Most Aren’t Financially Ready to Retire

Posted on 07/9/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy When it comes to financial planning for retirement, don’t make the mistake of thinking your monthly Social Security payments will be enough for you to continue living the lifestyle you want. Because chances are, they won’t. Here in Wisconsin the average monthly benefit is $1,281. Most retirees augment this with pension income and private savings. But others simply have not saved enough. In fact, about 75% of people nearing retirement have less than $30,000 in savings. And traditional pension plans …

We Need YOU to Help Keep Social Security Strong!

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy Add your name to our petition to urge the President and Congress to keep Social Security strong.  For almost 80 years, Social Security has provided a strong foundation of income older Americans and their families can count on.  Social Security’s guaranteed benefits are a rock-solid commitment to American families. Americans earn Social Security’s guaranteed retirement benefits by making contributions out of every paycheck throughout their working lives. And, Social Security’s earned benefits also help workers and their families when disability …

Share Stories About Retirement Security

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP is gathering stories from Wisconsinites who are worried about retirement security. AARP staff will share the stories with reporters and lawmakers to build support for strengthening Social Security and to press for legislation to create a state retirement savings plan for private sector workers without access to a job-based plan. To share your concerns about financial security, email To help plan for retirement, try the AARP Social Security benefits calculator at

2013-14 Wisconsin Legislative Wrap Up

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy AARP Wisconsin was out in full force during the past legislative session which wrapped up in April. Our volunteer advocates were active over the past 18 months, testifying at Joint Finance Committee hearings, speaking at press conferences, visiting legislators and distributing information on issues important to the 50+.   While we didn’t win on all our issues, we had significant victories along the way and will continue to advocate for these important state issues during the fall election and into the …

AARP Applauds Plan to Expand Family Care

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy AARP Wisconsin today applauds Governor Scott Walker’s announcement that Family Care will be expanded into seven northeastern Wisconsin counties that have previously indicated they are ready to take on the long-term care program as soon as possible. “By any measure, this is a win-win for taxpayers and citizens of northeast Wisconsin,” said Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP WI. “Family Care is all about giving seniors independence and choices about the services and supports available to meet …

Our Volunteers Are the Engine That Drives Us

Posted on 04/5/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy According to recent AARP research, roughly 63 million Americans volunteer with an organization in their community every year. That is an astounding number of individuals who give freely of their time, energy, and passion to help individuals in need and strengthen our communities. This year, we join others in celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) as a way to recognize the spirit of volunteerism wherever it may be embodied and the positive impact volunteers have made in our communities, our …