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— A disaster or emergency situation is a sudden and unplanned event that will happen at the most inopportune time. It’s important for people of all ages to have a plan of action in case of an emergency. But for older Arkansans, there can be different factors to keep in mind when responding to an emergency. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready.   Quiz: Do You Know How to Prepare for a Disaster? (AARP Foundation has answers) …

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— Arkansas is aging, with residents 60 and older expected to comprise 26 percent of the state population by 2030, up from 21 percent in 2012. Many residents, however, are not financially prepared for retirement. AARP Arkansas will push for legislation in 2017 that could encourage more small businesses to offer a retirement savings plan. The program, called Work and Save, would give more workers an opportunity to save for retirement by having money deducted automatically from their paychecks. Participation would …

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— AARP encourages Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2017 during Medicare Open Enrollment, which ends Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Given the trend in high prescription medication prices, consumers are advised to pay close attention to their Medicare Part D drug plan options to help save money.   Medicare plans often change their cost-sharing and coverage benefits every year. However, insurers must notify all their enrollees of any …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET/2 pm CT/1pm MT Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, AARP salutes and celebrates the service and sacrifices made to keep our nation free by veterans. “We won’t come back ’til it’s over over there” was the vow of American armed forces as they departed for Europe in 1917 to join our allies in fighting World War I. It was over on Nov. 11, 1918, and beginning in 1921, our nation has set aside the anniversary of the armistice ending “the war to …

Fraud Watch

—   If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. If you enjoy speaking in public, you can help raise awareness about how AARP’s Fraud Watch Network serves as a FREE scam-spotting, scam-stopping resource. AARP Arkansas has a Fraud Watch Network Speakers Bureau, comprised of volunteers who fulfill requests from local civic clubs and other groups/organzations to discuss how to avoid getting scammed and how to spot fraud. Volunteers will be trained including a primer on the various …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …

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— Every day, nearly half a million Arkansans perform a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. These unpaid family caregivers help their loved ones with medications, meals, bathing and dressing, chores and even complex medical tasks. Arkansas with passage and signing into law of Act 1013 of 2015—the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act—joined the growing ranks of states working to easing the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Additionally, AARP continues …