Social Security benefit verification letters still available at field offices

Posted on 07/18/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Money & Work Social Security benefit verification letters will still be available at U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices. The SSA reversed course thanks to advocacy from AARP and others. Benefit verification letters serve as proof of income for many purposes, including applying for a loan or mortgage. The letters can serve as proof of retirement or disability status, or Medicare health insurance coverage. They are also needed to apply for many benefits at the state and local level. Late last year, the …

Beware of free Life Alert bracelet scam targeting AARP members

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Money & Work Watch out for a call offering a free Life Alert bracelet to AARP members. It’s a phishing scam, and your best bet is to hang up! If you’ve spotted a scam like this one, please add it to AARP’s Fraud Watch Network map…and check out the latest alerts in your state:  http://bit.ly/1oM2jkC AARP’s Fraud Watch Network links you with experts, law enforcement and people like you who are on the lookout for scams. Check out the latest alerts from state Attorneys General …

Workshops to Help Plan for Retirement

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

Money & Work Nearly half of Arkansas workers do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. AARP Arkansas is offering planning sessions to help such workers achieve financial security. The sessions are designed to help answer questions such as, “When should I start collecting Social Security benefits?” “How much money do I need for retirement, and how can I cut costs to meet that goal?” “What are the best savings vehicles for me?” The first event, scheduled on Aug. 12 in Pine …

Why Tweets, Posts and Links Matter to Your Job Search

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand   If you haven’t looked for a new job in a while, you may be surprised to learn that it’s a different marketplace out there today. If you just sent your resume and cover letter to a hiring manager and hoped the process would follow a normal course of interviews and decision-making, think again.   Today, more than ever, it’s up to you to determine how your skills relate to a specific job opening and to …

Want to Be Safe on the Internet? Change Your Passwords

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work In a recent AARP survey, 82 percent of Arkansas online users age 18 and older said they are concerned about being scammed over the Internet. Even so, 30 percent said they have never changed their email passwords, and 28 percent have never changed their passwords for banking or other sensitive accounts. The researchers identified 15 life experiences and behaviors (such as loss of a job or clicking on pop-up ads) that place Internet users at increased risk of becoming a …

Peace of Mind for Moms in the Middle

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand A survey by Ameriprise Financial found that two thirds of Baby Boomers’ daughters help their parents with financial matters. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself. Perhaps you’ve also experienced how awkward it can be to have the talk about money matters or caregiving wishes with your parents. Then there’s the other side of the equation. Have you talked with your adult kids about your financial matters, and your vision of how you’d like to live out your …