You Can Be a Social Ambassador

Posted on by AARP Maryland

Is there information about AARP issues and events that you’d like to share with others? AARP Maryland is making that easier with the April 1 launch of its Social Squad, a team of social media ambassadors who will share AARP news and information via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and other platforms. The effort is powered by SocialToaster, a fan engagement platform. Marylanders can receive valuable content from AARP and send it with a single click to their friends, families …

Will I Be Ready to Retire?

Posted on by AARP Pennsylvania

More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to cover basic living expenses when they retire, according to a 2013 Fidelity Investments study. Do you worry about your financial future—and if so, what can you do to prepare? Pittsburgh’s WQED television and AARP invite Pennsylvanians to a sneak preview of a new public television documentary, When I’m 65, on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The video explores why many people have a hard time …

AARP Helping to Fight Elder Abuse

Posted on by AARP New Jersey

Statistics from the National Council on Aging show that 1 in 10 Americans 60 and older have experienced elder abuse, and there is broad consensus that the crime is significantly underreported. That’s why AARP New Jersey is working with other organizations on a recently created state Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The task force will develop policy proposals to reduce elder abuse, including mental, physical and financial exploitation. A key goal is to strengthen the capabilities …

Housemates Might be the Answer

Posted on by AARP Vermont

Sharing space Some Vermonters who want to live at home as they age struggle to meet mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance premiums and maintenance costs. Some also find it hard to keep up with household chores. AARP Vermont suggests home sharing as a potential solution to such challenges. Two nonprofit organizations, Home Share Vermont and Home Share Now, match homeowners who have spare rooms with carefully screened housemates. Homeowners and their housemates negotiate a mutually agreeable arrangement, which may include …

Identity Theft: Shred It to Stop It

Posted on by AARP New York

AARP New York is hosting shredding events across the state this month as part of a national AARP effort called Operation Stop Scams. The events, which aim to prevent identity theft, are scheduled after tax season to allow for safe disposal of outdated financial statements. In a recent AARP survey, 88 percent of registered voters in New York City said it is very important to guard against identity theft and fraud. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission received more than …

Help Stop Identity Theft and Fraud

Posted on by AARP New Hampshire

The AARP state office is teaming up with the Bank of New Hampshire to help prevent identity theft and fraud. Bank branches in six cities and towns will host free shredding events, giving residents of all ages an opportunity to safely dispose of up to three bags or boxes of documents containing personal information. In a 2016 survey of AARP New Hampshire members, 73 percent said they were concerned about consumer fraud or identity theft. They should be. Granite Staters …

Justice for Homeowners

Posted on by AARP Washington DC

Between 2005 and 2013, scores of D.C. residents lost their homes because they couldn’t afford to pay small property tax bills. Now, the D.C. government is paying $1 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by such former homeowners to stop tax-lien investors from taking homes through foreclosure. AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) worked with the District Council to change D.C. tax collection laws in 2014. Under the old system, investors bought property tax liens and then …

Navigate the Tricky Fiscal Waters

Posted on by AARP West Virginia

Household budgeting, staying out of debt, saving for college, planning for retirement—Americans face financial challenges at every stage of life. AARP West Virginia is helping Mountain Staters navigate fiscal waters by hosting local events during Money Smart Week for the eighth year in a row. Organized by the Federal Reserve Bank, the multistate campaign promotes financial literacy nationwide, April 22-29. Local businesses, financial institutions, libraries, nonprofit organizations and government agencies get involved in providing financial education presentations and workshops. AARP …

Time to Shred Old Documents

Posted on by AARP Missouri

More than 22,000 Missourians reported they were victims of identity theft in 2015, giving the state the highest rate of complaints per capita in the nation. With Operation Stop Scams closely following this year’s April 18 tax filing deadline, the time is ripe for people to get rid of documents they no longer need. AARP Missouri is sponsoring free shredding events in Kansas City on April 22 and Springfield, April 29. Anyone can participate, but there is a limit of …

Seeking 50 Over 50 Making a Difference

Posted on by AARP Minnesota

AARP is working with Pollen Midwest, a nonprofit organization that promotes community building, to create the second annual Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. The crowd-sourced list will honor 50 Minnesotans 50 or older who are making a difference in their community. Last year, the competition received more than 350 nominations. The winners included an explorer in her 70s who leads women-only expeditions to Antarctica and a woman in her 80s who bought and renovated a historic performing arts venue. To …