Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends February 15

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources For those seeking to establish new healthcare coverage or renew their current plan, open enrollment through the Marketplace is currently ongoing until February 15, 2015. People interested in applying for coverage can do so online, by mail, by phone or in person. During this time, those who purchase coverage through the Marketplace may be eligible to receive a tax subsidy that is applied toward their monthly premium. This subsidy generally pertains to individuals with incomes below $46,700 or for families …

The Average Family Caregiver

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

Local Resources 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. …

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

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

Local Resources 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 …

Should You Take the AARP Smart Driver Course?

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. By taking the AARP Smart Driver Course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your …

Tucson AARP Community Groups Offer Networking and Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources Making connections, networking, meeting new people and having fun are all part of belonging to an AARP “Community Group” in Tucson. Last year, AARP Arizona launched the community groups as part of a larger pilot program offered by the national nonprofit organization. Now a year later, what began as a unique idea has flourished with two active AARP Community Groups in Northwest and East Tucson. “We think people have gotten involved with the groups because they offer unique opportunities to …

No Expertise Necessary: Many Ways to Volunteer

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Miriam Davidson When Joe Scott volunteers to answer the phone a few hours each week at the AARP Information Center in Tucson, he gets a kick out of how thrilled some callers are just to talk to a real, live human being. “They’ve been on the phone with agencies, sometimes for hours,” and expect to hear another automated voice when they call AARP for help, said Scott, 66. “I’m of the age group where you grew up talking to …