I’m going to do something today that I generally don’t do! I am going to recommend a magazine that I have found very informative and helpful as I travel the road from midlife and beyond. I recommend it because it is easy to read (mostly short, entertaining articles), specific to my needs as I grow older and wiser, generally apolitical (other than being supportive of people like me), and just all around interesting!!
AARP: The Magazine, a hip, glossy monthly, is filled with genuinely useful, up-to-date, vital information that captures the essence of the variety of opportunities and lifestyles available to us as we grow older in what seems to be an ever more complex society. I like it because it alerts me to things I think I should know to live a longer, happier, healthier life. It also shows me how other people are doing it! I like that!
The magazine came as a perk when I joined AARP, an organization targeted to people 50 and over. I remember when I was first approached (by mail) to join the organization back when I was 50. Still being middle-aged and nowhere near retirement, I chuckled to myself and trashed the mailing without even opening it! Perhaps you did the same thing!? I’m turning 63 next month and I wish that I had opened that initial mailing and taken the time to read some of the material. The time taken then would have been useful in perhaps helping me pay attention to the inivitable a bit sooner! There was information there about health, finances, relationships, law, travel, politics, etc. that I could have used sooner in my last 13 years.
It only costs $16 to join for a year (with significant discounts for longer term subscriptions). The magazine in itself is worth the cost. But in addition I get another monthly publication called the AARP Bulletin that is chock full of additional useful information. And for those of us that like to surf around in cyberspace, I have unlimited access to AARP.org (included in the $16 fee) which looks like it contains all the information I need to navigate my future. And if it isn’t right there at my fingertips, I can find numerous links and references telling me where I can go to have my questions answered! What a deal!!
So if you are really serious about making the rest of your life the best of your life, click on over to www.aarp.org and do a little exploring. Follow the directions to join up. Then look forward to getting the magazine and be as surprised and delighted as I am ever time I do!