When Will the War on Alzheimer’s Begin?: Recent studies show that the cost of caring for Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has surpassed the cost of treatment for cancer patients or victims of heart disease. However, research funding for Alzheimer’s only reaches about $566 million whereas funding for cancer, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS is well over $1 billion. The January/February issue of AARP Bulletin takes a look at the rising costs of Alzheimer’s disease and how the stigma attached to Alzheimer’s is affecting funding. (Page 15)
Julianne Moore Discusses New Role in Still Alice: In the new film, Still Alice, Julianne Moore plays a 50-year-old renowned linguistics professor struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s. In this issue of AARP Bulletin, Moore discusses how she prepared for the role and why she strongly believes that the story of Alzheimer’s is one that needs to be told more often. (Page 20)
AARP Commits to New Year Solutions for Financial Resilience: As the New Year welcomes Generation X to the ranks of the 50+ community; AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins provides insight in this month’s issue of AARP Bulletin on how AARP will work to find financial resilience solutions for the 50+. From social security to workplace savings to fighting fraud and beyond, AARP wants to help create an America where individuals who are 50+ have the financial resources and opportunities to match their longer life expectancy. (Page 32)
Miracle Cures You Can’t Afford: For those who need specialty drugs, such as Humira, Soliris, and Stelara, to treat chronic or complex conditions, the cost to obtain these life-changing drugs can exceed tens of thousands of dollars a month in out-of-pocket patient costs. This issue of AARP Bulletin reveals the effect these expensive drugs have on further crippling the very patients they seek to treat and provides insight into how prescription drug prices are determined. (Page 8)
Having the Financial “Talk” with Your Children: Talking to adult children about money can be an emotional yet daunting task for many Americans. In this month’s issue of AARP Bulletin, financial columnist Jane Bryant Quinn offers advice on where to start the conversation and what fiscal concerns should be discussed. (Page 30).
Scam Alert: Your Data Up for Grabs: People-search websites, such as Spokeo, BeenVerifed, PeekYou, and PeopleFinders, make personal information such as birth dates, past employers, and addresses easily accessible to anyone with a credit card. With access ranging from $1 trial memberships to ongoing, $10-per-month subscriptions for unlimited searches, users can get access to scam-worthy details on pretty much whomever they want, with assurances of anonymity. Unfortunately, collecting and selling this data is perfectly legal. In this issue of AARP Bulletin, Scam Alert columnist Sid Kirchheimer unveils tips on what you can do to keep your data as safe as possible. (Page 28)
Giving Birth in Your 50s: The Reasons and Risks: In 2013, an average of 13 children were born every week to mothers 50 and older. With the trend continuing to grow, the January/February issue of AARP Bulletin takes a look at the stigmas, medical risks, and personal stories of those who have chosen to give birth past the age of 50. (Page 22)
Unknown Dangers of Popular Cold Medicines: With cold and flu season in full effect, this issue of AARP Bulletin takes a look at five popular over-the-counter medications that could do more harm than good. From ibuprofen’s ability to increase the risk of kidney damage to antihistamines, that could increase the risk of falls for older adults, a list of hidden hazards are uncovered as well as tips on staying safe. (Page 6)
Using Phased Retirement to Ease Out of the Workforce: As phased retirement begins to grow in popularity, the January/February issue of AARP Bulletin highlights how it can present a win-win situation for both employees and their employers. (Page 26)
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