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Inside the May Issue of AARP Bulletin

 

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Laurie Bella, laurie.bella@coburnww.com, 212-536-9820

AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560

 

INSIDE THE MAY ISSUE OF AARP BULLETIN

 

WHY FORCED RETIRMENT HAS BOOMERS WORRIED; THE LATEST ON

I.D. THEFT TIED TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS + 7 WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF; AND A LOOK AT THE STAGE OF DEPRESSION IN AMERICA

 

PLUS: EXCLUSIVE 8-PAGE INSERT ON WHAT HEALTH CARE REFORM MEANS FOR AMERICA   

 

User’s Guide to Health Care Reform: AARP Bulletin offers a user’s guide to navigate the details of the new health care reform law. This 8-page special section features must-know details, including how changes to Medicare, employer insurance, individual coverage, and taxes affect you, all boiled down to the basics.  (Page 19)

 

 Scam Alert – Not What the Doctor Ordered: Medical identity theft has more than doubled since 2008.  Known as “fulls” to identity thieves, medical records provide everything criminals need from social security numbers to payment accounts.  AARP Bulletin explains the danger and long-term effects of medical identity theft and provides 7 must-have tips for protecting records. (Page 16)

 

Forced to Retire: Since December 2007, the U.S. has lost more than eight million jobs, with unemployment rates nearly doubling among workers age 55+. With more and more Americans being forced into early retirement, AARP Bulletin shares the story of one woman’s financial struggles and the affect dipping into her retirement funds early has had on her personal life and financial livelihood. (Page 14)

 

Overcoming Depression: One in 10 Americans is on an antidepressant regiment making them the most widely used medications in the country. With new studies deeming chemical imbalances in the brain to blame for depression, AARP Bulletin evaluates recent advancements in science, coupled with new information about family history, trauma, and illness, to debate the state of depression in America.  Plus: “Brain Aerobics” for exercises to keep your mind sharp.  (Page 10)

 

Delivering Hope: After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which killed more than 230,000 and left 1.3 million homeless, gerontologist Martin Gorbien opened a makeshift clinic as part of a relief mission sponsored by HelpAge USA.  AARP Bulletin shadowed his experience in Haiti and shares the needs of older adults in Haiti as the country continues to recover. (Page 28)

 

Power of 50 – Spring Cleaning: Spring is the perfect time to clear out clutter and start fresh.  AARP Bulletin lists 50 things to get rid of in the home and the mind for a clean start this season. (Page 43)

 

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* Updated daily coverage of the health care reform bill, specifically focused on how potential new policies could affect Americans 50+

 

* Exclusive online columns such as Your Financial Future, In Your State, Scam Alert, Save a Buck and more.

 

About AARP Bulletin

The definitive news source for AARP’s members, AARP Bulletin (bulletin.aarp.org) reaches more than 24 million households each month in print, with additional news and in-depth coverage online. Covering health and health policy, Medicare, Social Security, consumer protection, personal finance, and AARP state and national news developments, AARP Bulletin delivers the story behind the key issues confronting 50+ America. The monthly consumer-oriented news publication has become a must-read for congressional lawmakers and Washington opinion leaders, and it provides AARP members with pertinent information they need to know. AARP Bulletin Today is the daily go-to news Web site for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+.

 

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin and AARP Bulletin Today, the daily go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. multimedia brand dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

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