Technology’s Brave New World: Crossing the Digital Divide

Charlotte Whittaker – AARP Kentucky Volunteer It’s a Brave New World and I want to be a part of it – online. Growing up in rural west Kentucky, I never imagined having the world at my fingertips. But, my tablet and my smartphone both fit in my purse and they are my ticket to the Web and everything I want to know. I was thrilled when invited to join AARP Live on RFD-TV and talk about how I’m using technology …

Staying a Step Ahead of the Bad Guys

By Doug Shadel, AARP Washington state director An identity thief with just a few bits of information about you can max out your credit cards, raid your bank account, even mortgage your house. In this digital age, a criminal can literally become you financially and take over your life. Alice Lipsky (not her real name) did this all the time. Using both high-tech computer skills and low-tech methods like car prowls and stealing purses, she took on the identities of …

Not “If” … But “When” – Preparing for a Disaster

By Wayne Blackmon,  AARP Oklahoma Volunteer It’s easy to watch the disaster stories night after night on the evening news and think, “Those poor souls,” never believing that could be you on the screen. My wife, Marilyn, and I shared those thoughts until we got the phone call. We were away when word came that a giant oak tree had fallen and crushed our boathouse, destroying it and the pontoon boat inside. Alert the media! Fortunately no one was hurt …

My Husband, the Scam Victim

By 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 …

Transportation Challenges: Is Your Community Livable?

Dennis 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 …

Inside a Con Artist’s Mind

Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director Did you know that every three seconds someone’s identity is stolen? Con artists have been around since the dawn of time, but the problem is worse today that ever, and older Americans are in the crosshairs of these criminals. Last year alone, 12.6 million citizens were victims of identity theft! How can you protect yourself from identity theft and fraud? What are some of the ways these scammers get you to take the bait – …