New survey reveals what Louisianans think about age discrimination

Posted on 05/12/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Money & Work Older Louisianans overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The telephone survey conducted last month of 501 registered Louisiana voters 50 and older found a remarkable 83 percent favor passage of the bipartisan Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA). Significantly, 91 percent of those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 5 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “No one deserves to be ousted from their job …

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 …

Looking for a job? Join us April 30th in New Orleans!

Posted on 04/24/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Money & Work AARP Louisiana and  Delgado Community College are  hosting a job fair for individuals 50 and older who are looking for employment opportunities at the College.   Currently Delgado is hiring child care assistants, adjunct faculty and administrators. AARP’s collaboration with Delgado Community College will provide experienced workers with the resources they need to navigate today’s work environment, as well as opportunities to network with fellow job seekers. The job fair is part of AARP’s Life Reimagined for Work initiative, which  is …

Do you ever dream of becoming your own boss?

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

Money & Work 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 …

Most of Utility Rate Hikes Rolled Back

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

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

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

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 …