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 …

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— 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 …

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— 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 …

Harold Vogel assists Arlis Garcia with his tax returns at the Plattsburgh Senior Center. Photo by Emily McManamy.

— By Donna Liquori In New York’s North Country, an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at a Plattsburgh senior center draws scores of people eager to file their income taxes early—and for free—to receive a refund to offset holiday expenses and utility bills. But some have difficulty leaving the house. That’s where Harold Vogel comes in. The volunteer crisscrosses the Adirondacks preparing the taxes of shut-ins when he’s not at the center. Vogel, 68, a professional tax preparer who has volunteered with …

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— The refund that flows from a properly prepared tax return can be a windfall for someone living on a fixed income and facing rising health care costs. AARP Illinois encourages members to take advantage of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which last year helped more than 82,000 Illinoisans file more than 55,000 tax returns at 201 sites across the state. The program—which has assisted more than 50 million U.S. taxpayers since 1968—is open to everyone, although priority is given to taxpayers age …

Jim Graff, de Sun City, disfruta la ardua labor que exige ser voluntario de Tax-Aid para AARP Foundation.  Foto- Michael McNamara

— Por Ford Burkhart La mayoría de los días, Jim Graff disfruta de preparar declaraciones de impuestos como uno de los 1,200 voluntarios del programa Tax-Aide de AARP Foundation en Arizona. Pero, señaló, “Hay cierta información que es muy triste”. Por ejemplo, cuando surge evidencia de robo de identidad al presentar una declaración. El IRS remite a los contribuyentes con este tipo de problemas a voluntarios como Graff, un experto en el juego de la declaración de impuestos. Se jubiló después …