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Nov 29, 2023
Exclusives From AARP The Magazine: Sir Patrick Stewart On Crying While Watching Barbie, Melissa Etheridge On Never Having A Backup Plan, And The Extraordinary Connection Between Music And The Mind
Plus: The Potential Dangers of Anti-Obesity Medications; 5 Survivors Of Horror And Tragedy Tell Their Stories; And Small U.S. Cities With Big Retirement Potential

Cover Story - Ringo Starr, 60 Years After Beatlemania

The legendary drummer opens up about his early musical memories, his joyous path through life, his new EP Rewind Forward and his ongoing relationship with The Beatles 60 years after their iconic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He shares, “Paul [McCartney] loves me as much as I love him. He’s the brother I never had. As an only child, suddenly I got three brothers. We looked out for each other.”

What I Know Now - Sir Patrick Stewart

Emmy and Tony Award-nominated and GRAMMY Award-winning actor Patrick Stewart gets candid about his troubled childhood with a violent father and finding an escape through acting. He also reveals he once took Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin for a spin in the ‘60s and like the rest of us, teared up watching Barbie. You can watch the exclusive interview with Patrick Stewart on YouTube now.

Upfront - Melissa Etheridge

GRAMMY and Academy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge reveals that watching Barbra Streisand singing “People” in the film Funny Girl was her musical awakening and that her sister’s record collection introduced her to rock n’ roll. Melissa Etheridge sat down with AARP for a video series, which you can watch now.

The Extraordinary World of Music and the Mind

Our brains remember music in entirely different ways than they remember moments, conversations or visual scenes. And with that growing understanding, doctors are discovering new ways music can be used for health and healing. In particular, playing familiar music is proving a vital tool in helping people with dementia. An expansive report on music, memory and health – plus a quiz to see how well you can remember the pop songs of your youth.

Weight-Loss RX?

While medications like Ozempic seem to be miracle drugs for some, doctors warn that older patients should be cautious of the potential side effects. Here, physicians reveal questions to ask yourself before using the suddenly popular drugs that were meant for diabetes but are being widely prescribed for weight loss.

I Survived

From the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Jonestown Massacre, our world has seen its share of horrors. Read first-hand accounts of the brave survivors of some of the world’s most high-profile tragedies of what happened and how they’ve overcome their trauma and found inspiring ways to move forward.

Great Places to Live

Check out these surprisingly excellent places in America to live for older residents based on the things that matter most, such as nearby nature, health care access, cost of living, walkability or reliable public transit, and the local economy. Not to mention their intangible charm!

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About AARP
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