Category Archives: Finances

Free Tax Preparation Help

The Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with the AARP Tax Foundation, CSULA, CSUN, and UCLA to provide free income tax preparation at selected libraries. Click here for more information. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax … Continue reading

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Helpful Income Tax Information

The tips in this article from the National Council on Aging were developed by the Senate Special Committee on Aging to help older people with filing their tax returns this year. Find out if your Social Security income is taxable, if you … Continue reading

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Genetic Testing Fraud

One of the latest ways that fraudsters have come up with to target older people is to offer free genetic testing. Scammers approach visitors at local health fairs, even canvas senior housing and community centers looking for targets. Supposedly, all … Continue reading

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The Casino Trap: Gambling Addiction in Older People

From an alarming AARP Bulletin report by John Rosengren about gambling addiction in older people and the complicity of casinos: “Older adults are an especially desirable demographic for the gaming industry because they fill the floors during off-peak hours, and casinos … Continue reading

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Get Your Benefits Check Up

Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,500 federal, state, and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how … Continue reading

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News from Coventry Court: Art and Finance

From Coventry Court in Tustin, CA: Art Class Instructor Meloney Morse reports: “We use a different medium each week and learn a new technique every class. Students are always encouraged to create a finished product.  Anna is especially appreciative and … Continue reading

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International Perspective: Trouble for Pensions in Greece

Greece’s economic woes have been in the news quite a lot recently. “As it confronts creditors over its huge debts and how best to recover from a still-crippling downturn . . . Greece’s big creditors — other eurozone countries, the … Continue reading

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Another Face of Poverty in the U.S.

From the Huffington Post: “William McPherson has a Pulitzer Prize, but little money to his name. “In a candid personal essay published in The Hedgehog Review, the 81-year-old journalist revealed his descent into near poverty. While his trajectory was unexpected, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Planning for Your Senior Years

From WRVO Public Media in Oswego, New York: “Many individuals may think about saving money for retirement, but that’s only the beginning of the planning process. Growing older can mean a need for different transportation options, more access to medical care, … Continue reading

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Student Loan Debt Affects Seniors

“An estimated two million Americans age 60 and older are in debt from unpaid student loans, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Its August ‘Household Debt and Credit Report’ said the number of aging Americans … Continue reading

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