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AARP Bulletin November 2022

How to stay healthy this winter, the growing shortage of in-home caregiving workers and how scammers manipulate your emotions


Health experts predict a rise in COVID-19 and flu cases this winter, and due to immune system changes that happen as we age, older adults are especially vulnerable. This month, AARP Bulletin shares the precautions needed to stay one step ahead of these diseases and stay healthy.

Plus, many older adults who need help with their daily activities are forced to go it alone, since there are too few in-home care aides to meet the demand of our aging population. This has led to problems across the country. In Maine, nearly 11,000 hours of personal care go unstaffed each week. Help can be hard to find inside nursing homes too; 3 out of 5 nursing facilities in the U.S. have limited new admissions because of staffing shortages.


Also in the November issue:

How to buy your own health insurance: 1 in 4 older Americans ages 50 to 64 – too young for Medicare – consider health care costs as a major financial burden. The Bulletin offers a guide to help older adults who don’t have workplace coverage navigate the alternatives, including COBRA, ACA, Medicaid, community health centers and catastrophic coverage.

How to save on winter fuel costs: Surging fuel costs mean that Americans can expect to pay more to heat their homes this winter than last year. But with some clever — and often free — adjustments, home heating systems can keep consumers warm more efficiently. In this month’s Your Money, Bulletin editors compiled a list of helpful tips to save money on heating costs.

The art of deceit: Many people believe they are too smart to fall victim to scams. But they miss the key point: Scammers manipulate your emotions, rather than engaging your brain, to get you to say yes. AARP Bulletin notes seven different tactics scammers use to get between you and your sense of reason — as well as six tips on how to stay rational. Read this month’s fraud piece to learn more.

Who will care for us? For the LGBTQ community, aging solo can introduce a host of caregiving issues. Essayist Steven Petrow, author of Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old, asks, “If I need in-home help, will I be comfortable acknowledging my sexual identity to a stranger who might have ‘issues’?” Learn about the unique health care challenges of LGBTQ older adults in this month’s Your Life.

How do I get rid of this junk? Every room in a home has its own breed of clutter, but garage stuff is often the worst. So much of it is toxic! It’s confusing knowing what you can throw away and what needs to be disposed of differently. Read the Bulletin for options to get rid of items that don’t belong in your trash can.


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Past Issues of AARP Bulletin

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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