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AARP The Magazine Gets Cover Exclusive with Former President George W. Bush on Family, Politics, Regrets, and Retirement as He Prepares for the Next Chapter in his Life

On Retirement and Advice to Boomers
“You never retire. At least I don’t retire. I’m active.”

“I’m just beginning to live the next chapter of my life. It’s the introductory pages. In other words, politics…is not the end of my life.”

“My advice to seniors—and I consider myself one—is to first and foremost take care of your body. Secondly find something where you could say “I’m helping somebody else.” And it may be just helping raise a grandkid. Or teaching a child to read.”

“One of the things I learned as President is that your life is just not going to unfold the way you want it to, there will be surprises, challenges, and therefore the question is how you deal with the unexpected.”

On his New Book
“I hope my friends read it and say, “Now I understand.” I hope my detractors read it and say, “Well, I better understand.”

An image of the January/February cover of AARP The Magazine featuring George W. Bush is available upon request. Exclusive audio of the interview and photographs from the photo shoot are available at

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With more than 35.1 million readers nationwide, AARP The Magazine ( is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. Reaching over 22 million households, AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through in-depth celebrity interviews, health and fitness features, consumer interest information and tips, book and movie reviews and financial guidance. Published bimonthly in print and continually online, AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is the flagship title of AARP Publications.

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership 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 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, 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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