Gift Card Scams at Holiday Time

Posted on 12/16/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Home & Family By: Virginia Brant, AARP Arizona Interim State President Buying a gift card for someone during the holiday season can be a good option if you’re stumped on what to get them.  But scammers may also be targeting gift cards by siphoning them of their funds before they are gifted. Here’s how it works— scammers scan a store gift-card rack and access the number off the card. Once the card is actually activated, they drain the funds from the card before …

The Average Family Caregiver

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Home & Family Family caregivers provide the majority of care that helps a loved one remain living at home as they age. Right now there are about 42 million people who are the primary caregiver for their aging parent, relative or close friend.  Over 855,000 of them live in Arizona. Who is the typical caregiver? The average family caregiver  is a 49-year-old woman providing about 20 hours a week of assistance to a loved one and is on call 24 hours a day. …

Las necesidades de los cuidadores son la principal prioridad en la agenda de activismo de AARP

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Por Miriam Davidson Nueve meses después de que a su marido le colocaran un marcapasos, Ginny Correa Creager se horrorizó al ver, un día del año 2012, cables que salían de una herida sangrante en su pecho. Luego de que Scott Creager, ahora de 86 años, fuera sometido a una cirugía de urgencia para colocarle otro marcapasos, Ginny, de Litchfield Park, y que entonces tenía 71, recibió una caja con suministros médicos y la indicación de que debía evitar que la …

Over 15,000 lbs. of Paper Shredded during Phoenix Fraud Watch Network Event

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Home & Family Volunteers and staff helped local residents unload boxes of personal documents for shredding at a recent AARP Fraud Watch Network shred-a-thon event held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. “We counted nearly 200 cars during the Saturday shred-a-thon and think it was a great success,” said Cynthia Fagyas, AARP Arizona Communications Director. “All total, there was over 15,000 pounds of paper shredded during the event.” The effort was part of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network activities in which AARP …

I Heart Caregivers in Arizona

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Home & Family Across Arizona, over 855,000 unsung heroes care for parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends, and other loved ones – helping them stay at home, with dignity, as they age. This silent army helps with bathing and dressing, transportation, meal preparation, and even complicated medical tasks like wound care and medication management. They are family caregivers. AARP recently launched a new initiative called I Heart Caregivers to recognize and honor family caregivers who give their hearts each and every day; to share …

Making Phoenix Streets Safer for All

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family The Phoenix City Council will vote in December on a “complete streets” policy that would encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users. New roads and reconstruction would feature bike lanes, benches for bus riders, street lamps, curb cuts for wheelchairs and strollers, and other amenities. The city Street Transportation Department proposed the ordinance and is seeking public comment. AARP Arizona supports the proposal. To read the plan, go to phoenix.gov/streets. To submit comments, email …