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Public News Service - WI: Senior Issues

The popular employee mileage deduction is one of the many deductions eliminated in 2018 as part of the tax changes passed in Congress. (midlibrary.org)

MADISON, Wis. – The sweeping tax law changes just passed by Congress will affect everyone's taxes in one way or another. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, eight in 10 Americans will pay lower taxes next year, but a large majority of Americans believe the tax bill

After medical treatment, in many cases unpaid caregivers perform follow-up care for family members, such as giving injections and managing medication doses. (CDC)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a way to help more than a 500,000 Wisconsinites who give their own time and money to act as caregivers for their loved ones. AARP Wisconsin is backing a bill to reimburse family caregivers up to $1,000 through a state income tax credit for

A new program at UW-Madison School of Nursing allows students who already have a bachelor's degree to complete a nursing degree with a full year of additional study. (Lori Kenzen/UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. – The need for registered nurses continues to grow in Wisconsin. That's prompted the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing to launch a program that allows people who already hold a bachelor's degree in a different subject to get a nursing degree with one additional,

No matter how convincing a caller demanding payment might be, experts say you should never share your credit card number or personal information. (Fox Photo/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. -- Every year, millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Wisconsinites are victims of consumer fraud. In 2016 alone, 32,000 Wisconsinites reported these types of scams. According to Jeannie Tucker, senior program specialist at AARP Wisconsin, nearly 20 percent of all consumer fr

A national survey says 14 percent of American households that rely on food banks include a veteran. In Wisconsin, it's 19 percent. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The most recent Census Bureau estimates for Wisconsin say of more than 6,000 homeless people, at least 500 are veterans. Often, returning veterans face big challenges in acclimating to civilian life, and finding jobs and places to live. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress

AARP says 580,000 Wisconsinites are unpaid caregivers for a family member. (Matt Curdy/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. - While a new scorecard from AARP ranks the Badger State sixth in the nation in serving older adults and people with disabilities, it indicates that things could be done to improve the lot of family caregivers. The vast majority of older Wisconsinites want to live independently, at ho

Wisconsin consumer protection experts advise homeowners with storm damage to contact only local, reputable contractors for repairs. (AnadoluAgency/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The warm weather months in Wisconsin bring storms, flooding, hail and tornadoes, and these powerful storms also bring out the worst in some people. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises homeowners with storm damage to deal only with tr

A new program from AARP Wisconsin aims to change the attitudes of policymakers about the contributions of senior citizens. (JBryson/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Spend a little now – save a lot later. That's the essence of AARP Wisconsin’s Silver Dividend campaign, which aims to maximize the number of older Wisconsinites who can continue to live in their own homes and communities, with reduced reliance on government progra

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