New Fraud Watch Network survey identifies common traits in victims of investment fraud

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      Survey Identifies Common Traits in Victims of Investment Fraud AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Campaign to Help Investors Learn Who Should be Most Alert WASHINGTON, D.C. —With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim? A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend …

AARP AR State President column on Medicare vouchers published in state’s largest newspaper

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AARP Arkansas State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener in a column published Feb. 13, 2017, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette—”Wrong direction: Medicare vouchers a bad idea”—explains the serious risks that current and near-future retirees would face if Medicare is changed into a voucher system. Over 565,000 Arkansans are currently on Medicare and over 575,000 age 50 and older will enroll in the program in the next 15 years. The column ran on the Voices Page (5B of the Feb. 13 edition) and also can be …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide to provide free tax help in AR through April 18

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Beginning today 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 …

Medicare is a promise we need to keep

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At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the current Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to follow …

Executive Council members talk Real Possibilities in new videos

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Members of AARP Arkansas’ volunteer Executive Council invite you to learn more about how AARP helps Arkansans realize their Real Possibilities…and learn where AARP Arkansas stands on key issues on the state and federal levels. Watch for updates here, on Facebook and on Twitter. State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener: Executive Council member Willa Black Sanders of Maumelle:

Updated Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide now available

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The  Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide was developed by AARP with caregivers in mind—as a starting point to help them find the services and support they need throughout their caregiving journey. This revised edition of the Caregiver Resource Guide features updated and expanded information on: Arkansas Resources, including the Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP); and several providers of free Caregiver Training/Counseling. National Resources, such as Alzheimer’s Association; the National Respite Locator; Medicare; and Veterans Administration Caregiver …

Checking on older adults especially crucial during severely cold weather

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Wednesday, December 21 marks the official start of winter, but many parts of Arkansas have already experienced extreme cold during the holidays. Especially for older adults, severely cold weather can be potentially dangerous—or deadly. Checking in on older loved ones, neighbors, and friends is especially important during very cold weather. Older adults are particularly susceptible to hypothermia, which occurs when a person’s body temperature drops below normal for a period of time. Hypothermia can occur when the outside environment gets too …

Opportunities available to help Arkansans save more toward retirement

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According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, Americans in nearly every state, including Arkansas, will fall short in meeting their economic needs in retirement. Arkansas overall scores well in some areas measured by the NIRS in its most recent State Financial Security Scorecards, but not so well in others. The bottom line is that there are definitely opportunities available to help Arkansans better prepare for retirement. AARP Arkansas’ ongoing priorities include looking at public policies that could help ensure a quality …

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7, 2016

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AARP encourages Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2017 during Medicare Open Enrollment, which ends Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Given the trend in high prescription medication prices, consumers are advised to pay close attention to their Medicare Part D drug plan options to help save money.   Medicare plans often change their cost-sharing and coverage benefits every year. However, insurers must notify all their enrollees of any …

AARP celebrates service and sacrifice of our veterans

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This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, AARP salutes and celebrates the service and sacrifices made to keep our nation free by veterans. “We won’t come back ’til it’s over over there” was the vow of American armed forces as they departed for Europe in 1917 to join our allies in fighting World War I. It was over on Nov. 11, 1918, and beginning in 1921, our nation has set aside the anniversary of the armistice ending “the war to …