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Jessica Prell


Jessica is a Senior Program Specialist at AARP Wisconsin.

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Tis the Season for Holiday Scams

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

By Tim Morrissey, Public News Service – WI The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, and not just for shoppers. Scammers also use people’s generosity to find ways to take advantage of them, says Lisa Lamkins, federal issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin. AARP has launched a new website to help keep consumers one step ahead of the con artists. Lamkins says shoppers will spend more than $600 billion on gifts this year, and the …

Use Caution When Making Donations

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

The holiday season is upon us, a time when many Wisconsinites open their hearts and wallets by giving to charitable causes. But before you make that donation, it’s important to do your homework. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) offer up these tips: Before donating, check to see if the charity is registered with DFI. Ask a solicitor to explain the purpose of the organization, what services are provided, …

I Heart Caregivers in Wisconsin

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

Across Wisconsin, more than 766,000 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 their …

Here’s How to Support Vets all Year Long

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

Honoring the sacrifices our military men and women made to keep our country free should extend far beyond the few hours we spend each year on salutes, tributes and speeches on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. There are so many more ways to say thanks. Just ask Richard Crary of Beloit, who still has a lump in his throat as he recalls his trip to Washington D.C. last May. Richard took part in VetsRoll, which provides free four-day charter coach transportation, …

Stay One Step Ahead of the Scammers

Posted on 10/29/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

How was “Kenneth” able to scam 117 Kenosha area residents out of more than $6 million before he was finally nabbed by the FBI and sentenced to 10 years in prison? Simple. He convinced his victims to trust him. As an elder in his local church, Kenneth claimed to have a business called Homestead Investments. He got friends, family members and parishioners to invest in this company, promising them a 15% return. He told them their money would be used …

Help Prepare Taxes for Those in Need

Posted on 10/20/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. And they need your help! Thousands of low- to moderate- income Wisconsinites, especially those 60 and older, need help preparing their taxes. Volunteer for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and make sure they get all the deductions and credits they deserve. You’ll be helping people in your own community with a much-needed service that’s free, individualized and has no strings attached. Not good with numbers? No problem! There’s a volunteer …