— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Join us at events across Ohio this spring to fight back against fraud! The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” — a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor free local events from April 16 through Tuesday, May 21, 2018. As a part of this nationwide effort, AARP Ohio’s Operation: Stop Scams events will …

— Join our online Q&A sessions to learn how to age-proof your career. As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. What are you doing to help employers recognize them? Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your current company or thinking about a career change, you want to showcase your skills with confidence. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions, Age-Proof Your Career for simple tips and tools to help you …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— As the 132nd General Session for Ohio convened, Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced the formation of a new standing committee on Aging & Long-Term Care to focus on the strategies and solutions that can support Ohioans and their families as they age. State Director of AARP Ohio Barbara A. Sykes said, “The aging of our population is a demographic wave that will reshape every community in this state, our nation – and most of the world. We …

— Many unemployed Ohioans, aged 55 and older, are still looking for work and opportunities to earn a paycheck. Although this can be difficult at times, the AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is here to help those that are struggling to find jobs that are hiring and ones that are right for them. “We have a maturing population, and not enough people in the work force,” said Michelle Simko, project director for SCSEP in Cleveland. “When these people …

— By Sarah Hollander Cris Hughes credits the man who scammed her with giving her the energy and passion to help the next potential victim. When Hughes leads AARP Fraud Watch Network workshops, warning about new scams, she talks about the charlatan who reeled her in at church, where her guard was down. She bought into a Ponzi scheme masquerading as a solid investment. The Richmond Heights resident, 66, learned of Fraud Watch when she began looking for a volunteer opportunity …

— AARP is teaming up with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cleveland to provide two programs in late July that allow you to explore entrepreneurship as a second-stage career. New research has found that one in four Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 are interested in starting their own business or nonprofit venture over the next five to 10 years. Nearly half of these aspiring entrepreneurs reported a desire to be “Encore Entrepreneurs.” Many Encore Entrepreneurs have certain …

— Feeling overwhelmed by debt? There is a way out. AARP is offering Financial Freedom workshops to help working Ohioans develop personal plans to pay off debt, choose the best bank for their savings and determine when to start collecting Social Security benefits. Designed for workers ages 50 to 64, the workshops will be held during lunchtime or evening hours in July and August. Locations include Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and some rural communities. “Too many blue-collar Ohioans do not see …

Jean Setzfand, Vice President, Financial Security, AARP Education & Outreach

— By Jean C. Setzfand, Vice President of the Financial Security team, AARP Education and Outreach We all remember that ubiquitous (and basically awful) car commercial from the 1980s, promising “this is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” The tagline has since been applied to just about everything that’s new and different, including the evolving concept of retirement. In the case of retirement, though, it’s literally true – and becoming more so every day. Your father had canasta; you have canoeing and kayaking. …

— AARP, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Postal Inspection Service are teaming up to combat foreign lottery fraud, one of the most pernicious scams targeting older Americans today. You might recognize the hallmarks of the trickery: stacks of advertisements and countless emails inviting you to play this or that offshore lottery; callers from mysterious phone numbers claiming you “won the Jamaican lottery,” but demanding you pay the foreign taxes in cash. One of just dozens of foreign lottery frauds, the …