— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger California for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— From assessing your 401(k) retirement plan to getting a head start on saving for your summer vacation, the beginning of the year can be a particularly good time to think about the state of your finances. Whatever your financial situation, it is helpful to take stock of where you’re headed in the New Year. Financial planners suggest these six ways to start fixing your finances in 2019. 1. Know where your money is going Take the time now to create …

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— By Laura Mecoy AARP California has an ambitious lineup for 2019, according to its state director. “We’re focusing on supporting family caregivers and the launch of a retirement savings program, and encouraging communities to be age-friendly, along with protecting Social Security and Medicare,” said Nancy McPherson. “We do this through outreach and education—and with the support of volunteers who share the same passions,” she added. Among the ways AARP California is getting its message out is by organizing teams of …

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— Tech support scams have lurked online for years. They often come in the guise of a pop-up message on your computer screen, claiming you have viruses, and malware or spyware on your computer. The pop-ups come with a phone number to call for assistance. The operator convinces you to buy hundreds of dollars of tech support services you don’t need. In a more recent twist, scammers may cold call you claiming to be from a major computer company, and they …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018 4 p.m. PT If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 4 p.m. PT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— The federal government grant scam has been around for years. But now, scammers are finding targets through social media. The informative video below, the second in our latest series showcasing the most common scams, tells you just what to look for to avoid becoming a government grant scammer’s next victim. Please share this important clip with your friends and family, so they too know what to look for to avoid being victimized by fraud.  How It Works: You see posts from …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 4 p.m. PT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

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— Español   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation serviceCalifornia– AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and …

— The summer months are prime time for home repair scams. The general ruse involves someone coming to your door and offering to do work on your home, typically at a big discount. We have prepared this video, the first of a series we will be sharing with you, to illustrate several of the most common scams and to make it easier for you to share this information with your friends and family, so they too know what to look for …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …