— AARP DC will donate $1,000 on behalf of the 2017 AARP DC Andrus Award winner to an eligible non-profit organization of his or her choosing. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Do you know a volunteer age 50+ making a significant difference in your neighborhood? Honor his or her dedication and commitment with AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for …

—   Between June 1-29, AARP is hosting Medicare Health Care and You!  meetings to learn about some of the challenges facing health care reform and get information about different proposals being discussed in Washington. The sessions are also an opportunity for Iowans to voice their concerns about the future of health care and Medicare, and learn how to get involved in advocacy efforts to strengthen health care coverage for older Iowans. The events are all free and open to AARP …

— More than 154,000 people in Hawaii care for parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on July 1, a new law takes effect that will make life a little easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: …

— If you have a loved one in the hospital, chances are you’re already benefiting from AARP DC’s efforts to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Now, AARP DC is making it easy to understand what the law means to you. The CARE Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital records the caregiver’s contact information and notifies that person before the patient is discharged. Hospital staff must also instruct the caregiver on how to …

— Individuals ages 50 and older make tremendous contributions to improve our communities. Their life and professional experiences shape and inform their ability to disrupt, innovate, and create. They truly are champions and trailblazers, and their efforts and groundbreaking contributions need to be recognized. That’s why AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business have joined together to launch 50@50+ Illinois – a recognition of Illinoisans over the age of 50 who are making a positive impact in their communities. They don’t adhere …

— 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 …

—   Saturday, May 20:  AARP Discount at the Denver Center Performing Arts- The Secret Garden – Stage Theatre, 1:30 p.m.-DENVER  The beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished. Purchase tickets online. *This is not an AARP event. Any information you provide to the host organization  will be governed by its privacy policy.   Saturday, May …

— By Ryan Gruenenfelder   For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. Since 2002, the Governor and the General Assembly have failed to pass a truly balanced budget. And for almost two years, the State has operated without anything beyond a ‘stop-gap’ budget.  This budgetary inaction has led to a current fiscal year 2017 budget deficit of somewhere between $5.4 billion to $7.8 billion, depending on whose …

— 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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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— AARP Hawaii is accepting nominations for its 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Hawaii residents, 50 and older, who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Hawaii is excited to shine a light on 50+ Hawaii residents who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Jackie Boland, Community Outreach Director for AARP Hawaii. A volunteer committee will evaluate the …

— Back by popular demand,  AARP members and their guests can enjoy great music at discounted prices all summer long. Scheduled on select Thursdays, June 8 through Sept. 7, the Great Garden Escape concert series at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise features country, rock, jazz, rhythm and blues, acoustic and other music genres. This year’s lineup includes the Smooth Avenue, Hoochie Coochie Men, Big Wow Band!, Bread and Circus and the Blues Brothers Rock N’ Roll Soul Revue. For a complete …

— The following is a statement by AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson applauding the passage of HB 3921 by the Texas Senate today, a measure which would improve the reporting of financial exploitation targeting older Texans and would give new tools to banks and securities firms to place a temporary hold on suspicious transactions. Jackson said: “The Senate today has joined the House in taking an important step to protect vulnerable adults from becoming victims of financial fraud and abuse. We …

—  Have a Cup of Coffee on AARP Vermont          Coffee Hour: June 14th  from 9AM – 10AM:  Enjoy a free cup of coffee and get the latest scoop on Medicare.   AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour will host a guest speaker each month to lead discussions about relevant, timely topics that give you a chance to visit with neighbors and AARP Volunteers. June 14 Guest Speaker: Dana Reed, from Age Well Vermont, will provide an overview of Medicare …

— The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now working with private debt collectors to recover unpaid tax debts. Scammers could attempt to capitalize on potential confusion created by this new development. If you have a long overdue tax account, the IRS will first send you a letter to inform you that it is turning your account over to a debt collector. Then you will receive a letter from the debt collector before they contact you by phone. The only way to …

— Just a few weeks ago, AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador, Frank Abagnale, spoke to a sell-out crowd at USM in Portland about scam and fraud prevention. Abagnale, who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades, provided his expert knowledge on scams, and identity theft.  He also shared details about his amazing story which was made into a movie called “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks based on Abagnale’s book …

— AARP Nevada Fraud Watch Network again provides free presentations to help those throughout the state protect themselves against fraud. Fraud is a subject that never goes out of style, unfortunately. But you don’t have to be a victim of fraud. Educate and protect yourself against crooks and criminals by attending one of AARP Nevada’s Fraud Watch Network presentations at your closest Clark County Library location. The free sessions continue during the hot summer, once per month, and give attendees practical …

— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage at each event is on us and friends are welcome. Augusta On-Tap: Third Thursday of each month from 4-6 PM at The Black and Tan Augusta Coffee Klatsch: Third Wednesday of each month from 8-10 AM at Lisa’s Restaurant Bangor On-Tap: Second Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 PM at Geaghan’s Brewery Bangor Coffee Klatsch: Second Friday of each …