AARP Foundation Blog

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Tech Support Scams Are on the Rise. Here’s How You Can Avoid Them.

Refuse any unsolicited tech support offers.
Posted: 04/03/2017 by | 6 Comments

Tech support scams can be convincing. For people who don’t consider themselves “tech savvy,” an unsolicited offer to fix a slow computer may seem like the answer to their prayers. Don’t get roped in.

Back to School: Becoming an Experience Corps Volunteer

Posted: 02/27/2017 by | 4 Comments

Blogger Kay Patterson is an AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteer in Buffalo, NY. Experience Corps is an award-winning literacy program that helps K-3 students from underserved communities learn to read at grade level by 4th grade, using trained volunteers 50 and older. Kay is blogging about her experience as an Experience Corps mentor and tutor. […]

Online dating scams: How to protect your heart and wallet

Online scams
Posted: 02/13/2017 by | No Comments

People looking for love online should hold on to their wallets. More than 12,500 people filed romance scam complaints with the FBI in 2015, losing more than $200 million to fraudsters. Of 288,000 online scams, with losses totaling almost $1.1 billion, romance scams accounted for 20 percent of all losses and only 4 percent of […]

My Journey to Self-Employment: Is Self-Employment Right for Me?

Posted: 02/03/2017 by | 2 Comments

OK, let’s take a look at this “Work for Yourself@50+” Toolkit. . . . It’s going to be a quiet weekend. I may as well at least crack the spine on it. This first section, “Explore Your Options,” looks interesting. It will help me consider if self-employment is really the way I want to go. […]

AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson Interviewed On History, Passions

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation
Posted: 01/30/2017 by | 1 Comment

In an interview with Washington Business Journal, Lisa Marsh Ryerson reveals how her love of work began early. Her parents instilled in their six children the idea that hard work was important, rewarding and fun. And from babysitting to McDonald’s to teaching to serving as president of Wells College — a private liberal arts college […]

Awakenings: The Intergenerational Value of Mentorship

Posted: 01/24/2017 by | No Comments

Poet and longtime educator Robert Frost once said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” That’s a fitting description of mentoring, too — the act of being “an awakener.” As any good mentor knows, the goal of mentoring is to awaken self-confidence and unlock potential by developing the competence and character of the mentee. […]