We Care for Wisconsin’s Caregivers

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Wisconsin We like to refer to the 600,000 family caregivers across Wisconsin as the “silent army of unsung heroes.” Why? Because our AARP studies repeatedly show that people would much rather continue living in their own homes and communities than be moved into a nursing home or other costly institution. Family caregivers are the ones who make that possible. These selfless caregivers help their aging parents, spouses, siblings or other relatives with everything from bathing, shopping and cooking to managing their …

Tis the Season for Holiday Scams

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work | Wisconsin By Tim Morrissey, Public News Service – WI The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, and not just for shoppers. Scammers also use people’s generosity to find ways to take advantage of them, says Lisa Lamkins, federal issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin. AARP has launched a new website to help keep consumers one step ahead of the con artists. Lamkins says shoppers will spend more than $600 billion on gifts this year, and the …

Holiday Visits Provide Opportunities to Check on the Well-Being of Older Relatives

Posted on 12/12/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Wisconsin By Nicole Duritz I remember visiting a great aunt over the holidays a few years ago and sitting across the kitchen table from her as she was taking her (many) morning medications. As we’re chatting, I noticed her going for the same prescription bottle that she just took a pill from. I asked, “Didn’t you just take that one?” She looked a little surprised and said, “Oh, well, I guess two can’t hurt.” I gently explained that taking her medications …

Know Safety, No Accidents: Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

Posted on 12/10/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Wisconsin By: Julie E. Lee No matter how many years of driving experience you may have, adverse weather never fails to present a wide variety of driving challenges. Snow, ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the dangerous conditions you could encounter during the winter months Knowing how to drive safely in harsh weather conditions can protect you, your passengers and your vehicle. Follow these 5 tips for driving in winter weather to help you stay safe on …

Time to Consider a Financial Professional?

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Local Resources | Money & Work | Wisconsin By Jean C. Setzfand The start of a new year is a great time to get your finances in order. You may want to review your 401(k) statement to see if you’re on track with your investments and contributions, think through ways to spend down credit card debt or even figure out how to finance a short term goal, like buying a car. A lot of people go the “do it yourself” route when it comes to financial planning. There …

Use Caution When Making Donations

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work | Wisconsin The holiday season is upon us, a time when many Wisconsinites open their hearts and wallets by giving to charitable causes. But before you make that donation, it’s important to do your homework. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) offer up these tips: Before donating, check to see if the charity is registered with DFI. Ask a solicitor to explain the purpose of the organization, what services are provided, …