— 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, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT 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 …

— With the holiday season underway, AARP Wisconsin is reminding members to be vigilant about fraud. When shopping, use credit cards instead of debit cards. Credit cards may carry a liability of $50 for fraudulent use, but debit cards typically have no such protection. If you’re buying gift cards this year, be sure they are shrink-wrapped or kept behind a counter. Thieves can secretly scan the numbers off those that are openly displayed and drain the funds once a card is …

— By David Lewellen Carol Greene knows what AARP’s legislative agenda means to her and her family. The Edgerton resident closely monitors her 103-year-old mother, Theresa Martell, driving 30 miles each way once a week to check on bills and medication—for which Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program is a lifeline. “My mother really, really likes SeniorCare,” said Greene, 71. The program, unique to Wisconsin, offers low-income older residents a better deal on prescription drugs than Medicare Part D. Greene has attended many state …

— 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 …

— By Joanne Cleaver Every morning, when Mary Eslick arrives at her job as a payroll manager for Primex Inc., in Lake Geneva, she dreads getting “the call.” The call will come from her mother. It will involve a crisis with her father, 85, whose Alzheimer’s disease is progressing rapidly. All he wants to do is putter in his beloved garage machine shop. He sometimes forgets to eat or address his personal care and doesn’t want to cooperate when it comes …

— Money matters when it comes to enjoying peace of mind and independence in life!  Yet saving in these tough economic times is hard and being responsible isn’t always enough. An unstable stock market, Washington gridlock and an uncertain economy can make the dream of financial peace of mind seem out of reach. The Money Matters Conference is a morning of free, no-strings-attached financial workshops designed to equip you with practical tools and resources to turn your dreams into real possibilities. …

— By David Lewellen Mike Gallenberger has a plan for funding retirement—his inventory of guitars. The Merton resident has been in business for himself most of his working life. After closing his last music store several years ago, he and his wife, Kathy, both 58, moved to all online sales. At retirement, he won’t rely on his 401(k), which he estimates at less than $35,000, but on slowly selling off about 300 guitars and 100,000 parts. The Gallenbergers are actually ahead …

— Since 2012, AARP Wisconsin and the U.S. Small Business Administration have worked together to provide mentoring and practical advice to more than 305,000 budding entrepreneurs across the state. In June, the two organizations hosted training events in Wausau and Milwaukee for people age 50-plus who want to start or grow a new business. Now, much of the information presented in the training is available online. “Many Wisconsinites become encore entrepreneurs as a way to generate income and build financial security,” …

— By Jean C. Setzfand If you’re making a career change—by choice or out of necessity—you can take steps to help ensure a smooth transition. AARP is here to help with a variety of resources at www.aarp.org/WorkResources. Help includes tips on networking, learning about job openings, researching employers and applying for positions. Here are 10 tips to help you make a successful transition to a new career.  Tip #1: Inventory your skills. Draw four columns on a sheet of paper. In …

— If you’ve ever thought of starting a new small business or expanding an existing one after age 50, you are not alone. In fact, about 13 percent of current wage and salary workers say they plan to start a new business once they retire, according to a recent AARP survey. But this process can be confusing, frustrating, risky and downright scary. Sometimes just trying to figure out how and where to get started is the biggest part of the battle. …