Are You an Easy Mark?

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The more you know, the less likely you are to become a victim of investment fraud.  Who is most likely to fall prey to investment fraud? Older men who are risk-takers, open to investment pitches and see accumulating wealth as a key achievement in life. That’s according to a new study sponsored by AARP’s Fraud Watch Network that surveyed 1,028 investors, nearly a quarter of whom were victims of fraud. The study’s goal is to identify risk factors or behaviors that make someone fall …

Work from home? Think again!

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Ads for jobs guaranteeing you will make a certain amount of money or that you can work from home are probably scams. If you respond to the ad, you’ll likely be asked to send money so you can either get the job, acquire more job listings, receive supplies to start a business at home, or obtain special “certification” that’s supposed to get you a job. If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. …

Medicare is a Promise to Delawareans That We Need to Keep

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By Rashmi Rangan, AARP State President Proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in precisely the wrong direction – pushing up costs for current and future retirees, and eroding protections that Americans have earned through many years of hard work and taxes. Yet, in a short-sighted attempt to save money, vouchers are being promoted on Capitol Hill as an answer to rising costs. Unfortunately, they are the wrong answer. Vouchers pose troubling risks for 169,840 …

Fraud Alert! Family Member Criminal Conviction Fee??

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There’s a new scam we recently heard about. A resident receives an official-looking letter from a law firm in the state, outlining a family member’s prior criminal conviction, describing the verdict, and then stating there is an outstanding fine or fee. The letter directs the resident to send a check to clear the expense. If you receive a letter like this, contact local law enforcement. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. …

AARP Celebrates Black History Month with Delta Sigma Theta

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In recognition of Black History Month, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Wilmington Chapter) presents August Wilson’s play Two Trains Running. The play explores the social and psychological manifestations of changing attitudes toward race, from the perspective of urban blacks in the late 1960’s. Two Trains Running, which Time magazine hailed as “his most mature work to date, ” offers another mesmerizing chapter in his remarkable cycle of plays about the black experience in twentieth-century America. It is Pittsburgh, 1969. The regulars …

Medicare Is a Promise to Delawareans That We Need to Keep

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At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise:  The pledge President Trump made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to follow the president’s lead and protect Medicare. In Delaware, we know what a vital program Medicare is. Nearly 170,000 people in Delaware are on Medicare and another 196,000 Delawareans age 50-64 will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 years. That’s why …

Dream Builder Video Contest Now Open!

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The Create the Good Dream Builders Video Contest is open through February 7.  This initiative, in its second year, builds on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” message as well as AARP’s commitment to livable communities and service.   The contest invites individuals to submit a video about a “dream” volunteer project they are currently working on – or want to carry out – in collaboration with a community non-profit.  AARP will narrow down the entries and then post …

Free Tax Help is Available Close to Home

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Beginning Feb. 1 through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, …

AARP Names Four State Legislators as Capitol Caregivers

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To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Delaware, AARP named four Legislators as 2016 “Capitol Caregivers,” on Jan. 11 as part of a bipartisan group of elected officials from more than 23 states.  These leaders have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for all Delawareans to live independently in their homes and communities—where they want to be. “AARP thanks House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst; Senator Bethany Hall Long; Representative David Bentz; and Representative Paul Baumbach …

What’s Next for You?

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AARP Delaware and the University of Delaware are disrupting aging through a creative collaboration which is shaping up to help many Delawareans reimagine their lives in some very powerful ways. Generation X, not to mention the Boomer generation, is realizing something very important. They are living longer. The life expectancy in the U.S. just three generations ago was 50 years of age, while it is now over 78. A 2007 U.S. News and World Report study found that the number …