— It’s that time of year again and the deadline for filling your tax returns will be here before you know it. Skip the stress with the help of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax-assistance and preparation program. This free, confidential service is available to low and middle income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those age 60 and older. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use Tax-Aide. …

— 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 …

— As a small way of saying thank you to the countless veterans and military men and women who have done so much to serve and protect our country, we’re offering a special AARP promotion in honor of Veterans Day. From Nov. 2-16, AARP will offer a discounted membership rate up to 20% off for veterans, their families and anyone interested in joining or renewing. A portion of the member dues will be used to help support various veteran’s organizations in …

— By Jean C. Setzfand The start of a new year is a great time to get your finances in order. You may want to review your 401(k) statement to see if you’re on track with your investments and contributions, think through ways to spend down credit card debt or even figure out how to finance a short term goal, like buying a car. A lot of people go the “do it yourself” route when it comes to financial planning. There …

— The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period is an important opportunity for Wisconsinites who have coverage through the Marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you are uninsured, the Marketplace is where you can go to shop for coverage and find a plan that fits your needs. And you may be able …

—   By David J. Lewellen Recovering from breast cancer and battling depression more than two decades ago, Lois Gilmore, of Janesville, realized she had to do something. She began going for walks. The walks got faster and became runs, and before long she was entering races and winning. Now 83, she’s a competitor with medals and ribbons from local, state and national events. Hundreds of competitors Gilmore and hundreds of other athletes will participate this summer in Wisconsin’s Senior Olympics, …

— Wisconsin has the opportunity to make health care available to as many as 211,000 additional Wisconsin residents by 2022.  We can do this by extending Medicaid coverage to most low-income adults not already served by Medicare.   This would mean that many AARP members between the ages of 50 and 65, as well as many of our adult children and grandchildren, could gain access to health care. For the years 2014 through 2016, the federal government will reimburse states 100% of …