Volunteers needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

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    LITTLE ROCK—AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming …

Thirsty? Enjoy a cup and a glass on us in Hot Springs Village!

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This September, AARP Arkansas will offer members in Hot Springs Village free coffee on Fridays—and a free first glass of wine on Wednesdays. Why? To thank you for being a member! Just drop by Home Plate Cafe in Hot Springs Village during the times listed below. You also can share what’s on your mind. We welcome your ideas on new activities that we can do, issues you’d like to see us work on, or just getting more out of your membership. …

Arkansas Silver Alert helps locate lost, missing older adults

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In 2010, AARP Arkansas helped initiate creation of the Arkansas Silver Alert—a system that mobilizes searches for lost adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar cognitive disorders. Silver Alerts are based on the same concept of immediately alerting and disseminating information statewide through various  media outlets as the Amber Alert for missing children. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways …

AARP Arkansas, LifeQuest promote life-long learning

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For many Arkansans, back-to-school season is a distant memory. But that doesn’t mean we should ever stop seeking knowledge. AARP Arkansas and LifeQuest of Arkansas both promote the value of life-long learning. A 2015 AARP survey found that three-quarters of adults age 40+ are concerned about their brain health declining in the future. One way to avoid this decline is to challenge or strengthen your brain. That could mean reading about something new, learning a different language or simply engaging …

Join us for our next CAREversations Aug. 17 in N. Little Rock

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AARP Arkansas is bringing CAREversations –an interactive family caregiving event—to North Little Rock on Thursday, August 17. Family caregivers provide the majority of long-term care in the United States. More than 452,000 Arkansans care for a loved one in a home setting. Developed using AARP’s Prepare to Care Planning Guide for Families, CAREversations provides support and encouragement in a fun, interactive environment. Participants connect and exchange tips and ideas with fellow caregivers, explore local caregiving resources available in their communities, and more. …

New scam targets Social Security benefits

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Collect Social Security? A new scam is targeting YOU. How it works:  A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee.  In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information.  If the scammer succeeds, they use …

AARP Statement on Senate Vote to Proceed on Health Care Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to today’s U.S. Senate vote on the motion to proceed to consider a health care bill that would cut Medicare and Medicaid and impose an Age Tax on older Americans, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement: “AARP is disheartened that a majority of Senators voted to move forward on a bill that would devastate millions of Americans. Today’s vote means the Senate is one step closer to passing legislation that will price gouge …

Urge Senator Cotton to oppose the bad, high-cost American Health Care Act

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a razor-thin margin. In this video, our State Volunteer President explains how the AHCA would substantially raise costs and limit health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. Call 844-222-0110 and urge Senator Tom Cotton to do the right thing—and oppose this bad, high-cost bill.

New Scorecard shows where Arkansas needs improvement to serve older adults, people with disabilities

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LITTLE ROCK—Arkansas ranks 41st when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and  AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Arkansas include effective transitions between nursing homes, hospitals and homes. These findings are according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN …

UAMS, AARP sponsor free family caregiver workshop June 23 in Fort Smith

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  FORT SMITH—The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free Family Caregiver Workshop on Friday, June 23 with a optional supplemental workshop Friday, June 30 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The workshops, which are open to the public, will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Library at 3201 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith.  For more …