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— Fraud and identity theft are running rampant across Alabama, costing victims millions of dollars. It’s important to know what to do if you or a loved one is a victim of one of these crimes. AARP Alabama wants you to know about resources available in our state to assist you. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network provides up-to-date information on scams here in Alabama and across the country. Access it online at: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/, or call 1-877-908-3360. If you believe you or a …

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— You already know how to keep your body fit. But what about your brain? On Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5:45 p.m. CDT, AARP offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina will host a tele-town hall featuring world-class experts on brain health. Mental fitness is a top concern for people as they age, according to a 2014 AARP survey. Last year, AARP and the British charity Age UK launched the Global Council on Brain Health, a group of scientists, …

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—   Finding a job at age 50-plus can be tough—and may be even harder for those who have taken time off from the workforce to raise children or to care for an aging parent, spouse or other adult. AARP Alabama wants job seekers to know help is available through Back to Work 50+. Funded by AARP Foundation, the program is part of the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative at Jefferson State Community College. Coaches can help women 50 and older enroll …

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— AARP Shred Fest 2016 is a series of document-shredding events nationwide. In Alabama, we’ll be in Scottsboro on Saturday, April 30 from 9 AM to Noon for this FREE public event. The Shred Fest event will be located on Caldwell Street in Scottsboro, between the Fire Department and City Hall. The public is invited to drive up and drop off their sensitive documents and old electronics to be securely disposed of on-site. Documents will be shredded and electronics will be wiped clean …

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— Tomorrow morning could be Alabama’s best — and likely last — chance this session to see payday lending reform pass. The House Financial Services Committee is meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, to vote on SB 91, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, which models Colorado’s payday loan reform laws. Payday loans are short-term loans that carry annual interest rates of up to 456 percent a year in Alabama, often trapping borrowers in cycles of debt that can be hard …

— Whether you are new to tablet technology or have been using a tablet for a while, AARP TEK can help you upgrade your skills! Join AARP for a free hands-on workshop for those who want to get the most out of their tablets. Friendly AARP TEK guides will answer your questions, and tablets will be provided for practice. Arrive early to get technology support from our staff while enjoying complimentary refreshments. FEATURED WORKSHOPS: Intro to Tablets — Beginner Workshop If …

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— Do you know an AARP member who is making life better by volunteering in their Alabama community? Please nominate them for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Alabama is seeking nominations for the Association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute, which annually recognizes outstanding individuals who share their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. They should be age 50+, live and volunteer in Alabama, and a member of AARP. The deadline for nominations is June 3, 2016. You …

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— It is not an overstatement to say that the 2017 Medicaid budget passed by the Alabama Legislature will hurt frail, low-income seniors who count on critical Medicaid programs for prescription medication, outpatient dialysis and hospice care —and drastically reduce support to family caregivers. “Alabama is standing at a crossroads right now. The choices our legislators are making will impact the health of all Alabamians in the immediate future. We all have a stake in this issue, whether we are on …

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— WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a new AARP survey released today, 8 in 10 say that taking a stand on Social Security is a basic threshold for Presidential leadership. The survey of likely voters age 50+ also shows nearly 40% are dissatisfied with their retirement savings and nearly half of voters worry they won’t be able to achieve their financial goals over the next five years (49%). 4 in 10 (40%) still don’t know for certain which party’s presidential candidate they’ll …

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—         The 2017 General Fund budget passed by the Alabama Legislature today will have a devastating impact on Alabama’s health care delivery system. In overriding Governor’s Bentley’s veto of the budget, the Legislature has ensured that the state’s Medicaid program will be underfunded in fiscal year 2017 by at least $85 million. This underfunding of Medicaid impacts all Alabamians, because it impacts the health care delivery system throughout our state, whether services are delivered to Medicaid patients, …