NASCAR star driver Jeff Gordon to help fight hunger in Georgia

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Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion driver Jeff Gordon will visit the Athens Community Council on Aging on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. to work alongside student volunteers from the Campus Kitchen at UGA (CKUGA), part of the nationwide Campus Kitchens network that rescues excess food to provide healthy meals to older adults in need. Gordon drives the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS, sponsored by AARP Foundation as part of its commitment to draw …

Tucker Civic group, AARP host ‘Caring for the Long Term’ on Sept. 19

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Chances are that everyone will either provide long-term care to a loved one at some point or receive that care. When that happens, will you know what to do or how to find the resources you need? The Tucker Civic Association and AARP Georgia will join forces on Sept. 19 to present “Caring for the Long Term.” The program will be offered at the Main Street Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Tucker, 2367 Main Street, from 6:30 p.m. …

Life@50+, AARP’s National Event and Expo, comes to Georgia

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Life@50+, AARP’s National Event and Expo, is in our backyard this year! Atlanta will host the event Oct. 3-5, and you’ve got so many great reasons to register: world-class entertainers, dynamic speakers, lifestyle and learning sessions and a jam-packed exhibit floor. Along with all that will go on in the Georgia World Congress Center, join us on Thursday, Oct. 3rd as we head out into the community for the 2013 Life@50+ Day of Service and a wide range of volunteer …

AARP calls for commonsense Medicare solutions, not cuts to benefits

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AARP has released the first in a “commonsense solutions” series of new videos on the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing Medicare into law on July 30, 1965. Nearly 97 percent of older Georgia seniors, or 1,005,541, were enrolled in Medicare in 2011.Georgia’s Medicare beneficiaries spent on average, nonetheless, an estimated $5,500 on out-of-pocket health care costs in 2011. Yet some in Washington want to cut benefits. In a series of new videos debuting today, AARP argues that commonsense …

AARP Georgia watching new Georgia Power rate case

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Georgia Power customers, please stand by. Your electric power bill may be going up. Again. Georgia Power has asked the Georgia Public Service Commission for approval to increase the amount its residential and business customers pay by 6.1 percent, or $482 million, over the next three years. In addition, the utility wants to raise its set rate of return on equity, or profit, from 11.15 percent to 11.5 percent. The utility is expected to hold hearings later this year on …

AARP Georgia visits Capitol Hill to urge Congress to protect Social Security, Medicare

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Macon-area resident and AARP Georgia Executive Council Member Myrtle Habersham visited Capitol Hill Tuesday, June 12, to express opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposal to cut Social Security benefits.  She also pressed for “responsible solutions” to strengthen Medicare. Habersham was joined by AARP Georgia State Director Greg Tanner. They met with five members of the Georgia Congressional delegation and/or their staffs: U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, and U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey, John Lewis and Tom Price. Habersham and …

This Memorial Day, help Georgia veterans who are without health coverage

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Looking for a meaningful way to honor the service of our veterans this Memorial Day? You may be surprised to learn that nearly 25,000 veterans in Georgia are currently struggling without health insurance, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report is titled, “Uninsured Veterans and Family Members: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?”, and says there are 1.3 million veterans under age 65 uninsured in the United States, …

Special Offer! Take the AARP Driver Safety online course in May for only $5

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AARP Driver Safety is celebrating Older Americans Month by offering a $5 online course to AARP members and non-members alike from May 1 through May 31, 2013. The course normally costs $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for nonmembers. By taking the course you’ll: •    Learn proven driving strategies to keep you and others safe on the road. •    Participate with no tests or quizzes to pass. •    Receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance, if eligible. (Upon completion …

Free Q&A on Social Security and Medicare scheduled May 2

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Approaching retirement and want to learn more about Social Security and Medicare? Wondering what benefits are available to you – and when? Want a chance to ask questions of AARP staff as you prepare for retirement? Join AARP on Thursday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. for a free, one-hour interactive webinar about the basics of Social Security and Medicare – two different and very complicated programs. Learn from our staff and receive helpful resources and tools to use after the …

Seniors shred papers, protect others in Perry

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The mail, bills, paper, and old electronics cluttering your house may look like trash to you – but for identity thieves, your trash can be a financial gold mine.  AARP Georgia recently offered seniors and others an easy and safe way to dispose of their personal documents and electronics, providing on-site document shredding and recycling at Rozar Park in Perry. As seniors made their way through the drive-through event, United States Postal Inspectors also provided them with information about scams …