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By Byron Kamp Before we know it, the Presidential Primary “season” will be over, not to return until the year 2020. However, Primary Season for Congressional, State and Local elected officials is just beginning to gear up. The Tennessee Primary is scheduled to happen on August 4, 2016. Following that primary election, life gets real serious for both the candidates and the electorate. AARP continues to encourage the candidates, both presidential and congressional, to offer their specific plan. AARP believes, …

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Winner to receive $2,500 for charity of their choice Who is doing extraordinary volunteer work in YOUR community? AARP Tennessee invites you to thank them with a nomination for the state’s 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service. The Tennessee winner earns $2,500 for the charity of their choice. The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. It recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways …

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Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. But in Tennessee, AARP is taking steps to help prevent frauds and scams. During the week of April 25, 2016, AARP Tennessee and its community partners hosted special events, called ShredFest. These free document shredding opportunities were held in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. In all, more than 18,000 pounds of documents were destroyed during the four events in Tennessee. Additionally, more than 100 Tennesseans used the opportunity to join the AARP Fraud Watch …

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Established in the 1890s, Orange Mound is the oldest African American neighborhood in Memphis. To support the community’s continued growth while promoting livability for older adults, AARP Tennessee is asking residents what they need to age in place comfortably. In a recent survey, more than 8 in 10 Orange Mound residents age 50-plus said they have strong community roots and have lived there at least 25 years. Most want to stay, and 61 percent said it’s a good place to …

By Byron Kamp With only six weeks left until the last votes are cast in the 2016 Presidential Primary election “season,” it becomes even more urgent for each of us to become an active participant in the process. By the end of July, both the Republicans and Democrats will have selected their respective candidates. With their convention acceptance speeches ringing in our ears, the Race to the White House will be in full swing. The world has changed a lot …

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In the last 10 years, distracted driving was to blame for more than 172,000 accidents on Tennessee roadways, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety. Experts believe that number is actually higher, with not everyone reporting their distraction at the time of an accident. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and AARP Tennessee is reminding Tennesseans about the importance of paying attention when behind the wheel. George Coleman, state coordinator for AARP Tennessee, teaches safe-driving classes in …

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  What we do might surprise you. We’re all about real possibilities. To find out more about the events or activities below, please visit our discounts page OR contact us at tnaarp@aarp.org.   May 2016 5/9-11 – Senior Days on the General Jackson | Enjoy a cruise, lunch, entertainment and door prizes | 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. CDT | For information, call the Council on Aging office at (615) 353-4235 5/25 – AARP TN Volunteer Recruitment Event | Jackson, …

ShredFest 2016

AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and Foundation provide free shredding to protect sensitive information from scammers Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen.  That’s why AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Foundation are offering free shredding so you can protect yourself and your family from ID theft. Beginning Tuesday, April 26, AARP Tennessee will host a series of special ShredFest events in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. Mark your calendar and be sure to bring your materials to be shredded. More details …

Alan Marx, a Nashville lawyer, warns consumers of latest fraudulent deals. Photo by Tamara Reynolds.

By Hollie Deese After working on health insurance issues as an AARP volunteer, Alan Marx, a Nashville lawyer, was looking for another opportunity to use his experience helping others. He began writing a blog on consumer issues and soon realized that older Tennesseans were especially vulnerable to scams and dubious deals. “I’ve covered a lot of topics, ranging from reverse mortgages to travel scams,” said Marx, 72. He talks about how he was victimized on a trip to Hungary two …

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By Alan Marx, AARP Tennessee Fraud Blogger Sometimes there is only a small difference between fame and infamy. A person may start by being famous, but end by becoming infamous. The most famous one was Charles Ponzi. Ponzi’s name became a marker for the type of particularly brazen scheme that relieved the public of millions of dollars. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines a “Ponzi scheme” as: a form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent …