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Jim Flaherty

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Jim is the communications director of AARP Wisconsin.

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Make Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit

Posted on 09/3/2014 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 08/21/2014 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 …

Milwaukee 41st Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

We recently learned the Milwaukee metro area is the 41st most dangerous of the 51 largest metro areas in the nation, according to a new report by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014, ranks metropolitan areas in terms of pedestrian safety. According to the report, 183 Milwaukee metro area residents were killed while walking between 2003-2012. Four of the top five most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians are in …

Join Us to Talk Retirement Savings

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

If you ask people if they feel financially prepared for retirement, most will say “no.” Even those who have saved throughout their working lives are not confident with the amount of money they have set aside. The bottom line is that more and more Wisconsinites are unsure they’ll have enough money to retire comfortably. That’s why our focus at AARP is to visit communities across Wisconsin and talk to our members. We want to ensure everyone has the financial security they …