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— By Aliya S. King  Margina Dennis, 50, a professional makeup artist, worries about retirement. She loves what she does, and yet she knows that working past age 65 isn’t feasible. “There are some professions where you may be able to work longer if you need to save more money,” Dennis said. “But I can’t continue to haul around 40-pound makeup bags or stand for 14 hours in the heat or in 20-below temperatures.” Dennis, of Bergen County, has some modest …

— Por Aliya S. King  A Margina Dennis, de 50 años, maquilladora profesional, le preocupa su jubilación. Le encanta lo que hace, y sin embargo, sabe que continuar trabajando después de los 65 años no es tan fácil. “Hay algunas profesiones en la que puedes trabajar más tiempo si es que necesitas ahorrar más dinero”, dijo Dennis. “Pero yo no puedo cargar bolsos de maquillaje de 40 libras, o pasar 14 horas parada bajo el calor o en temperaturas de 20 …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET 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, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET 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 …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 7 p.m. ET 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. …

— 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 …