New AARP Report Profiles Most Likely Arizona Victims of Online Fraud

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Money & Work A new AARP study identifies an online victim profile based on 15 key behaviors and life experiences that increase a person’s vulnerability to online fraud. The report, “Caught in the Scammer’s Net,” surveyed over 11,000 people nationally and 962 in Arizona. According to the survey, over 818,000 Internet users in Arizona may be at increased risk of being victimized based on this new profile. The national study, which compared victims and non-victims, finds that it is the combination of online …

You Can Help Stop Scammers

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Miriam Davidson When an invitation arrived for author and essayist Nancy Mairs to lecture at King’s College London, she was pleased and excited. “I wanted it to be true,” said Mairs, 70, of Tucson. A near-quadriplegic from advanced multiple sclerosis, she examines disability and faith in her writings. Mairs and her husband, George, 73, exchanged several emails and phone calls with a “visiting professor” arranging a conference on “The Mystery of Life and Death.” The professor said the trip …

400,000

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work That’s how many Arizonans were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, almost 300,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.

AARP Fights ID Theft and Fraud in Arizona

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Money & Work AARP has launched a campaign to fight identity theft and fraud through its Fraud Watch Network. “Identity theft and other forms of fraud pose a serious threat in Arizona,” said David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director. “The AARP Fraud Watch Network is designed to give Arizonans access to information to help protect them and their families from theft and fraud.” The AARP Fraud Watch Network is free and open to everyone, AARP members, non-members and people of all ages. It …

Free Classes Focus on Getting and Keeping a Job

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Betty Beard • For Debbie Ahrlich, reentering the workforce at 54 means not only updating her résumé but facing fears of a formal interview and creating something she had never heard of, a “30-second elevator speech.” But she said she feels more optimistic after attending the Back to Work 50+ class at a Goodwill of Central Arizona career center in Phoenix. The two-week class updated her computer knowledge and hammered home the importance of skills that people need to get and …

Finances 50+ Offers Insight into Managing Budget Priorities

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work • By Jonathan Higuera With mounting medical costs from his hip replacement and her cancer treatments—including numerous stays in the hospital last year—Daniel Sedivec, 68, and his wife, Jean Nesunski, 60, found it difficult to keep up with their bills. Last September, the Sun City couple enrolled in a free AARP Foundation Finances 50+ course to learn more about handling debt and dealing with creditors. They came away with a clearer understanding of how to better manage their entire budget. …