—   Back by popular demand for the 12th year, AARP Nebraska and Shred-It will host a free community shredding day in Omaha on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at The Center Mall on 42nd and Center Sts. Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. People can avoid becoming victims of identity theft by shredding confidential documents with personal information, such as cancelled checks, credit card offers, old bank and financial statements and medical bills. The convenient drive-through shredding session will run …

— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm CT for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— Is your retirement or eligibility for Social Security and Medicare benefits sneaking up on you? Attend a FREE workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Ralston or Thursday, Oct. 5 in Elkhorn to help you plan ahead. The events are intended for members between the ages of 60-70. For instance, you may not be sure whether to begin collecting Social Security at 62, 66 or 70. This is an individual decision based on your unique circumstances.  By attending one of our …

— Thousands of older Nebraskans qualify for a break on their property taxes but may not know it. AARP Nebraska urges homeowners age 65 plus to take a close look at the state homestead exemption before June 30 to find out if they are eligible for relief. “Property taxes are considered by many retirees in Nebraska to be the most burdensome tax,” said Connie Benjamin, state director of AARP Nebraska. “Over the years, AARP has successfully pushed for changes in the …

— Nebraskans 18 and older say state legislators should strengthen consumer protections from payday lenders, a recent AARP survey found. Nebraska is one of 38 states that allow payday lending. These small, short-term loans typically are due in full on the borrower’s next payday. Borrowers who can’t pay the balance must renew the loan—perhaps repeatedly, incurring additional fees each time. Under current state law, payday lenders can charge as much as 461 percent in interest annually. More than two-thirds of survey …

— From Feb. 1 through April 18, AARP Foundation provides free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially people age 50 and older who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, …

— AARP is urging state lawmakers to conduct a legislative study on how to improve retirement savings prospects for Nebraskans. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, just 48 percent of private sector employees in Nebraska were enrolled in a retirement plan in 2012, a decline from 55 percent in 2000. State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue introduced LB 79, the Small Business Retirement Marketplace Act, to provide small business employees with access to retirement plans. Due to the cost …

— Nebraskans age 18-plus believe that it is important to strengthen consumer protection laws to prohibit excessive annual interest rates for payday loans, according to a new AARP statewide survey of 950 Nebraska residents. Additionally, Nebraskans believe that the very high annual percentage rates payday lenders in the state can charge consumers should be capped or limited. In the report released today, more than three-fourths (77 percent) of Nebraskans age 18 and older support changes in state law to prohibit annual …

— AARP has released a new analysis showing Nebraska’s economy is at risk of losing $2 billion and 12,672  jobs if no action is taken by future Presidents and Congress to update Social Security for future generations. According to the Social Security Trustees’ report, Social Security benefits could be cut by nearly 25 percent after 2034 if no action is taken. Such an across-the-board cut represents a looming threat to Nebraska’s economy.  Yet the presidential candidates rarely talk about Social Security …

— By Rebecca DeNell “It’s a promise that’s been kept for generations. You pay into Social Security, you get the benefits you earned. But to keep that promise for future generations, Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century. If our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up $10,000 a year. Every year our leaders wait and do nothing, finding a solution grows more difficult.” – AARP Our first ever Take A Stand Community Engagement Art Installation Event …