West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine

AAARP The Magazine's West Coast editor, Meg Grant has worked in magazine journalism for 25+ years for TIME, PEOPLE, Reader's Digest and AARP The Magazine. Celebrities and notable figures she has interviewed include Robert Redford, Tom Hanks, Natalie Cole, Sharon Stone, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Carter and Betty Ford.

New Alzheimer’s Movie Inspires and Entertains

It’s hard to imagine that a movie about Alzheimer’s could be realistic and uplifting, but A Short History of Decay, by first-time writer/director Michael Maren, manages both.  This indy film, arriving in theaters today, explores the ripple effect of the disease on the sufferer’s partner, grown children and friends, all the while encouraging viewers to empathize, laugh and cry. In the end, this is a movie not so much about a devastating illness that affects memory, thinking and behavior, but …

‘Movies for Grownups’ Throws a Film Festival in Boston

Movie fans were drowning in choice at AARP’s Life@50+ event in Boston last week. The twice-yearly get-together of AARP members and partners, held at Boston’s convention center on May 9 and 10, featured a Movies for Grownups film festival that invited attendees to watch four feature films before their wider release to the public. (Admission to the screenings was included in the Life@50+ registration fee.) The lineup included two romantic comedies: 1) And So It Goes, from director Rob Reiner, …

A Film That Celebrates Ageless Inner Beauty

The first hint that the just-released documentary film Pretty Old is something special is its title. It’s not Really Old. Or simply Old. It’s Pretty Old, as in, yeah, kinda, sorta old, but so what? And also, the conscious pairing of the two adjectives – pretty, as in beautiful, and old, as in wise. Directed by Walter Matteson (of the Sundance TV series Iconoclasts) and executive produced by, among others, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Pretty Old chronicles the 30th anniversary of the Ms. …

Mariel Hemingway: No Longer ‘Running From Crazy’

The 51-year-old actress and granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway admits that she has spent most of her life terrified that the mental illness, addiction and suicidal tendencies suffered by so many of her family members-among others, her famous grandfather  and sister Margaux both committed suicide-would be passed on to her. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center Mariel Hemingway also admits matter-of-factly: “I suffered from depression most of my life-until I didn’t.” She found her way out …

A Cowboy Fights to Protect the Wilderness, and Our Nation’s Wild Horses

Dayton O. Hyde describes the 13,000 acres of land in South Dakota that is home to his Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, along with the wild horses that live there, as “a national treasure.” Hyde himself, an 88-year-old cowboy conservationist, is as precious a national treasure, a hero fighting to the end to protect the land, the water and the wildlife of the American West. Hyde grew up in Michigan, where his family spent summers on a wilderness lake. “I …

Elton John: Still a Student at 60 Years On

Elton John, whose first solo studio album in seven years comes out today, told University of Southern California students treated to a free concert of his last week, “You have to keep trying and improving. Coasting is dangerous. I can’t just play ‘Bennie and the Jets’ over and over again.” But John did play “Bennie and the Jets” during his concert at the university’s 1,250-seat Bovard Auditorium, along with other hit classics including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.” …