Do you ever dream of becoming your own boss?

Do you ever dream of becoming your own boss?

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Louisiana | Money & Work | Press AARP Louisiana and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to  help aspiring entrepreneurs get started growing a new business or making an established one more successful at Encore Entrepreneur in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Encore Entrepreneur is a free workshop and is open to AARP members and non-members. The workshop is designed to provide counseling, mentoring and training for those aged 50 and older who would like to start or grow a business. “Many older Americans …

From your backyard to your dinner plate

From your backyard to your dinner plate

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Louisiana | Press Azalea blooms remind me of my grandmother who loved tilling in the soil and watching the fruits of her labor….literally.  Her fig trees were enormous!  One of my fondest memories is waking up on a warm Saturday morning at her house and grabbing a big bowl to pick fresh figs for breakfast.  There’s nothing like fresh picked fruits and vegetables. Have you considered exploring the possibility of growing your own food in your backyard? Join AARP Louisiana at a gardening …

Most of Utility Rate Hikes Rolled Back

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Louisiana | Money & Work Two utility-rate cases before the Louisiana Public Service Commission last year could have led to rate hikes for about 1 million residential customers. AARP and other consumer advocates intervened, and in settlements announced in December, Entergy Louisiana agreed to drop its proposed $144 million rate hike to $10 million, while Entergy Gulf States Louisiana backed off entirely from a proposed $38 million increase. “Retirees spend a higher percentage of their budgets on utilities than working people do, so any increase …

Advocates Aim to Cap Interest Rates at 36 Percent

Advocates Aim to Cap Interest Rates at 36 Percent

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

Advocacy | Louisiana | Money & Work It sounds like a good deal: Get a short-term loan to cover bills and pay it back when the paycheck (or Social Security check) arrives. In practice, however, repaying a “payday loan” typically consumes a third of a borrower’s paycheck, according to a 2013 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. As a result, many borrowers borrow again, incurring new fees, and some get trapped in a cycle of debt. State law allows payday lenders to charge annual interest rates of …

Get Your Groove On!

Get Your Groove On!

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Events | Louisiana Join AARP at the Audubon Zoo for the 11th Anniversary of Soul Fest March 8 – 9th. Soul Fest has evolved into one of New Orleans’ biggest celebrations of African American history. The two day family-oriented event features live musical performances by local Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Gospel artists at the Capital One Stage. Enjoy authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers.  After eating and dancing, come by the AARP Life Reimagined booth to discover tools to …

Looking for help to file your taxes? Turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide!

Looking for help to file your taxes? Turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide!

Posted on 01/9/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Local Resources | Louisiana | Money & Work | Press | Volunteering 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 45thyear, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. “Tax-Aide is one of the hallmark programs of AARP Foundation.  Its success is the …