The New Health Care Law: It’s Personal!

The following is a guest post by Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky volunteer Watch AARP Live September 19th, 10pm ET, 9pm CT For me, the Affordable Care Act could not be more personal.  You see, my grandson Mason suffers from an acute form of asthma.  His medications typically cost $8,000 per month. Without access to quality health care, I’m certain he wouldn’t be with us today. But because of the Affordable Care Act, Mason’s future is more secure. We can rest …

Ready for Retirement?

The following is a guest post by Sam Wilson – AARP Wisconsin State Director ARE YOU READY FOR RETIREMENT? AARP CAN HELP! WATCH AARP LIVE JULY 18, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV In my role as state director for AARP Wisconsin, I’ve learned that retirement means many things to many people, from volunteering to pursuing that dream career, traveling or just spending time gardening. At some point in our working lives, we will probably ask ourselves, “What’s next for me? …

How Do You Keep Your Brain Sharp?

The following is a guest post by Margot Seay – AARP National Volunteer Director WATCH AARP LIVE JUNE 20TH, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV As I walked around AARP’s  Life@50+  member event held recently in Las Vegas, I was fascinated to see that one of the most popular booths was about brain health. People were lined up around the room to play games that tested their mental abilities! It really struck me at that point that I’m not alone in …

Responsible Solutions That Protect and Preserve Medicare

This is a guest post by Sean Voskuhl – State Director, AARP Oklahoma Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I saw first-hand the importance of Medicare.  Finding accessible and affordable health care was always very difficult.  Many folks had no choice but to purchase a catastrophic/high deductible plan, or they relied on a spouse to get coverage by taking a job in town, or they went without health insurance at all. Simply put, most people gambled and prayed, trying to hold …

Foreign Lottery Scams Target Older Americans

The following is a guest post by Beau Ballinger, sr. program specialist for AARP ElderWatch in Colorado Recently I learned the story of an Idaho man who was visiting his 81-year-old widowed mother when he noticed large amounts of cash being withdrawn from her bank account, totaling $26,000. His mother admitted that she had been sending money to Jamaica. She’d been told she had won a $2 million lottery, and all she had to do to collect the prize was …

Watch AARP Live March 21st at 10pm Eastern!

The following is a guest post by Dennis Eisnach – AARP South Dakota volunteer president What Makes A Community Livable for a Lifetime?  For most of us, the ability to drive ourselves where we need to go is a given. We take it for granted. It’s easy to forget that for many seniors that’s not always the case.  As an AARP volunteer in my home state of South Dakota I see this problem every day. In some rural areas of …