— Elder Abuse can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s estimated that older adults lose about $3 billion annually due to financial exploitation and abuse. The effects go beyond the checkbook; it can cause emotional distress, deterioration of physical health, and loss of independence. Only about 1 out of 14 cases are actually reported to authorities. If you suspect someone is being abused, please report it to local law enforcement or the Alabama Department of Senior Services (1-800-243-5463). Friday, June 15th is World …

— There’s a growing natural resource in Alabama that boosts the state’s fiscal health. It is the population of Alabamians 50 and older. Through their work, purchasing power, and state and local taxes, this group pulls more than its weight in sustaining the economy. A recent report from Oxford Economics for AARP shows Alabamians 50-plus comprise 36 percent of the state’s population, yet account for 39 percent of its GDP. And they are big consumers, accounting for 57 percent of spending …

— Members of the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers will celebrate the kickoff of the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge on Saturday, May 12 at Chewacla State Park in Auburn. CAMP members will lead three rides for beginners and intermediate groups beginning immediately following a 1 p.m. press conference, then again at 2 p.m. and at 3 p.m. Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein, the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers president Cody Salmon and 100 Alabama Miles Challenge steering committee member Kathe Briggs will …

— Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using his or her skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? Honor his or her dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2018 AARP Alabama Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance …

— 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 …

— Operation Stop Scams is AARP’s annual event to highlight how to protect yourself and your family from identity theft and fraud. As part of that event, we are sponsoring FREE shred events in the following cities and locations in April: April 7: Cullman Shred Day will be held at King Edward Plaza from 9 a.m. to Noon.* April 13: Montgomery Shred Day will be held at Garrett Coliseum 1555 Federal Drive Montgomery, AL from 7 a.m. Noon. April 14: Florence …

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— The favorite holiday of our proud state falls on Friday, March 2. While a weekend trip to the San Antonio Southside Missions is a popular way to commemorate our state’s independence, as a Texan, you’re probably not too keen on following the herd. Here are three rebellious ways that you can embrace your Texan identity and keep community close to your heart. Explore the Multicultural Lone Star State Houston was listed in 2017 as the most culturally diverse city in …

— A new booklet helps Alabama’s caregivers understand how to manage money on behalf of the loved-ones they are caring for. AARP Alabama, together with other member organizations of the Alabama Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder-Abuse, prepared this booklet to assist caregivers with the often-challenging issues of money management. Candi Williams, AARP Alabama State Director, says: “The Council’s new guide answers questions and provides information to help Alabama’s caregivers navigate financial questions so that they can truly manage this …

—   AARP Alabama congratulates David Ioffreda for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. As part of his project work to earn this great achievement, David organized a group of fifteen teens to assist seniors in learning about technology through teaching Saturday classes. AARP Alabama supported David in developing the classes, where older adults learned about Facebook, safe internet surfing, and even more complex programs like Excel. Becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in Scouting and is a lifelong …

— On Friday, November 10, AARP provided lunch and gifts honoring over 100 veterans at Via Health Fitness and Enrichment Center in Mobile. The lunch included a special thank you address by Dorothy Dorton, AARP Alabama Associate State Director for Community Outreach. The Murphy High School JROTC Color Guard presented the colors. The event included a Quilt of Valor presentation to Navy veteran Bill Woolley and a big band singer performing patriotic songs. AARP also provided attendees with booklets and materials …