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 …

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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 June 2016 6/9 – Discover Franklin, sponsored by Council …

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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 …

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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 …

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By Alan Marx, AARP Tennessee Fraud Watch 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. History teaches that Ponzi schemes are far more common than people believe. The perpetrators of these schemes use every trick in the …

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AARP Announces Results of Orange Mound Community Survey Housing, Transportation Among Greatest Needs for Historic Memphis Neighborhood MEMPHIS – AARP Tennessee today released the findings of an Orange Mound community survey. The report reveals the opinions of Orange Mound residents on the most pressing issues facing the neighborhood, which include daily experiences, housing, transportation and caregiving. “This survey will help us determine areas of focus for our work to support residents of the Orange Mound community,” said AARP Tennessee State …

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By Alan Marx, AARP TN Fraud Correspondent Billions of Dollars in Penalties for Telemarketing Violations Would Get Attention The federal “Do-Not-Call Registry” will be 13 years old in March. It was established by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to comply with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. Since 2005 telemarketers covered by the law have had up to 31 days from the date a number is registered to cease calling that number. FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from calling cellular …