving support, and the implications it has on both those receiving and those giving care. It’s a crucial topic: The vast majority of Americans will someday need caregiving help.

The special report details the five primary “breaks” in America’s long-term care system, and how dozens of experts would go about fixing them. It also details a revolution in home-care medical technology that could transform both caregiving and healthcare – once insurers and Medicare embrace them. Also included:

  • A poignant oral history of the lives of dozens of caregivers, including caregiving expert Amy Goyer, offering a glimpse into their struggles as well as their loving devotion;
  • AARP’s Caregiving Starter Guide, which offers five steps to help readers prepare for their new caregiving roles;
  • And much more.

Also in the May issue:

Fraud Watch

  • Enjoy Hobbies? Watch for Fraud!: The art of fraud today is customizing pitches to the person, and one of the top ways that’s happening is by focusing on hobbies and interests. Learn how scammers are specifically pitching collectors, enthusiasts, crafters, sports lovers and more with frauds specific to their targets’ passions.

Your Money

  • Credit Card Tricks to Master: Make fees disappear! Get more money back! Make paying even faster! Today’s credit cards are not only loaded with greater technology to make them easier and more secure to use, but also come with more incentives to use. Here’s how to get the most value out of a credit card today. Plus…
  • Face-off! Credit vs. Debit Cards: Though they look alike and function similarly, there are crucial differences between credit and debit cards. Knowing which to use in certain situations can make all the difference when it comes to finances. In this month’s “Your Money,” learn how to get the best bang for your buck as credit and debit cards face off in seven everyday purchasing scenarios. 
  • Subscribe and Save?: “Automatic shipment” programs and other subscription services make getting the things you need easier, but at what cost? One survey found that most people spend over $50 per month on recurring monthly purchases. But do they deliver the best prices? Are you really using the service enough to warrant the ongoing costs? Read about the pros and cons of regular product deliveries from Live Well for Less columnist Lisa Lee Freeman to determine if a subscription service is right for you.

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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 @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.

Insider Secrets from AARP Bulletin! How to Get Around Today’s Shortage of Workers and Supplies to Get the Work You Need Done

Insider Secrets from AARP Bulletin! How to Get Around Today’s Shortage of Workers and Supplies to Get the Work You Need Done

Also in the May issue: An Investigative Report on America’s Long-Term Care Crisis: The Unfair Plight of 50+ Million Unpaid Caregivers – and How to Fix It

WASHINGTONNeed work done on your house, or an elective surgery done, or a will written, or a major car fix? Good luck getting it done soon! A unique economic moment in America (surging prices, too few workers, and a shortage of products and materials) makes getting many common needs completed harder than in any time in recent years. But there are ways to succeed. AARP Bulletin reporters spoke to dozens of industry insiders to find out the best way to get top-grade help fast in 12 categories, from home repair to money help to a new doctor. Here are the ways to separate a good home handyman from a great one; how to jump the line in securing a contractor; how to choose the right hospital, post pandemic; and more. It’s all part of “Beat the System: Experts Edition,” the Bulletin’s second guide of the past year for getting the best possible service and value in these changing economic times.

PLUS: Long-Term Care Is the Crisis Everyone Must Face: Almost a year in the making, this investigative report reveals just how difficult it can be to be a family caregiver. The report uncovers why government agencies, employers, even the healthcare system fail to provide adequate caregiving support, and the implications it has on both those receiving and those giving care. It’s a crucial topic: The vast majority of Americans will someday need caregiving help.

The special report details the five primary “breaks” in America’s long-term care system, and how dozens of experts would go about fixing them. It also details a revolution in home-care medical technology that could transform both caregiving and healthcare – once insurers and Medicare embrace them. Also included:

  • A poignant oral history of the lives of dozens of caregivers, including caregiving expert Amy Goyer, offering a glimpse into their struggles as well as their loving devotion;
  • AARP’s Caregiving Starter Guide, which offers five steps to help readers prepare for their new caregiving roles;
  • And much more.

Also in the May issue:

Fraud Watch

  • Enjoy Hobbies? Watch for Fraud!: The art of fraud today is customizing pitches to the person, and one of the top ways that’s happening is by focusing on hobbies and interests. Learn how scammers are specifically pitching collectors, enthusiasts, crafters, sports lovers and more with frauds specific to their targets’ passions.

Your Money

  • Credit Card Tricks to Master: Make fees disappear! Get more money back! Make paying even faster! Today’s credit cards are not only loaded with greater technology to make them easier and more secure to use, but also come with more incentives to use. Here’s how to get the most value out of a credit card today. Plus…
  • Face-off! Credit vs. Debit Cards: Though they look alike and function similarly, there are crucial differences between credit and debit cards. Knowing which to use in certain situations can make all the difference when it comes to finances. In this month’s “Your Money,” learn how to get the best bang for your buck as credit and debit cards face off in seven everyday purchasing scenarios. 
  • Subscribe and Save?: “Automatic shipment” programs and other subscription services make getting the things you need easier, but at what cost? One survey found that most people spend over $50 per month on recurring monthly purchases. But do they deliver the best prices? Are you really using the service enough to warrant the ongoing costs? Read about the pros and cons of regular product deliveries from Live Well for Less columnist Lisa Lee Freeman to determine if a subscription service is right for you.

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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 @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.

AARP The Magazine Features Liam Neeson on his Upcoming Lead Role in ‘Memory’, Selma Blair on Living her Best Life with MS, and Michael Strahan on his high-speed secret for relaxing

AARP The Magazine Features Liam Neeson on his Upcoming Lead Role in ‘Memory’, Selma Blair on Living her Best Life with MS, and Michael Strahan on his high-speed secret for relaxing

Plus: Jean Smart Talks Biggest Life Lessons Learned, A Guide to Staging the Perfect Mother’s Day Brunch, ‘and Our Annual Look at the Top Health Issues We Face in our 50s, 60s and 70s, and How to Overcome Each

WASHINGTON—This spring, the April/May 2022 issue of AARP The Magazine (ATM) offers readers insight into living their most fulfilling lives, despite what obstacles are thrown. Cover star Liam Neeson shares how memories still affect his decision-making process when taking on new roles. Renowned actress Selma Blair explains that asking for help is a strength not a weakness when discussing her life and future with Multiple Sclerosis.. Several fascinating experts (among them Lesley Stahl, Deepak Chopra and Michael Strahan) reveal their best American road trips. And actress Jean Smart talks heading into the future and what directions she hopes her career will (and won’t) take.

Plus, an exclusive survey on health, aging, and living a happier life; a fascinating quiz to determine how much of a cheapskate you are; and a guide through surviving long lasting financial dilemmas.

In this issue of AARP The Magazine:

Cover Story: Liam Neeson

Neeson spent time with AARP The Magazine (ATM) to discuss his decision-making process when taking on roles including his lead in the upcoming action thriller, Memory. The actor also discussed the powerful women who have influenced him; how his youth in a war-torn country still affects him; the joys of fatherhood; and his sense of wonder at his success in the action-hero genre

The A List – Selma Blair

Actress Selma Blair discusses the seven things you should be doing now to live a more fulfilling life. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018, the actress is no stranger to the hardships that arise when you feel as though you are losing your own body and has words of wisdom for those traveling down similar paths.

Jean Smart

Emmy Award winning Actress Jean Smart dives into the life lessons she’s learned over the years of her career, her thoughts on going nude, and hope for future roles and co-stars to work with.

A Road Trip for Everyone

Let’s go on a trip! Well known travelers have put together itineraries for specific interests, from a car enthusiast’s outing (your guide: Michael Strahan) to a spiritual journey (Deepak Chopra) to a biker’s odyssey (environmentalist and author Bill McKibben).

Are you a penny pincher?

With just seven fascinating “multiple choice” questions, our quiz reveals not just your unique frugality personality, but insights into whether you are going too far – or not far enough – in being a smart spender. And in these times of crazy inflation, who doesn’t want to know that?

Health Report

Based on AARP’s exclusive survey on health and aging, the “You Asked, We Answered” guide explores diets, prescriptions, fitness, as well as physical and mental health with the aim of answering the unique questions older Americans have in relation to their health and overall happiness.

Your Next Big Work Decision

The first of a four-part series guide through common and challenging dilemmas that can have a lasting impact on your financial and overall well-being. Topics include job relocation, age discrimination at work, and the option of freelancing over a company commitment.

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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.​

Action Hero Liam Neeson Shows His Compassionate Side in AARP The Magazine

LOS ANGELESLiam Neeson is still making action movies at 69, but behind his fearsome figure lies a philosophical, playful and witty soul. He sat down with AARP The Magazine (ATM) to discuss his decision-making process when taking on roles, including his lead in the upcoming action thriller, Memory. The Irish American actor also discussed the powerful women who have influenced him; how his youth in a war-torn country still affects him; the joys of fatherhood; and his sense of wonder at his success in the action-hero genre and how the stunts and scripts haven’t seemed to catch up with him – not that he minds.  

The following are excerpts from ATM’s April/May 2022 cover story featuring Liam Neeson. The issue is available in homes starting in April and online now at www.aarp.org/magazine/. 

On stunts in his seventies: 

The stunts I leave to the stuntman. The fighting I do myself, and I keep reasonably fit for that…. They’re still sending me action scripts, you know? They wanted me to do one with Jackie Chan, which when I read it, I thought, well this would be tough for a 22-year-old, let alone a 69-year-old who’s going to be 70 this year. That’s the only one I turned down.” 

On his upcoming film Memory: 

My elder sister, she has a very close pal who is suffering from dementia, and he cannot remember stuff from 5, 10, 15 minutes ago. So, in Memory I work in little bits of stammering or clumsiness that grabs people in the audience who know someone who’s suffering from it, from dementia or Alzheimer’s, but I wanted to keep it very, very subtle, because it could become jokey if I overdid the dementia.” 

On receiving parenting wisdom from Meryl Streep: 

“As a parent, you’re always thinking, They should’ve been back 10 minutes ago—what’s happened? My dear friend Meryl Streep came up to visit Natasha, my late wife, and myself when Micheál was 6 months old. He was lying on his cot, asleep, arms above his head, and she said, “That’s good. He’s not curled up. He’s comfortable and feels at home.” And I said, “Thank you, Meryl. That’s very sweet.” And then, as we were heading down the stairs, she added, “You both realize you’re hostages for the rest of your life, right?” [Laughs.] And she was absolutely correct.” 

On watching his kids grow up: 

Sometimes you see in your kids a flash of their mother or a flash of your grandmom, and it might last only seconds, but you see the connection.” 

On how his upbringing in Ireland may have shaped his roles: 

I’m talking 50 years ago. It’s kind of a post-traumatic stress disorder. I don’t know if it has scarred me, but it has definitely formed something of my character. Maybe you’re right—maybe even when I play these violent roles, I’m trying to bring some quality of redemption or justice.” 

On balancing violence and love in boxing: 

“There was respect, especially after a fight. You’d go and hug your opponent, and he’d hug you. Yes, you’re trying to punch each other’s head off with gloves, but there’s something else, too, dare I say it: the word “love,” ya know?” 

On relaxing in his garden in upstate New York: 

I have a few acres upstate with a walled garden where we grow vegetables. I have three apple trees…Long ago we tried chickens, and they stopped laying. Someone suggested getting a cock so I got this little cock, and when I went in to check on the hens, this cock would fly in my face. Every f—— morning. And I thought, I’m going to kill this f—–. I told Natasha, I said, “Darlin’, we can’t do this. This cock is putting the fear of God in me.” We gave away the chickens.” 

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 @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.

AARP Bulletin Investigation Reveals Inner Workings of International Scam Networks

AARP Bulletin Investigation Reveals Inner Workings of International Scam Networks

Exclusive report details how boiler rooms, money launderers, cybercriminals operate

WASHINGTON—With fraudulent phone calls, emails, social media posts and texts arriving most every day to most every U.S. adult, Americans fear being victimized by cybercrimes much more than by traditional crimes. In response, AARP sent out a team of journalists and fraud fighters to detail the extent of the multi-billion-dollar fraud industry and exactly how it operates. Among its findings, which appear in the April issue of the AARP Bulletin:

  • Organized crime enterprises, both domestic and international, have learned how easy and profitable consumer fraud can be – particularly in comparison with their other illicit operations – and are eagerly setting up boiler rooms and other fraud operations.
  • An open market for illegally obtained personal information continues to flourish on the “dark web,” where credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and other private data can be bought for a few dollars each.
  • The software and systems needed to set up illegal boiler rooms or cyberfraud operations are cheap, sophisticated, yet easily acquired and mastered.
  • Money laundering operations to “wash” payments from victims so they are untraceable are now able to convert a gift card into merchandise to be sold overseas within minutes.

For all the worrisome details of the scope and capability of the fraud industry, protecting yourself from becoming a victim has also become easier. The AARP Bulletin report exhaustively details both the tools, tips and techniques consumers can use to help never lose a cent to fraud, and also reveals the hottest new scams now rolling out across America.

Also in the April issue:

In the News

  • Special Report: Elections 2022: This year’s midterm election is of unusually high importance, as over 30 governor races, countless local races and initiatives, new voting laws and the fate of Congress weigh on the minds of voters. In this special report, AARP Bulletin breaks down what is at stake and how to vote in your state safely.

Your Money

  • Windfall Wizard: Whether it’s a tax refund, inheritance, home sale or lucky day with the Lotto, most adults at some point get a one-time cash windfall. What should you do with it? If you choose incorrectly, our experts say you could lose out on a great opportunity. Read this month’s “Your Money” section to learn to learn the best ways to use (or save) newfound money.
  • Outlet Deals Inside Your Home: If you love shopping at outlet malls for great deals, you’ll really love online outlet stores that sell open-box, past season, overstock items, and sometimes exclusive labels. This month’s issue will help you find websites with bargains, teach you to be alert to differences, and how to seek out discount codes.
  • The Other Retirement Plan: The retirement plan for millions of American teachers, government employees and workers isn’t the 401(k) savings plan, but the 403(b) plan, which operate by a much different set of rules. And in some cases, they are much riskier than 401(k)s. Learn how they are different, the issues 403(b) plans face, and how to protect yours.

Your Life:

  • Test-Drive A New Community: “Try before you buy” is a good guide not only when making a purchase like a car, but also for when you are considering a new community to live in. Read four intriguing and revealing stories about how older Americans used work assignments, the Internet, vacations and telecommuting to identify their dream retirement locale.

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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 @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.