How to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Money & Work If you’re like most Americans, your Social Security benefits will make up a significant chunk of your retirement income. You have several ways, especially if you are or were married, to make your monthly check as high as it can be. AARP’s Social Security Calculator is an easy way to see how different claiming strategies might affect your benefits. Check it out at www.aarp.org/socialsecuritybenefits. Here are some strategies to consider: Delay You can begin collecting Social Security at age 62, …

AARP Celebrates Social Security’s 79th Anniversary

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Money & Work As Social Security remains important and wildly popular to millions, AARP offers tools and advocates for a strong program. WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 79th anniversary of the creation of Social Security, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement: “AARP salutes Social Security, whose growing importance to millions of American families of all political stripes deserves to be celebrated.  Social Security provides earned benefits to approximately 58 million people: 41 million retired workers and …

Your Social Security and Your Retirement: Making a Plan that’s Right for You

Posted on 07/21/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Money & Work What’s the best time to claim your Social Security benefits? Many have questions related to their benefits and AARP has lots of information to help. For starters, let the Social Security Calculator help you figure out how much retirement income you’ll receive at different claiming ages so you can determine when you should claim Social Security. Can you afford to “retire early” and claim benefits at age 62, should you wait until your full retirement age, or can you wait …

UA offers tuition relief that could help parents & grandparents

Posted on 07/7/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Have your children or grandchildren moved away and are looking for a way to come back to Alaska to earn an undergraduate or post graduate degree? The University of Alaska may have just made that easier by waiving its non-resident tuition fees for the 2015-2016 school year. According to University President Pat Gamble, “To be eligible, students must prove lineal descent from a current Alaska resident through birth certificates and other vital records which may include proof of shareholder status …

Your Independence Plan

Posted on 07/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work   By Nicole Duritz As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the 4th of July, it’s a good time to think about our own freedom and independence. Many of us want to live with independence in our homes and communities with the care that we want and need, for as long as we can. Is this your desire, too?  To manage how you age, it’s in your best interest to have a plan – an “independence plan” that …

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Volunteers Helping Alaskans Save

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Money & Work AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service and is helping Alaskans save. Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation for low- and moderate-income filers; particularly those age 60 and up. According to AARP volunteer Jan Watson, Anchorage District Tax Aide Coordinator, “Almost four out of five people who turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are 60 or older. Household incomes aren’t high. For many of them, a tax refund could mean they won’t have to …