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Five Ways Criminals Con You Out of Your Cash

Posted on 12/4/2013 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Money & SavingsIf you have money, scammers have a way to take it from you. Con artists talk about getting their victims so emotionally charged up that they are unable to think logically. They call it “under the ether,” and it is how they play on hope, fear and empathy to defraud their victims. Find out how to protect yourself from five common scams with staying power. Sweetheart. Savvy scammers do their homework, tailoring their false identity to target their victims, and …

New Hope for Older People in a Disaster

Posted on 08/12/2013 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s hurricane season. Yes, until Nov. 30. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an active or extremely active hurricane season. That means we could see 13 to 20 named storms, of which three to six could be major hurricanes (categories 3-5).  This is well above the seasonal average. As we know from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, older people are particularly at risk during a hurricane. That’s true for all forms of disaster – natural, man-made …

A Lesson from Oklahoma: Wisdom Saves Lives

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringBy now, you may have heard of Nancy Davis.  Nancy lives in Moore, Oklahoma and yes, her house was destroyed by the recent tornado that devastated several Oklahoma communities. Like many, she is reeling from the aftermath and will, no doubt, for some time. What makes Nancy unique is that she is 94-years old and she lost her home not once, but twice.  She lost her home on May 3, 1999, the last time an EF5 tornado hit Moore – …

An Evacuation Plan at Your Parent’s Nursing Home: 9 Questions to Ask

Posted on 04/19/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMedia images of nursing home residents being evacuated after an explosion this week at a nearby fertility plant in West, Texas, raise an important issue. That is, if your loved one is, or may some day be, in a nursing home, do you know what its evacuation and emergency plans are? According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in 2012 on any day, more than 1.4 million Americans live in 15,800 nursing homes; more than 3 million have …

Using Social Media to Support Sandy Victims

Posted on 11/5/2012 by |AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Technology | VolunteeringHurricane Sandy roared into the East Coast during my first week as the AARP’s new social media trainer. I noticed how many people were sharing incorrect information on social media and wrote a post explaining ways you can check the information you share with friends. In the aftermath of the storm and the growing crisis to provide assistance to thousands of people in 12 different states, I wanted to reach out and help. Luckily I’m friends with a leader at …

Hope Among Devastation

Posted on 11/2/2012 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

Home & Family | VolunteeringNews reports have captured the magnitude of the devastation left by “superstorm” Sandy.  The impact continues to increase as word begins to spread of personal loss and tragedy.  A dire tale that I fear will grow worse in the coming days and weeks: 109 fatalities Public transportation systems severely damaged A lack of power has prevented those impacted from being able to access gasoline, food and other necessities Much is needed and less is available What inspires me are the …