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Caregiving Spouses More Likely to Take on Medical Tasks

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingSpouses who are caregivers are significantly more likely than other family caregivers (adult children, for example) to perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do — including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more. Nearly two-thirds of spouses who are family caregivers (65 percent) performed such tasks, compared with 42 percent of other caregivers. Those are the findings of a new report issued today by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute. Among …

Amazon Fire TV: A New Option for Streaming Video

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThere’s a new box in town — for streaming content to your television. It’s called Amazon Fire TV, and it costs $99. For years, Amazon Prime members (those who pay the company for unlimited shipping) have had access to Amazon’s massive database of movies and TV shows from their “smart” TVs or Blu-ray players. Some programming is free, some can be rented or bought. Now it’s a little easier to connect with that content through the company’s new Fire TV …

Social Security Halts Refund Grab to Recover Old Debts

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsUpdate: The Social Security Administration says it will immediately stop collecting old debts by grabbing taxpayers’ refunds. In a statement, Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of the agency, says: “I have directed an immediate halt to further referrals under the Treasury Offset Program to recover debts owed to the agency that are 10 years old and older pending a thorough review of our responsibility and discretion under the current law to refer debt to the Treasury Department. “If any Social Security …

A Big Problem With Fill-in-the-Blank Wills

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt’s tempting, I know. You’re trying to save money. You don’t have lots of property to leave to others. Your estate isn’t complicated. So you go to an office supply store, bookstore or online legal site, grab a standard will form and fill it in yourself. That’s what Ann Aldrich of Keystone Heights, Fla., did back in 2004. She left her property to her sister, Mary Jane Eaton, and added in a clause stating that if Eaton died before she …

Fear Is Back! Jury Duty, Other Intimidation Scams Return

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs the forecast faithful can verify, March certainly came in like a lion. But out like a lamb? Scammers continue to be anything but sheepish in trying to steal your money and identity. Witness the recent return of the jury duty scam. That’s when fraudsters, posing as courthouse officials or police, telephone with claims you missed jury duty. Because of that, they threaten, you’re going to be arrested unless a fine is immediately paid — sometimes requested by credit card, but usually a …

Defaults Rise in Parent PLUS Loans

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsParents who’ve taken out federal student loans to help pay for their children’s college education are increasingly finding themselves in serious financial trouble. Default rates on Parent PLUS loans have tripled in the last few years, according to federal data released this month. Some 5.1 percent of loans that originated in the 2010 fiscal year were in default three years later, according to U.S. Department of Education data released last week. Default rates were highest, at 13.3 percent, for Parent …