— “It is truly an honor to represent our more than 650,000 AARP members in Tennessee and act as the principal volunteer spokesperson,” said Kraig Smith, the newly appointed state president for AARP Tennessee. AARP Tennessee is pleased to welcome Nashville-resident Kraig Smith as its new state president, the top AARP volunteer role in the state. As state president, Smith will serve as the head of the AARP Tennessee Executive Council and will lead the council in its work with the …

— AARP is calling on Congress to reject the so-called “age rating” proposal for health insurance.  It’s an unfair tax that would increase health care costs for older Americans — and would line the pockets of big insurance companies.  AARP is fighting to stop this age tax and prevent insurance companies from unfairly hiking health care costs. The State Age Rating Flexibility Act (H.R. 708) would significantly weaken the current protections against overcharging people over the age of 50, leaving older Americans …

— By Alan Marx, AARP Tennessee Consumer Watchdog Scams tend to transform and migrate. Some begin in one part of the world and over time appear in wholly different geographic areas. Others begin as attacks on businesses and later morph to afflict consumers. You may not have heard of “Business E-mail Compromise” (“BCE”). The words are not frequently used in the daily news, but BCE is a category used by the FBI to describe a particular type of fraud using computers. …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 7 p.m. ET/6 pm. CT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They …

— AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Tennesseans who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to underscore that this proposal would put Tennessee seniors’ …

— AARP Tennessee staff and volunteers work to help people 50+ in Tennessee live life to the fullest. We advocate for our members on critical priorities, such as strengthening Social Security, protecting seniors’ access to their doctors, and ensuring all Americans have independence and choice as they age. For 2016, AARP Tennessee identified three programmatic priorities to drive our work – Caregiving, Fraud Prevention and Livable Communities. These areas of focus were chosen based on the needs, prevalence and impact for …

— AARP Foundation Offers Free Tax Assistance AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program Available at Locations Across Tennessee NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning Feb. 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will once again be providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income. This tax season, nearly 400 volunteers will prepare tax documents at 66 locations across Tennessee. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. You do not …

— By Alan Marx, AARP Tennessee Consumer Watchdog Everyone would love to have more money, because rent, food, medicine, and almost everything else costs more today. Scammers know that, and they use the lure of money as a powerful lure to attract people they hope will become victims, many of whom are seniors, veterans, or people in debt. So, the telephone rings. The caller, who claims to be affiliated with Amazon, offers a chance to participate in a money-making opportunity. The …

— By Hollie Deese When one of his nurses left his medication on a shelf just out of reach, state Rep. Darren Jernigan realized the frustration caused by state laws governing care. A paid care worker was legally prohibited from handing the pills to Jernigan, who has used a wheelchair since a 1990 automobile accident in which he was a passenger. “I had someone come in to give me some assistance in the morning and she could not hand me the …