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Celebrating Open House today at the AARP Georgia State Office with partners, AARPGA Executive Council members, and staff. Myrtle S. Habersham, outgoing AARPGA Interim State President/current Age-Friendly Macon-Bibb Lead Volunteer, was saluted for her exemplary service and state leadership. AARPGA State Director, Debra Tyler-Horton invited our State President, Lee Baker, to address the audience. Guests were informed about AARP Georgia State Office priorities, met staffers individually, and learned about volunteer opportunities. Photo: Myrtle S. Habersham, Debra Tyler-Horton, Lee Baker

AARP Georgia is partnering with the Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and The Department of Aviation Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to host a citywide debate competition for African American male students. The event is complimentary and the public is invited to attend. The AARP/ KAP Debate Competition will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Airport Marriott Hotel, 4711 Best Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30337. It will feature four high school students …

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Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks.  His exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can. For over 40 years, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists.  He is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. Now, he’s joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network to …

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help families avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Georgia is joining with Cascade United Methodist Church, Action Ministries Feed the Hungry,  and Better Business Bureau to sponsor “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The Shred Fest will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta.  Shredding service begins at 10am, and will continue …

Lu Hsieh of Suwanee, with husband Chip, was targeted by a phony IRS caller saying she needed to pay a debt. Photo by Audra Melton.

  By Drew Jubera Lu Hsieh got a call one morning from somebody claiming to be with the IRS. The man on the line told Hsieh she owed back taxes totaling more than $6,500. He then added, in a more threatening tone, that she had to pay the shortfall immediately. Hsieh turned to her husband and told him what the caller was saying. Hsieh’s husband prepares the couple’s taxes and knew it wasn’t true. He knew the IRS informed taxpayers …

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Cities that aspire to be great places to live can take some tips from Macon-Bibb County, which in 2012 was the first place in Georgia to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The American Planning Association recently recognized the city and county for efforts to make the area more age-friendly. The community has improved Tattnall Square Park by installing new sidewalks for pedestrians and a new garden and footbridge for exercisers. AARP encourages communities to help people live easily …

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Yesterday, the Georgia General Assembly passed the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) which helps family caregivers navigate financial challenges by making sure adult guardianship laws are consistent and honored from state to state. HB 954, sponsored by Representative Chuck Efstration (R-104), would allow Georgia courts to recognize adult guardianship orders from other states, and, similarly, other states that have passed the uniform act may recognize Georgia court orders. UAGPPJA also creates a clear process for determining …

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During the “Stealing Your Life” free fraud education event, AARP Fraud Watch Network ambassador, Frank Abagnale will share his expertise and insight to arm individuals with the knowledge and information on how to spot and avoid scams, and the importance of safely using social media so that they can protect their families. Abagnale, a former master check forger who inspired the 2002 film Catch Me if You Can, was once one of the world’s most famous confident men. Abagnale has …

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Georgia native Lee Baker, CFP® has been appointed the new state president of AARP Georgia, the state’s largest social mission organization with over 1.1 million Georgian members. Baker will partner with AARP Georgia State Director Debra Tyler-Horton and work with staff and volunteers to help achieve AARP’s vision, mission and strategic priorities. He also will act as the principal volunteer spokesperson for AARP in Georgia, communicating AARP’s messages statewide. Since 1986, while still a student at the Georgia Institute of …

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On March 1, 2016, AARP volunteers, leaders from community organizations, and Area Agency on Aging staff participated in a train-the-trainer workshop on AARP’s Prepare to Care presentation. The participants benefited from seeing the presentation, learning added information to share with audiences, and gained presentation and instructing techniques to keep participants interested and engaged. Several of the participants were currently serving in caregiving roles and recognized very early on in the course that they were involved in the critical role of …