— Many people worry about remaining financially secure after leaving the workforce, but, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, less than half of U.S. workers report that they or their spouse ever tried to calculate how much money they would need to live comfortably in retirement. To help people plan, AARP Alaska is offering free lunch sessions on financial security. The classes will be at the AARP state office in Anchorage on March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, …

— Retirement Confidence Survey: A Secondary Analysis of the Findings from Respondents Age 50+                       by Alicia Williams and Jonathan Jackson, AARP Research, June 2015 This study presents the findings of a secondary analysis of the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s (EBRI) 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS). The goal of this study is to provide a better understanding of the retirement expectations, preparations, experiences and needs of Americans age 50 and over. The key findings from this study are as follows: Retirement Preparations …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16. 2015   CONTACT: AARP MEDIA RELATIONS, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia   Important Step Forward to Improve Access to Workplace Savings, says AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s  proposed rule today reaffirming the right of states to adopt retirement savings programs for their private sector workers won quick praise today from AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “AARP applauds the Department’s proposal to clear the way for state initiatives …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2015 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560 AARP Volunteers Deliver Thousands of Petitions, Hit Capitol Hill to Push for Better Health and Retirement Standards. Visit Congress, US Department of Labor to Push Series of Issues Including New Retirement Advice Standard, Older Americans Act, Safe Streets Act, Caregiving, Social Security WASHINGTON, DC — Today AARP volunteers dropped off petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor in support of a conflict of interest …

— Bills We’re Watching HB 5 Conservator of Protected Persons: Passed (H); awaiting hearing in (S) JUD HB 8 Powers of Attorney:  Passed (H); referred to (S) HSS SB 1 Regulation of Smoking: Passed (S) HSS. Referred to (S) SA SB 12 Paid Sick Leave: Awaiting hearing in (S) L&C SB 72 Designated Caregivers for Patients: Introduced 3/11. Referred to (S) HSS   Issues We’re Watching Budget: Cuts to Senior Benefit Program: Finance Committees (S and H) Budget: Cuts to Adult …

— The percentage of informal phased retirement programs almost doubled from 2012 to 2014, according to the Society of Human Resource Management in an article in Consumer Reports. There are several factors should be considered before enrolling in a phased retirement program to ensure a secure retirement. Consumer Reports advises workers to consider the type of pension they have and the amount it pays; cash flows and budget under a phased retirement plan; health insurance; and age before claiming Social Security. …

— by Ken Helander, Director of Advocacy. Bills We’re Watching: HB5 Conservator of Protected Persons: Passed (H); awaiting hearing in (S) JUD. HB8 Powers of Attorney:  First reading on House floor 3/6. Third reading 3/9. SB1 Regulation of Smoking: Continues in (S) HSS, Wed., 3/11. SB12 Paid Sick Leave: Awaiting hearing in (S) L&C.   Issues We’re Watching: Budget: Cuts to Senior Benefit Program: Finance Committees (Senate and House) Budget: Cuts to Adult Day Programs: Finance Committees (Senate and House) Medicaid …

— As the economy picks up steam and the job market strengthens, it may be easy to forget the serious problem of long-term unemployment. Three million Americans, 45 percent of whom are age 55+, have been actively looking for work for 27 weeks or longer without success. This rate of long-term unemployment —near record levels in our country — harms our economy and robs businesses of valuable workers. There’s no evidence that the long-term unemployed are less skilled or capable than …

— If you’re like most Americans, your Social Security benefits will make up a significant chunk of your retirement income. You have several ways, especially if you are or were married, to make your monthly check as high as it can be. AARP’s Social Security Calculator is an easy way to see how different claiming strategies might affect your benefits. Check it out at www.aarp.org/socialsecuritybenefits. Here are some strategies to consider: Delay You can begin collecting Social Security at age 62, …

— As Social Security remains important and wildly popular to millions, AARP offers tools and advocates for a strong program. WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 79th anniversary of the creation of Social Security, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement: “AARP salutes Social Security, whose growing importance to millions of American families of all political stripes deserves to be celebrated.  Social Security provides earned benefits to approximately 58 million people: 41 million retired workers and …