— 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 Mexico. We hope you’ll join us!

— About 6 in 10 New Mexico residents who work in the private sector do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer. Last year the state legislature, with participation from AARP, set up a task force to devise a new way for private-sector employees to save for retirement. This fall the group submitted its recommendations to lawmakers, and the legislature is expected to consider a bill during the 2019 session. “The task force is proposing a hybrid …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5 p.m. MT 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, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 5 p.m. MT 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, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 5 p.m. MT 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. …

— 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, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT 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 …

— A state task force is considering ways to help more workers in New Mexico save for retirement. According to a 2016 study, more than half of private-sector workers in the state do not have a way to save for their future through payroll deductions. AARP New Mexico encouraged lawmakers to create the task force during the 2017 legislative session. State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg (D) is leading the effort to find ways to bolster savings. The group’s recommendations are due to …

— AARP New Mexico is conducting an Operation Stop Scams event, offering free document shredding, this Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Road, in Santa Fe, next to the old Sears building.  The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants are limited to two Xerox-type boxes or 50 pounds of materials. “This is the event we had hoped to have last April when that surprise snow storm shut things down,” said Gary Williams, AARP …

— Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), the state’s largest electricity provider, is asking the state Public Regulation Commission to approve its second rate hike in two years. The utility says it needs the extra money to help shut down two coal-fired power plants in northwestern New Mexico. “We understand that rate increases are needed from time to time, but AARP wants to ensure that any rate increases are absolutely necessary and are kept to an amount that serves both …

— As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP New Mexico will join in “Shred Fest 2016” to help consumers safely dispose of their financial documents with free document shredding events in Santa Fe and Las Cruces that are open to the public. Both events are Saturday, April 30th. In Santa Fe, AARP New Mexico is joining with Del Norte Credit Union at Del Norte’s southside Santa Fe location, 3286 Cerrillos Road. Shredding …

— State Legislators in Santa Fe are facing some difficult financial decisions as budget projections of $232 million in new money have dwindled to $30 million. As the debate gets ready to enter the Senate, AARP New Mexico is watching budget negotiations to ensure that senior services and programs are maintained. “We know that finances are tight and some kind of balance has to be struck,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director.  “AARP’s concern is a number of programs …