1.3 million

1.3 million

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

Money & Work That’s how many Texans were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, 871,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.

Fighting Back Against Scams

Fighting Back Against Scams

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

Money & Work   By Tracy Sutton Schorn One evening, Jeanne Jackson, 72, of Midland, got a phone call from “Windows.” The man said he had received an alert about a virus on her computer. Alarmed, Jackson began to follow the man’s instructions to “remove” the virus. But then she stopped. “It just didn’t feel right,” Jackson said. The man grew irritated when she refused to cooperate. “I know what you’re doing!” she shouted at him. “You’re a scammer!” Jackson hung up, but …

Free Tax-Aide in Texas Communities Starting Next Week

Posted on 01/30/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Money & Work This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, providing free tax assistance to Texans of any age and giving special attention those 60 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. “Every year, thousands …

Social Security: Protecting Texans, Americans for 78 years

Social Security: Protecting Texans, Americans for 78 years

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Money & Work By Bob Jackson How financially prepared are you for retirement? And where would you be today without the promise of Social Security? These are fair questions in light of the August 14 anniversary of Social Security, the national social insurance program for retired, unemployed and disabled Americans. The program remains wildly popular today, 78 years after being signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Social Security remains the foundation of economic security in our country, along with the less …

Special Offer! Take the AARP Driver Safety Online Course for Only $5 in May

Special Offer! Take the AARP Driver Safety Online Course for Only $5 in May

Posted on 05/9/2013 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Money & Work AARP Driver Safety is celebrating Older Americans Month by offering a $5 online course to AARP members and non-members from May 1 through May 31, 2013. The course normally costs $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for nonmembers. By taking the course you’ll gain a greater understanding of the challenges drivers face on today’s roads, and will learn strategies to help avoid crashes and minimize injuries in the event of an accident. Plus, participants may qualify for a multi-year automobile …

Women-only Sessions: Safe Zone for Planning the Future

Women-only Sessions: Safe Zone for Planning the Future

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Tracy Sutton Schorn • Women balance so many responsibilities—child-rearing, caregiving for aging parents, relationships, careers—that often something falls through the cracks, said Austin financial planner Emily O’Connell. Unfortunately, she said, typically what they shortchange “is their own futures.” She said many women in her mother’s generation didn’t plan for what would happen in their retirement years if they outlived their husbands. Aimed at pre-retirees “We’ve progressed, but my generation is often just too overwhelmed to focus,” said O’Connell, 52, who …