Last Chance! We’re Giving Away $50,000! Enter Now. See Official Rules


AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy


The tablet with free 24/7 customer support. Learn More


Military and Veterans Discount



AARP Games - Play Now!


Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming webinar or find materials from a past session.


Planning for Long-Term Care for Dummies

Get expert advice on planning for your own or a relative’s future care needs.

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.



Heart Disease


Most Popular


A Doctor for All Seasons and Terrains

Ken Jackson is dedicated to rural health care

You could call Ken Jackson a doc-of-all-trades. He treats Medicare patients, delivers babies and performs circumcisions, vasectomies and breast biopsies. But that's not all.

Once a month, the 62-year-old family physician drives 130 miles from Kingman, Ariz., to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, then rides a horse two hours to a Native American village deep in the canyon to provide prenatal care. During the winter, he travels by helicopter to reach the area. Twice a month he also provides prenatal care to another tribe closer to home.

"I love my work," he says. "It makes me feel worthy."

Because of Jackson's dedication to rural health care, Staff Care, a temporary staffing service for health care professionals, has named him 2010 Country Doctor of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding practitioners in communities of 30,000 or fewer residents. As the winner, he can take two weeks off while Staff Care offers complimentary physician coverage.

Of his busy practice, Jackson says, "We're rocking and rolling every day." So his trips to the canyon are a welcome change of pace.

Jackson says he has a special fondness for his older patients, who are "like extended family to me. I literally cherish those interactions."

Susan Kreimer writes about health and medicine.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Walgreens 1 discount membership aarp

Members can earn 50 points per $1 spent on select health & wellness products at Walgreens.

member benefit aarp hear usa

Members save 15% on easy listening devices and more at the HearUSA Hearing Shop.

Eye Med 4 Membership Benefit AARP Discount

Members save up to 60% on eye exams and 30% on glasses at Target Optical.

Membership Benefits Discounts Email Genius

Brain boost? Get AARP email for access to memory exercises & more that help you focus.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points