Gift Card Scams at Holiday Time

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

Local Resources 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

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 …

AARP Among Community Partners Supporting Rio Salado College Intergenerational Sustainability Program

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources AARP Arizona, the City of Surprise, Surprise Community Garden, RISE Life Long Learning Center and Birt’s Bistro have partnered to launch a new program designed to teach multi-generational learners how to choose, grow and cook their own super foods. The new Intergenerational Sustainability Program is being made possible by a grant awarded by the City of Surprise. The program is comprised of three non-credit classes that focus on the science of food and nutrition, gardening techniques and the cooking of …

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 …