— Have you ever received a suspicious email telling you that you’ve won a lot of money and have to pay a small processing fee to receive it? Or maybe you’ve gotten a call from “your grandson” saying he’s in jail and needs a lot of money to be bailed out? If so, you were probably the target of elder financial exploitation, the most common form of elder abuse. Affecting 42 out of every 1,000 New Yorkers 60 years and older …

— AARP Praises Bill by Senator Serino, Assemblywoman Lupardo; Also Urges Elected Leaders, Stakeholders to Develop Legislation to Fight Elder Financial Abuse ALBANY, N.Y. – A round-the-clock toll-free telephone hotline to report elder abuse would be established under a bill that has passed the New York State Legislature, and AARP applauded the move as a step toward combating a growing problem. The group praised the legislative Aging Committee Chairs, Senator Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, for pushing the bill, which …

— Sens. Serino, Valesky, Assemblywoman Lupardo, Alzheimer’s Association Join AARP, Volunteers from Across NY to Seek Common Ground This Year ALBANY, N.Y. – Leaders of aging policy in the New York State Legislature stood with AARP and other aging advocates today and pledged to work toward passing bi-partisan legislation to combat elder financial exploitation before the end of the 2017 state legislative session. Legislative Aging Committee Chairs Senator Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator David Valesky – a former …

— New Yorkers Can Shred Personal Documents at 14 Free Events Providing Secure Document Destruction From Buffalo to Long Island New Yorkers fought back against fraud today and helped protect themselves from identity theft by shredding truckloads of sensitive personal documents as part of “Operation: Stop Scams,” a series of free shredding events sponsored by AARP New York around the state. AARP New York, joined by officials from the New York Attorney General’s office, City Council and New York City Police …

— AARP New York is hosting shredding events across the state this month as part of a national AARP effort called Operation Stop Scams. The events, which aim to prevent identity theft, are scheduled after tax season to allow for safe disposal of outdated financial statements. In a recent AARP survey, 88 percent of registered voters in New York City said it is very important to guard against identity theft and fraud. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission received more than …

— Would you believe that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? Hard to imagine but very true. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP New York and that is why we have launching Operation: Stop Scams, a series of shredding events throughout New York State starting Monday April 24, 2017 thru Friday, May 5, 2017 that will allow consumers to discard their paperwork in a safe and secure manner. In a recent report, AARP found that 43% of 50+ voters in …

— Legislators Stand with AARP Volunteers from Brookhaven to Buffalo on Key Economic Security, Dignity Issues ALBANY, N.Y. –Urging better economic security and more dignity for New York’s 50+, AARP volunteers from every corner of the state came to the state Capitol today and lobbied their legislators to include three key measures in the 2017-18 state budget: The Secure Choice state–facilitated workplace retirement savings option for millions of private sector employees who can no longer get a pension or 401(k) from …

— Strong Proposals to Fight ID Theft, Elder financial Exploitation, but Little Help for Middle Class to Save for Retirement, Care for Older Loved Ones ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York today praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 executive budget for proposing sensible protections for older New Yorkers against financial abuse but criticized the plan for missing a key opportunity to advance two proposals that would help the struggling middle class. “Governor Cuomo’s state budget proposal is on target with strong protections …

— 3.5 M Could Miss Middle Class Retirement; AARP Urges State-Facilitated Workplace Retirement Savings Option; Backs Proposals to Fight Elder Financial Exploitation ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today at the conclusion of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s six regional State of the State presentations: “Governor Cuomo’s ‘Middle Class Recovery Act’ rightly focuses on this struggling group, but AARP urges him to address as well the growing savings crisis that threatens this very same middle …

— Association Supports Governor’s Common Sense Proposals to Fight Exploitation ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to combat elder financial exploitation: “Older New Yorkers work a lifetime to accumulate assets they depend on, and AARP applauds Governor Cuomo for seizing leadership in the fight against elder financial exploitation. “With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, elder financial abuse is a growing problem. AARP supports the …