Holiday Scams to Watch Out for

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Arizona | Money & Work With shoppers expected to spend $616.9 billion on gifts this holiday season, scammers are gearing up to rip off unsuspecting consumers. That’s why AARP Fraud Watch Network developed a free, online resource guide so families can protect themselves and those they love from holiday scams. The guide focuses on three common holiday scams: online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities. “Everyone knows that right now is the season of giving but for con artists it’s the season of …

Free Presentation: ABCD’s of Medicare, December 13

Posted on 12/10/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Arizona | Events AARP Arizona hosts a free presentation on the ABCD’s of Medicare in the East Valley this December. An AARP trained volunteer presenter will go over the differences between Medicare parts A, B, and D, helping attendees to make a more well-informed decision in the future. This free presentation will take place on Saturday, December 13 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Gilbert Public Library, located at 775 N. Greenfield Road. For more information on this free presentation, please call the Gilbert …

The Average Family Caregiver

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

Arizona | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | 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. …

Family Caregivers Convene at Phoenix Forum

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

Arizona | Events | Health & Wellbeing Over 100 people attended a recent Family Caregivers Forum in Phoenix hosted by AARP Arizona in which local experts provided helpful information about the challenges caregivers face. An estimated 855,000 adults in Arizona are currently acting as family caregivers to an aging parent, relative or friend. On average, they spend 818 million hours a year in their caregiving roles. “AARP hosted the forum in an effort to provide information to support family caregivers who are helping loved ones stay at …

Arizona’s Diane Sanders on Discovering Real Possibilities through Volunteering

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Arizona | Volunteering Diane Sanders of Phoenix, Arizona, worked in medical claims for nearly 40 years. She retired in 2009 from the Public Consulting Group where she worked with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) to administer the Medicaid in Public Schools Program. After retiring, she began exploring ways that she could give back to the community as a volunteer. “That’s when I saw an article in the AARP Bulletin about the need for volunteers for Arizona’s Community Educators Program,” says …

Caregiver Concerns Top AARP Advocacy Agenda

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

Advocacy | Arizona By Miriam Davidson Nine months after her husband received a pacemaker, Ginny Correa Creager was horrified one day in 2012 to see wires protruding from an oozing wound in his chest. After Scott Creager, now 86, had emergency surgery to install another pacemaker, Ginny, then 71, of Litchfield Park, was given a box of medical supplies and told it was her job to keep the cavity that was left by the first device from getting infected. “They wanted to tell …