10 Ways to Protect Yourself from ID Theft

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family New research shows 10 common mistakes Americans regularly make that increase the likelihood of becoming victims of fraud and ID Theft.  AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel recently interviewed a convicted ID thief who ran up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges on one woman’s accounts. In chilling detail, “Alice” told him how easy it was to pull off. Here are some ways we leave our sensitive financial and personal data open to the “Alices” of the world.  Using non-locking mailboxes. …

Watch Out For These Holiday Scams!

Posted on 12/12/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family With shoppers expected to spend $616.9 billion on holiday gifts, scammers are gearing up to rip off unsuspecting consumers. That’s why AARP Fraud Watch Network developed a free, online resource guide so families can protect themselves and those they love from holiday scams. The guide, found at www.aarp.org/holidayscams, focuses on three of the more common holiday scams: online shopping scams, gift card fraud and fake charities.  “It’s the season of giving, but for con artists, it’s the season of taking,” …

Discover ‘What’s Next’ with Life Reimagined Checkup

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family With a new year on the horizon and resolutions in mind, AARP New Hampshire is offering a free Life Reimagined checkup to help members discover their personal “what’s next.” Life Reimagined offers guidance through a series of simple exercises that evaluate a person’s career, health, relationships and life goals. The program offers tools to help individuals plan their next move, and connect with community resources and other people who can help along the way. “The checkup is a great way …

10 Tips for Caregivers During the Holidays

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family During the busy holiday season, family caregivers – over 268,000 right here in New Hampshire – already feel overwhelmed with daily responsibilities, leaving them vulnerable when the stress of the holidays arrive.  Turning to unhealthy behaviors – drinking more eggnog, eating more sweets, getting fewer hours of shut-eye, and forgoing exercise – is not the answer.  AARP’s Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert and caregiver herself, offers this list of helpful tips to help family caregivers come through the holiday season …

Get Tech-Savvy at Free Workshop

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Wish you knew more about the functions and shortcuts on your smartphone or tablet, and how to tailor it to your needs? A workshop Nov. 18 will help members manage their iPads and iPhones, and the benefits likely will go beyond learning new skills. Research suggests that learning something challenging—from knitting to using a tablet—helps with memory function and information processing. Staying sharp mentally is a top priority for members, according to AARP surveys. Workshop presenter Stacy Dris­coll, founder of …

Managing Your Utility Bills

Posted on 10/13/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family The following is reprinted with permission of the Office of Consumer Advocate in their newsletter dated October 13, 2014. You may have heard that the price of electricity for this upcoming winter season has increased due to market prices.  Therefore, utilities that buy energy supply in the market have experienced price spikes.  To help manage the increases the Office of Consumer Advocate encourages you to take steps to reduce your electricity usage. Many people have already implemented energy conservation measures, …