Laura Polacheck


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

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Tips from Utah’s Division of Consumer Protection for Safe Holiday Shopping

Posted on 11/20/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Department of Commerce, announced today that the Utah Division of Consumer Protection is releasing its annual list of shopping tips ahead of Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail events to keep consumers safe and informed when making holiday purchases.  This year shoppers are ready to spend according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) who estimates 2015 holiday retail sales to hit around $630.5 billion, a 3.7 …

North Lindon Caregiver Receives “Portrait of Care”

Posted on 11/16/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the more than 336,000 family caregivers in Utah who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.  The unpaid care they provide through managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medicals tasks and more is valued at $4.15 billion in Utah alone. Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson from North Lindon is one of these unsung heroes.  For 20 years, Nancy, age 62, …

Fraud Watch Network Releases Survey Showing Consumers are Susceptible to Holiday Scams

Posted on 11/10/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 70% of consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” details AARP’s polling of consumers regarding the most common holiday scams, including those related …

Caregiving Conferences Coming Up in November

Posted on 10/30/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Utahns will have the opportunity to attend caregiving conferences in Orem and Ogden in November.  On Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 am–2:30 pm the Mountainland Area Agency on Aging will hold its 10th Annual Caregiver Conference at the Orem Friendship Center.  Admission is free and includes a light breakfast and lunch, as well as a keynote presentation on Understanding Alzheimer’s and sessions on community resources, confessions of a hospice nurse, and finding joy in being a caregiver.  Registration is free …

Carol Jenson Named 2015 Andrus Award Recipient for AARP Utah

Posted on 10/27/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

  AARP Utah was pleased to bestow the 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service to Carol Jenson.  Carol is a dedicated, tireless volunteer with the Utah Food Bank, delivering food boxes to seniors every week.  Though the Food Bank only asks volunteers to deliver to a maximum of three people, Carol serves 21.  These people not only anticipate her arrival with food to supplement their diets but the social interaction with the pleasant and caring person who brightens up their …

Join AARP’s Family Caregiving Virtual Fair on November 19

Posted on 10/27/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

AARP will host its first Family Caregiving Virtual Fair, Thursday, November 19, 2015 where participants can drop in online anytime between 10:00 am–2:00 pm MST from the comfort of their home or office.  This online fair provides family caregivers with the opportunity to connect and share with other family caregivers, connect with professionals, learn more about health, financial and legal matters and ask questions during live chats! During the virtual fair, a caregiver can tour the exhibit hall with over 15 …