— 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 New Jersey for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Over half of New Jersey workers – 1. 7 million people – do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer.[1]  Programs such as Social Security are critical to retirement security but do not provide enough for an individual to depend on during their retirement.  The average Social Security benefit for a 65+ family is about $19,000 a year, though on average older New Jersey families spend $23,000 a year of food, utilities, and health care alone.[2]  …

— 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, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET 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 …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood In an election garnering national attention, Garden State voters on Nov. 7 will choose their next governor: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Republican, or Democratic challenger Phil Murphy. New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states with gubernatorial elections in 2017. Two-term governor and onetime presidential candidate Chris Christie will be replaced by Guadagno, 58, his running mate, or Murphy, 60. Guadagno has served as lieutenant governor since 2010. She was previously the first female …

— By Aliya King Four years ago, Phyllis Soffer noticed $2,900 in unauthorized charges on her credit card. “I hadn’t even taken my credit card out of my wallet,” she said. Whether it was digital pickpocketing or a hacker who bought credit card information, Soffer did not lose any money. She used the experience to remain vigilant and spread the word about fraud. “These days, it’s so hard to keep up with all the ways you can be taken advantage of,” …

— Statistics from the National Council on Aging show that 1 in 10 Americans 60 and older have experienced elder abuse, and there is broad consensus that the crime is significantly underreported. That’s why AARP New Jersey is working with other organizations on a recently created state Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The task force will develop policy proposals to reduce elder abuse, including mental, physical and financial exploitation. A key goal is to strengthen the capabilities …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When Ed McFadden, 66, retired from his job as director of operations for an outsourcing company in October 2015, he and his wife moved from Pennsylvania to New Jersey’s Sea Isle City. Their decision to make the Garden State their retirement home isn’t typical. With its high taxes and housing costs, the state is traditionally seen as one of the worst for retirees. But a tax change strongly supported by AARP New Jersey and signed into …

— The Federal Trade Commission received more than 60,000 complaints of identity theft and fraud from New Jerseyans in 2014. AARP New Jersey wants to bring that number down. The state office offers AARP Fraud Watch Network presentations to community groups across the state. Volunteer speakers are prepared to address one of two topics: common scams and how to avoid them, or how to use the state’s security freeze law to protect yourself from identity theft. The free presentations are available …

— AARP supports a bill (S992) awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature that would tremendously help women facing employment discrimination in pay and benefits. This bi-partisan legislation should be made law to address continuing and persistent gender-based wage discrimination. In 2014, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21 percent. The gender gap is worse for minority women. In 2012 the median annual earnings of Hispanic women were $28,424, just 54 …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Richard Satyavan has been helping people in Middlesex County prepare their tax returns since 2011. Now he’s the coordinator for three of the county’s 12 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites. Helping others prepare their taxes, and learning about various areas of the tax code, helps Satyavan with his own returns. “It keeps me challenged and informed,” he said. “It’s a kind of win-win situation to help people to be helped.” A retired software consultant originally from India, …

— It’s that time of year again, tax season. For many people filing tax returns is a very stressful and complicated process. It can also be an expensive one for those seeking professional assistance. If you are a New Jersey resident and fall into one of these categories, fret no longer. AARP New Jersey offers a Tax Aide program that will assist you with filing your taxes free of charge. The AARP Tax Aide program has been around for almost 50 …