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— Entering the automatic door of any hospital or medical facility brings anxiety, fear, even sadness.  The smell of ultra-clean surroundings and a player piano producing sounds of hope and tranquility all add to the experience of understanding of what may be coming or what is unexpected. As you enter the hospital elevator, you see the looks of other incoming patients and the feeling is one of mixed emotions.  Sometimes, a nice visitor gives you a smile or tells a joke.  …

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— Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe from the IRS Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a trusted source. Keep a secure machine. Use passwords that are strong, long and unique. Use multi-factor authentication …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

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— RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE IRS It’s the time of the year when many taxpayers choose a tax preparer to help file a tax return. These taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely.  This is because taxpayers are responsible for all the information on their income tax return. That’s true no matter who prepares the return. Here are ten tips for taxpayers to remember when selecting a preparer: Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. Use the IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers …

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— By Dana Kennedy, AARP AZ State Director When President Trump signed a federal tax overhaul into law in December, he set in motion an obligation for utilities to pass on the tax saving to consumers. The corporate tax cuts took effect in January and so there should be no hesitancy now by utility regulators in Arizona to ensure that those big tax breaks are passed along to consumers. The tax overhaul lowers the highest corporate income tax rate from 35 …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

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— Becoming a caregiver is an important but often challenging journey. When an unpaid family caregiver first starts helping a loved one, the caregiver doesn’t always know where to begin or where to turn for guidance. To help close the information gap, AARP Arizona has developed resource guides in print and online. These guides offer information about organizations and agencies that provide services such as in-home care, adult day care, financial planning, legal guidance, senior housing, Social Security, Medicare, medication management, …

— By Miriam Davidson Marquetta White knew that her 91-year-old father, who cares for her 87-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, could benefit from a support group. But the retired state employee and social worker had trouble convincing him. “He’d tell me, ‘I don’t need to go cry on someone’s shoulder,’ ” said White, 66, of Mesa. “Then a funny thing happened: He went, and he loved it. “Now, he still won’t listen to me, but he listens to the people in …

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— In 2017 Arizona State Representative Heather Carter proposed HB 2209 “Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit” that would give up to $1,000 tax credit to those family caregivers who pay out of pocket expenses in the service of their loved ones.   The average family caregiver spends nearly $7,000 annually out of their own pocket. Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in Arizona. They help make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities of all ages …