Fight Fraud — Shred Instead!

Posted on 07/24/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Every two seconds another American becomes a victim of identity fraud.  More than $20 billion was stolen from 13 million identity theft victims in 2012, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  That’s why AARP Michigan is inviting area residents to bring old documents containing personal information – including papers with social security numbers, bank statements, tax records, ATM receipts, credit card statements and other documents — to our shredding truck for disposal on Aug. 1-2 in Detroit.  “People need …

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 …

6 places never to use a debit card

Posted on 05/27/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Posted by Sid Kirchheimer Credit or debit? Although both cards look the same, they offer different protections. Under federal law, if your credit card is used to make unauthorized charges after it is lost or stolen, you’re liable for only $50 — no matter the amount and with no time restrictions to report the fraud. And many issuers won’t even charge the $50 for valued customers. But with a debit card, you have just two business days to report an unauthorized loss …

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 …

On-the-Job Training for Those 55 and Older

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Openings are available in Michigan for a job-training program for low-income people age 55 and older. Administered by AARP Foundation through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) pays minimum wage for work-based training. Participants typically work 18 to 20 hours a week in community service positions at day care and senior centers, schools, government agencies, hospitals and libraries. “This on-the-job training can be used as a bridge to find employment in …

Traverse City entrepreneurs hear about starting a business

Posted on 04/18/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Prospective encore entrepreneurs turned out at a “How to Start a Business” workshop in Traverse City today sponsored by AARP Michigan and the U.S. Small Business Administration. They heard from experts about writing a business plan, securing financing, tapping into marketing resources and other advice for entrepreneurs age 50 and older. Participants also learned the facts and figures about launching a business from Jennifer Feuerstein of AARP Michigan, including: – 63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement. – …