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Jim Flaherty


Jim is the communications director of AARP Wisconsin.

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Madison Named Best City in U.S. for Aging

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

  The Milken Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank, just released its first-of-its-kind index of the “Best Cities for Successful Aging,” and 11 Wisconsin metro areas are on the list, including Madison, which was ranked number one. The index measures and ranks the performance of 352 U.S. metropolitan areas in promoting and enabling successful aging. Madison topped the list for large metro areas, while Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis was ranked number 29. Nine Wisconsin metro areas named to the “small metro” list …

Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period is an important opportunity for Wisconsinites who have coverage through the Marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you are uninsured, the Marketplace is where you can go to shop for coverage and find a plan that fits your needs. And you may be able …

Make Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit

Posted on 09/17/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year and have lasting effects both to people and property. When disaster strikes, relief organizations will try to help but may not be able to reach you immediately, so we need to be ready ourselves.  September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and it’s our opportunity to get disaster prepared.    This month we hope you will set time aside to create an emergency communications plan to establish how you find and communicate with loved ones …

We Need YOU to Help Keep Social Security Strong!

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Add your name to our petition to urge the President and Congress to keep Social Security strong.  For almost 80 years, Social Security has provided a strong foundation of income older Americans and their families can count on.  Social Security’s guaranteed benefits are a rock-solid commitment to American families. Americans earn Social Security’s guaranteed retirement benefits by making contributions out of every paycheck throughout their working lives. And, Social Security’s earned benefits also help workers and their families when disability …

Most Aren’t Financially Ready to Retire

Posted on 07/9/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

When it comes to financial planning for retirement, don’t make the mistake of thinking your monthly Social Security payments will be enough for you to continue living the lifestyle you want. Because chances are, they won’t. Here in Wisconsin the average monthly benefit is $1,281. Most retirees augment this with pension income and private savings. But others simply have not saved enough. In fact, about 75% of people nearing retirement have less than $30,000 in savings. And traditional pension plans …

Caregivings must ride, not change the waves

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

At some point in their lives nearly everyone will be thrust into the position of needing to provide some level of caregiving services for a loved one. How do you prepare to become one of our nation’s 42 million caregivers? Well, it helps to think of caregiving much like you would approach surfing, says Amy Goyer, who is AARP’s national aging and families expert. Surfers are not frustrated when they hop up on their boards only to get whacked over …