AARP TN Executive Council

— Wanted: West Tennessee Leader We’re searching high and low for someone who is willing to serve as the VOLUNTEER LEADER for the West Division of AARP Tennessee. In partnership with the Associate State Director for Multicultural Outreach and in collaboration with other appropriate volunteers and staff, the West Division Volunteer Leader is a catalyst for AARP Tennessee to achieve the AARP vision, mission and strategic priorities. Be Our Volunteer Leader >> Key Responsibilities include: Creating strategies and plans for engaging …

Pam Holbrooke, left, Tax-Aide state coordinator, helps Dorothy Linton with her taxes in Jonesborough. Photo by Susannah Kay

— By Sheila Burke Pam Holcombe spends a good portion of her retirement doing something most people dread: taxes. But for thousands of older residents and others who need help navigating the complex and sometimes grueling tax code, her work offers welcome relief. As Tennessee state coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, Holcombe leads a small army of volunteers who help people file their taxes. The demand for their service is large and growing. Earlier this year, 394 volunteers in …

Fraud Watch

— AARP to Host Free Fraud Watch Panel Discussion in Franklin Fraud experts and law enforcement officials to share best practices for avoiding scams Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen, however, not everyone has to be a victim. On Oct. 26, AARP Tennessee and the Franklin Police Department will host a special panel discussion in downtown Franklin as part of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network program. The panel discussion will convene leaders from the public sector and private enterprise in an …

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— Fight Fraud! Protect Your Identity! Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. AARP wants to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. So, we’re hosting special events across Tennessee – they’re FREE and open to everyone! Please come out and join us and together we’ll take important steps toward stopping scammers in their tracks! Upcoming AARP Fraud Watch Network Events MIDDLE TENNESSEE Nov. 19 | 9a-1p | Nashville | Free Shredding Event TN State Fairgrounds (Wilson Hall), 500 …

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— By Alan Marx, AARP Tennessee Consumer Watchdog Before the internet arose, people had fewer sources for information about the performance, reliability, and cost of goods and services. Print reviews, such as Consumer Reports, existed, but the information they provided was limited by their publishing cycle and physical and financial impediments. Thanks to the expansion of technology, the world has changed. Today, just by logging on to your computer or using your smartphone, you can find many current reviews and opinions …

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— Social Security is the Country’s “Pension Plan.” It is not an entitlement; it is a Promise! BACKGROUND Eighty-one years ago, something extraordinary happened. Politicians from both sides of the aisle came together,  reminding our elected officials of what’s possible when they put the needs of our families ahead of party differences.They came together and changed the lives of millions of Americans by creating Social Security. In 1935, when Social Security was created, over half of older Americans lived in poverty. …

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— AARP Recognizes Anna Kapoor for Commitment to Community Service; wins AARP’s Most Prestigious Volunteer Award Dewayne Linger Selected as Honorable Mention for Tennessee   MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – AARP is pleased to announce that Anna Kapoor has been selected to receive the 2016 AARP Tennessee Andrus Award for Community Service.  This honor is the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award, recognizing people for service which has greatly benefited the community, supporting AARP’s vision and mission, and inspiring others. The …

The FireChaser Express is great fun for folks of all ages! Photo by Steven Bridges

— Join AARP at Dollywood! AARP is passionate about helping people 50+ connect with new and Real Possibilities to live life to the fullest. We invite you to join us for AARP Days at Dollywood – November 9-13, 2016. Come by the AARP kiosk to get to know AARP staff, volunteers and members. The first 250 AARP members and guests to visit the AARP kiosk near the Dollywood entrance each day (Nov. 9-13) will receive a free ticket to join AARP …

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— By Alan Marx, AARP Tennessee consumer watchdog WHAT IS A SLAPP SUIT? As the art of proofreading declines, spelling errors become very common. “Slap,” meaning a smack, is spelled with one “p,” but the spelling in the headline above is not a mistake. The subject of this month’s blog is spelled with two “p’s.” SLAPP is an acronym for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. SLAPP lawsuits target members of the public, businesses, and media who seek to provide truthful information …

Rose Davis, left, a Howard Circle of Friends Adult Day Center staffer, plays balloon volleyball with Ruby. Ohoto by Mike Belleme

— By Hollie Deese When Pat Summitt died earlier this summer at 64 from Alzheimer’s disease, the state and the nation lost a powerful figure who raised awareness of the illness. The winningest Division 1 basketball coach ever, male or female, Summitt was first diagnosed five years ago, and her openness inspired many Tennesseeans to seek help themselves. “When Pat Summitt stepped up to the microphone, it was like the whole world listened,” said Janice Wade-Whitehead, executive director of Alzheimer’s Tennessee. …