Shelter from the Sneakiest Real Estate Scams

Scams are a reality of real estate. Whether buying, selling or renting property, here’s what to know about some of the sneakiest schemes: Closing Cons It starts with hacking the email accounts of real estate agents to steal details about clients and closing dates, often by clicking malware-infected links supposedly sent by a potential client. Scammers then follow with phone calls or other emails – posing as that agent, a title company, real estate attorney or the seller of property …

Lifesaving Wedding Bands: A Family Caregiver Love Story

When Elaine and Tommy were married, they vowed “in sickness and health” — a promise that over a decade later would require a lifesaving addition to their matching wedding bands. Elaine shares their story: In 1998, when Tommy and I got married, we went to Service Merchandise to buy matching gold wedding bands. It was the second marriage for both of us; we were in our 60s. I think we paid $25 for each. Fancy gems weren’t important to us …

Are You Ready for Your Next Gig?

If you’re like me, you like to kick off the new year by reflecting on the goals you set last year and begin to set new ones for the coming year. For a lot of people, their No. 1 New Year’s goal is to get new job or launch a new business. Last month I offered tips to help you get a jump-start of your job search for 2017. So, hopefully, you have updated your résumé and LinkedIn profile, reached out to your network(s), and …

A Family Caregiver Holiday Story: From Practical Joke to Empowerment

For family caregivers, the holidays can be a time of added stress and chaos, but they can also be a time of joy — and humor. Catherine, a family caregiver for her sister Lisa, shares: “Lisa, my little sister, has severe cerebral palsy. She has no verbal communication skills and is total-care (wheelchair and hospital bed bound). She loves the holidays more than anyone I know. As a teenager, I would take her shopping at Christmas time and help her …

Family Caregiving: The Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Do

“Taking care of my mother with Alzheimer’s was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. When I was in the U.S Navy, I had the 2nd most dangerous job in the world by working the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Yes, it was harder than that.” – Ray A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—Families Caring for an Aging America—examines existing support for family caregivers like Ray, and recommends ways …

Proposed Payday Loan Regulations to Help Millions Avoid Cycle of Debt

Today AARP submitted a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) commenting on the agency’s proposal to regulate the payday lending industry. For years, many of AARP’s state offices have engaged their state legislatures and governors to secure consumer protections for Americans who find themselves in need of the small-dollar loans that the payday industry offers. According to the Pew Charitable Trust, 12 million Americans use payday lending per year, on average spending about $520 on interest on an average …