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Wisconsin's debate over the next state budget is far from over, but the spending plan outlined by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has strong support from advocates of older residents.

Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin, said her group was encouraged to see provisions like a tax credit for family caregivers as well as $200 million to enhance broadband internet access.

Some Older MI Residents Express Frustration Over Vaccine

Feb 8, 2021
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Michigan is ahead of most states in its COVID-19 vaccination work, but there's still a long way to go.

More than 1 million doses have been administered so far, the seventh-most among states. Right now, health-care providers, educators and other front-line essential workers can be vaccinated, along with people age 65 and older.


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in family members needing to step up as caregivers for their loved ones.

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COVID-19 continues to ravage Wisconsin, and it's not just hospitals pleading for extra help and for residents to embrace safety protocols.

Advocates for caregivers, especially those assisting loved ones, are asking state leaders to provide more support.

Helen Marks Dicks, advocacy director of state issues with AARP Wisconsin, noted the state has nearly 600,000 unpaid family caregivers.

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AARP Wisconsin is launching a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support Wisconsinites age 50 and up as they vote in the 2020 elections.

Called "Protect Voters 50+, the campaign provides information on where candidates stand on issues for older Americans.

AARP spokesperson Jim Flaherty talks about two key points: safety and information..


Victims have lost more than $46 million from coronavirus-related scams, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Often, the scams take the form of phishing emails, texts, or robocalls.

“One thing that we are seeing a lot is that they are offering these fake offers for cures and home testing kits,” said Courtney Anclam, a Senior Program Specialist for AARP. “They will send text messages [and] emails. They’ll call and say, ‘you can have this testing kit or cure, and all you have to do is send them a ton of money.”

As WI Economy Reopens, Isolation Concerns Persist for Seniors

May 29, 2020 mores345

MILWAUKEE - Whether by court decisions or expiring stay-at-home orders, Wisconsin residents are seeing more business restrictions ease as the pandemic continues.

A leading nonprofit group hopes that, as people leave their homes more frequently, they don't forget about older loved ones and neighbors.

Community Grants Aim for Speedy Improvements

Feb 10, 2020
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MADISON, Wis. -- Making communities more livable for people of all ages is the goal of a grant program that's looking for ideas from Wisconsin. Nonprofit groups and government agencies now can submit their applications for community-improvement grants administered by AARP. The funding is for projects that can provide immediate results.

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People with low-to-moderate income, including seniors, can have their taxes prepared at no cost thanks to local volunteers.

Trained and certified volunteers, through the AARP Tax-Aide Program, will provide free 2019 Federal and State Income Tax and state Homestead Credit preparation including electronic filing.

Bill Vancos says the program has save people some money...

Poll: WI Small Businesses Want to Help Workers Save for Future

Nov 18, 2019 mohamed_hassan

MADISON, Wis. - As state leaders examine ways to improve retirement security, some small businesses are expressing interest in a Wisconsin retirement savings program.

State data show 400,000 Wisconsinites are at risk of retiring in poverty by 2030, and nearly 1 million workers in the state don't have an employer-sponsored retirement savings program. Skitterphoto

According to a new poll released by AARP Wisconsin, seventy-seven percent of Wisconsin small business owners are supportive of a retirement savings program that would help employees save for retirement at their jobs. Nearly half of small business owners expressed concern about their employees having enough money saved for retirement.

Advocacy Director at AARP Wisconsin Lisa Lamkins says most small businesses would help out..

Rhinelander resident Bill Vancos has been given AARP Wisconsin's top honor, the "2019 Andrus Award for Community Service".

Vancos has worked as a volunteer for many years primarily with the AARP Tax-Aide program, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and Rhinelander Historical Society among other efforts.

Vancos is a life-long Rhinelander resident and worked for many years at Wausau Paper's Rhinelander mill.

AARP Wisconsin spokesperson, Jim Flaherty says Vancos shows the many positive traits of a great volunteer...


A Rhinelander man has received AARP-Wisconsin's top award for volunteers.

AARP-Wisconsin spokesperson Jim Flaherty....

"...The big news is Rhinelander resident Bill Vancos...has been chosen by AARP-Wisconsin's highest and most prestigious honor of 2019, our Andrus Award for community service. The award is named after our founder, Dr. Ethyl Percy Andrus. We had several nominations from all over the state and Bill was leaps and bounds ahead of everyone and will receive the award October 17 at Rhinelander Area Food Pantry...."

New Wisconsin Livability Projects Swinging Into Action

Aug 5, 2019 vickilangemo

MADISON, Wis. - Several projects that will help create more welcoming communities for Wisconsinites of all ages are swinging into action.

Bayfield, Beaver Dam, Berlin, Ellsworth, Greendale and Sheboygan are among the 159 communities selected for this year's AARP Community Challenge grants.

Wi. Taxpayers Don't Have To Go It Alone

Feb 12, 2019

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MADISON, Wis. - With pencils and calculators in hand, hundreds of volunteers are standing by to help Wisconsin taxpayers crunch the numbers on their 2018 income tax returns.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are providing free tax filing services in communities across the state. Sam Wilson, state director of AARP Wisconsin, says all Tax-Aide volunteers are IRS certified and trained in the latest tax code updates, so they can help identify potential tax credits. "