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AARP, critic of scams aimed at seniors, draws flak for own membership marketing

In its newsletters and magazines, in congressional testimony and on its website, AARP warns seniors about deceptive direct mail and other dubious marketing come-ons as part of its mission to protect members from financial abuses. But the huge advocacy group’s own aggressive efforts to coax seniors to join or renew their memberships also have drawn a burst of criticism.... Read more»

Older women increasingly choose work over retirement

Older women are increasingly staying in the workforce, with a 35 percent increase in the number of Arizona women ages 65 and older working past retirement age, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»

Arizona workers may be coming up short on retirement savings

Fewer than 40 percent of private-sector workers in Arizona participate in a retirement plan through their work, and they have an average retirement savings balance of just $23,826. ... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Goddard: Dark money tries to deceive seniors

The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a "non-partisan seniors advocacy group," but like anything involving dark money, what they say is far from true. 60 Plus is a major player in the fight for Social Security privatization. That proposal was the brainchild of hedge fund managers who would profit from privatization and who write big checks to political organizations, not seniors who rely on Social Security.... Read more»

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FactCheck: Chained explained

Using a more accurate cost-of-living adjustment for federal benefit payments and tax brackets would cut the federal deficit by perhaps $300 billion over the next 10 years. But it faces opposition from both right and left.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The new American politics: Voting with dollars

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. ... Read more»

Coffee drinkers live longer, study says

A study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md., has found that coffee drinkers live longer than people who avoid coffee.... Read more»1

Most older Arizonans rely on Social Security, study finds

Most Arizona seniors rely heavily on Social Security for their income, an AARP report found.... Read more»1

Arizona’s rising median age brings concerns, opportunity

Aging baby boomers drove Arizona’s median age up by 1.7 years over the last decade, to 35.9 years old in 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.... Read more»

Nine ways the new health law may affect you in 2011

Opponents of the new health care overhaul law are threatening to repeal, defund and kill it in court, but that isn't stopping Washington from implementing a number of important provisions in 2011.... Read more»3

AARP: Cost of brand name drugs rose 9.7% last year

The AARP says that manufacturer prices for brand-name prescription drugs commonly used by people on Medicare rose 9.7% for the year ending in March.... Read more»