Consumer Corner: Billions in Penalties for Telemarketing Violations Would Get Attention

Posted on 02/2/2016 by | Communications Director | Comments

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 …

AARP Tennessee Releases 2016 Legislative Agenda

Posted on 02/2/2016 by | Communications Director | Comments

2016 Tennessee Legislative Agenda Issue: Nurse Delegation Summary: The ability for a registered nurse (R.N.) to delegate certain medical tasks to a home health care provider. This is typically a health maintenance task that can safely be performed according to exact directions, with no need to alter the standard procedure, and the results are predictable. These are tasks that family members who have no professional training perform for their loved ones every day in their own homes. We support permissive …

Get To Know: Fraud Blogger Alan Marx

Posted on 01/19/2016 by | Communications Director | Comments

Get to Know: Alan Marx (AARP TN Fraud Blogger) During the past year, you’ve probably read our special column on frauds and scams, Consumer Corner. If not, check out a few recent posts here, here and here. But, who writes these informative posts? We thought you should know, so we sat down with our fraud blogger, Alan Marx. So, tell us, what got you interested in fraud prevention? I am an attorney at King & Ballow, a law firm in …

Take a Stand, Tennessee!

Posted on 01/19/2016 by | Communications Director | Comments

Social Security was created more than 75 years ago to ensure seniors would have a steady stream of income when they retired. It is a promise that has been kept for generations. You pay into Social Security, you get the benefits you earned. While Social Security is not in crisis, modest changes, can preserve and protect the program so current and future generations will receive the full benefits they have earned. If our newly elected President or Members of Congress …

AARP Foundation Offers Free Tax Assistance

Posted on 01/15/2016 by | Communications Director | Comments

Beginning Feb. 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will once again be providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income. 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 need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. “Every year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program helps hundreds of Tennesseans with tax preparation,” said Rebecca Kelly, AARP Tennessee State …

Learning New Things: 10 Free Online Courses

Posted on 01/15/2016 by | Communications Director | Comments

Whether you have a thirst to learn or just a new year’s resolution for self-improvement, you may be interested in 10 free classes available online. These 10 free online courses will teach you about the study of happiness from professors and researchers at top universities and help you implement techniques such as meditation, resilience, mindfulness, and visualization into your own life. The Science of Happiness (UC Berkeley) – This 10-week course gives students an introduction to the concepts behind Positive …