AARP Arizona

Cynthia Fagyas


Cynthia Fagyas is the Communications Director for AARP in Arizona. Cynthia joined AARP Arizona in 2000. She is responsible for publicizing AARP sponsored events, general media relations and internal communications.

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Holiday Scams to Watch Out for

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

With shoppers expected to spend $616.9 billion on gifts this holiday season, scammers are gearing up to rip off unsuspecting consumers. That’s why AARP Fraud Watch Network developed a free, online resource guide so families can protect themselves and those they love from holiday scams. The guide focuses on three common holiday scams: online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities. “Everyone knows that right now is the season of giving but for con artists it’s the season of …

The Average Family Caregiver

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Family caregivers provide the majority of care that helps a loved one remain living at home as they age. Right now there are about 42 million people who are the primary caregiver for their aging parent, relative or close friend.  Over 855,000 of them live in Arizona. Who is the typical caregiver? The average family caregiver  is a 49-year-old woman providing about 20 hours a week of assistance to a loved one and is on call 24 hours a day. …

Family Caregivers Convene at Phoenix Forum

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Over 100 people attended a recent Family Caregivers Forum in Phoenix hosted by AARP Arizona in which local experts provided helpful information about the challenges caregivers face. An estimated 855,000 adults in Arizona are currently acting as family caregivers to an aging parent, relative or friend. On average, they spend 818 million hours a year in their caregiving roles. “AARP hosted the forum in an effort to provide information to support family caregivers who are helping loved ones stay at …

Small Group Events Help People Figure Out Their “What’s Next?”

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Life Reimagined is a new way of thinking about what’s next in your life. Backed by decades of research, Life Reimagined can help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real – whether you’re focused on work, health, relationships or finally pursuing your passion. AARP in Phoenix has volunteers that are available to conduct  “Life Reimagined Check-up” events for small group gatherings (20 people) across the Valley. Sandy Rupp is a Lead Volunteer for Life Reimagined in …

Over 15,000 lbs. of Paper Shredded during Phoenix Fraud Watch Network Event

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteers and staff helped local residents unload boxes of personal documents for shredding at a recent AARP Fraud Watch Network shred-a-thon event held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. “We counted nearly 200 cars during the Saturday shred-a-thon and think it was a great success,” said Cynthia Fagyas, AARP Arizona Communications Director. “All total, there was over 15,000 pounds of paper shredded during the event.” The effort was part of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network activities in which AARP …

I Heart Caregivers in Arizona

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Across Arizona, over 855,000 unsung heroes care for parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends, and other loved ones – helping them stay at home, with dignity, as they age. This silent army helps with bathing and dressing, transportation, meal preparation, and even complicated medical tasks like wound care and medication management. They are family caregivers. AARP recently launched a new initiative called I Heart Caregivers to recognize and honor family caregivers who give their hearts each and every day; to share …