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AARP Bulletin March 2023

‘Check washing’ crimes are on the rise, grandparents are being called to parent again and what’s next for COVID-19


The March issue of AARP Bulletin offers readers a slew of the latest news updates and stories — from the latest rising mail scam to the heartbreaking-but-frequent scenarios in which grandparents are relied on for parental duties again. 


The following are highlights from this month’s Bulletin:

Fraud Watch: The check is not in the mail

Are your mailed checks safe? Stealing paper checks from mailboxes is on the fast rise in the U.S., often leading to losses of thousands of dollars per crime. In this emerging fraud, criminals use bleach or acetone to carefully remove all details from your check — except your signature. That essentially leaves them a blank check. This month, learn all about this decidedly low-tech scam and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Your Life: Called to parent — again

The twin crises of the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic have left thousands of children orphaned, increasing the pressure on grandparents to take on a parental role again. The most recent census tells us that 7.1 million U.S. grandparents are living with grandchildren in their home — more than ever before. This month in Your Life, the Bulletin shares the stories of this upsetting trend and offers resources for support.

Your Money: Protect yourself from dangerous products

Product recalls are increasing and often for products not typical for recall. Shockingly few people bother to respond, at their own peril — responding can be a matter of life and death. The good news is that recall remedies are free. In this issue, we give you tips to help protect you and your family.

Your Health: Health ‘truths’ you can ignore

Sometimes, an offhand comment (such as “you’ll catch a cold outside if you don’t put on a warmer jacket!”) seems to become a fact when it’s repeated often enough, even without evidence to support it. Read this month’s Your Health to learn 16 health “truths” you can mostly ignore. 

Cover story: The pandemic’s impact on home, family, health care, money and more

As we enter year four of COVID-19, life in America is a tale of two pandemics. In noteworthy ways, the greatest health crisis of our time appears to be over, yet a new strain of COVID has emerged that is particularly tough on older people. From telehealth and working from home to travel, many aspects of our lives have changed. This month’s cover story of the Bulletin looks at what’s changing, what’s not and what’s next for people 50-plus.


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Past Issues of AARP Bulletin

January/February 2023

Lean why heart-related health challenges are on the rise and the best ways to prevent them, plus new tax credits worth pursuing.                          



December 2022

Discover whether to add solar panels to your roof, how to improve the Wi-Fi signal in your home and if it’s time for you to go gluten-free.                          



November 2022

Learn how to stay healthy this winter and how to not fall victim to scammers who try to manipulate your emotions.                                                        



October 2022

Tips on how to fight inflation, the future of hearing aids and an interview with Gary Sinise in this edition.                                                                     



September 2022

Find out about drug price relief, our Teen Mental Health Crisis special report, and where to find free clothes, appliances, household gear and more.



July/August 2022

AARP’s “99 Great Ways to Save” feature returns with a brand-new collection of tips to help readers save money during this period of record-setting price hikes.



June 2022

In this issue, see how older Americans are redefining health, wealth and the goals of long life.                                                                          



May 2022

In this issue, find out how to get around today’s dire shortage of workers and supplies — and get the work you need done.                                   



April 2022

An investigation on how organized crime is affecting U.S. consumers and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.                                        



March 2022

An informative report on the health of Social Security, and why protein may be the key to weight loss.                                                         



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