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— Survey by AARP Foundation ElderWatch Finds Four-out-of-Five Colorado Adults Have Donated to Charity, but only about Half are Properly Vetting Before Giving DENVER, CO –A recent survey by AARP Foundation ElderWatch found that close to 80 percent of Colorado adults ages 18 and older made a charitable donation in the last twelve months. Though many are giving, the survey also found that most consumers don’t know how to verify a charity’s legitimacy. “I encourage the many generous people in our …

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— Did you receive a call from a “government” agency or other official-sounding entity claiming that you have qualified to receive a “free grant” to help pay your bills? Did the caller tell you that your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you’ll never have to pay the money back? Does this scenario sound too good to be true? It is! These “money-for-nothing” grant offers are scams designed to steal your personal information and your cash. Here’s …

Paul Thieroff, an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, helps  residents file their returns. Photo by Clay Lomneth

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation program and we’re recruiting volunteers in Nevada to assist in the 2017 tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS and all volunteers interested in preparing taxes will receive training on the latest tax preparation forms and software prior to working with taxpayers. Prior tax prep experience is not required. Volunteers are needed for a broad range of roles from on-site greeters to …

Bonnie Jackson gives a Fraud Watch presentation at The Terraces of Phoenix. Photo by Jill McNamara.

— By Miriam Davidson Bonnie Jackson, an AARP community educator, remembered the time she gave her “best ever” presentation at the Coolidge Public Library. Turnout was low, but she was not discouraged. “There were six people, all female,” recalled Jackson, 68, a retired junior high school teacher from Peoria. She gave a talk on the AARP Foundation Finances 50+ program, about ways to manage personal finances. “We had a wonderful discussion,” she said. “Halfway through the two-hour session, I asked if …

Bonnie Jackson da una presentación de Red Contra el Fraude en The Terraces de Phoenix. Foto - Jill McNamara

— por Miriam Davidson Bonnie Jackson, educadora comunitaria de AARP, recordó el momento en que dio su “mejor presentación hasta el momento” en la biblioteca pública de Coolidge. La asistencia fue baja, pero ella no se desanimó. “Había seis personas, todas mujeres”, recuerda Jackson, de 68 años, una maestra de secundaria jubilada de Peoria. Ella dio una charla sobre el programa Finances 50+ de AARP Foundation, (en inglés) sobre los métodos para administrar las finanzas personales. “Tuvimos una charla maravillosa”, nos …

Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA

— Greetings one and all… I hope you and yours enjoyed a lovely Memorial Day weekend. The holiday heralds the coming of summer and the many activities associated with the season—outdoor adventures, fun in the sun, and excursions. As the Caregiving Ambassador for AARP Colorado, I enjoy traveling throughout Colorado during the summer months to present educational programs in various and sundry places. It matters not where I travel, caregiving is a common concern for both professional caregivers and family caregivers. …

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—   Finding a job at age 50-plus can be tough—and may be even harder for those who have taken time off from the workforce to raise children or to care for an aging parent, spouse or other adult. AARP Alabama wants job seekers to know help is available through Back to Work 50+. Funded by AARP Foundation, the program is part of the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative at Jefferson State Community College. Coaches can help women 50 and older enroll …

Photo Courtesy of Dianna M. Kall, Greater Cleveland Volunteers

— Educating youth can be a very rewarding and gratifying experience. Knowing that the contribution of your time and effort can help a child excel academically makes the work worthwhile. At the AARP Foundation Experience Corps, volunteers know all about that feeling. AARP Experience Corps is an innovative volunteer program that creates opportunities for adults age 50+ to take part in vital community service. Volunteers serve as literacy tutors for children in 22 cities across the country. In Cleveland, the AARP …

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— Many unemployed Ohioans, aged 55 and older, are still looking for work and opportunities to earn a paycheck. Although this can be difficult at times, the AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is here to help those that are struggling to find jobs that are hiring and ones that are right for them. “We have a maturing population, and not enough people in the work force,” said Michelle Simko, project director for SCSEP in Cleveland. “When these people …

Once scammed, Chris Hughes, of Richmond Heights, was motivated to help others avoid fraud. Photo by Chris Langer.

— By Sarah Hollander Cris Hughes credits the man who scammed her with giving her the energy and passion to help the next potential victim. When Hughes leads AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops, warning about new scams, she talks about the charlatan who reeled her in at church, where her guard was down. She bought into a Ponzi scheme masquerading as a solid investment. The Richmond Heights resident, 66, learned of Fraud Watch when she began looking for a volunteer opportunity …