— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— 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 …

— 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 …