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My Husband, the Scam Victim

Posted on 08/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings | Your LifeBy Sally Hurme From schemes and scams to frauds and cons, when it comes to the latest tricks used to steal money and information, you name it and I’ve probably touched it or talked about it. For the past two decades, I’ve helped do consumer and financial education at AARP — covering everything from telemarketing fraud to identity theft. That’s why I was so surprised the day I came home to discover that my own husband, Art, had been a victim …

10 Finalists Announced in the AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeBy Rita Wilson We are pleased to announce the 10 finalists in our AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest. We received thousands of wonderful entries. For those who did not make the cut, we hope to reach out to at least some of you in the coming months to see how we might be able to help tell your stories as well. These 10 finalists have until Dec. 15 to complete their memoirs. Soon after, a winner will be announced. Good …

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Scams Aimed at Seniors

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsBy Kristin Keckeisen, Fraud Watch Network campaign manager Finally, some much-needed attention to the long-running grandparent scam. The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on July 16th as part of an ongoing series highlighting fraud’s devastating impact on seniors. Among the witnesses: an 81-year-old Ohio resident who lost more than $7,000 to a con artist impersonating his grandson. The grandparent, or “family emergency,” con is simple — and effective. Scammers troll obituaries and social media sites to glean personal …

Transportation Challenges: Is Your Community Livable?

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Great PlacesDennis Eisnach — AARP National Policy Council volunteer What do you do when you live in rural America and need a ride to the doctor’s office or have to pick up a prescription at the drugstore? Transportation is a basic need for seniors who want to age in place. This is a problem faced by seniors in rural America and many urban areas. As people age they become more dependent on public transportation. In rural America where there is limited …

How to Retire the Cheapskate Way

Posted on 06/12/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings | WorkJeff Yeager — aka “the Ultimate Cheapskate” — is AARP’s savings expert and host of the weekly Web show The Cheap Life, produced by AARP and airing on YouTube. He’s also the author of four popular books about frugal living, including his most recent, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way. Jeff will be a guest on AARP Live on Thursday, June 19, so we sat down with him in advance to chat about retirement planning and living, cheapskate-style. What does it mean …

Thank You, Grandma, for Human Nature

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyBy Alison Gopnik Why do I exist? This isn’t a philosophical cri de coeur; it’s an evolutionary riddle. At 58 I’m well past menopause, yet I’ll soldier, on, with luck, for many years more. The riddle grows more vivid when you realize that human beings (and killer whales) are the only species where females outlive their fertility. Our closest primate relatives — chimpanzees, for example — usually die before their 50s, when they are still fertile. This isn’t just a …