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Laura Polacheck

Biography:

I am currently living in Utah, but still a diehard Packer fan (grew up in Milwaukee and went to UW).

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Summer Vacation Tips from the AARP Fraud Watch Network

Posted on 05/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Did you know that the AARP Fraud Watch Network has newsletters with great information about how to avoid becoming a fraud victim?  To get these free mailings, just click here. In the latest issue is a feature article on 4 Things to Watch Out for on Your Summer Travels:  Don’t let scammers ruin your summer vacation. 1. Wi-Fi dangers: Most public Wi-Fi hot spots are unsecure, and many people are unaware of the risks. The biggest danger is falling victim …

AAA Fair Credit Foundation Turns Dreams into Reality

Posted on 05/11/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

To our readers:  The AAA Fair Credit Foundation is based in Salt Lake City and is a partner with AARP Utah on teaching how to save and plan for the future.  This is one story about a family they helped through their Individual Development Accounts Program.  We thought it was a heartwarming example of what planning for the future can do for a family. My name is Derrick Duncan. In 2013, my wife Kendra and I rented a home in …

Check Out These May Webinars from AARP

Posted on 05/6/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

AARP is pleased to offer webinars this month that can help you with work, caregiving, technology, and more!  These resources are part of our e-Programs on topics to help enrich our members’ lives. Coming up soon on Tuesday, May 10 at noon is a webinar, Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers:  The Inside Scoop on Being a Teleworker.  From finding a job to making the most of your work day, this webinar will provide you with tips, help you avoid …

Presentation on Investing May 24 at AARP Utah

Posted on 05/4/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

James Thibodeau, Senior Counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will be giving two presentations, “Investing for Seniors” and “Pyramid Schemes” on May 24th from 6:00pm–7:30pm at AARP Utah’s office.  The general public is invited to join us–you need not be a member of AARP or 50+ to attend. The SEC is the nation’s top regulator of securities and brokers, bringing enforcement actions against fraud, abuse, and unfair and deceptive practices.  Mr. Thibodeau’s  presentation on “Pyramid Schemes” will …

May is Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Month

Posted on 04/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Dementia doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but the Alzheimer’s Association has a series of events during Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Month that can help!  On Tuesday, May 3, they will be holding an Education Conference in Park City with topics  that include effective communications strategies, understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors, and available community resources and services. The conference is designed specifically for the education of caregivers of those with dementia, with presentations by the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Utah, …

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for AARP’s Highest Tribute

Posted on 04/4/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Please show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2016 AARP Utah Andrus Award for Community Service. The annual  Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  It recognizes individuals who share their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. Past recipients …

Upcoming Performance based on Lives of Utah Caregivers

Posted on 03/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Hartford Change AGEnts is proud to present “Portrait of a Caregiver,” a dramatic and moving play based on the real-life experiences and interviews of 22 Utah caregivers. “Portrait of a Caregiver” was created through a partnership of the University of Utah College of Nursing, the Utah Caregiver Support Program, and the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative that aims to bring awareness to the needs of family caregivers who provide the majority of long-term care in Utah and are seldom prepared for …

Help for Senior Utahns who Face Hunger is Available

Posted on 03/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Did you know that in Utah, one in seven people are at risk of missing a meal today, and one is six seniors in the state faces hunger?  Yet sixty percent of seniors eligible for food stamps are not receiving benefits.  This may be because many who are hungry do not have information about where to go for help, how to apply for benefits, or what they need to do to receive assistance. Jewish Family Service wants to change that …

Utah Legislative Session Wrap-Up: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on 03/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

It has been a whirlwind legislative session with a lot happening but as of last night it has come to a close. I want to thank you and all of the other great AARP advocates who stayed informed, got engaged, and made their voices heard to their legislators. I can’t stress enough that without your involvement, we could not do the work we do! Here is what we saw from our view at the Capitol: The Good Wins for Family …

Congress Considering Tax Credits for Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/4/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

AARP Backs Bipartisan Credit for Caring Act Introduced today in Congress, the bill offers a federal tax credit for family caregivers Washington, DC – AARP commends U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 4708, the Credit for Caring Act, that supports America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for those who qualify. This tax credit would provide eligible family caregivers caring for loved ones …