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— Beginning Feb. 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 taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, …

— Join AARP Age-Friendly Augusta for a Financial Literacy and Jobs Summit for Older Adults on Thursday, March 8 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Boat House. Those 50+ and veterans will have the opportunity to enjoy a resourceful one-stop-shop for learning more about employment opportunities and creating a secure financial future. VOOM! Ministries, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the Augusta Warrior Project organized and are hosts for this event. Lunch is provided. Space is limited. Please register at https://aarp.cvent.com/AgeFriendlyJobsandFinancesCall …

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— Relationships gone wrong can result in more than hurt feelings. For victims of online dating scams, the cost could be financial as well. The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received nearly 15,000 complaints of romance scams nationwide in 2016, with losses exceeding $230 million. Typically, the con artist feigns romantic interest to gain a victim’s affection, then faces a “crisis” and asks for money. AARP Georgia will host a panel discussion on romance scams this fall and is asking members …

— By Drew Jubera Jacquita White Blount, executive director of Optum Palliative and Hospice Care in Macon, has seen it all. Family members or friends with financial power of attorney have purchased vehicles, wiped out bank accounts, stolen debit cards, sold off furniture, bought bigger homes—all by abusing their access to older Georgians’ money and property. The consequences are often devastating. “There are sick people out there, and they prey on the most vulnerable,” said Blount, 47. “We have a duty …

— By Drew Jubera Mary Fakharian searched for ways to volunteer after she retired in 2013 as an executive with a senior living community. She wanted to do something that would keep her involved with older people as well as challenge her mentally. Fakharian, 62, of Brookhaven, was able to do both by volunteering to prepare taxes for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. The free service is available to anyone, but it’s geared toward older and lower-income taxpayers. “Taxes definitely can …

— AARP Georgia invites you to join us for an in-person watch party for our Online Work & Jobs Event, “Improv to Get the Job,” Thursday October 20 at 6:15pm. We’ll watch a live broadcast, featuring Ellen Feldman-Ornato and Jenny Drescher, who will show you how to create genuine connections more easily and confidently by learning basic improv skills. You’ll learn how to use humor and fun to engage with others and become more warm and natural in interactions for greater …

— Over 50% of those 65+ in the US rely on Social Security for most of their family income.  Though America has evolved over the last 80 years, Social Security has not.  With no change to current policy and spending, Social Security can only continue to pay out full benefits until 2034. The information for the next show is as follows. Next Show: Thursday, July 21, 2016        10 p.m. Eastern Time  It’s important that our future president has a plan to …

—   Senator Charlie Bethel, Chair of the Georgia Senate Insurance and Labor Committee has introduced SR 736, which would create a legislative study committee to examine the retirement needs of working Georgians and determine the feasibility of creating a “Work and Save” plan in the state. Currently, one out of every two workers in the State of Georgia does not have a way to save for retirement at work. A “Work and Save” plan would give those employees a simple …

— Today, many Georgians are concerned about having a financially secure future. In fact, 1.7 million Georgians do not have access to retirement savings making it more difficult to be financially independent as they grow older. Join AARP to learn and discuss strategies and tools to incorporate financial resiliency principles such as budgeting, managing credit and debt, and preparing for retirement. Also learn how you can help others in your community prepare for a secure future. Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center …