— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— By Mac McLean Juanita Santana knew exactly what came next when she retired from her job as director of a Head Start program in San Francisco. She moved to Portland in 2010 and became a full-time caregiver for her parents. That took up so much time that she never thought about what life would be like after they died, which happened a few years later. “It was real difficult for me to find my niche in retirement,” said Santana, 66. …

— Por Mac McLean Juanita Santana sabía exactamente lo que iba a hacer después de jubilarse como directora de un programa Head Start en San Francisco. En el 2010 se mudó a Portland y se dedicó a cuidar a sus padres a tiempo completo. Lo hizo durante tanto tiempo que nunca pensó acerca de cómo sería su vida después de que ellos fallecieran, lo cual sucedió unos años después. “Me fue realmente difícil encontrar algo que hacer al no tener que …

— “Fake news” and “alternative facts” have gotten a lot of attention lately. They show how prevalent news hoaxes have become in today’s media landscape – and how dangerous it can be to rely on bogus information. “This is a significant consumer fraud problem,” says Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. “People who post these bogus articles make a lot of money off your clicks, while you get information that can harm you. For years I’ve encouraged Oregonians to be skeptical of emails …

— AARP Oregon is in your community. Our organization is more than just discounts and lobbying for older Americans. But, we realize that not everyone knows what we’re working on across the state, Eugene and Springfield. To allow the community a chance to get to know us better, AARP is coordinating a “community blitz,” in Eugene/Springfield on March 1-3, 2017. Events include a coffee and donuts session where we’ll talk about proposed changes to Medicare and how AARP is working to …

— Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For over 40 years, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. He is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. Now, he’s joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help …

—         What’s AARP doing in your community? We are celebrating PRIDE, doing Tek workshops, doing “Neighborwalks,” fighting fraud and supporting family caregivers! We have dozens of events scheduled in the next few months. Check out the event listing attached here – and register for the ones that may be of interest. We look forward to connecting with you! AARP Oregon Upcoming Events71216 For open events, check here: AARP OR Family Caregiver Respite Meeting July 27 OLLI Open House July …

— By Mac McLean Bill Hamilton joined the fight against fraud a few years ago because an unscrupulous building contractor scammed his 83-year-old mother-in-law out of about $10,000. “I wanted to help prevent this type of thing,” said Hamilton, 70, of Portland, a retired software manager who has volunteered with AARP Oregon’s Scam Jam program for nearly three years. Since October 2013, AARP has worked with the Oregon Department of Justice and other agencies to hold Scam Jam sessions across the …

—                       Nobody expects to fall for a scam and yet day after day, Con Artists manage to steal our hard-earned money. According to one con artist it has a lot to do with emotion – including excitement or fear. “Think about the first time you fell in love or a time when someone cut you off on the freeway and you were seething for hours,” one con said in an …

— By Alan Edwards, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s that time of year again: time to start preparing to file your taxes. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the documents you will need when filing your federal income tax return is your Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099). Your Social Security benefits may be taxable. This includes monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. About one-third of people receiving Social Security benefits must pay taxes on some of these …