— A growing number of people over the age of 50 are known as “encore entrepreneurs,” in that they’re turning their ideas for small businesses into actionable plans. Whether you’re nearing retirement, or retired, or never plan to retire, if you’ve got an idea for small business you need help from experts. Please join AARP Massachusetts for two upcoming Encore Entrepreneur events: Thursday, June 8 in Roxbury, and Friday, June 16 in North Andover (details below). Both events are completely free, …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated his commitment to prevent changes to Medicare.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on members of Congress to follow the president’s …

— See our time-sensitive Action Alert below! In order to help Massachusetts residents save money and better protect themselves against identity (ID) theft and fraud, AARP Massachusetts is filing legislation that would remove fees for credit report security freezes. The three major credit reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion — each charge a $5 fee every time a Massachusetts resident requests that a credit report security freeze be placed on her/his credit file. Residents must also pay an additional $5 fee to each …

— Resources Offered in Bank Branches and Online will Teach Customers How to Recognize Identity-Theft Schemes A unique educational collaboration was announced Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, between the AARP Fraud Watch Network and People’s United Bank, N.A., with the goal of better protecting consumers in the northeast against fraud and scams. The campaign involves a significant Fraud Watch Network presence in People’s United Bank branches in Massachusetts, as well as Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York, along with digital …

— By Jill Gambon Caroline Sarchioni, of Falmouth, used to hire an accountant to prepare her tax returns. But after retiring from her job as a public housing manager eight years ago, she had to scale back on the expense. “It was reasonable while I was working, but now it’s too much of a burden,” said Sarchioni, 70. Sarchioni got help from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, where volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns without charge. The program is open …

— AARP is working to ensure you have the resources and tools you need to take charge of your future by offering free and unbiased information as you work, plan, and save for the real possibility of long-term financial security. Following are free tools and resources to help you get started, based on the following Categories: Credit Card Debt; Social Security; Retirement Planning; Work and Encore Entrepreneurship Resources; and Work and Jobs.  CALCULATORS AARP offers a variety of free and easy …

— AARP Foundation provides free tax assistance, preparation, and filing for Massachusetts taxpayers with low to moderate incomes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation There are more than 5,000 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers, and senior centers. There’s no fee and no sales pitch for other services.  To find a location in New Hampshire, use our course locator. We also offer online Tax-Aide …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale offers lessons on avoiding scams and protecting against fraud and ID theft AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale — who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades and is one of the world’s most respected authorities on identity theft — will offer his expert knowledge to the general public at an event in Melrose in November. Abagnale, who was portrayed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio …

— UPDATE: More than 200 people attended our Job Seekers 50+: Skills and Resources for Success today in Boston! It was an amazing day filled with free resources; informative tips from experts from numerous industries; information about applying for jobs online; tips on resume and cover letter writing; and tips for using the professional social-networking site LinkedIn to the fullest.  SEE BELOW for free job search resources and links! Many thanks go out to our partners:  The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the Executive Office …

— At AARP Massachusetts, we’re out in communities throughout the state, sharing information on a wide variety of topics. The following upcoming events are open to the public, and while some require registration others do not. Take a look and register for those that spark your interest! For any questions, please email us at ma@aarp.org. Fraud Watch Network Our AARP Fraud Watch Network presentations provide details about scams, fraud, and identity theft. We cover trends in fraud and scams; strategies used by …