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Protect and Stretch Your Retirement Savings

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP is hosting a series of financial workshops across the state to help New Yorkers learn how to build and protect a nest egg. At each event, financial experts will offer tips on maximizing Social Security, stretching retirement dollars, savvy estate planning, paying down debt and more. In a recent AARP survey, more than half of New York voters age 50-plus who are still in the workforce (56 percent) said their retirement will be delayed for financial reasons. More than …

Protect Yourself: Fight Fraud

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AARP has launched a statewide campaign to help Vermonters keep their finances safe and identities secure. “Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. We want to help consumers fight back,” said Dave Reville, spokesman for AARP Vermont. “Arming people with good information is by far the best protection.” AARP is hosting free shredding events June 16 in Burlington and July 16 in Rutland. Residents can bring bills, pay stubs and other documents to a mobile van to be safely destroyed. …

Storybook Tour Touts Mobility Option

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AARP Maine will host a kickoff event on June 16  for ITN America, as its founder and president, Katherine Freund, embarks on a 60-day national Storybook Tour to publicize how access to mobility changes lives. Independent transportation networks (ITNs) serve people who no longer drive or choose not to drive by offering affordable door-to-door rides from volunteers driving their own vehicles. In Portland, more than 350 volunteers have given nearly 300,000 rides to older or visually impaired residents since 1995. …

Survey Offers Insights into Older Residents Concerns

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A new AARP survey, Voices of 50-Plus New Hampshire: Opinions and Perspectives, shows 94 percent of state residents age 50-plus worry about having enough money to meet their living expenses, and 92 percent worry about having adequate health insurance coverage. Staying at home as they age is important to 95 percent, and 94 percent are concerned about staying mentally sharp. Only 10 percent of those who are employed plan to retire and never return to work. “This survey offers important …

Medicaid at 50: Easing the Burden on Family Caregivers

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By Dana E. Neuts Sisters Helen Sipes and Betty Knecht lived in separate units of an Everett duplex until Helen developed Alzheimer’s and moved in with Betty. For seven years, Betty lovingly cared for her younger sister, providing a comfortable, clean place to live, meals and companionship. After a fall sent Helen to the hospital, the family realized they could no longer care for her at home. She was treated at a skilled nursing facility and then moved into the …

Medicaid at 50: Helping People Stay in their Homes

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By Natalie Missakian Mary-Ann Langton used to worry about her future, even with a college education and parents who raised her to be just like everyone else. Born with cerebral palsy, she uses a power wheelchair and needs assistance with tasks like bathing, dressing and cooking. “After college I moved back home with my mom and dad, but I really worried,” she recalled. “What about the day my mom would no longer be able to help me with my personal …