THIS MONTH ON AARP LIVE:
Veterans and military families deserve praise, honor and respect – and they don’t deserve to be taken advantage of.
This month on AARP Live, we are celebrating and protecting the sacrifices of our nations heroes. Join AARP Vermont State Director Greg Marchildon and AARP Wisconsin State Director Sam Wilson as they share resources to help families care for their returning soldiers and we hear from vets about the scams they are facing at home.
We’ll take your calls and questions LIVE as you share your praise of our servicemen and women. Plus, four lucky callers will have a chance to win cross cut shredder! Rules apply. During the show call 1-877-283-7570 for your chance to win.
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- If you or a veteran you know have been targeted by a scam, share your story with us anytime by emailing ProtectVeterans@aarp.org or calling 855-800-9026.
- Learn more about the scams targeting Veterans and what you need to watch out for!
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- See what AARP Community Challenge Grantees did last year to improve communities across the country!
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THE DARK WEB
You may know how to spot a variety of computer scams – but do you know what’s lurking beyond the user-friendly and respectable websites you frequent? The dark web is an anonymous part of the world wide web with sites that sell hacking software, personal information and other illegal goods.
PRE & POST STORM THREATS
Recent storms remind us that natural disasters are sudden, difficult to predict, and inevitable. Even after the storm passes, scammers can make rebuilding risky! Do you know who you can trust? September is Natural Disaster Preparedness Month and AARP partners with FEMA to help older Americans prepare for disaster, prevent post-disaster scams and re-build age-friendly communities.
FAR OFF FRAUDSTERS
Fraudsters always take the path of least resistance, figuring out how they can get the biggest bang for the buck with as little trouble as possible. Sometimes just laying a trap and waiting. Learning to recognize these complex schemes is getting more difficult, but there are ways to stay protected!
You take care of your home, family and health day-in and day-out – but have you thought about the future of those assets? Even if you don’t have a dime to your name, having a plan in place is critical!If your eyes glaze over when you hear phrases like ‘estate planning’, ‘advanced directives’ or ‘power of attorney’ – you are not alone! AARP Live digs into these legalese and helps you protect the things you love most.
BE THE DIFFERENCE. VOTE!
50+ Americans are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc and every vote counts! This year, AARP is helping you use your voice and your vote to make politicians pay attention to the issues that matter most to you. As the campaign season heats up, voters are subject to information overload! This month on AARP Live, we help you cut through the clutter and ask the tough questions so you can feel confident when you head to the polls this November
THE DARK WEB
Con-artists don’t care how hard you’ve worked. Their only concern is getting between you and your money and their schemes are getting more complex. This month on AARP Live, AARP Vermont State Director Greg Marchildon is joined by AARP fraud prevention expert Doug Shadel to give you an inside look at the technology and tactics scammers are using today, including the dark web! Learn how thieves are using this technology to stay anonymous – and what simple steps you can take to improve your cybersecurity.
From hurricanes and tornados to fires and mudslides, the last year has been riddled with natural disaster. Unfortunately, for many of us it may not be a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Will you be ready? This month on AARP Live, we discussed disaster preparedness and recovery with storm chasers and state directors from America’s heartland. AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl and AARP Wisconsin State Director Sam Wilson shared their experience and strategies for expecting the unexpected. Plus, we learned how the AARP Foundation helps our friends and neighbors across the country rebuild after a storm.
You cleaned your furnace filter, caulked your leaky windows and even wrapped your water heater in a blanket… but your utility bill is still breaking the bank! What’s next? No matter how long this winter lasts, AARP Live is helping you put more green back in your pocket! Join AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl and AARP Wisconsin State Director Sam Wilson to discover new ways to save on your utility costs.
NEW YEAR, NEW SCAMS
Has someone called you, claiming to be from the “I-R-S” and said they needed your social security number? Nice try, buddy! These days, imposters use many tricks to con you out of your money and personal information. This month, AARP Live asked “Are They Who They Say They Are?” as we took a closer look at imposter scams that are popular at this time of year.
This month, AARP fraud prevention expert Doug Shadel gave us an inside look at con artists’ latest tricks. Including charity scams that take advantage of your holiday generosity, and veteran scams that target our nation’s heroes. If you or a veteran you know have been contacted by a scammer, share your story at email@example.com or by calling 1-855-800-9026.
Whether you’re visiting friends and family or taking a well-deserved vacation, who doesn’t want to make traveling a little bit easier – and less expensive! This month on AARP Live, AARP travel ambassador Samantha Brown shared some practical tips to get you on the road without breaking the bank. Plus, we have advice for surviving upcoming family travel and/or holiday visitors!
We’re all looking to put a little more money back in our pockets. But in a small town, it can be hard to shop around! On this edition of AARP Live, we have 30 ways to save – even in Small Town USA. From food and fun to home and auto improvement we talk about cutting costs and budgeting better.
Check out 99 Ways to Save from the AARP Bulletin!
Managing money can be one of the most important, and one of the most challenging skills for people of every age. Will you be able to make your money last a lifetime? Learn more when we talk dollars and sense with AARP Financial Ambassador, Jean Chatzky.
As we head into Tax Season we are faced with what has become one of the most popular and well known scams of our time: the IRS Imposter Scam. Most of us have experienced it at least once – a call from someone pretending to be an IRS agent, a Microsoft Tech or even a close friend or family member, trying to use fear and confusion to get us to open our wallets! Though the imposter scam has been around for a long time, con artists continue to get more clever with how they use it!
With the election over, AARP is calling on our next President and Congress to take action to keep Social Security Strong for future generations. If our leaders don’t act, future generations could see their benefits cut by nearly 25 percent — that’s up to $10,000 per year.
Join AARP’s grassroots advocacy network and be the first to know about breaking news and action opportunities that could affect Social Security, and ask our leaders to Take A Stand. Learn more about Social Security and what AARP is doing to protect it.
Demographic trends suggest that if you aren’t a family caregiver now – you will be someday!With more than 43.5 million family caregivers in the United States, support for this silent army continues to grow. From books to support groups, training classes and apps – the challenge has become connecting caregivers to available resources. That’s why AARP has its I Heart Caregivers initiative.
Technology has changed the way we live, learn and work and in the case of telehealth, it’s also saving time and saving lives. Telemedicine has improved access to quality health care across the most rural and isolated parts of America. On this edition of AARP Live, we took a look inside one of these eHealth systems and learned why it pays to be tech savvy.
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