— 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 Wisconsin for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 6 p.m. CT 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. …

— By Joanne Cleaver As a small-business owner, June Zahn wishes she could afford to provide a retirement savings plan for herself and her two employees at A Better Me spa in Menomonee Falls. “It would be great to be able to put money aside as a habit,” said Zahn, 52. Nearly 1 million private-sector workers in Wisconsin do not have access to a job-based savings plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b). That’s why AARP Wisconsin is urging legislative candidates …

— Across the country, millions of people are at risk of running out of savings after they retire, and Social Security alone isn’t enough to live on. In Wisconsin, the average benefits for a 65+ family is only about $20,000 per year, while older families on average spend $22,000 a year on food, utilities and health care alone. Part of the problem is that nearly half of American workers – including over 1 million Wisconsinites – have no way to save …

— 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, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT 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 …

— To help people continue to live at home as they age, AARP Wisconsin is offering a free HomeFit guide, along with a suggestion that those receiving a tax refund consider investing the money in modifications that can turn their house into a lifelong home. Hundreds of Milwaukee-area residents attended HomeFit workshops in 2017 to evaluate their homes’ livability—and to learn about products and services that can make their homes more accessible and accommodating. Similar workshops are planned this year for …

— By Joanne Cleaver In 2016, Wayne Wiese submitted his income tax return in March. Imagine his surprise when the Internal Revenue Service told him it already had his return and had sent his refund—to someone else. Wiese’s Social Security number had been hijacked by an identity thief. “I had to prove who the real Wayne Wiese was,” he said. At 63, Wiese, who lives in the village of Oregon, is a newly retired information technology manager who knows a few …

— Results of a new study commissioned by AARP WI and released this week shows that even modest increases in the net worth of those who save the least for retirement would greatly improve retirement readiness and reduce government spending on public assistance programs. In fact, if lower and moderate income households (up to $40,000/year) were to save 3 percent of their income through 2030, state expenditures in 2030 may decrease by more than $3.1 billion annually. We know that Wisconsin’s growing elderly population …

— When the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee holds hearings this spring to discuss the biennial budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker (R), AARP volunteers will be there to support key issues. One legislative priority for AARP Wisconsin is to expand the state’s Family Care program, which provides long-term care services for people in their own homes. The state office also is pressing for more supports for family caregivers, including those whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. …

— Throughout your life you’ve paved your own path, so why should your retirement be any different? That’s why AARP Wisconsin is inviting you to an evening designed to share what people in the know are doing today to ensure their financial security for tomorrow. Lee Baker, a nationally recognized leader and Certified Financial Planner professional, will offer practical information, tools and resources on savvy financial planning during this free Financial Freedom event. Lee is frequently featured in various publications including Black Enterprise …

— AARP Wisconsin is urging state lawmakers to introduce a bill in 2017 that could help more private-sector workers save for retirement. The Work and Save bill would create a simple payroll-deduction plan that small businesses could offer to their workers. Participation would be voluntary for both employers and employees, and the plan would be portable when a worker changes jobs. AARP Wisconsin is asking members to help by sharing personal stories about their efforts to save for retirement without having …