Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


Romance after 50

Dating for older adults can be challenging but, in some ways, better than ever.
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New Year Wellness Guide

Researchers say older adults can add years to their prospective lifetimes by following a few basic tips.
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Home Stretch

Entering retirement without a nest egg? Don’t panic. Putting your passions to work while scaling down financial obligations is an old ethos that’s finally found its time.
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Still Rockin'

Empty nesters with electric guitars now dominate the Arizona bar scene — and experts say they may hold a key to healthy aging.
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Social Trek

Traveling with strangers can be dicey in divisive times. Nevertheless, tour groups for Boomers and beyond are thriving.
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Turn Back Time

Many anti-aging procedures can now be done without going under the knife - and often in a lunch hour. Here's what older adults need to know about the latest trends in cosmetic techniques.
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Voluntourism Grows Up

Charitable travel is big with college kids. But retirees may make a bigger impact as volunteer tourists.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



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