— AARP Massachusetts brings you news about scams involving IRS debt collection, the “Can You Hear Me?” scam, ongoing tech support scams, those at risk for investment fraud, and scammers preying on those receiving new Medicare cards. Read more and take heed! IRS Announces Use of Private Debt Collectors The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now working with private debt collection agencies to recover unpaid tax debts. Scammers could attempt to capitalize on potential confusion created by this new development. Here’s …

— What’s your image of a caregiver? If you envisaged a middle-aged woman, one who is caring for an ailing parent, you wouldn’t be wrong. AARP research shows that the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year old woman who cares for a relative. Watch this video of comedian Jim Breuer, who is the caregiver for his father. Yet, according to Caregiving in the U.S., a 2015 AARP survey done in conjunction with the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), 40 percent of family …

— As they age, most people want to remain living in their homes for as long as they can. But will their homes safely age along with them? The AARP HomeFit Workshop, part of AARP Livable Communities programming, teaches people how to make modifications to their homes, thereby allowing them to safely “age in place.” Changes range from simple, no cost solutions to larger, more expensive retrofits. Join AARP Massachusetts at the Plymouth Public Library on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 10:30 …

— As you may have heard, Congress is quietly trying to revive its failed health care bill – and it’s getting worse than before. They’re cutting deals to let the big insurance companies charge you even more. It starts with an age tax. If you’re 50 or older, they can charge you five times more than everyone else. Up to $13,000 more per year. At AARP, the battle against the age tax and other provisions in a health care bill continues …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” —a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, including Massachusetts, in recognition of  Money Smart Week, April 22-29. Money Smart Week is a collaboration between thousands of organizations across the United States that offer financial education programs, classes, and activities. AARP state offices plan to sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Friday, April 14, …

— By Jill Gambon Dennis Hohengasser’s home computer had a virus and he worried he might lose files. A hasty internet search for Micro­soft tech support turned up a long list of links, so he clicked on the one at the top. But instead of reaching Microsoft, he ended up contacting a business that preyed on people seeking computer help. “I just wanted them to fix it,” said Hohengasser, 67, a retired training and staff development professional from Taunton. He gave …

— In recognition of Broadway Across America, AARP and Broadway in Boston bring a special evening of theatre to Massachusetts residents. Connect with AARP at a performance of The King and I at the Boston Opera House on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.! AARP members and guests can receive up to 25 percent off tickets* for this performance.   These tickets also include an optional, exclusive pre-show “insider discussion” with members of The King and I cast or crew! The …

— The arts scene in Boston is among the best in the state when it comes to world-class theatre, ballet, and other professional shows, as well as cultural and sporting events. We’ve worked with area venues to bring these special offers on Boston-areas events to AARP members and their guests.  Take a look at what’s coming up, and keep checking back here often as new events are always being added! In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 p.m. ET Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET, …