— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm CT for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— By Joanne Cleaver In 2016, Wayne Wiese submitted his income tax return in March. Imagine his surprise when the Internal Revenue Service told him it already had his return and had sent his refund—to someone else. Wiese’s Social Security number had been hijacked by an identity thief. “I had to prove who the real Wayne Wiese was,” he said. At 63, Wiese, who lives in the village of Oregon, is a newly retired information technology manager who knows a few …

— Results of a new study commissioned by AARP WI and released this week shows that even modest increases in the net worth of those who save the least for retirement would greatly improve retirement readiness and reduce government spending on public assistance programs. In fact, if lower and moderate income households (up to $40,000/year) were to save 3 percent of their income through 2030, state expenditures in 2030 may decrease by more than $3.1 billion annually. We know that Wisconsin’s growing elderly population …

— When the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee holds hearings this spring to discuss the biennial budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker (R), AARP volunteers will be there to support key issues. One legislative priority for AARP Wisconsin is to expand the state’s Family Care program, which provides long-term care services for people in their own homes. The state office also is pressing for more supports for family caregivers, including those whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. …

— Throughout your life you’ve paved your own path, so why should your retirement be any different? That’s why AARP Wisconsin is inviting you to an evening designed to share what people in the know are doing today to ensure their financial security for tomorrow. Lee Baker, a nationally recognized leader and Certified Financial Planner professional, will offer practical information, tools and resources on savvy financial planning during this free Financial Freedom event. Lee is frequently featured in various publications including Black Enterprise …

— AARP Wisconsin is urging state lawmakers to introduce a bill in 2017 that could help more private-sector workers save for retirement. The Work and Save bill would create a simple payroll-deduction plan that small businesses could offer to their workers. Participation would be voluntary for both employers and employees, and the plan would be portable when a worker changes jobs. AARP Wisconsin is asking members to help by sharing personal stories about their efforts to save for retirement without having …

— We get it. Talking about financial security for the future can be dull. So we’ve got an idea. Instead of the same old chats about what you should do to prepare yourself for retirement, let’s have some fun in the process. Find out how much you, your friends and your fellow AARP members know about Social Security, saving for retirement, and even some local Janesville area history during our bar trivia games. Enjoy delicious appetizers and a free drink, as well …

— Learn to become motivated and empowered to take charge of your financial future in a free class that’s offered through the Milwaukee Recreation Department on several dates in April and May in two Milwaukee locations. The class, titled “AARP Foundation Finances 50+” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 23, April 30 and May 7 at Morse-Marshall High School, 4141 N. 64th St. in Milwaukee. It is also being offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on …

— During the 2016 election, AARP’s top national priority is updating Social Security to keep the 80-year-old program going strong. AARP Wisconsin has trained dozens of advocacy volunteers to lead discussions about Social Security and the options Congress has on the table to keep the program solvent. The volunteers are ready to host local listening sessions to hear from AARP members on the issue. “These presentations offer accurate and timely information,” said Lisa Lamkins, AARP Wisconsin advocacy director. “The choices we …

— By David Lewellen Mike Gallenberger has a plan for funding retirement—his inventory of guitars. The Merton resident has been in business for himself most of his working life. After closing his last music store several years ago, he and his wife, Kathy, both 58, moved to all online sales. At retirement, he won’t rely on his 401(k), which he estimates at less than $35,000, but on slowly selling off about 300 guitars and 100,000 parts. The Gallenbergers are actually ahead …