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2022 AARP Purpose Prize Winners

collage of purpose prize winners Bill Bracken, Ify Nwabuku, Rita Zimmer, Raymond Jetson, Alan Miller

Photos by (LEFT TO RIGHT): Philip Cheung, André Chung, Stephanie Diani, Craig Mulcahy, Stephen Voss

2022 winners (LEFT TO RIGHT): Bill Bracken, Ify Nwabuku, Rita Zimmer, Raymond Jetson, Alan Miller


En español | You live. You learn. You give back. No one knows this better than people ages 50 and older, who have spent decades accumulating a wealth of knowledge that only life experience can bring. Armed with this wisdom, they are a powerhouse of innovation tackling some of the greatest societal challenges of our time and inspiring others to do the same.

The AARP® Purpose Prize® award supports AARP's mission by honoring extraordinary people ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all.  

“AARP is honored to celebrate these extraordinary older adults, who have dedicated their lives to serving others in creative and innovative ways,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “During these trying times in our country and globally, we are inspired to see people use their life experiences to build a better future for us all.”

Honorary Award

Michael J. Fox

Photo by Mark Seliger

AARP is presenting award-winning television and film actor Michael J. Fox with an honorary Purpose Prize Award for his advocacy work in helping to advance scientific progress towards finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through The Michael J. Fox Foundation, a nonprofit he founded in 2000 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 29. Today, Michael is as famous for his advocacy as for his acting. Sitting on the Foundation's Board of Directors and serving as its inspirational leader, Michael travels and speaks frequently on behalf of the organization described by the New York Times as "the most credible voice on Parkinson's research in the world." He is admired for his commitment to raising awareness about Parkinson's disease research and his dedication to scientific freedom.