— Consumers, take note!  Next Thursday, November 15 the Financial Fraud Institute will be holding a free fraud presentation with experts from federal and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  They will outline steps to spot and avoid fraud, as well as provide information about what to do  if you believe you have been the target of a scam.  Register here or call 801-579-6191 to reserve your seat, as space in limited. The Keynote Speaker will be Chief Magistrate Judge Paul M. …

— State voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to extend health coverage to some 150,000 low-income residents by expanding Medicaid to people who exceed the current financial eligibility bar. AARP Utah has been pursuing the expansion in the legislature for several years, as the state leaves federal dollars on the table—$800 million a year—that would broaden the health coverage program. The Utah Decides Healthcare coalition, which includes AARP, helped qualify Proposition 3 for the ballot and strongly backs the measure. In …

— By Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur What if all homes could be suitable for anyone, regardless of a person’s age or physical ability? What if a person who wants to live independently, regardless of his or her age or physical ability, could do just that? The new AARP HomeFit Guide features lots of ways to make your home comfortable, safe and a great fit for people of all ages. Here are 10 simple solutions to get you started: 1. Clear exterior pathways of …

— By Bob Stephen Laura recently started providing extra help to her 72-year-old mother who has Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, the disease has been slow to progress, but lately her mom has needed more help to be able to continue living independently. Like most people age 65 and over, Laura’s mom has Medicare. Laura didn’t know much more about Medicare than its name, but realized she needed to learn more to ensure her mom could get the most out of her coverage. …

Most Livable Neighborhoods

— by Kaitlin Lounsberry, AARP blog author Communities throughout Utah and the United States aren’t prepared for an aging society, a challenge communities will face as the U.S. population ages, which is why AARP developed the Livability Index Tool to allow users the ability to determine the livability of their neighborhood and community. AARP defines livability within a community as a safe and secure location that has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and has supportive community features and services, which …

— Disaster rarely gives you a heads up, and can take many unexpected forms. Everyone should have a plan of action, but some Americans can be particularly vulnerable during times of uncertainty. It’s important to keep this in mind when forming an effective plan, and to consider your personal needs. Disaster preparation is more than storing water and food, and every situation requires a different solution. On our recent episode of  AARP Live, our panel of experts shared important information to help you and your loved …

— By Nicole Duritz Forty two million Americans provide support to older parents, spouses and other loved ones. If you’re caring for a loved one, you may not think of yourself this way, but you are likely a family caregiver. Maybe you took on the role suddenly, or perhaps the responsibility evolved over time. While each family situation is unique, you can learn a lot from those who have been on this path before you. Here’s some advice from AARP and …

— By Deborah Banda Being labeled as overqualified when you’re a job seeker can be a tough obstacle to overcome. Although it doesn’t happen just to older workers, it is an added burden when you’re 50-plus. It’s true — you may be overqualified for a job. But there are ways to turn that into a positive. So, don’t be discouraged. AARP can help you turn your career goals into real possibilities with our resources for finding a job or starting a …

— Did you know that for older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury and hospital admissions for trauma and death?  This isn’t meant to scare anyone–just to let you know about a great resource for fall prevention brought to you by the Salt lake County Health Department’s Injury Prevention Program. The program is called, “Stepping On,” a well-researched prevention course that can help you become aware of how to stay safe at home and in your travels. There is …

—   By Danny Harris, Advocacy Director, AARP Utah   The dust is beginning to settle after our state’s annual legislative session came to a close last Thursday. Before we recap, I want to thank all of the great AARP advocates who got engaged, sent messages to their legislators and joined us at the Capitol. Hundreds of members joined us at the Capitol for Democracy Day and to rally in support of Healthy Utah and many more sent nearly 15,000 emails …

Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach

— By Julie E. Lee Honking horns, emergency vehicle sirens and engines: what do all of these sounds have in common? You need to hear all of them while driving. Safe driving relies on good vision and good hearing. Our ability to hear something before we see it helps us respond more quickly to potential danger. But over time, our hearing may diminish and we might start to miss cues that we used to hear. According to the National Institutes of …