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— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington. We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family. Our …

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— Sunday, December 18: Joaquin’s Christmas, Su Teatro — Denver Civic Theater, 2 p.m. Don’t miss Joaquin’s Christmas, written and directed by Anthony J. Garcia, about a 7-year-old boy who wants a new bike for Christmas, but in this 1950’s steel town, his father is on strike from his job, and money is tight. Can a talking dog and a magical Abuela save Christmas? Find out during this 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 18 matinee showing at Su Teatro — Denver Civic Theater, 721 Santa Fe Drive …

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— Millions of family caregivers in Illinois will have many reasons to celebrate during National Caregiving Month in November, as new laws will provide much and urgently needed help for them as they take care of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of AARP, the Hospital Association and other groups, the Illinois CARE Act will help to significantly increase coordination between caregivers and hospitals. The law requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family …

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—     November is National Family Caregivers month, and we are celebrating by highlighting the caregivers in our community.  The typical African American caregiver is a 44-year-old female who, in addition to working 32 hours per week at her job, also spends more than 30 hours per week helping caring for a loved one, such as the mother of teenagers who also cares for a mother who suffered a stroke. However,  family caregivers come in all variations and circumstances—from the …

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— More than 771,000 Maryland residents are caring for an older parent or other loved one, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. Effective October 1, 2016, the Maryland CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back …

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— AARP Hawaii fought for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Now, you can download your free CARE Act wallet card for you and any loved one you may care for. Effective July 1, 2017, the CARE Act will require Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: 1.) Provide the patient with with the oportunity to designate a family caregiver on their medical record. 2.) Notify …

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— Join us in Fargo for a free showing of “Hidden Figures.” The PG movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at West Acres Cinema in Fargo. “Hidden Figures” is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s …

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— CHICAGO—AARP along with the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC), the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the good citizens of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood collected 1,025 pounds of food during a joint holiday gathering that translated into 854 meals for low-income residents. Saturday, December 3rd, The AARP/BNC Annual Holiday party invited guests were asked to bring “a bag of non-perishable” food benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  The final tally was more than a half of ton of non-perishable food donated to feed …

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—   Microsoft Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Consumers Have Encountered the Scam With U.S. consumers falling victim to the “technical support scam” in greater numbers than ever before, the AARP Fraud Watch Network recently launched an initiative to raise awareness of the scam and educate consumers about how they can protect themselves. A recently released survey by Microsoft found that over the past year two-thirds of consumers have experienced the tech support scam, in which fraudsters pose as technicians from one …

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— Telehealth gained a foothold in Michigan during the lame duck session of the Legislature. A bill that defines telehealth in statute and ensures that safeguards are in place for patients’ safety and privacy won unanimous passage in the House on Dec. 1 and in the Senate on Dec. 6. Senate Bill 753 is headed to the governor’s office for his signature. Due to technological advances, the use of electronic information systems and telecommunications in the delivery of health care is …

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— When temperatures start to fall in Michigan, one thing is certain: you’ll start to use more natural gas to heat your home, which can lead to higher energy bills. Colder weather conditions lead to higher natural gas consumption, but there are ways you can save. For tips on how to reduce your heating bill, click here.

A new report is out on the housing market for senior citizens in the United States.

— Home Share Vermont — A National Model AARP recently conducted a survey to find out where people want to live when they retire. You may think a warm-weather climate topped the list, but the No. 1 place was right where they are now. More than two-third of respondents — 69 percent — said they want to stay in their homes and the communities where they currently live. Staying put has a lot of benefits — you’ll be near your friends …

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— How it Works: You get an e-mail that appears to be from Amazon.com stating your recent order cannot be shipped. Claiming a problem with processing, the e-mail informs you that you won’t be able to access your account or place orders with Amazon until you confirm your information. A “click here” link leads to an authentic-looking Amazon web page to confirm your name, address and credit card information. After entering the information and clicking on a “save and continue” button, …

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— AARP Iowa has three internships available in the AARP Iowa State office in Des Moines’ East Village, beginning in January. Deadline for applications is December 16, 2016.  To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to AARPIA@AARP.ORG with your name and internship timeframe in the subject line (ie – “SPRING 2016 INTERNSHIP – [YOUR NAME]”). Requirements for all internship opportunities: Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Must be able to work a minimum of 14 …

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— Our calendar is packed between now and March, which means we can’t wait to see you! Join us at any (or all!) of these upcoming events! Clicking on the link for each event will take you to the registration page. Let us know you’re coming! December Thursday, 12/15: Portland On Tap — Ri Ra Irish Pub, Portland — 4:00PM-6:00PM Friday, 12/16: Portland Free Coffee Friday — Arabica Coffee, Portland — 7:00AM-9:00AM Saturday, 12/17: Wassailing In The Woods — Scarborough Marsh, …

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— By Curtis Loftis, South Carolina Treasurer The holiday season is here and with it comes the age-old question, “What gift do I give my grandkids this year?” The usual sweater, toy or game may quickly be tossed aside or find its way to the back of a closet. I’m State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, here to offer you a better idea: This year, give a gift that will last. Give the gift of education by helping your grandchild on the path …