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Beware the Grinch & Holiday Scams!

Posted on 11/25/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 70% of consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. Our report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” details AARP’s polling of consumers vulnerability to common holiday scams, including those related to …

Safer Streets for All

Posted on 11/12/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

A message from the State President – Dennis Eisnach With the clocks turned back an hour and skies getting darker earlier, we are reminded of how important safe and well-designed streets and crosswalks are to our community.  Tragically, one-fifth of children under age 14 killed in traffic crashes in 2013 were pedestrians.  Older adults are also extremely vulnerable, making up nearly 20% of pedestrian fatalities of all ages. It’s no surprise that nearly half of those AARP surveyed age 50 and older said they could not safely cross the main …

Poll Shows South Dakotans Age 50+ Support Capping Payday Loan Rates

Posted on 10/28/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

(Sioux Falls, SD)   A new poll commissioned by AARP South Dakota shows strong support among state residents age 50 and older to cap payday loans and auto title loans at 36%. The poll, conducted September 30, 2015 through October 8, 2015 shows nearly 2 in 3 (63%) South Dakotans strongly agree that the state should change the current law around payday and auto lender loans to stop allowing 500% or more APR’s (Annual Percentage Rate).   The survey also shows high …

Get Tips on Avoiding Holiday Scams on AARP Live

Posted on 10/14/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

The holidays are right around the corner and as your seasonal shopping kicks into high gear, so are the efforts of scammers working overtime to make your holiday anything less than jolly. From package delivery scams to counterfeit shopping sites and bogus charity pleas how do you survive the season of giving without being taken? Join the conversation on the next AARP Live and tell us how you fight fraud during the holidays.   AARP Oklahoma State Director, Sean Voskuhl, …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Needs You!

Posted on 10/6/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of tax loving volunteers in South Dakota. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for …

Cost, Coverage, Convenience and Customer Service Count

Posted on 10/6/2015 by | AARP South Dakota | Comments

Medicare Open Enrollment begins soon.  This is the window of opportunity for anyone age 65 and older to review their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan options and change plans if desired. “Medical needs can change from year to year and open enrollment provides an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to review their plans and ensure their existing plan still meets their needs,” said Sarah Jennings, state director for AARP South Dakota.  “If you like your plan and it meets your …