Survey Identifies Common Traits in Victims of Investment Fraud

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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 to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of …

More than 118,000 Montana Caregivers need your help

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Urge Your Montana State Legislators to Support Family Caregivers When you are caring for a family member or friend with serious health issues, it can be tough if someone is hospitalized. When it is time to be discharged, the situation can be confusing for everyone. AARP is urging the legislature to make things easier for family caregivers by passing HB 163. House Bill 163, the Montana Caregiver Act, sponsored by Representative Geraldine Custer (R) of Forsyth, helps family caregivers when their loved …

National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

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As part of National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are joining forces with federal agencies to highlight the dangers of tax identity theft and recovery steps for victims. To register for the free webinar on February 2 at 12 pm MST, click here. How it Works: Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information for a fraudulent refund or to earn wages. It can involve: *   Filing a tax return using …

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. President Trump repeatedly said during his 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 Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to follow …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program in Full Swing for 2017 Tax Season

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation at sites around Montana from now through April 18 Helena, Mont., Jan. 27, 2017 – AARP Montana announced today that beginning now through April 18 of this year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention …

Help Stop Drastic Cuts to Senior and Long Term Care

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Montana’s 2017 State Legislative Session is off to a rough start for seniors.  Legislative leaders cut $52 million to the Senior and Long-Term Care budget. Fortunately, the session runs until late April and there is still time – but only if you act now! Montana is one of the fastest aging states in the nation with a growing need for senior services.  This is not the time to make such draconian cuts to the very services that help keep people …

Experts Recommend 7–8 Hours of Sleep Each Day for Better Brain Health

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New report gives tips and recommendations on sleep to help maintain and improve brain health. Washington, DC — If you want to maintain your brain health as you age, then get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per day, according to a new consensus report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The expert recommendations include a wealth of information and practical tips for all adults age 50-plus to improve and maintain healthy sleep habits. …

AARP Montana Stakes Out Legislative Priorities for 2017 Session

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Association to fight for issues critical to aging Montanans; Members urged to ask their legislators to support 2017 agenda. Montana’s 2017 legislative session kicked-off on January 2 and with a slew of new legislators at the capitol, AARP Montana, the state’s largest membership association, representing the most active voting demographic, has crucial issues it wants lawmakers to act on.  AARP Montana recently released its 2017 legislative agenda that zeroes in on the key concerns of the state’s 50+ population and …

Caring for Montana’s Caregivers

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By Tim Summers Family caregivers are an invaluable part of our state. Over 118,000 family caregivers provide about $1.4 billion in unpaid care.  Their commitment allows loved ones to stay at home, with their families in their own communities as they age. As the state director for AARP here in Montana I believe that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to this silent army of family caregivers who quietly go about taking care of their loved ones.  That is …

AARP Montana calls for Caregivers to tell their stories

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Personal stories are a powerful way to influence lawmakers and decision-makers on important issues.   Glenn cares for his wife, Karen, who was diagnosed with MS in 2012. Glenn takes care of Karen so she can remain in their family home in Kalispell. While difficult at times, Glenn wouldn’t have it any other way.   Glenn is not alone. He is just one of 118,000 family caregivers across Montana who work tirelessly caring for spouses, parents and grandparents, friends, or …