Solving Hunger: Finding Those Who Need Help

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Mary Van Beusekom During her year working for AARP Minnesota, Lynne McMullen learned that hunger can appear in unexpected ways: “Senior hunger is often an invisible problem. Hunger can look like obesity because you don’t have the money to eat healthy food.” McMullen joined the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger ( as part of the national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Her task as an outreach coordinator was to identify ways to reach Minnesotans who may go hungry but …

Insurance Shoppers Find Choices at MNsure

Posted on 10/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Mary Van Beusekom • When Richard Harri retired in 2007 at age 56, he and his wife, Peggy Hiestand-Harri, thought the $52,000 in his health savings account would cover their health care expenses until Medicare kicked in at age 65. But when the stock market tanked in 2008, the health savings account took a $17,000 hit. “That really threw us into a crisis,” said Hiestand-Harri, now 62. They jury-rigged coverage, but Hiestand-Harri said it’s been financially and emotionally draining. The Duluth couple …

Trained Volunteers Offer Free Help with Filing Minnesota and Federal Tax Returns

Posted on 03/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Pamela Schmid • Ed Lancello never plans to prepare his own taxes again, nor does he intend to pay someone else to do it. “Why on earth would you pay somebody when you can get it done for free?” said the 78-year-old retiree from Fridley. For the past 10 years, Lancello and his wife, Margaret, 79, have relied on AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for free tax preparation help. Although primarily geared toward taxpayers 60 and older, Tax-Aide is available to …

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Posted on 03/1/2012 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

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