— For more than 60 years, AARP® has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. AARP pursues these goals through advocacy led by the state offices. Our advocacy agenda works to enable individuals 50+ get the most out of life. AARP Georgia advocates on behalf of more than 1 million members across the state. Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare Many areas in the state of Georgia lack access to quality healthcare providers. AARP wants to …

— By Drew Jubera Jacquita White Blount, executive director of Optum Palliative and Hospice Care in Macon, has seen it all. Family members or friends with financial power of attorney have purchased vehicles, wiped out bank accounts, stolen debit cards, sold off furniture, bought bigger homes—all by abusing their access to older Georgians’ money and property. The consequences are often devastating. “There are sick people out there, and they prey on the most vulnerable,” said Blount, 47. “We have a duty …

— The holidays are a time for joy and giving. Don’t let scammers ruin the season. AARP Georgia reminds Peach Staters to be cautious when shopping, expecting packages or making donations. Common holiday scams include shopping apps that capture personal financial information, fake gift cards, theft of packages delivered to your porch, shady charities and fake sweepstakes that require a cash transfer to pay “taxes” before collecting a “prize.” In 2015, Georgia ranked second per capita in consumer fraud complaints and …

— Shredding activities offer residents an easy, free way to get rid of confidential materials. Experts recommend shredding old documents with personal info; unused checks, credit card receipts, unneeded medical bills, expired ID cards, and pre-approved credit card applications. AARP Georgia and Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb are sponsoring a free Shred Fest on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am – 2pm. Change of Address: Macon-Bibb County Senior Center 1283 Adams Street, Macon GA 31201 This event is part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which helps …

— You might not be able to teach old dog new tricks but, if you’re a job seeker, you might be surprised what lessons you can learn from a puppy! AARP’s upcoming 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 owned Jean Baur find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar, which will air live at …

— Tom Umstead of Sandy Springs has been selected by AARP to receive the  2016 AARP Georgia Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Georgia selected Tom Umstead for his remarkable service which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. For many years now, he has found a way local businesses could partner with non-profits to truly impact the lives of the …

— AARP today announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live, Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the event, which is free, can be made 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 …

— By Drew Jubera Mary Fakharian searched for ways to volunteer after she retired in 2013 as an executive with a senior living community. She wanted to do something that would keep her involved with older people as well as challenge her mentally. Fakharian, 62, of Brookhaven, was able to do both by volunteering to prepare taxes for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. The free service is available to anyone, but it’s geared toward older and lower-income taxpayers. “Taxes definitely can …

— As part of its ongoing Fraud Watch Network efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Georgia is joining with Savannah Riverkeeper and local city agencies to host the Rivers Alive Recycling Event on October 29 in Augusta to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. Event Details: Saturday, October 29, 2016 9am-noon New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam 1853 Lock and Dam Road Augusta, GA 30906   At the Rivers Alive Recycling …

— AARP Georgia invites you to join us for an in-person watch party for our Online Work & Jobs Event, “Improv to Get the Job,” Thurs, October 20, 6:15pm. Register here to attend: http://spr.ly/61828BlAy We’ll watch a live broadcast, featuring Ellen Feldman-Ornato and Jenny Drescher, who will show you how to create genuine connections more easily and confidently by learning basic improv skills.  If you can’t join us in Atlanta, please  join us from anywhere in the state. Refreshments provided.