Do you ever dream of becoming your own boss?

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

Local Resources 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 …

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

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

Local Resources 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 …

Improving Safety for Pedestrians

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources As part of the Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee, AARP Louisiana is working to transform roads in East Baton Rouge Parish into “complete streets” with sidewalks, bicycle lanes and safe crosswalks. Louisiana is the third most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians, according to the Transportation for America coalition. About 15 percent of all traffic deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2009 were pedestrians. AARP is urging the Metropolitan Council to pass a complete streets city ordinance. …

Facebook 101: How to Keep Up With the Kids

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources Facebook isn’t just for teens and college kids. It can be a good way for members of older generations to stay in touch with younger relatives, especially around the holidays. In cooperation with the Algiers Regional Library, AARP Louisiana is offering classes on how to use Facebook and other social media. Of Americans age 50-plus who have Internet access, 37 percent use some kind of social media, a 2010 AARP study found. The free classes are scheduled on Thursdays, Nov. …

Tips on Getting Insurance in the Exchange

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources AARP Louisiana is encouraging state residents who need health insurance to check out the online marketplace, which opened Oct. 1. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace gives consumers a way to compare plans and apply for tax credits to help cover insurance costs. The plans offered could help the 16 percent of Louisianans ages 50 to 64 who are are uninsured—as well as those who are paying too much for private insurance or who previously were denied coverage …

Stamp Out Hunger in Louisiana

Posted on 05/6/2013 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Local Resources On Saturday, May 11th you have the opportunity to participate with thousands of AARP members to help “Stamp Out Hunger.” Did you know more than 943,200 of older adults in Louisiana face the threat of hunger? To tackle the serious issue of hunger faced by older adults, AARP and AARP Foundation today announced that on Saturday, May 11, they are joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service’s 21st annual food drive to help “Stamp …