—     AARP was founded on the simple premise that no one should have to live in a chicken coop. The shocking discovery of a distinguished former teacher living in poverty inspired our founder to devote the rest of her years to improving the quality of life for all as they age. It all began one Saturday, when Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus received a telephone call from a shop-keeper 30 miles outside of Los Angeles. He had read in the …

— ‘Interview an Advisor’ Guides Process with Questions about Qualifications and Standards    January 3, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC — Investors seeking services from a professional financial advisor will benefit from a free online tool, AARP Interview an Advisor™, launched today by AARP and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). The new resource is designed to take the guesswork and mystery out of the process of interviewing and hiring a financial advisor. It walks the user through a short series of …

— Americans gave over $390 billion to charity in 2016. While government regulators say that most charities are legitimate, there are fundraisers that keep most of the money they raise. As you consider year-end giving, do your research. Check out charities at www.give.org or www.charitynavigator.org to make sure your money is going where it should and not into the pockets of scammers! Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud …

— As you head out for last-minute holiday shopping, leave the debit card at home. Consumer protection experts recommend using credit cards to protect against fraud and theft. With credit cards, you are liable for only up to $50 of fraudulent use, and most credit card companies will waive this fee. In the case of a lost or stolen debit card, financial losses to the consumer can be much more significant. Call your bank for details. Be a fraud fighter! If …

— With 38.3 Million Readers, AARP The Magazine is America’s Most-Read Magazine, MRI Data Concludes   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2017 CONTACT: Paola Torres, AARP, 202-434-2555, ptorres@aarp.org WASHINGTON, DC — AARP reacted today to new survey findings from GfK MRI that AARP The Magazine is officially America’s most-read magazine. AARP The Magazine, AARP’s monthly magazine and flagship publication, continues to serve as a primary source of information and entertainment for people age 50-plus – with a readership of 38.3 million …

— AARP opposes tax bill because of negative impact on older adults WASHINGTON, DC — On December 18, 2017, AARP sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives raising its concerns with significant shortcomings in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as highlighting some important provisions for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Congressional Leadership is below: Dear Senator/Representative: On behalf of our members and all Americans …

— An inspiring guide to look, feel, and be your best, one small step at a time. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Winn, 202-434-2506, jwinn@aarp.org Barbara Hannah Grufferman ISBN: 978-1-4262-1832-3 On Sale: Feb. 6, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – With both wisdom and wit, Barbara Hannah Grufferman challenges readers to take control of their lives in her new book, Love Your Age: The Small-Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life (National Geographic/AARP, February 2018).             Grufferman, a …

— AARP Foundation Draws Attention to Social Isolation and Offers Resources at Connect2Affect FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2017 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org @AARPMedia WASHINGTON, DC—A survey released today by AARP Foundation finds that people are feeling good about spending time with friends and family this holiday season, with many survey respondents noting that they are feeling happy (67%), loved (47%), joyful (46%) and excited (44%). Yet the same survey also finds that three-in-ten respondents (31%) say they have felt …

— Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone. Be a fraud fighter! If you can …

— December 8, 2017 2018 Cuts Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — On December 7, 2017 AARP sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” The full text of …