— It’s time for spring cleaning, and that includes getting rid of old bank statements and other financial documents. But don’t just throw them out. Shred instead. Otherwise, identity thieves can use the information to steal your savings. AARP South Carolina and the Better Business Bureau are cosponsoring three free shredding events this month, each from 9 a.m. to noon. The first is Friday, April 20, at Simpsonville City Park, Simpsonville. The other two are Saturday, April 21, at Anderson Mall …

— The state population is aging, and AARP Arkansas wants everyone to know that’s great for the state’s economy. The 2017 Longevity Economy report, prepared by Oxford Economics for AARP, explodes the myth that people 50 and older are a drain on the economy. In fact, older Arkansans are critical to the state’s fiscal health. While Arkansans 50-plus make up less than 36 percent of the state population, they contribute 41 percent of the state’s GDP, according to the report. Over-50 …

— Just after filing taxes is a good time to shred old documents to keep them from falling into the hands of identity thieves. More than 3,600 Alabamians filed complaints of identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. As part of Operation: Stop Scams, a nationwide series of events in April, the AARP state office is sponsoring free shredding events. Cities, dates and locations include Montgomery, on Friday, April 13, 7 a.m.-noon, at Garrett Coliseum; and Florence, Saturday, April …

— A misguided myth brands older people as a drain on the economy, but AARP Nevada is setting the record straight. A recent report by Oxford Economics for AARP shows people 50 and older are major contributors to economic growth. In Nevada, people 50-plus make up about a third of the state’s population, but drive nearly half of its GDP. They account for $69.3 billion in spending, especially in the areas of health care, entertainment and utilities. Nevadans 50-plus represent 31 …

— By Natalie Missakian When Maryann Croce hires an employee at her automotive repair shop in Norwalk, she assigns a senior team member to take the newcomer under his wing. The pairing does more than bring the often younger worker up to speed on company practices. It’s a step toward nurturing the next generation of workers in a trade that, like many, is struggling to replenish a workforce nearing retirement. Encouraging relationships, Croce said, helps bridge the cultural differences that can …

— By Michelle Crouch Deb Wagner, 65, retired recently and is back on a budget for the first time in years. So when she heard that insurance carriers wanted to raise home policy rates an average of 18.7 percent across the state, she was not happy. “That much of a rate increase is going to have a big impact on people on a fixed income,” said Wagner, who lives in Swannanoa. “I don’t understand how they are justifying this request. We …

— AARP Iowa invites community groups across the state to schedule a free presentation to help their members guard against fraud. AARP Iowa has a team of trained volunteers ready to give Fraud Watch Network presentations to church groups, civic clubs, veterans organizations, senior centers and libraries across the state. Financial crimes against older Iowans are a growing concern. Con artists often target older people because they are likely to have savings. To schedule a presentation or to become a volunteer …

— Under a new state law, Oregonians will no longer receive unexpected medical bills for out-of-network services. Patients receiving treatment from in-network providers have often been stunned to get hefty invoices from out-of-network specialists. This was usually because an in-network doctor chose to work with an out-of-network anesthesiologist or other specialist without the patient knowing the specialist wasn’t covered by the insurance plan. AARP Oregon pressed for the law, which bars out-of-network providers from billing patients who were treated at an …

— Has someone scammed you out of savings, a tax refund or government benefits? If so, you’re not alone. Mississippians reported 17,403 cases of identity theft, fraud and other consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. More than a third of those complaints were about debt collection scams, in which a con artist demands payment and credit card or bank information for a debt that doesn’t exist. Scammers often target older consumers because they are more likely than younger …

— Marcelo Barra, who works as a sail maker at a company in Kalihi, wants to save for retirement. But after paying bills and other family expenses, there never seems to be enough money for savings. Barra works for a small business with only five employees and his employer doesn’t offer a 401K or other retirement savings plan that deducts money directly from his paycheck — the most effective way to save. “This puts my family and, ultimately, myself at a …