Consumers Put Digital Convenience Ahead of Safety on Laptops and Mobile Devices

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Advocacy | Fraud Boise, ID—A new survey of internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, and the survey results indicate that thousands nationwide are engaging in activity that could put them squarely in the sights of hackers looking to steal their personal information. An AARP Fraud Watch Network report, “Convenience versus Security,” shows that among adults who access the Internet, a quarter (25%) use …

Celebrate the Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival’s 26th Anniversary

Posted on 07/17/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Community | Events Join the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival in celebrating its 26thanniversary October 14 – 18, 2015.   AARP members and their guests (up to four per membership) will receive a 5% discount on five-day “All Events” tickets or an “All-Day” ticket when purchased online through July 31, 2015, and a 10% discount off the five-day “All Events” tickets or an “All Day”  ticket when purchased either online between August 01-October 2, 2015   http://www.sunvalleyjazz.com/jazz-festival-tickets/  (enter discount code: “SVJAZZ2015”) or in person at the event upon displaying their …

Valuing the Invaluable: New AARP Report on Caregiving

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community Idaho Family Caregivers Provide $2.2 Billion In Unpaid Care According to AARP Study New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers  BOISE, ID — Family caregivers in Idaho provided 183 million hours of care—worth an estimated $2.2 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the …

What Would You Like to Learn Today?

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Community | Events | Local Resources New adventures in learning are available for Idahoans 50 and older in the Boise area, thanks to the New Knowledge Adventures program at Idaho State University and its collaboration with AARP and the Treasure Valley YMCA. The program offers education, exploration and fellowship in a noncompetitive environment. AARP Idaho is encouraging members to sign up for classes, which range from academic subjects to hands-on activities such as gardening, winemaking and recreational pastimes. The noncredit courses are mostly free and are …

Scammers Use Text Messages & Cellphones

Posted on 06/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Fraud | Technology Every day, about 45 million spam text messages are sent to North American cellphones. If you don’t have a text message plan, you’ll pay around 20 cents for each one you receive. The real cost comes if you respond to those messages. At least 70 percent of all cellphone text spam is designed to defraud you in some way.   Spam in text messages may try to guide you to shady websites that will install “malware” on your phone to …

Looking to Lower Your Debt or Repair Your Credit?

Posted on 06/22/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Finances 50+ | Money & Work How would you like to lower your monthly credit card and loan payments – guaranteed? It’s an appealing offer for anyone especially those struggling to pay their bills. With the rise of consumer debt, a growing number of companies are coming out of the woodwork claiming they can lower your interest rate or reduce the amount you owe. But beware! Some of these debt relief programs are scams run by con artists who can’t deliver on their promises. If you …