— 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 …

— Scam artists set up fake websites offering anything you could want to buy as gifts around the holidays, at prices that are too-good-to-be-true. And guess what? They are! You’ll never receive the gift you thought you bought, and the scammers could turn around and use your credit card information for their own purchases. Stick to well-known shopping sites, and always type in the web address, rather than clicking from a link to the retailer. Be a fraud fighter! If you …

— Thousands of older Alaskans stand to lose crucial assistance from a program that is due to expire in 2018. When the legislature convenes Jan. 16, AARP Alaska will be backing a bill to extend the state’s Senior Benefits Program, which provides cash assistance to more than 11,000 low-income Alaskans 65 and older. Monthly benefits range from $76 to $250 for individuals with annual income up to $26,355 and couples up to $35,508. The benefits help cover expenses such as food, …

— Millions of Older Americans Would See Tax Hikes or No Tax Relief, Millions More May See Their Health Care Premiums Rise November 30, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Senate is below:   Dear Senator: On behalf of …

— November 16, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to the U.S. House passage of the tax bill: “AARP is disappointed by the tax bill that the House passed earlier today because it is harmful to millions of Americans age 65-plus. The Congressional Budget Office has stated that the large deficits created by H.R. 1 will result in a $25 billion cut to Medicare (absent additional …

Operation Protect Veterans AARP Nevada Fraud scams

— New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Non-veterans    WASHINGTON, DC—The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service today jointly announced the launch of Operation Protect Veterans — a national campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as often as the rest of the …

—   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP’s recent survey shows that positive emotions far outweigh negative emotions for both family caregivers and care recipients. Family caregivers report more positive emotions despite half feeling stressed or worried and care recipients report more positive emotions despite 6 out of 10 feeling less independent. The survey also found that family caregivers who felt more prepared to take on their role were more likely to report positive emotions than negative. “Changing roles can be difficult to …

— AARP Alaska will spend a day with municipal planners this month, sharing ideas on how to make communities across the state more age-friendly. The discussions will take place at the annual meeting of the American Planning Association’s Alaska chapter. Participants will consider ways to improve quality of life for older Alaskans through changes in transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and other factors. “These planners work directly with elected officials to help shape the future health and safety of the cities and …

— About 85,000 Alaskans are caring for an older parent, spouse, or other loved one, helping them to live independently. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act went into effect January 1, 2017. It supports family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Alaska became the 32nd state/territory to sign the …