— The legislative session that begins Jan. 22 is only 45 days long. AARP Utah is prepared to hit the ground running to advocate on behalf of family caregivers, retirees and other adults 50-plus. AARP staff and volunteers will be at the Capitol every day. This year, the state office’s legislative priorities are to secure workplace leave for family caregivers, expand access to telehealth and keep the retirement income tax credit from phasing out for Utahns born after 1953. The AARP …

— Utahns 50-plus value keeping their brains healthy and their finances secure, an AARP survey found. AARP Utah has lined up keynote speakers to address both topics at its “Real Possibilities” University on Thursday, Oct. 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Festival Hall in Cedar City. In addition to focusing on memory loss, dementia and fraud, Real Possibilities will feature sessions on physical fitness and nutrition, and wills and trusts. Utahns traveling to nearby St. George for the Huntsman World Senior Games are …

— Tax season is over, and AARP Tax-Aide in Utah did another outstanding job helping low-to-moderate income taxpayers in the state file their taxes at no charge and on time!  This year, over 6700 returns were completed at 32 sites around the state by 106 volunteer preparers. AARP Foundation is very proud of Tax-Aide, which is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation program. It offers free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, …

— AARP Launches NEW Must-Read Special Edition Finance & Retirement Digital Magazine Interactive digital magazine to guide your financial planning at any age with tips from personal finance expert Jane Bryant Quinn and AARP’s Financial Ambassador Jean Chatzky   WASHINGTON, DC — Take control of your finances with AARP The Magazine’s Special Edition Finance & Retirement Issue! The NEW digital magazine offers reliable instructions on making financial decisions related to retirement and provides an enhanced experience via interactive content and features. …

— It’s important that our future president has a plan to keep Social Security strong for generations to come. That’s why AARP has asked presidential candidates to Take A Stand on Social Security and commit to making it a priority during their term in office.  For a real-time update on the statements made by the candidates, go to 2016takeastand.org. This month on AARP Live, join AARP Vermont state director, Greg Marchildon, AARP Maine state director, Lori Parham and AARP Kentucky Volunteer Charlotte …

— James Thibodeau, Senior Counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will be giving two presentations, “Investing for Seniors” and “Pyramid Schemes” on May 24th from 6:00pm–7:30pm at AARP Utah’s office.  The general public is invited to join us–you need not be a member of AARP or 50+ to attend. The SEC is the nation’s top regulator of securities and brokers, bringing enforcement actions against fraud, abuse, and unfair and deceptive practices.  Mr. Thibodeau’s  presentation on “Pyramid Schemes” will …

— With the new year coming, it’s time for resolutions about what’s ahead for 2016.  One of the most important areas to examine is your financial health.  Do you have debt you want to control?  Are you stuck in a predatory loan?  Are you part of the sandwich generation–i.e., taking care of your parents and your children at the same time?  AARP Utah and the AAA Fair Credit Foundation want to help by providing resources and information that can put you …

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— More than half of private-sector employees in Utah don’t have access to a retirement savings plan at work, and many reach retirement age without enough savings. That’s why AARP Utah is working with lawmakers and business and labor groups to draft a Work and Save bill. If passed, the legislation would create a state-facilitated retirement savings plan to help such workers prepare for the future. Among Utahns retiring in the next 15 years, nearly 1 in 5 will have more …

— This month we’re celebrating Social Security’s 80th anniversary, and reminding all Utahns how important it is to protect your Social Security number at all times. Unless you know you will need, it, do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Be extremely cautious of phishing emails from fake Social Security Administration (SSA) reps claiming you qualify for a new benefit. These imposters will likely ask you to fill out a form with all your personal information, which they …

— Social Security turns 80 on August 14, 2015 and has fulfilled the promise made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he signed it into law, that it would “protect the average citizen and his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”  It has done just that.  In Utah alone, Social Security lifts 94,000 Utah retirees from poverty; 42 percent of the state’s population age 65 and older would have incomes below the poverty line without …