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AARP Bulletin January/February 2023

Discover why heart-related health challenges are on the rise and the best ways to prevent them


Despite astounding medical advancements since President Harry Truman declared war on heart disease 75 years ago, researchers have observed a disturbing trend that started in 2009: America’s death rate from heart-related conditions is climbing again. Heart disease-related deaths have increased for people in all age ranges, and the COVID-19 pandemic made the situation worse. The data is clear: Americans are losing the battle against heart disease.

This January, the Bulletin offers a report that untangles this trend, filled with insight from dozens of medical experts. We show how far science has come in its understanding and treatments of heart disease, but why societal and lifestyle trends make heart disease so much more likely for many older Americans. Ultimately, the evidence shows, the key to preventing heart disease is in your hands, not your doctor’s.


In this month’s issue, learn about:

  • The latest heart disease breakthroughs
  • How you can prevent heart disease
  • What questions to ask your doctor about your heart


Also in the January/February issue:

Get extra credit for your taxes: What do buying an electric car, contributing to an IRA or installing windows for your home have in common? That’s an easy one for a tax accountant: They’re all actions for which the federal government might give you money, by way of a tax credit. Now that the new year is underway and the 2022 tax filing season is about to begin, it’s the perfect moment to pay attention to these offerings.

‘Heartbreakingly evil’ fraud ring shut down: Six people have pleaded guilty, and two are charged but not arrested, for taking part in a “heartbreakingly evil” fraud operation known as “the grandparent scam.” Learn the method they used to steal from more than 70 older Americans and how to recognize the fraud if scammers try to pull it on you or a loved one.

7 things your toes could reveal about your health: Few know that your toes and toenails can tell you a lot about your health. Read this month’s Bulletin to learn how a little digit detective work by you and your doc could reveal kidney disease, diabetes and several other conditions. 

Your cash isn’t good here: Thousands of stores across America have made the decision to no longer accept cash, and the trend is growing quickly. The switch saves money for the retailer, but is it good for the consumer? We explain the technology that makes card or digital payments secure; the laws regarding cash acceptance; and how to operate safely in an increasingly no-cash retail world.

Q&A with Jon Meacham: “Lincoln’s life is a powerful warning for us.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian shares what the 16th president can teach us about a divided nation. Read this month’s Your Life section to learn more.


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Past Issues of AARP Bulletin

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.                                                         



January/February 2022

With the two-year anniversary of COVID approaching, AARP Bulletin reports how to make the new year healthy, safe and productive. 



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