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— Join us for a one-hour Q&A style call with AARP’s Senior Vice President for Campaigns, John Hishta.  John will be discussing the status of the critically important tax reform legislation being debated on the Hill as well as share a look at what’s ahead for Congress in 2018.  As always, you are invited to share your questions and comments either on  the call or ahead of time. Please mark your calendar for this conversation:   Date:  Thursday, December 14 Time: …

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— More than 40 million Americans are family caregivers – Taking care of aging parents, ailing partners, children with disabilities or other loved ones. Family caregiving is a labor of love, but it can also be difficult – emotionally, physically and financially. Many caregivers put their own health and financial security at risk for the sake of their loved one. They often feel isolated at work or in their communities, unsure of where to go for resources or support. AARP is working …

— The Shred Fest scheduled for today, Saturday, Dec. 9, has been canceled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please stay tuned for when this event might be rescheduled. Be safe out there!

— For almost a year, Edith Forehand has been the caregiver to her husband of 18 years, Wilbert, who has cancer. As a caregiver, Edith has learned several valuable lessons about herself. “Being patient with yourself and the person (even if you have to bite your tongue) is necessary,” she said with a smile in her voice. “Listen to what the person is saying—they might be trying to explain something—whether it’s something you’re doing or something you’re saying, always be sure …

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— The year may be winding down, but not the ploys that have proved most successful for scammers. In the link below, you can find the top fraud trends for 2017. https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2016/2017-scams-to-avoid.html We at AARP Georgia want this holiday season to be merry and bright for all of you! With a few practical steps, you can protect yourself. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.

— This is definitely a sobering fact, and one that can help be prevented by shredding materials that include sensitive information, such as your date of birth, social security number and PIN. To help consumers protect themselves from ID theft, AARP Georgia will host a free Fraud Watch Network shredding event Saturday, Dec. 9 in Atlanta. AARP will partner with a local shredding provider to take any confidential documents you no longer need and shred them at no charge. Shredding will be done on-site, which …

— Ensure your health care and financial wishes are protected at this free workshop. Presented by AARP Georgia and the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, this informative workshop will help you feel confident that the choices you make now will be carried out when you no longer are able to care for yourself.       When: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: 823 Telfair St., Meeting Room A, Augusta, Ga. 30901 Space is limited, so please register at aarp.cvent.com/AugustaLeaveaLastingLegacy …

— Executive Council Member and Lead Volunteer for Macon-Bibb Myrtle Habersham received AARP Georgia’s 2017 Andrus Award, named for the founder of AARP Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Affectionately known as the “unofficial mayor of Macon-Bibb,” Myrtle champions for the rights of those who are 50+ wherever she goes. She has been a valued and trusted member of AARP Georgia, and we were thrilled to have her recognized by The Telegraph, Macon-Bibb’s primary daily newspaper for her efforts. Thanks, Myrtle! We appreciate …

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— Want to learn more about advocating for your rights under the Gold Dome? AARP Georgia’s Advocacy Team is having a training session that will help you. During the workshop, Advocacy Manager Melissa Sinden and the Advocacy Team will review the 2017 legislative session and provide an overview of the 2018 session. “We want our volunteers to leave this training with a good understanding of the upcoming issues and how they can help AARP with its advocacy efforts,” said Sinden. Please …

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— A recent study showed that military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams. The study, conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, found that more than twice as many veterans as non-veterans lost money to scam artists during the past five years. Some of the scams were aimed specifically at programs and charities geared to veterans. Military veterans are more likely than other Americans to be the victims of scams, a new study shows. The study, …