Jasper Shred-A-Thon on Wednesday, May 6

Posted on 05/5/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Events | Fraud | Uncategorized AARP Alabama, Fox 6 WBRC, and the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County will host a FREE Shred-A-Thon on Wednesday, May 6 at the CHS Building, 204 19th Street East in Jasper. Area residents may bring up to 3 bags OR 3 file boxes of personal documents for shredding on-site from 7 AM to 2 PM. While the event is FREE to the public, we are asking everyone who comes to consider a donation of a nonperishable food item for …

Older Residents Exercise Economic Clout

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Reversing the oft-held belief that an aging population is a burden, a recent report shows Alabamians age 50-plus make up 35 percent of the state’s population but account for 42 percent of its economic output. Prepared by Oxford Economics for AARP, the Longevity Economy report highlights economic activity supported by people 50-plus. In Alabama, such households supported 56 percent of consumer spending, totaling $69 billion. “Alabamians over 50 create an economic impact much greater than their portion of the population,” …

Birmingham Shred-A-Thon on Wednesday, April 29

Posted on 04/28/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Events | Fraud | Uncategorized | Volunteering AARP Alabama and Fox 6 WBRC will host a FREE Shred-A-Thon on Wednesday, April 29 at the BJCC complex in Uptown Birmingham. Area residents can bring up to 3 bags OR 3 file boxes of personal documents for shredding on-site from 7 AM to 2 PM. While the event is free to the public, we are asking everyone who comes to consider a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Shredding trucks from …

Stand Up for Alabama’s Seniors and Homebound!

Posted on 04/20/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Uncategorized The Alabama Legislature has proposed budget cuts as high as 50% to home- and community-based services (HCBS) for the elderly and homebound. These services include: prescription assistance, meals on wheels, home health aides, personal care assistants, respite care, and other critical services. HCBS allow the elderly and homebound to remain in their homes, rather than being forced into costly institutions. These services, which are funded by the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and local councils on aging, are not …

Sign the Petition: Close the Conflict of Interest Loophole!

Posted on 04/20/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Money & Work | Uncategorized You’ve worked hard to save for retirement and you deserve a financial advisor who works just as hard to protect what you’ve earned. Right now, loopholes in the law allow bad-actors in the financial industry to provide retirement savings “advice” based on what’s best for their pocketbook, not yours. The result? They can recommend investments with higher fees, riskier features, and lower returns because they earn more money, even if those investments are not the best choice for you. Bad …

Use your AARP Friday Night Discount at Alabama Shakespeare Festival!

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Events | Uncategorized Friday nights are AARP Discount Night at Alabama Shakespeare Festival this season. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this year’s productions. King Lear is showing now through May 10. It’s an epic tale of a once noble monarch driven to madness and ruin by family betrayal, treachery and regret. Experience the fall of a dynasty in one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. And while you’re buying tickets for King Lear, go ahead and reserve seats for Disney’s The Little …