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The Official Poverty Statistic Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors, a new report written by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and released last week at the Maine Summit on Aging, measures the difference between official poverty measures and the new Supplemental Poverty Measure when determining the poverty of Maine seniors. The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) accounts for the rising role of medical costs that impact the financial security of seniors. When considering the …

Financial Security

The growing emphasis on personal savings in retirement creates greater uncertainty for pre-retirees. Hawaii residents live, on average, three years longer than other Americans, and for many people longevity comes with greater anxiety about outliving their assets. Add to that questions about the best time to collect Social Security benefits, and preparing for a secure retirement can be daunting. As pre-retirees look for information to help make smart financial decisions, AARP Hawaii is offering a free Financial Resiliency Workshop at …

   The Iowa State Fair and its dazzling daily parade of presidential candidates is behind us, but there are still lots of opportunities for AARP Iowa volunteers to remind candidates that stabilizing Social Security should be at the top of their agendas. Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 1, 2016—which means there are 145 more days to make a difference said Kent Sovern, state director of AARP Iowa. “In Iowa, we’re lucky because campaigns are up close and personal which means our volunteers are in a unique …

Farmers Market

Farmers markets are great places to pick up locally grown produce—and this fall they’re also a great place to get valuable tips on financial planning and security. Visit AARP Pennsylvania at select Citiparks farmers markets in Pittsburgh to learn about budgeting, improving credit, maximizing Social Security and planning for retirement. Look for the AARP tent at the following farmers markets: Squirrel Hill, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; East Liberty, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12, …

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AARP is coming to Kenosha September 16-17 in new and exciting ways! Stop by our booth at a local fair for valuable resources, join us for our happy hour and bar trivia games and don’t miss your chance to be part of our audience during a live radio show. Details are below. We hope you can join us! Beyond Your Benefits: Connecting Retirees to Community Resources Fair Come check our booth at this interactive fair and see what great resources …

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This month we’re celebrating Social Security’s 80th anniversary, and reminding all Utahns how important it is to protect your Social Security number at all times. Unless you know you will need, it, do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Be extremely cautious of phishing emails from fake Social Security Administration (SSA) reps claiming you qualify for a new benefit. These imposters will likely ask you to fill out a form with all your personal information, which they …

Social Security 80th Anniversary

AARP Hawaii and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz joined hundreds of Hawaii seniors in celebrating the 80th anniversary of Social Security at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom on Saturday, August 15. The event took place at the 9th annual Aging in Place Conference, sponsored by KHON2’s Elderhood Project and Generations magazine, and featured singing, birthday cake, and brief remarks by Sen. Schatz. Social Security remains a bedrock program for millions of Americans, including about 250,000 Hawaii residents of all ages. …

Social Security

AARP released results of a new survey to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Social Security on August 14. Americans of all ages continue to have strong feelings of support for Social Security, and the survey found several key themes. According to the national survey of adults, Social Security remains a core part of retirement security, and remains popular across generations and political ideologies. Americans want to live independently, but face challenges around saving for retirement that underscore the importance of …

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Vicissitudes…There’s a word you don’t hear every day Uncredited, Associated Press file photo shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Bill in Washington, Aug. 14, 1935.  Standing behind is Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, the first female cabinet member. But, it seems only fitting that today, 80 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the law creating Social Security, we should remember this word as part of a famous quote. “We can never insure one-hundred percent of the …

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Today marks a significant milestone in what Americans agree is one of the most important – if not the most important – government program – Social Security turns 80! And I can’t help but think about the significance of the number 80 as I reflect on a recent national survey that AARP conducted that found 80 percent of Americans plan to rely on Social Security. But many are anxious about the future of this earned benefit program. Here in New …