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AARP Bulletin October 2023

A visual guide to fraud, who should buy term life insurance and the new face of remote working


The October issue of AARP Bulletin offers readers a slew of the latest news updates and stories — including a visual guide to fraud and the future of Medicare. The following are highlights from this month’s Bulletin:


Cover Story: The future of original Medicare

Medicare enrollees have an immediate decision to make between two vastly different options: original Medicare or the private insurance alternative Medicare Advantage (MA). Based on current trends, it won’t be long before enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans substantially overtakes enrollment in original Medicare. Does the original need to be changed to remain competitive with MA? Will original Medicare as envisioned in 1965 cease to exist in the years to come? This month’s cover story dives into the future of traditional Medicare and what it means for you.


Also in this issue

Fraud Watch: A visual guide to fraud

Text messages from strangers, computer virus alerts and gift cards can all be perfectly legitimate. But scammers are finding ways to use tools and technologies like these to defraud older Americans.

Your Money: 7 things to know about term life insurance

Research shows that the proportion of consumers who intend to buy life insurance in the next year has skyrocketed. The simplest and least expensive type of life insurance is called a term life policy. What is it and who is it for?

Your Health: Can vaccinations save your brain?

Vaccinations have become increasingly contentious over the past few years. Between culture wars and scientific stops and starts—the idea of getting that next shot can fill you with anxiety. But new research has revealed another reason why staying on top of your vaccinations makes sense: They might reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

Your Life: Work from roam

COVID-19 sent many employees home with laptops, and one question burned in the minds of everyone. Will remote work be permanent? Almost four years later, 40 percent of Americans work remotely, and remote workers are increasingly exploring their geographical freedom.


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Past Issues of AARP Bulletin

September 2023

Find out how to recover money lost to fraud, the truth about ministrokes and how older adults are shaking up the country.                                                            



July/August 2023

Learn ‘99 Great Ways to Save,’ plus how to reduce gas mileage and what to do when a loved one gets scammed.                                                                    



June 2023

Learn how to stay safe this summer and tips to calculate how much you’ll really need for your retirement stash.                                          



May 2023

Details about AI crimes on the rise, the changing retail landscape and online health misinformation.                                                             



April 2023

This issue features the 2023 Fraud Survival Guide, the problem with extended warranty offers, and a brain health quiz.                                      



March 2023

Find out how to protect yourself from ‘check washing’ crimes, important health truths and what's next for COVID-19.                                                 



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.                                                                     



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