—     One of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” AARP Delaware is a Gold Sponsor of the 55+ Expo on April 18. The event will take place at the Rollins Conference Center at Dover Downs with a premier AARP presence focusing on preventing fraud and scams. Attendees can gain valuable information about current scams and will take away tips and tools for protecting their families from con artists who are out to steal people’s …

— AARP Delaware is applauding the Delaware Public Service Commission for taking swift action to lower the rates that homeowners and businesses are charged for electricity, natural gas and other utilities after a federal tax overhaul took effect on Jan. 1. Recent changes to federal tax law reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. In Delaware, The Public Service Commission recently approved a petition from the state’s Public Advocate to ensure that those tax savings will translate …

— 50 million served, 50 million more to go Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income …

— Investors seeking services from a professional financial advisor will benefit from a new free online tool, AARP Interview an Advisor™, launched 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 suggested questions to ask a financial professional as part of the process of the hiring decision. Included are …

— Delaware’s population is aging faster than the national average. Are supportive services for long-term care adequate to deal with this trend? A state-by-state scorecard recently published by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation shows looming shortfalls in Delaware. The state ranks 28th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of its older residents and those with disabilities. Delaware did well on quality of life and quality of care, coming in at No. 6. But the …

— In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Maria, charity scams are coming at us by text, email, phone and social media. Scammers look to take advantage of our desire to help victims. If you plan to donate, make sure your money is going to the right place. Check Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org), Charity Watch (www.charitywatch.org) and Give.org to verify names and organizations before opening your heart – and wallet. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, …

— A new AARP survey shows that an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of American private sector workers “strongly or somewhat agree” that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.” The study of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans.  The survey finds strong backing across all races, ethnicities and political ideologies for elected officials to clear the way for employee savings initiatives. The total …

— Be an Informed Consumer! Use these Top Ten Wintertime Tips to Save Money & Energy The good news… spring is right around the corner. The bad news…your home utility bills will continue to reflect these frigid temperatures for weeks to come. We’ve all boosted the thermostat during the many sub-freezing days and nights to keep warm. AARP  wants you to stay warm, so we’re working to bring you the consumer some of our best tips for saving energy and lowering your …

— Beginning Feb. 1 through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, …

— AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested Delawareans. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during the tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for individuals at every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone …