— The following is a statement by AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson applauding the passage of HB 3921 by the Texas Senate today, a measure which would improve the reporting of financial exploitation targeting older Texans and would give new tools to banks and securities firms to place a temporary hold on suspicious transactions. Jackson said: “The Senate today has joined the House in taking an important step to protect vulnerable adults from becoming victims of financial fraud and abuse. We …

— Alan Romero and his twin brother have done well. Both highly educated, Romero is a financial planner and his brother is an engineer. But he feels his family could’ve done better. They, as a family unit, could be further along in their journey toward financial stability and wealth building. What kept them from realizing so many more dreams? The answer is financial education. In addition to not having the right friends and contacts – buddies on the golf course, white-collar …

— With the scheduled end of the 2017 Texas legislative session approaching, AARP continues to fight for passage of several bills that aim to improve nursing home quality, ease the stress of family caregivers, protect older Texans from financial exploitation, and help consumers avoid and respond to surprise medical charges. Here’s a brief overview of some of the issues the AARP Texas team is working on at the state Capitol: Nursing Home Quality and Safety: Texans deserve quality care that ensures …

— Exploring the possibility of turning your hobby into a business? Join AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, SCORE  and Center for Women’s Business Advancement at Southern New Hampshire University  and find out how! Industry leaders will walk you through the steps to think about if you’re interested in making your hobby a business, including: Is your product or service marketable? How do you move beyond a fun pastime to a serious endeavor? What are the critical steps in building your …

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— Are you ready to Downsize, not sure where to start?  Do you get overwhelmed or not sure what to get rid of?  Join us for a free lunch presentation on June 6 by  Sarah McKinney, a professional organizer who helps with downsizing.  She started her business back in August 2016 and has a degree in Interior Design.  You will leave with tips on how to prioritize, organize, and make decisions to minimize the process of downsizing.  Sarah’s family is in …

— One could refer to Marcia Ballinger in many ways.  Among other things, the Twin Cities native is an award-winning author, a Doctor of Organization and Management, the co-founder and principal of a search firm, and a French bulldog owner.  In 2016, Ballinger earned an additional title when she was named one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50 winners. Ballinger’s career journey is rooted in Corporate America.  The holder of a degree in Business Administration, a master’s in Speech-Communication, and a doctorate …

— The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2020, approximately 50 percent of Americans will be 1099 contract workers, and we’re already at 38 percent. Similarly, small businesses operated by persons 45+ may not be aware of how simple technology and business processes like mobile apps, automation and sales funnels can cause their business to EXPLODE! Please join AARP Maryland at the 2017 BOOM Conference in Silver Spring on May 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver …

— Budget Showed Progress But Too Many People Still Wait for Help Massive savings for utility ratepayers due to defeat of risky out-of-state natural-gas exploration and production bill; but Florida falls further behind on help for family caregivers. Florida consumers who get their electrical power from investor-owned utilities will save an estimated $3.75 billion to $22.5 billion over the next five to 30 years due to defeat of legislation that would have allowed some Florida electric companies to charge ratepayers in …

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— AARP is pleased to share with you our new pension resource, Understanding Public Pensions: Guide for Elected Officials, authored by AARP and the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. (http://bit.ly/2pOER0X) The purpose of this guide is to provide key facts about public pensions, including how they operate to meet the needs of employers, employees, and taxpayers, alike. The guide also discusses the important role policymakers play in making sure their state and local pension plans are well designed and …

— You want to make the most of your future. That’s why AARP is providing free, unbiased information that will help you make smart financial decisions so you can live independently as you age. Join us for Take Charge of Your Financial Future: Back to Basics on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The event will be at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will offer information about AARP’s free resources and online tools, and the chance to hear …