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Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Scams Aimed at Seniors

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsBy Kristin Keckeisen, Fraud Watch Network campaign manager Finally, some much-needed attention to the long-running grandparent scam. The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on July 16th as part of an ongoing series highlighting fraud’s devastating impact on seniors. Among the witnesses: an 81-year-old Ohio resident who lost more than $7,000 to a con artist impersonating his grandson. The grandparent, or “family emergency,” con is simple — and effective. Scammers troll obituaries and social media sites to glean personal …

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 Night in the Life of a Volunteer EMT

Posted on 03/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringThe following is a post from Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of “Life Reimagined TODAY” with Jane Pauley on NBC’s TODAY show. On a rainy, cold, wintry night, Jane Pauley’s email popped up on my Blackberry with the words “be careful.”  Her cautionary message arrived just I was trying to securely strap myself into the back of an ambulance, all on behalf of our upcoming segment for NBC’s TODAY show in our series “Life Reimagined Today.”  We were profiling a guy named Jerry Leener, …

App of the Week: EmergencyLink

Posted on 06/28/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyDoesn’t it seem like the older we get, the more people’s safety we worry about? When we were young, most of us thought we were invincible.  We didn’t think about staying out of harm’s way. We did crazy stuff like drive too fast, hitchhike, and other risky and reckless activities. But then, we got married and settled down  a bit.  We started to worry about our spouses.  If they were late home from an appointment, we got nervous. If they …

Be like a Boy Scout and “Be Prepared.”

Posted on 04/26/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThe Boy Scouts had it right. Their motto is “be prepared” and if the St. Louis tornado Friday taught us anything, it’s to try and always heed this warning. The tornado was the strongest the area had seen in 44 years. Its 200 mph winds leveled houses and destroyed the roof of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Thankfully no one was killed in its  22 mile path. But the disaster is a reminder that not only is hurricane season soon …