Free Tax Assistance and Preparation Beginning In February 2014

Posted on 01/28/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

Georgia | Money & Work This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. “AARP Georgia continues to seek out positive opportunities to help those 50+ by offering free, …

Georgia Ranks #2 in Identity Theft Complaints

Posted on 01/28/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

Georgia | Money & Work To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the AARP Fraud Watch Network in conjunction with the education campaign to help prevent scammers …

AARP Georgia Announces Introduction of Family Care Act in Georgia House of Representatives

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

Advocacy | Georgia On January 26, Representative Tommy Benton (R-31), Chairman of the Human Relations & Aging Committee, introduced HB 92, The Family Care Act, with co-sponsorship from Representatives Matt Hatchett (R-150), Katie Dempsey (R-13), Margaret Kaiser (D-59), and Sharon Cooper (R-43). AARP volunteers from Augusta joined the AARP staff and local caregiving agency partners in support of HB 92. The Family Care Act (HB 92) is critical to Georgia’s working population as it would allow employees to use their earned sick leave …

Join Us Tonight for a Live Caregiving Conversation

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

Georgia | Home & Family Every day, more than 42 million family caregivers in America make it possible for a parent, spouse or other loved one to live independently. Many of those caregivers juggle responsibilities, including working and caring for their own family. In fact, 42% of U.S. workers have been caregivers for aging loved ones in the last five years. What’s more, research shows juggling responsibilities can be highly stressful, putting caregivers at risk for depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease, among other physiological consequences, …

Volunteers Gear Up for Legislature

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Georgia | Volunteering By Drew Jubera For Joanne Mathis, the road to becoming a volunteer lobbyist for AARP Georgia seemed both predestined and a happy accident. Mathis was at a Christmas party four years ago, nursing an urge to do meaningful volunteer work, and asked the host for ideas. Mathis had been selling real estate for more than a decade, but before that she’d been involved in social services at a nursing home, managed hospices and served as the state’s long-term care ombudsman. …

Cabilderos voluntarios trabajan para que su mensaje sea oído

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Español | Georgia | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Por Drew Jubera Para Joanne Mathis, el proceso que la condujo a convertirse en una cabildera voluntaria de AARP Georgia fue una combinación de predetestinación y grata casualidad. Hace cuatro años, Mathis se encontraba en una fiesta de Navidad, sintiendo una necesidad cada vez mayor de realizar algún tipo de trabajo voluntario que resultara significativo, por lo que le pidió sugerencias al anfitrión. Se había dedicado a la venta de bienes raíces por más de una década, pero, antes de …